Federer targets Doha return as Nadal suffers pre-Australian Open injury scare


"Had probably the most exciting matches played on this court, and definitely the longest match ever that I played was in the finals, nearly six hours with Rafa (Nadal) in 2012".

U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem, who gave Djokovic a scare in last year's Australian Open final, tops the bill at the John Cain Arena, formerly known as Melbourne Arena, when the Austrian plays Italy's world No. 10 Matteo Berrettini in Group C.

"(I'm) just happy to be back in the mix of things.

The charismatic 25-year-old last performed in February at the Acapulco Open before a wrist injury and then the coronavirus pandemic brought his season to a halt. "Whenever they can, they show up", Djokovic said.

And Roberto Bautista Agut ensured the tie was won before the doubles by emerging triumphant in an entertaining encounter with Alex de Minaur, which the Spaniard won 4-6 6-4 6-4.

Zverev said repeatedly that he thought Tennis Australia had done a great job in hard circumstances in all but this one regard.

"Playing in front of a crowd, feeding off that energy and exchanging great passion and joy that I, and the fans, have for the sport".

"I feel mentally completely refreshed, ready to go again".

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The 39-year-old American, a seven-time Australian Open champion, restarted her lengthy quest for a 24th Grand Slam singles title with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Daria Gavrilova on Monday in a tuneup tournament at Melbourne Park. We are professional athletes, we learn over the years to play with the pain.

"Just putting bare feet on the ground", he said.

The number one has a running record of 21 consecutive match victories in Australia, which includes 7-0 to win the 2019 Australian Open, 6-0 at the 2020 ATP Cup, 7-0 to win the 2020 Australian Open and 1-0 so far this week; as an indication of his total domination Down Under.

For the Australian Open 2021, it's better late than never.

There has been controversy in the build up as players have complained about their quarantine conditions. Playing Shapo is always a great challenge.

Those 72 players, who were on board the same three charter flights as the nine passengers who tested positive to COVID-19, have been unable to leave their rooms while others have been able to train for up to five hours a day.

Tournament director and Tennis Australia chief executive officer Craig Tiley said it had taken "a massive team effort" to accommodate the arrival of around 1,000 players and officials into the country, with all required to spend two weeks in quarantine.