Tennis: Evergreen Federer is clear Australian Open favourite

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer after last year’s Australian Open final

Nadal will open against Victor Estrella Borgos followed by the Mayer-Jarry winner.

There is also the question of the sport's ability to police itself credibly, which will soon be back in the spotlight with the lengthy and costly Independent Review of Integrity, created to investigate potential match fixing and corruption, expected to recommend this year that the game combine its anti-doping and anti-corruption organizations into a single independent entity. However, doubts remain over his fitness and whether he has the longevity to win seven five set matches in two weeks.

The most notable aspect of his return was that Djokovic - whose consultant coach Andre Agassi is due to arrive on Saturday - has slightly remodelled his serve, shortening his action and cutting short his takeback.

Players have complained that the tour is too hectic but they are forced to play in maximum tournaments to keep their ranking where it is. As much as Federer and Nadal fed off each other, it was not until last January that the dynamic of their match-up evolved into a more complex cat and mouse game.

Will Djokovic be a contender in Melbourne?

But now it is time for the main course. Beer and history lovers can visit the family-owned Cantillon brewery to observe the brewing process that hasn't changed in over a hundred years.

"Roger is proving that age is just a number and if you look after your body and mind, you're fresh, you're inspired and you're motivated, you have a balanced life, that's what happens". Maybe the stars have aligned to prove once and for all how consequential Djokovic's quest has always been.

This was Nadal's first match in a while.

'I think it will be Federer, I have to give it to him.

"That was my sort of dream, not the kids bit".

Federer beat Rafael Nadal in the final here last year on his return from six months on the sidelines and is seeded No. 2 as he bids for a 20th Grand Slam singles title.

Rafael Nadal suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Richard Gasquet of France at the Kooyong Classic exhibition in Australia.

He's been most successful at Wimbledon (eight major titles), but he's won the same number of titles in Australia (five) as at the US Open.

Will the real Next Gen please stand up?

In a women's tuneup, Hopman Cup winner Belinda Bencic beat 16-year-old Wang Xinyu of China 7-6 (7/5), 6-4.

Considering the level of difficulty he has had to cope with, it is all the more astonishing.

Now ranked No47, she could face the 14th seed Anastasija Sevastova in the second round, Angelique Kerber - the 2016 champion - in the third round and, potentially, Garbine Muguruza, the Wimbledon champion, in the fourth round.

Third seed Grigor Dimitrov and fifth seed David Goffin must face qualifiers whose identities are yet to be determined, while Marin Cilic, seeded sixth, faces Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun. If you make a trip to Tomorrowland, do visit the MoMU for some eccentric fashion inspiration.

The British No3 will face Dutchwoman Bibiane Schoofs in the second round with three victories needed for a place in the main draw.

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