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Rafael Nadal turning back clock with Australian Open appearance

Rafael Nadal turning back clock with Australian Open appearance”

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Novak Djokovic exceeded expectations on his return to grand slam action at the Australian Open on Tuesday but the Serb should brace for doubts to re-surface during tougher matches, according to former world number one Mats Wilander.

It will be a meeting of the only two former champions in the women's draw, with Sharapova lifting the trophy a decade ago while Kerber was the victor in 2016.

Defending champion Roger Federer admits he's keeping a close eye on Novak Djokovic as the Serbian attempts to emulate the Swiss' incredible 2017 Australian Open comeback.

Said one fan: 'Maria Sharapova is playing Tatjana Maria right now in the #AusOpen, but it just looks like the scoreboard is biased'.

"With that choice I know that I face difficulties and challenges on the court and that I start from no ranking and that I might start on some outside courts". I was absent for for one month maximum at any time in tennis and not missed a Grand Slam. "Honestly, to win today, it means a lot to me". A forehand cross-court victor set up the break point, and a backhand victor put her a game away from victory. "Well I did have various emotions, mostly good ones: excitement, joy, gratitude for being able to have an opportunity to compete", Djokovic said Tuesday. I was obviously hoping that this was going to continue and be transferred into the first round of Australian Open, but playing a practice set and playing an official match in a Grand Slam is quite different, because, you have nerves that kick in.

"I feel like I'm building", said Sharapova.

"I love Australia. I love the summertime".

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But still Sevastova was not done and broke back again to force a tiebreak. "A lot of things to smile about".

"She never really lets up", Sharapova said. I have expectations because of my previous results in my career, and I know at what level I can play.

"I don't think she's ever cared about what people think, which is what has made her a great champion".

Former world number 2 Agnieszka Radwanska also made it through after losing the first set to Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko.

Muguruza was the ninth of the top 16 seeds to exit before the end of the second round, emphasising the wide open nature of the women's draw.

Halep, who recovered from a 5-2 deficit in the first set, was moving across the baseline in the third game of the second set when her left foot caught on the court surface and she twisted her ankle, tumbling to the ground.

Sharapova had no interest in responding to claims it was inappropriate, saying only: "I was invited to be part of the draw by (tournament director) Craig Tiley and the tournament organisation, and I kindly accepted".



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