Experts' picks: Is it Roger Federer time, again, at the Australian Open?

Experts' picks: Is it Roger Federer time, again, at the Australian Open?

Federer says the likes of six-times champion Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka, both returning after lengthy injury breaks, could benefit from the same mindset he arrived with in Melbourne past year, when he was just back from a six-month hiatus.

Bembry: Yes, Sloane Stephens should be concerned with recent slump. The pair could meet in the quarter-finals, just as they did at the US Open in September when Del Potro won in four sets. Both were said and thought to be over the hill but at the 2017 Australian Open, they showed [they met in the final] that they were not ready to abdicate their thrones.

Carter: By changing how the world views black women, Venus and Serena Williams have changed everything. "I know that if I get myself to my desired level of performance - mental and physical - that I can actually have a good chance to go far in the tournament". Kyrgios is aiming for a fresh assault on his home Grand Slam, where he threw away a two-set lead to lose to Andreas Seppi in the second round previous year. He's a terrific player and has improved a lot.

"I've introduced new people to my team".

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Entering as the No. 1 seed for the first time at a major and at a tournament where she's had back-to-back first-round exits, two-time French Open finalist Halep opens against teenage wild-card entry Destanee Aiava.

The match-up may work in his favour with the Czech Republican carrying an 0-7 record against Australian in grand slams.

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He heads into his first round match against Dominican journeyman Victor Estrella Burgos without a competitive match since he pulled out of the ATP Tour Finals with a knee injury in November. "Of course, I'm confident", she said.

Gilbert, who has worked with the likes of Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray in a successful coaching career, would not be surprised to see the 36-year-old defend his title in the first grand slam of the year.

"I still know what I'm capable of, and I believe in my own abilities to win against the best players in the world", Djokovic said.

Djokovic has been sidelined with an elbow injury that had been progressively getting worse over the past few years.

The Serbian could win the match if his arm injury, which has kept him off the court since Wimbledon, doesn't give him problems.

"If he wins the title tonight he goes to 80th in the world which is right up there with some of the best players in the world". Coming to Melbourne without a warm-up tournament is a new experience for him - he asked to play a full practice match against Dominic Thiem yesterday and scraped through on a champions' tiebreak - but he, at least, is feeling in reasonable nick.

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