Nadal wants to start afresh at 2018 Australian Open

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While his younger rivals battle their bodies, the 36-year-old is living the dream and looks a strong favourite to retain his title and become the first man to hit 20 Grand Slam singles titles.

The Swiss world No 2 has landed in a stacked half of the draw, with Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Tomas Berdych and Gael Monfils all potentially lying in wait.

That is giving Djokovic some hope.

World number one Rafa Nadal has been handed a more favourable draw, opening against Victor Estrella Burgos and with Marin Cilic the biggest threat in his quarter of the draw. I don't know how it's going to behave. "Who would predict that after his six months of absence, so. everything is possible really".

The Australian Open, the first grand slam of the 2018 season, starts Monday with everyone wondering if Roger Federer can repeat his remarkable victory 12 months ago.

"So hopefully I can improve that". "I needed time to kind of get used to that change, understand whether that's good or not good for me".

Djokovic says he is still managing the injury, which has caused him to abbreviate his service action.

"Both Radek and Andre ... they spent a lot of hours analysing my serve. That was at the US Open", he said.

Injuries to leading players have been a focus of attention in Australia.

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The six time Australian Open victor enlisted the help of tennis great Andre Agassi and power hitter Andy Roddick, to find a way to help release the "load from the elbow".

In recent months, meanwhile, ATP Finals victor Grigor Dimitrov and Zverev have moved up to No. 3 and No. 4 in the rankings, respectively, and are growing in confidence that they're on the cusp of Grand Slam breakthroughs.

"I increased my serve by several kilometres per hour and I think I did better overall with my second than first, and I can say I won some points nearly for free as a result", Nadal said in an interview with Spanish daily AS in December.

The 14th seed added: "I still know what I'm capable of, and I believe in my own abilities to win against the best players in the world".

"I had a great year on tour but the grand slams have been a little bit shaky for me still".

"Even the first part of previous year, I did struggle a lot with the performance", he admitted.

"Is the first time I am here without playing official match — is new situation for me", Nadal said.

"It hasn't been 100 percent yet healed", Djokovic told reporters at Melbourne Park on Saturday.

"So let's see. There's not much more I can do".

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