I'm ready for Australian Open -Wawrinka

I'm ready for Australian Open -Wawrinka

With an 89% winning record - his greatest rate of any Grand Slam - and a record seventh Australian Open the target, few would be surprised to see the 30-year-old rekindle some of his old magic when walking out onto the Rod Laver Arena.

The prospect of Federer reaching 20 Grand Slam titles appeared to be a distant dream at the start of 2017, but now he's just one away from that unprecedented total. The closest Safwat came to qualifying was at Wimbledon in 2016 when he won two matches before losing in the final round. Obviously I'm very happy with the way it went today. "Lleyton (Hewitt) and Pat Rafter, who I was lucky to watch and also lucky to play against him".

"It was a great test for me to see where I am, to see how I feel, to hear the score being called and feel the pressure of break points". The pair have been grinding it out on the Challenger tour while many of their countrymen are sticking to the lower-tier Futures circuit, with Egypt hosting tournaments at that level nearly every week of the season.

Their replacement - a "lucky loser" from the qualifying tournament - will get the other 50 percent of the first-round prize money.But players who do not "perform to the required professional standard" in round one, including by retiring, also risk being fined their prize money, the new rules say. "Of course I had doubts coming here, personally I don't know what is going to happen". Overall, I'm quite happy with my level. With a good draw and some strong performances in the early rounds, Thiem could go on a strong run in Melbourne this year.

"All these things all play into it but at the end of the day I've been in this position thankfully many times before".

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Federer, the champion, is listed at $2.75 AUD to lift the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup for the sixth time, according to AustralianGambling, while the man who pushed him to five sets in the 2017 decider, Nadal, is set at $5.50.

Her sister Venus, who lost the all-Williams Australian Open final a year ago, has a tough opener against Belinda Bencic-who combined with Federer to win the Hopman Cup for Switzerland last week-and is also in the same quarter as US Open victor Sloane Stephens.

"Mentally, it's not there but, hopefully, I can get there all together by the first round".

"Still a lot to do but I'm feeling really positive, so looking forward to starting". The Austrian played well at the US Open and almost made the last eight for the first time, though lost to Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round, despite being two sets up and holding two match points.

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