Australian Open 2019, Day 1: Match Points

Florence Fletcher
January 14, 2019

WTA World No.2 Angelique Kerber is the highest-ranked player in action on day one. I think he's entertaining.

"With the board member (Gimelstob), we know the situation".

"I feel when she's playing at her best, she's the best player in the world", he said.

"I was disappointed and sad, a little bit shocked, to know now that we're going to lose him at some point", Federer told reporters on the eve of the year's first Grand Slam. "There'd be no-one more deserving of causing an upset than Ducks".

Rafael Nadal revealed Saturday he was back to full fitness and has a brand new serve to unleash at the Australian Open.

Millman said he has been impressed with what he's seen from Duckworth in the lead-up to the Australian Open though, and rates the New South Welshman's chances against the 2009 champion. When you are going on court every day without the clear goal because you can not move well, you have pain, then it's a moment to take a decision. But when somebody like him, he achieved nearly everything in his tennis career, is suffering like he's doing for such a long time already, and you feel that you are not competitive for the thing that really makes you wake up every morning and go on court with the passion to practise, to improve, and with a goal, then it is so hard.

His 2018 season ended with another injury retirement in the US Open semi-final but Nadal still managed to win five tournaments in a truncated season, including a record-extending 11th French Open to leave him just three Grand Slams behind Roger Federer's all-time record of 20 majors.

"I'm fighting as hard and running as hard as I have done", says Evans, who reached the fourth round here in 2017. "I think it's really admirable".

Canadians Vasek Pospisil and Milos Raonic also took to social media to express their thoughts on Murray's big announcement.

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The Dane achieved a career milestone at Melbourne Park to claim her maiden Grand Slam a year ago, but also revealed she was suffering the debilitating auto-immune condition rheumatoid arthritis.

"We know that Bernie and Nick are talented enough".

"I can play with limitations".

Wozniacki, seeded third at this year's tournament, said she was carefully managing her arthritis, a condition which sometimes leaves her so exhausted she can barely move her arms.

Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic are risky floaters in the Open draw.

Both players start their Australian Open campaigns on Monday.

"I don't have the fairytale ending in my head saying there has to be another title somewhere, and then I have to announce it big and say, that was it, by the way, guys".

Any sportsman, be it a routine hacker or somebody who has proved himself the best as Andy Murray did with 41 weeks as the world's No 1 male tennis player, wants to end those cherished days of being competitive on his own terms. He's actually a very tricky customer. But that's what you expect at an Australian Open.

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