Nadal and Wawrinka boost for Australian Open


With an 89% winning record - his greatest rate of any Grand Slam - and a record seventh Australian Open the target, few would be surprised to see the 30-year-old rekindle some of his old magic when walking out onto the Rod Laver Arena. The Briton recovered from the injury to defend her Sydney International title but was bundled out in the first round by last year's finalist Agnieszka Radwanska.

Hours after battling past Kiki Bertens 6-3 7-6 (6) to advance to the quarter-finals, the 24-year-old Spanish top seed announced she would no longer be competing in the tournament. I've watched him practise.

TOWNSVILLE junior Lizette Cabrera will look to turn the tables on Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia when they face off in the first round of the Australian Open.

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"It was our last big family vacation, if you will, with my sister and my parents before I left home and went to the national tennis centre in Switzerland ... we had a lovely vacation, we went to the Great Barrier Reef and went to Heron Island. Actually we didn't have a chance to support each other today because we were playing nearly at the same time but it's always good to have a close friend from your country with you, to be with you, traveling with you, sharing everything", said the 27-year-old Safwat.

His miserable year will see him seeded 14th, but Djokovic said he was "just grateful that I'm able to be here".

Nadal has been battling a right knee problem since November while his Serbian rival spent four-and-a-half months not practising after elbow surgery past year. "Now I know his secret!" With a good draw and some strong performances in the early rounds, Thiem could go on a strong run in Melbourne this year. "Hopefully I keep going to achieve playing the four Grand Slams this year".

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"There was a doubt, especially after I pulled out of the first week of the year", said Djokovic, who had not played since retiring in the Wimbledon quarter-finals last July. Halep, who will take on Australian Destanee Aiava in her first match, could face Eugenie Bouchard in the second round. I've been developing my mental state.

"Everybody thinks I probably have a good chance to maybe repeat and other guys are maybe a bit hurt", Federer said recently before being drawn against Aljaz Bedene in the opening round.

When asked if he will play in the Grand Slam that starts next week, he added: "For now, I'm in the tournament".

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"Still a lot to do but I'm feeling really positive, so looking forward to starting".