Australian Open shaping up as survival of fittest

Australian Open shaping up as survival of fittest

Australian Open shaping up as survival of fittest

Like Federer, Nadal has pared back his playing schedule to prolong his career but the strain still showed when he pulled out of the ATP Tour Finals in November with a knee problem after losing his opening match. "It's up for grabs".

Former world number one Moya will lead the Mallorcan's team, after spending last season with Rafael and Toni preparing for the latter's retirement, having helped Nadal roar back to life after a barren three-year spell without a grand slam trophy.

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

The Spaniard had an incredible run last year, clinching his 10th French Open, his third US Open and ending the year at the top of the world rankings. She kept a potential return in play until last week, when she pegged herself as "not where I personally want to be" after playing one exhibition in Abu Dhabi in late December.

Kyrgios is a polarising figure in Australian sport - his superb tennis skills are often marred by poor behaviour on court, but the 22-year-old is now ready to take a more mature approach to his career. "I like to just stay in my own little bubble and do my own thing". "Whenever I get asked that question, it always comes across in really kind of an nearly negative way instead of acknowledging how many great players we have", Johanna Konta, who reached the semifinals of Wimbledon a year ago, said in her pre-tournament conference. "No matter if I'm here, Wimbledon, US Open; it's the same for me", he said.

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There are plenty of other contenders, too.

He won all four of his matches against Nadal, but in his 37th year would be the last to take his fitness for granted.

Alex Zverev, meanwhile, who is still only 20, won a staggering five titles previous year.

The dawning of a new tennis season has in past years triggered lots of confident predictions - whether it be the continued domination of Serena Williams or, in most seasons, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

"I always thought she had a great game to be at the top of the game".

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He can take some credit for the vast improvement in Nadal's second serve, which helped the Spaniard win a 10th Roland Garros title without dropping a set and saw him blow away Kevin Anderson to lift the final major of the year in NY.

"I had a great week in Brisbane".

But she added this alone isn't enough in today's constantly shifting, ultra-competitive women's game. No wonder the sensible money is on him winning grand slam title No.20.

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On the court, he used the time to work closely with coaches Agassi and Radek Stepanek to refine his service motion to improve the technique and "release the load from the elbow, obviously something that I have to do because I have the injury".

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