The Bulgarian came agonisingly close to beating Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals in Melbourne when he went down in a five-set humdinger, but finished the season ranked third after winning the biggest title of his career at the ATP Finals in London. Serena Williams also revealed that she was bedridden for six weeks after the birth of her child due to blood clot in her lungs.
But he insists it is premature to contemplate a repeat clash with the Spaniard.
"The quarters, semis at best, because I would just run into a red-hot Djokovic or Murray or Nadal or somebody and my game wasn't going to be good enough for that day - and it was".
Should he succeed, Federer will move onto six Australian Open crowns - the joint highest tally of any man alongside Djokovic and Roy Emerson.
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.
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Marks on a tree are seen as Afghan security personnel on January 5, 2018 investigate the site of a suicide attack in Kabul. At least 11 people were killed in a suicide bombing targeting security forces in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday.
"I had all these great five-setters and, at the end, the epic match against Rafa and, of course after six, seven matches, you start feeling like a different player, that you can't miss anymore and the fifth set was maybe the best set I ever played".
While the men's side is arguably easier to predict given the lack of serious contenders for grand slam titles, question marks hang over the usual suspects.
"I don't usually like going to draws, I just want to see the sheet".
But with Murray out until the summer, perhaps this will be the year of the newcomer. Thomas Berdych, who meets Aussie teen sensation Alex De Minaur, is also in the mix.
A few minutes later when the formalities were completed, Federer found out how difficult defending his title could be after landing in the same half as six-time champion Novak Djokovic.
Sport confirma venda do meia-atacante Diego Souza ao São Paulo
Pelo Twitter, o São Paulo divulgou um vídeo do jogador mandando um recado para a torcida são-paulina: "Alô torcida do São Paulo ". O novo reforço do São Paulo chega para suprir uma possível saída de Lucas Pratto para o River Plate, da Argentina.
Australia's singles contingent could be boosted with John Patrick Smith, Bernard Tomic, James Duckworth, Brad Mousley and Patricia Hon still in contention. Instead, I believe that Grigor Dimitrov will build upon his heart-breaking semi-final loss to Nadal last year in Melbourne, as well as his world Tour Finals victory to allow him to finally fulfil the nickname 'Baby Fed'. "I think they have to think about this". As some of the most influential artists of 15-17th centuries, the Flemish Masters ensured Flanders' position at the forefront of art movements such as Primitive, Renaissance and Baroque.
No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki, who hasn't won a major and last appeared in a Grand Slam final in 2014, is on the bottom half of the draw with Williams and has French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and last year's Australian semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe in her quarter.
Aiava's appointment with Halep was among several leaked on social media before they were confirmed during the official draw broadcast. Add slower courts and the corresponding shift to longer, more physical rallies and the strain on the male players' bodies starts to become evident in the rash of high-profile injuries currently plaguing the tour. She said it didn't leave her enough time to feel confident of winning a major.
Rafael Nadal suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Richard Gasquet of France at the Kooyong Classic exhibition in Australia. The Serbian player has choosen a blue and white t-shirt, a total blue short. If Bellis can make it into can make it past the third round then it will be a true demonstration of her potential.
Hallan en fosa a director de policía municipal de Elota en Culiacán
Los restos encontrados fueron trasladados al Servicio Medico Forense (Semefo), de Culiacán , donde se logró identificar al jefe policiaco y su acompañante.