Wawrinka says he's prepared for Aussie Open, knee not a fear

Highlights Australian Open day two

Federer though is heading into the season's first Grand Slam with a lot of confidence after leading Switzerland to season-opening Hopman Cup earlier this year.

"This whole tennis thing is kind of getting to me", said Aiava, who is ranked world No.193.

Like rivals Djokovic and Wawrinka, Murray last played in Wimbledon where he was beaten by Sam Querrey in an epic five-setter.

In Sydney on Tuesday, Britain's best hope for honours in Melbourne, Johanna Konta, survived a thorough examination of the hip that gave up on her in Brisbane last week but could not get past the player she beat in last year's final in her home town, Agnieszka Radwanska.

"It was a huge surprise".

"It feels great, obviously I was waiting for this moment for six months to play a match", the former World No.1 said after the win.

First up, the 36-year-old Swiss will play Ajaz Bedene of Slovenia. The live draw for both women's and men's singles brackets was held on Thursday evening (local time, which translates to Thursday morning in the United States).

"I had that kind of match-play attitude". "I increased my serve by several kilometres per hour and I think I did better overall with my second than first, and I can say I won some points nearly for free as a result", Nadal said in an interview with Spanish daily AS in December.

The American, who coached the 19-time Grand Slam victor between 2010 and 2013 after being in Pete Sampras' corner, believes that despite recently turning 36, you can never write-off the Swiss because he is such a special talent. However, this is Melbourne and not Paris, where the Spaniard has reigned supreme, with honours shared over two Aussie finals.

"It was a great start, it feels really good to be back on the court", a beaming Djokovic said in an on-court interview after his first competitive set since Wimbledon previous year. In November, Nadal had announced the withdrawal from the ATP World Tour Finals citing a knee injury, which also forced him to subsequently pull out of Paris Masters.

"For now, I'm in the tournament", said Djokovic, who cut short his 2017 after retiring from Wimbledon due to a troublesome right elbow. This and a tough draw has merited him a 14th seeding only.

"I had a long year last year, so I had to start my preparation later than usual". Rublev reached the quarter-finals, beating David Goffin in the fourth round in straight sets.

Nadal's half notably includes Marin Cilic, Nick Kyrgios, Jack Sock and Grigor Dimitrov.

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