Rafa to ramp up Aus Open prep at Kooyong

Воскресенье, 14 Янв, 2018

Nadal added: "I'm very happy to be in Australia again".

Maia soundly beat the 20-year-old 6-3 6-2 in just 68 minutes in their opening round clash at the Hobart International last Sunday. Players are coming out of the off-season, often without much match practice. Novak Djokovic has the most men's titles since 1969, with six wins. "The South African with the serve that frightens slow ballkids at the back of the court, will relish a surface that all the players believe to be as fast as it ever has been".

"I had all these great five-setters and at the end the epic match against Rafa".

It was a blast from the past when Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal took centre stage at the Australian Open last year.

Rafael Nadal, whose struggle with a recurrence of his knee problems has put his prospects of reaching the final for the second straight year in doubt, was not at his best on Tuesday when losing to Richard Gasquet.

"Over time, tennis has become more physically demanding - something the men experience over five sets, the women over three".

The projected women's quarterfinals include Simona Halep vs. Karolina Pliskova, Garbine Muguruza vs. Caroline Garcia, Venus Williams vs. Elina Svitolina and Jelena Ostapoenko vs. Caroline Wozniacki.

"He looks younger than ever", ESPN tennis analyst and former professional Patrick McEnroe told reporters on a call on Wednesday. He will open the defence of his title against Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene. But their mutual absences in Melbourne do not remove Court from the conversation in Melbourne. However, the current season will be made more difficult by the return of Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka, who missed the 2017 campaign through injury. Nadal could also become the first man in the Open Era to win each Grand Slam twice.

The Swiss enforcer revealed part of his trip to Australia was to find fitness answers.

Will the real Next Gen please stand up? He followed his run to the final in Melbourne by winning the French Open and U.S. Open, splitting the Grand Slam honors with Federer for the year. But can they do it over seven rounds in the sweltering Melbourne sun? Since the 2005 Australian Open, only three men outside the Big Four have won a Slam title - Marin Cilic, Juan Martin del Potro and Wawrinaka.

And as he said prior to his dismissal of Millot, his qualifying record wasn't so bad. The first seed he could meet is Bosnian No. 28 seed Damir Dzumhur in the third round with No. 16 seed John Isner lying ahead as a possible fourth round opponent for the Spaniard.

"I know if you're playing the right tennis and doing the right things, good things will come". It is also perhaps the only place to offer Djokovic unconditional love.