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The Sportsbook consider him to be a virtual shoo-in, at 4/9 to progress to the semi-finals by winning that quarter, and without a single warm-up event under his belt, it would be a fearless man to back that price, even with opening matches against Victor Estrella, and either Nicolas Jarry or Leonardo Mayer to ease him in to the competition. No matter if I'm here, Wimbledon, US Open, it's the same for me.

"I still know what I'm capable of, and I believe in my own abilities to win against the best players in the world", he said, rather optimistically. "It's up for grabs".

One of those women, Simona Halep, is looking to finally break through and win her first major after twice finishing runner-up.

Federer is bidding to win successive Australian Opens for the first time since 2006-07. I feel that I had a good week-and-ahalf of practices. I feel OK. I feel fit.

"I'm happy with the new service motion", he said.

Knee problems hindered him after winning his second Grand Slam of the year at the US Open, but he still appeared at the season-ending ATP Finals - playing one match against David Goffin before pulling out. But he came through with his game.

"Moving forward we're doing the right thing to keep the younger guys coming through as well".

"I want to kind of ride the highs, not as high as I usually do".

The two finalists last year on the men's side should see themselves into week two without a problem
The two finalists last year on the men's side should see themselves into week two without a problem

There are plenty of other contenders, too. He could meet Nick Kyrgios in a fourth-round blockbuster, which would be a rematch of their Brisbane semi-final last week, won by the gifted but combustible Aussie.

The Serb admitted surprise to be ranked so highly after a long stay out of the sport, and the form of evergreen top-two Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. I did way more hours in one week than I've done the last few months, and against a way better level of intensity.

The 23-year-old Austrian finished the 2017 season with a title on clay in Rio de Janeiro and a year-end fifth ranking.

The Canadian had gone down in three group matches last week at the Hopman Cup in Perth and was eliminated in the first round at Hobart on Monday, denting her Australian Open preparations.

"I had a great week in Brisbane".

He retired during matches four times during 2017, including three in a row at Queen's Club, Wimbledon and at the ATP tournament in Washington.

But she added this alone isn't enough in today's constantly shifting, ultra-competitive women's game. But then again he is a 16-time Grand Slam champion, and was bursting with intensity at the Tiebreak Tens exhibition event on Wednesday night. So, I try to find my way, what can help me to be there, to be ready for the fight.

Federer says the likes of six-times champion Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka, both returning after lengthy injury breaks, could benefit from the same mindset he arrived with in Melbourne previous year, when he was just back from a six-month hiatus.

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