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Australian Open: Battle of the giants begins for Federer, Nadal and Djokovic

Australian Open: Battle of the giants begins for Federer, Nadal and Djokovic

"I am comfortable, as are all of the council members", said Djokovic of Gimelstob, who was last month revealed by the Telegraph to have been the subject of previous allegations of violence. You took me under your wing as soon as I got on tour, and to this day you have been someone I literally just look forward to seeing. "Like, the US Open past year for me was quite odd, because I was in a lot of pain".

Andy Murray during a training session ahead of the Australian Open.

Wozniacki, 28, insisted there was no extra pressure returning Down Under as the title holder, saying she was treating her upcoming campaign as "a nice, fun challenge". "It doesn't feel like it to me".

"I felt comfortable straightaway when I hit balls on that court".

The world number one is on a five-match losing streak dating back to Cincinnati last August after struggling with a herniated disc in her back over the final months of the season.

Pospisil's argument has much in common with last year's suggestions from Djokovic that tennis should have a player's union that is separate from the ATP.

"I think there is a chance the Australian Open is my last tournament", he said.

"I know what Denis did to Novak".

"Whatever happens, I will always cherish our fantastic matches over the years and be grateful for those experiences Big hug Andy, stay strong".

Osaka is the leading contender among the younger generation of players, warming up for Melbourne by making the semi-finals of the Brisbane International.

The 31-year-old Scot announced on Friday he will retire this year because of a hip injury.

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Scottish rugby legend David Sole said the fact that Murray had been so successful during an era packed with so many tennis greats such as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic made his achievements all that more significant.

It comes after Murray fought back tears in his press conference, explaining severe hip pain would prevent him from continuing his career.

He now arrives at the Australian Open with high expectations for the season.

And victory for Djokovic would give him real belief he may yet be able to chase down the top two. "Andy's earned everything he's ever achieved, is a hero to millions of Scots and we're all behind him".

And Djokovic said Sunday he was delighted to be back in Melbourne where his rise to greatness all began in 2008 with his first Grand Slam win.

"Our trajectory to the professional tennis world was pretty much similar", added the Serb, who faces American Mitchell Krueger in the first round on Tuesday.

"It opened a lot of doors for me".

"I feel good. I practised very well these days".

Murray's support for women and the women's game was also appreciated by British No 1 Konta, who said: "There have been so many examples of when he has stood up for us - not just for women's tennis but women in general".

"I think there is expectation from the media it all has to end so perfectly".


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