Roger Federer makes Nick Kyrgios assessment ahead of the Australian Open

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Discussing the additional pressure of a home slam, Kyrgios - who has shaken off the knee problem that bothered him in Brisbane - added: "I feel for me there's pressure wherever I go".

The annual "Kids Day" saw thousands of people turnout to watch Tennis stars on the court as well as dancing and other mini-games.

"But hopefully I can improve that this year".

Second-seeded Federer and No. 14-seeded Djokovic have nearly traded places.

Six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, seeded 14th for this year's tournament, has a couple of potential early obstacles with American Donald Young and potentially mercurial Frenchman Gael Monfils in the second round. I think I've had one bad match past year at the grand slams.

"I am playing wonderful tennis again and feeling just great", Kerber said. "So that's the good news".

The Serb admitted surprise to be ranked so highly after a long stay out of the sport, and the form of evergreen top-two Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. She said it didn't leave her enough time to feel confident of winning a major.

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He won all his four singles matches as he and Belinda Bencic helped Switzerland lift the Hopman Cup in Perth. I just want to take it one round at a time.

Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza hasn't had the ideal preparation, but is determined all the same. Jelena Ostapenko and Sloane Stephens won at the French Open and US Open in 2017 with the dominant Serena missing in action. She could face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the third round and Karolina Pliskova in the quarters.

Women's top seeds: 1. That was it. "I've learned so much from that match". This enables us the option of the plethora of candidates (including Djokovic) in quarter three, as well as Federer in quarter four, and bettors who aren't put off by backing odds-on shots can consider this possibility.

It might be argued that 36-year-old fathers of four have no business winning grand slam titles but try telling that to Roger Federer as the evergreen Swiss bids to claim a record-equalling sixth Australian Open crown in two weeks' time.

He is returning from six months on the sidelines with a right elbow injury. "I think it's going to be helpful again for me this year because the court plays exactly the same in Perth and here in Melbourne", he said.

The 12-time major victor said he was doing everything possible to be ready in time for the Australian.

He was seeded No 1 on Thursday, but the world of tennis will be waiting to find out if his knee injury will get in the way of his grand slam ambitions.

"If he wins the title tonight he goes to 80th in the world which is right up there with some of the best players in the world".

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