'For now, I'm in' - Djokovic positive over Australian Open

Top stars put in final tuneups ahead of Melbourne

Djokovic is set to have another hit-out at Kooyong on Friday, as well as taking part in the Tie-break Tens in Melbourne, alongside world No.1 Rafael Nadal and top-ranked Australian Nick Kyrgios. "I think that affects him mentally as well as physically", she said.

"It was our last big family vacation, if you will, with my sister and my parents before I left home and went to the national tennis centre in Switzerland ... we had a attractive vacation, we went to the Great Barrier Reef and went to Heron Island".

"For now I'm in the tournament and let's hope with God's grace everything will be fine in the next five days".

"I was happy to be out there and I was focused on myself and trying to work on things myself", the 23-year-old said.

"Rafa and Roger are the best ones, but I'm playing well and I'm in good shape. For now everything at the moment is going in the right direction", the Serbian star said on Thursday.

He said: "It was an wonderful final, an unbelievable moment for me in my life and it's great to be back here".

The 12-time grand slam champion also unveiled a new tool in his game, a modified serve.

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Both Federer and Nadal have tipped Zverev to become a future champion, but the world No 4 admitted himself that an improvement is needed if he wants to claim a maiden major.

Maria Sharapova [16.0] will get plenty of attention, after re-entering the top 50 for the first time since her ban.

The 36-year-old is coming off an extraordinary 2017, when he won a fifth Australian Open title and a record eighth at Wimbledon, and there could be yet more glory with a depleted field of top contenders in Melbourne.

"It's not a secret that I have my sights on 25".

Plagued by rumors about personal issues last year-alongside having gotten rid of his entire training team and switched coaches from Boris Becker to Andre Agassi-the world No. 14 seems to have put those behind him and is trying to stay positive.

Maria Sharapova, however, is the one player who can match Williams' intensity and single-minded desire for success, not to mention her status as a drawcard. A similar controversy blew up at the Auckland Classic this week when four players pulled out before their opening matches, citing injury or illness. But he knows that the only way to get back into tournament form is competitive match play. The Austrian played well at the US Open and almost made the last eight for the first time, though lost to Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round, despite being two sets up and holding two match points. "I'll be fine for the Open".

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