Top seed Murray taking nothing for granted

"You can't win a tournament in the first week, but you can lose it".

Novak Djokovic said he did not intentionally hit a ball into the crowd during his Qatar Open final against Andy Murray, an incident which threatened to take the gloss off his victory.

Ninth seed Nadal opens up against Florian Mayer.

Todd Martin, who made his first career Grand Slam final at the Australian Open in 1994, also counts Zverev as someone who could make a significant run, along with another trio of players that have yet to reach the title match at a Major. Kerber opens the night session against Lesia Tsurenko. Crowds will clamour for four-times champion Roger Federer to go deep in the tournament as he returns to grand slam action after a long layoff from a knee injury. For Kerber, though, it's pertinent. Federer won the first three meetings, but Melzer won the last, almost six years ago in Monaco.

"I do think the last few months of past year can help me with giving me a bunch of confidence - other players look at that and see you're playing well, and (I) feel physically and mentally strong", Murray said on Thursday, via The Australian. "I don't know if that will come over time, if I'm able to stay there or not".

Speaking on Saturday, Murray said: "I'm more than happy just being Andy".

WOMENWilliams should be in contention, and while she's no longer the No. 1 player in the world, she's still one of the top contenders on the women's side.

After snatching the world crown of superstar Serena Williams a year ago, the pressure on and off the court has been mounting on Kerber to meet expectations and perform as the daunting task, the "new challenge for me" of being the best female hitter weighs. But, "We are starting from zero here".

"When I stop Brisbane, I just rest actually for a lot of days".

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United States of America goaltender Tyler Parsons was tremendous in the shootout period, denying all five Canadian attempts. Instead, captain Dylan Strome led the procession for silver medals, with the Star Spangled Banner following in short order.

"I will try to not put too much expectation and pressure on myself".

"I prefer to be the favorite".

World number two Novak Djokovic labelled Fernando Verdasco a "complete player" as he prepares for a tough Australian Open first round.

WOMENSerena Williams' next Grand Slam would be her 23rd, which would move her past Steffi Graf on the all-time list.

'Sophia is here. past year she came to NY and was in Paris a little bit. But more than six months away from the tour dropped the Swiss's ranking to 17th, which is why Federer received his worst seeding in a major since the 2001 French Open.

While Serena has to wait, the Williams family will be represented on Rod Laver Arena on Monday by her older sister, Venus. Plays predominantly from the back of the court and moves well. According to the 29-year-old, the birth of his daughter Sophia last February gave him a new perspective towards life and tennis. That resulted in him getting a tougher draw than usual at the tournament he has won four times, and where he has reached the semifinals in 12 of the last 13 years.

The biggest beneficiaries of this year's Australian Open prize money increase, however, will be those who exit in the early rounds.

This section contains Nick Kyrgios, and a potential mouth-watering match-up with Stan Wawrinka in the fourth round.

Tennis stars will do battle for the second largest prize money reward in the sport's history when the Australian Open gets underway in Melbourne on Monday. I'm playing well. Practice has been good.


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