Djokovic is the man to beat at Australian Open

Djokovic is the man to beat at Australian Open

Amid unsavoury scenes, Osaka went on to win her maiden grand slam title.

Serena Williams' road to her record-tying Grand Slam championship could have to go through Naomi Osaka.

Britain's Andy Murray will face world number one Novak Djokovic in a practice match on Thursday as part of his preparations for the Australian Open.

Halep, who enters the tournament having played just one game in four months after a back injury, was handed a chance to avenge Estonia's Kaia Kanepi, who beat her in the first round of the US Open in August. Regarding the controversial final against Osaka at Flushing Meadows - when she raged against umpire Carlos Ramos who imposed three code violations, the final one resulting in the loss of a game - Williams said she had put it put behind her and meant to "move on to bigger and better things".

While Evert thinks Serena is "raring to go" as she looks to equal Margaret Court's all-time Grand Slam title record of 24, she predicts strong challenges from the players who stopped the American reaching that tally previous year - Japan's Naomi Osaka, who beat Williams in the U.S. Open final, and Angelique Kerber who trounced her in the Wimbledon title match. "The women have to think she was 60-70 per cent previous year reaching when two finals". "I feel like a year ago I did a lot of that", she said.

The American was eight weeks pregnant when she won her 23rd title at Melbourne Park in 2017 and returned to action previous year where she reached finals at Wimbledon and the US Open. "I think keeping them a bit of a secret helps me do the best I can".

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Wozniacki also has a question mark over her fitness after the 28-year-old Dane revealed her battle with rheumatoid arthritis last October, but has since claimed that she has learnt to live with it.

She has looked sharp at the Hopman Cup and maintained her 100% singles record even though Germany lost to Federer's Switzerland in the final.

The grand slam champion was bedridden for six weeks due to the complications after her daughter was delivered by caesarean section.

Second-ranked Angelique Kerber has already indicated her priority for 2019 will be the French Open, the only Slam to elude the 30-year-old German in her career.

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer loom over Melbourne Park for the year's opening grand slam as favourites for the Australian Open as questions remain as to whether one of Generation Next could finally end their stranglehold.

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