Nadal wants to start afresh at 2018 Australian Open

Nadal wants to start afresh at 2018 Australian Open

After last year's throwback season and 12 months on from his remarkable feat in Melbourne, there is nothing to suggest Federer will be in anything less than top shape at a tournament he has won five times.

Novak Djokovic knows he will be stepping into the unknown at the Australian Open but thinks he can go far on his grand-slam comeback if he avoids another injury setback. I still have this afternoon and tomorrow, the last practice before the competition starts for me.

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.

I think I've had one bad match a year ago at the grand slams.

"I mean, Roger and Rafa's year last year has shown age is just a number, especially in Roger's case", Djokovic said on Saturday in his pre-tournament news conference.

The 29-year-old has continued 2018 where he left off with a 21st career title looming at this week's ASB Classic in Auckland and he will return to the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings for the first time since August 2014 when he gears himself up for a first-round test against the hugely-talented American Frances Tiafoe.

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". "I hope to be healthy and competitive, and most important thing, I hope to enjoy tennis one more year".

"The correction and improvements to the serve are allowing me to be more efficient and spend less energy", he said.

Novak Djokovic

The world No 1 came agonisingly close to winning a second title in Melbourne past year, losing in five thrilling sets to Roger Federer in the final.

The only place he is yet to achieve the double is Australia.

"For me, the Australian Open. if you are not enough motivated, 100 percent motivated to play this tournament, probably you don't love this sport".

"But everyone starts from zero".

It has been an encouraging start for Kyrgios, who has always struggled to control his emotions while wielding one of the most devastating games on the ATP Tour.

"I kind of want to keep it even-keeled throughout the whole year rather than being such a roller-coaster ride". But right now it's at the level where I can compete, and every day is getting better.

Nadal's uncle Toni Nadal has been with the Spanish ever since he began to play tennis but this Australian Open will be slightly different. He loves me. I love him. "If he have something to tell me, he call me and tell me".

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