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On The Line podcast: Australian Open preview

14 Janvier 2018

The Spanish won six titles in 2017, the Swiss won seven.

If he keeps his place in the Australian Open draw after winning an exhibition over Dominic Thiem on Wednesday, he will do so with a quirky seeding of No. 14.

The draws were made last Thursday with exciting matchups to look forward to, though the more profound news is that several world-class players will be absent due to various injuries. "I did it. Obviously I wanted to win a Masters 1000 event, and I did it", said this year's third seed at the Australian Open. "So that's the good news".

Ironically Djokovic was replaced by Andy Murray at Mubadala.

De Minaur has been the star of the Australian summer following a sensational Brisbane International campaign where he took down big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic.

But the year was largely deflating, as he was bundled out early from the grand slams while battling hip problems through majority.

"It's been great to see Alex do so well, he's worked so hard, he's very hungry and it's good to see all the work he's been putting in is paying off now, " Kyrgios said. The No. 1-ranking changed seven times in 2017, with five different women assuming top spot - three for the first time.

Serena Williams (23) and Steffi Graf (22) have achieved the unique feat, and Margaret Court (24) has done it if you include those won before the Open era, but no male player has.

He won all his four singles matches as he and Belinda Bencic helped Switzerland lift the Hopman Cup in Perth. "I definitely feel comfortable on Hisense Arena".

"I'd love to do well here but, for me, it's just another tournament".

At No. 3, Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza will seek to complete three-fourths of the career Grand Slam by age 24, even as few will favor her to do so.

Tucked between those players are the two 2017 Wimbledon finalists. Gets enormous power off his 1.98-metre frame and pundits say as he bulks up and gains more experience in five-set matches, success at all tournaments, including Grand Slams, should follow.

Nadal played 78 matches past year, which is 21 more than Federer. WOMEN'S DRAW STILL TOUGH With no Serena Williams in the draw at the Australian Open, there's certainly an opportunity for another women's player to go on a surprising run and emerge as a first-time Grand Slam champion, as Sloane Stephens and Jelena Ostapenko did a year ago.

Djokovic, a surprise second-round loser here a year ago, is hoping he can get fit enough to change that in 2018.

The 12-time major victor said he was doing everything possible to be ready in time for the Australian. Should he get by those two matches, the former world number one should get to the second week with a blockbuster with Alexander Zverev looming large. "For now everything at the moment is going in the right direction", he said.

On The Line podcast: Australian Open preview