Seven-time Grand Slam victor names surprise contender for Australian Open 2020

Naomi Osaka will be defending her Australian Open title in Melbourne

Roger Federer has praised Australians for being a "true inspiration" after the Open's Rally for Relief charity match raised almost $5million for bushfire victims.

Medvedev is seeded fourth in Melbourne and is a possible semi-finals opponent of world number one Nadal whom he faced in a memorable final at the US Open 2019.

'This was definitely an incredible kick off.

The 33-year-old claimed his sole Australian Open trophy in 2009, back in the days when he wore pirate shorts and had long hair. The reigning Australian Open and Wimbledon champion and world number two joins an exceptional peloton that includes eight-time champion Roger Federer, who won previous year and won his 100th career title.

Having been personally impacted by the fires, the Australian star expressed his gratitude for the support from fans and the tennis community, conceding "it's been an emotional couple of weeks". "He knows if I can win the Australian Open I am going to have a great year, it's a good start of the year".

Djokovic would have a tough time defending the title, as he is in line to face Federer, who too is in pursuit for his record seventh Australian Open honor.

Federer said: "It's been hard (to watch)".

Friday's statement said measurements of the air quality are made throughout each day of play, and conditions will be rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being "good playing conditions", and 5 representing conditions so bad that competition will be suspended - but even then, not immediately. But I had my moment and I always said everything that comes after 15 was, anyway, a bonus.

'And to have some fun, have a hit with Nick. we get along very well.

That was never more clear than in last year's final when he routed Nadal 6-3 6-2 6-3 with a devastating display that left the Mallorcan and the Rod Laver Arena terraces stunned.

"I think Tsitsipas is better than him, just simply because he's more consistent over five sets".

Before that, however, she must use the Australian Open to prove the difficulties of last season are all behind her and show that she means business in 2020. "I would have taken one more Slam, and I was able to get three more - and three awesome ones".

"I think we still look at each other's games, look at each other's careers and still measure our own careers compared to the others".

The ATP on Sunday pledged 500,000 US dollars to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund as part of the bushfire relief efforts.



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