Australian Open 2018: 5 first round matches to watch

A lot of times not because I played bad, but because I played very good opponents.

Top-ranked Nadal pulled out of the ATP Finals in November and skipped planned warmups tournaments before the Australian Open, restricting him to some exhibition matches and a practice match against Thiem.

"Obviously I've achieved certain things that I've always wanted to".

Federer was coming off an extended injury break and was seeded 17th at last year's Australian Open when he beat Nadal, who was seeded ninth, in five sets in the final.

But the Spanish star said Saturday he feels good and his motivation remains strong.

"It's impossible to be more motivated than last year or any year".

The grand slam starts on January 15.

It's the much-awaited return of Novak Djokovic, as he comes back to his favorite hunting ground after an injury-ridden 2017 season. Federer went on to win Wimbledon for his 19th major and finished the year ranked No. 2 behind Nadal, who won the French and U.S. Open titles. "So I'm really looking forward to trying out my new serve!" That fifth set against Rafa was maybe the best set I've ever played.

"I thought my game wasn't going to be good enough for that day and it was".

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"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.

"We made a decision to start later because we needed some more practice".

Britain's sole representative Kyle Edmund will face big-serving US Open runner-up Kevin Anderson in the first round.

However, 16-time Grand Slam Champion is positive ahead of the Australian Open and is rearing to go and is motivated ahead of the tournament. But, still, "everyone starts from zero. I start from zero again", he said.

Simona Halep, who was upset in the first round past year by American Shelby Rogers, and Caroline Wozniacki, who lost in the third round in 2017, were seeded one and two.

"I'm happy with the way that I am working with (coaches) Carlos (Moya), with Francis (Roig) and the rest of my team".

Toni is now focusing on Nadal's tennis academy, perhaps getting back to what he enjoys the most - nourishing young talent.

"If I have something to ask, I ask him".

"In terms of professional things, I spoke to him few days ago, speaking about how the life going, how the tennis going", he said of Toni. If he have something to tell me, he call me and tell me.

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