Service ace: Djokovic back with rebuilt serve at Aussie Open

Nadal begins new era without mentor Toni Nadal in Australia

Roger Federer makes Nick Kyrgios assessment ahead of the Australian Open

The Swiss will be gunning for a 20th grand slam title, but following Thursday's draw, the heat will be on for the 36-year-old in Melbourne. I think I've had one bad match previous year at the grand slams. "It was an obvious part of my game that I had to address because of my elbow issues", the Serbian said on Saturday, reports Xinhua news agency. "So that's the good news".

De Minaur has been the star of the Australian summer following a sensational Brisbane International campaign where he took down big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic.

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.

Last year's course of events, though, should give even the most brazen of futurologists food for thought.

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"It's been great to see Alex do so well, he's worked so hard, he's very hungry and it's good to see all the work he's been putting in is paying off now, " Kyrgios said.

It's not the first time that they received this prize, but now it was the first time that they have been honoured jointly.

With Serena Williams still absent, the women's draw is impossible to call. Having posed with a quokka and enjoyed the surf at Rottnest Island off the coast of Perth, he teamed up with Belinda Bencic as Switzerland won the Hopman Cup team exhibition event.

"I am looking to have a good practice this afternoon, good practice tomorrow, and be ready for Monday".

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Experts' picks: This just in: It's going to be Roger Federer time again.

Romanian Simona Halep is seeded first and Wimbledon champion GarbiƱe Muguruza is seeded third, while Venus Williams is seeded fifth. Thiem, who pulled out of the warm-up Qatar Open ahead of his semi-final with flu, finished 2017 by making his second appearance at the ATP Finals in London. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic; 7. I'm expected to win a lot of matches.

Preview: The first of this year's four tennis majors is not the ultimate reunion it could have been. "That's my goal, was to come here, to practise three, four hours a day, to see how the knee can keep it".

The first Grand Slam of the year serves off in Melbourne on January 15 and the most profound questions that will be answered should be whether the young guns could overhaul the "dinosaurs" in both the men and women's draws.

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While the 1985-1989 generation would probably go down in history as one of the most talented and competitive of all time, boasting the likes of Nadal, Djokovic and Murray, the same things would probably not be said of players born in the next five years, unless things take a dramatic turn. "The correction and improvements to the service are allowing me to be more efficient and spend less energy", he said.

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