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Novak Djokovic looks forward to trying out "new serve" at Australian Open

Novak Djokovic Novak Djokovic looks forward to trying out "new serve" at Australian Open
Shannon Reynolds | 13 January, 2018, 12:35

They're all in the same half of the draw as defending champion Roger Federer, who past year returned from an extended injury time out to beat Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final and end a Grand Slam drought dating back to 2012.

It was the latest stumble for the former world No 1 but his 2017 took a more serious downward turn in the summer when, after pulling out during his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych, he announced he would be taking the rest of the season off to rehabilitate an ongoing elbow problem.

Novak Djokovic is back from six months off the ATP Tour with a remodeled service motion partly inspired by Andre Agassi and a growing confidence he can get his sore right elbow through the Australian Open.

While Melbourne Park maestro Djokovic will bid for a record seventh Australian Open title, those fans hoping for a shake-up of the establishment may look to 20-year-old Alexander Zverev after his stellar 2017.

No man has more Australian Open titles than Djokovic, who has six in all and — until last year's shocking second-round exit — had won five of the six contested from 2011 to 2016.

"In terms of professional things, I spoke to him few days ago, speaking about how the life going, how the tennis going", he said of Toni.

Grand slam success is seen as a matter of when, not if, for Zverev but the ageless Federer stands ready to thwart another youth-led insurrection. "I feel myself more or less playing well", he added.

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The Serbian said: "It is not 100 per cent healed". "I needed time to kind of get used to that change, understand whether that's good or not good for me".

Danger lurks at nearly every corner, with former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic and a resurgent Juan Martin Del Potro, the man who beat Federer for the 2009 U.S. Open title, looming as threats before the quarter-finals.

The 14th seed is a confirmed starter in the first grand slam of the year after months of doubt. "They spent a lot of hours analyzing my serve".

Federer was seeded No. 2 behind world No. 1 Rafael Nadal has a seemingly simple opener against 51st-ranked Slovenian Aljaz Bedene, but he might be made to sweat after that. "I start from zero again", he said.

"But hopefully I can improve that this year". "But I feel good", he told a news conference on Saturday.

"I still know what I'm capable of, and I believe in my own abilities to win against the best players in the world".

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