Bookies bet on Federer to retain his Australian Open title

Roger Federer looks set for a serene march to grand slam No 20 at Australian Open

Rafael Nadal practices in Melbourne all but confirming Australian Open participation

He beat Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets in the second round of the 2017 US Open.

"It's their view and I've never needed the help of Tennis Australia to achieve what I've achieved in my career". The Swiss marvel, chasing a sixth Australian Open crown, could also face big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic in the fourth round in the bottom half of the men's draw.

No one was able to get anywhere close previous year, not just in terms of consistently winning the biggest tournaments but also when it comes to charisma.

"Me and Safwat have been really good friends for a long time and previous year we didn't play many tournaments together but we always try to support each other, help each other as much as we can, so it's a really good thing for me that I have him hear by my side and also that I'm there for him in his matches", says Maamoun.

This year's Australian Open was shaping up to be one of the most underwhelming editions, with numerous top-ranked players being forced to withdraw from the tournament because of injury.

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"I think it's normal because there's a lot of expectations this year", he was quoted as saying by the Australian Open website. Negative signs continued when he made a decision to opt out of his first warm-up to the Australian Open, in Doha. Federer, ranked No. 2 after a stellar 2017, is aiming to win his 20th major title. "Roger is the quintessential superstar ballet player that happens to play tennis - it all looks easy, but there's so much work that goes behind it to make those motor skills able to execute under pressure for long periods of time".

Third-seeded Muguruza is in a hard quarter containing former Australian Open champions Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber, and U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys.

"(Simona) Halep is number one at the moment but we have four or five different girls. Obviously I'm very happy with the way it went today.

Teenager Alex De Minaur, who reached his maiden ATP World Tour semi-final last week in Brisbane, will hope his superb form continues when he takes on No 19 seed Tomas Berdych in the first round. The two modern day greats who squared off in an epic in last year's final will once again have an opportunity to add another chapter to their famous FEDAL rivalry.

The first Grand Slam of the campaign will start on Monday in Melbourne and among the absences stand out the British Andy Murray, operated on the right hip and the American Serena Williams, who is still not in shape after being a mother.

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