The biggest names in world tennis are set to return to the Australian Open this summer. Former world number ones Novak Djokovic (SRB) and Andy Murray (GBR) along with Kei Nishikori (JPN) and Stan Wawrinka (SUI) all sidelined during 2017 due to injury, have confirmed they’ll return healthy for Australian Open 2018.
Defending champion Roger Federer and world No.1 Rafael Nadal, who swept the Grand Slam pool in 2017, show no sign of slowing down as they prepare for more success during the Australian summer. “I didn’t see it coming this way. I thought maybe if the stars aligned I’d make the quarters or a semi, and maybe beat one or two top ten players,” Roger Federer said recently reflecting on his historic win.
“I was hoping that maybe down the stretch of the season, Wimbledon or US Open in 2017, that was when I was going to hit my stride, you know, that was when I was going to be 100 percent, not before that, you know I needed maybe time, so winning the Australian Open was such a surprise for me.
“I still pinch myself. When I’m home sometimes, having a glass of champagne with my friends and family we say ‘this is for the Australian Open, cheers’. We’re still joking about it, it was a crazy moment in my life … we couldn’t believe it, all the five-setters. The rivalry with Rafa, being down 3-1 in the fifth, it was disbelief. I hope it’s going to be another dream, magical run where I can just enjoy the atmosphere and play for the people,” Federer continued.