Novak Djokovic can look to increase his sensational run of type at the Australian Open on weekday as expectations soar concerning what he might accomplish this year.
The Serbian world much loved is however to drop a group this year and his performance within the Qatar Open final was delineated as “perfect” by his flummoxed opponent, Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic might even develop the primary ever convenience ‘Golden Slam’ if he manages to unite the four major titles and be topped Olympic champion at de Janeiro in August.
Roger Federer is additionally in action on day one, against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili, with Djokovic’s different main challengers Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka beginning on Tues.
A second Australian Open title for Nadal seems a stretch when his slump in 2015, however Wawrinka, champion in 2014, ought to be a competition when he beat Djokovic in last year’s French Open final.
Meanwhile, within the women’s rounds, Serena Williams begins her quest to equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of twenty-two slam titles battling fitness considerations and with a bunch of players wanting to disinvest the defensive champion.
Following a dominant 2015, the planet much loved is gunning for a seventh Australian crown adamant that she is over the knee issues that hindered her throughout the latter half the year and through her Melbourne Park build-up.
She insisted on weekday she was “120, one hundred thirty p.c right” as she prepares for a difficult first-round encounter with Italian Camila Giorgi, the very best stratified non-seeded player within the women’s draw.
Her 3 slam titles last year in Australia and at Roland Garros and suburban area took her at intervals one among Graf’s long-time record of twenty-two.Williams is in a very powerful half the draw with Russia’s Sharapova, seeded 5, doubtless awaiting her within the quarters.
Sharapova, 28, conjointly lacks match follow when a left forearm downside forced her out of the state capital International, however she too same all is currently well.