I'm ready for Australian Open -Wawrinka

I'm ready for Australian Open -Wawrinka

The world No.1 played just his second match in nearly three months, losing to veteran Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-4 7-5 in their exhibition outing in Melbourne on Tuesday, but he looked to be moving freely on his troublesome knee.

This championship is the first of the four tournaments that make up the Grand Slam and takes place every January.

"Roger with the year he had last year and Nadal, I don't think I'll be the favourite".

"I can't stop laughing outside and inside". "You always have to beat the top players in order to get to the top". "I wanted to be back on court, unfortunately the elbow wouldn't let me last week".

Federer's four victories previous year over his old foe also means he has won five matches in a row against Nadal for the first time in his career.

Former world No 1 Novak Djokovic hinted he could still pull out of the Australian Open as he battles to be fully fit for the year's opening grand slam.

"This has been a tough period for me, obviously injury is the greatest enemy a professional athlete can have", the Serbian added.

With five-times runner-up Andy Murray and Japan's Kei Nishikori already ruled out with injuries, Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley welcomed Wawrinka's intention to play. "It's a great start". Some of tennis's most famous names have yet to prove their fitness for Monday's Australian Open, although Novak Djokovic - the six-time champion here - did at least end a six-month absence on Wednesday by participating in a couple of friendlies.

The 36-year-old enjoyed a stunning resurgence in 2017, claiming victories at the Australian Open and Wimbledon after an enforced time away from the game.

This was Nadal's first match in a while.

"I'll be over the moon if I can play, which I'm planning to".

Wawrinka is among a cluster of grand slam champions to face off at the Tie Break Tens for a winner-takes-all purse of $250,000 on Margaret Court Arena.

Serena Williams, who was pregnant when she beat Venus past year to claim her 23rd major title, gave birth to her first child - Alexis Olympia - in September.

Aiava said she'd been in good form physically but, mentally, wasn't where she needed to be.

She said that while she was pleased with her recovery and her progress, she was "not where I personally want to be".

Federer, who is fresh off securing a third Hopman Cup title for Switzerland, is eyeing a sixth Australian Open crown in Melbourne this month.

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