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Rafael Nadal loses to Richard Gasquet at Kooyong Classic
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Tim Henman says Roger Federer is the favourite to win Australian Open
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Happy memories of Australia are also personal in another way for Federer, who fondly recalls his first visit for a family holiday as a 14-year-old.
World number one Rafael Nadal lost his first match of the year 6-4, 7-5 to Richard Gasquet at the Kooyong Classic on Tuesday, but said he was happy after his troublesome knee held up "fine".
The Australian Open will be a barren tournament for the British men unless Kyle Edmund - now our only male representative - can stage a significant upset over US Open finalist Kevin Anderson.
The 25-year-old American suffered a hip injury during his match against Yuichi Sugita in the Hopman Cup but recovered to return two days later and play against Roger Federer.
"It will probably be ideal if I got another tournament under my belt coming up to the Australian Open but I haven't had a chance, it wasn't meant to be, my elbow was not ready".
"Obviously, I was waiting for this moment for six months to get out on the court and play a match", he said.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal withdrew from his first tour event of 2018, in Brisbane, with continuing knee problems, and is seeking match practice in a Melbourne exhibition event ahead of the January 15 start.
Aiava said she'd been in good form physically but, mentally, wasn't where she needed to be. Elina Svitolina and Jelena Ostapoenko vs. He can take some credit for the vast improvement in Nadal's second serve, which helped the Spaniard win a 10th Roland Garros title without dropping a set and saw him blow away Kevin Anderson to lift the US Open.
Like rivals Djokovic and Wawrinka, Murray last played in Wimbledon where he was beaten by Sam Querrey in an epic five-setter.
Nadal, who pulled out of his first ATP Tour event of the year but appeared at an exhibition match, starts his Australian campaign against the 83rd-ranked Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic.
Serena Williams may not be around to defend her title this year but sister Venus will be looking to go one better to claim a fifth singles title Down Under. So ravaged are both draws, it is a taking a leap of faith to declare across time zones that there will be no more wounded joining the leading women and men who have either fallen or are sinking to their knees before the first grand slam of the season.
Third-seeded Muguruza is in a hard quarter containing former Australian Open champions Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber, and U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys.
Ex-Watford boss becomes favourite for Stoke job
Espanyol boss Quique Sanchez Flores has refused to confirm whether he has been approached to take over as manager of Stoke City . STOKE CITY believe they can push through a deal to make Quique Sanchez Flores their new manager - despite a hold up in talks.
Gerrit Cole Really is Going to the Astros
Cole burst onto the scene in 2013, and proved to be a driving force on the team that finally broke the 20-year long losing streak. In return, the Pirates received pitchers Joe Musgrove , Michael Feliz , outfielder Jason Martin and third baseman Colin Moran .
England announce Test squad for New Zealand tour
Limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan on Saturday revealed prolific batsman Root should be available for the opening ODI at the MCG. There's a chance for Eoin Morgan's white-ball clan to salvage some pride from the tour with five ODIs in January.
Federer still the man to beat at Melbourne Park
The match-up may work in his favour with the Czech Republican carrying an 0-7 record against Australian in grand slams. He and Belinda Bencic beat Germany's Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber 4-3, 4-2 in the mixed doubles last week.
Rex Burkhead Reportedly Will Miss Patriots Playoff Opener
The absence of Burkhead and Gillislee leaves the Patriots with just White, Dion Lewis and Brandon Bolden in the backfield. The 27-year-old, who practiced in limited fashion Thursday, has rushed for 264 yards and five touchdowns this season.