Roger Federer faces Aljaz Bedene first up in Australian Open

Roger Federer faces Aljaz Bedene first up in Australian Open

The world No.1 played just his second match in nearly three months, losing to veteran Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-4 7-5 in their exhibition outing in Melbourne on Tuesday, but he looked to be moving freely on his troublesome knee.

His 2017 comeback could be inspiration for the likes of Djokovic, who has won the Australian title a record six times but has been sidelined since Wimbledon with a right elbow injury.

Anything can happen. It's a Grand Slam.

The former Wimbledon finalist's ranking has slid to 83 after making a first-round exit past year in 14 tournaments including Wimbledon and the US Open.

"I can't stop laughing outside and inside". Referring to the final set of the thriller, which he won 6-3, he said: "It was an unbelievable final, an incredible moment for me in my life and it's great to be back here", as quoted by the Express.

Defending champion Federer will be back sniffing a 20th major at the Australian Open but the build-up to the men's tournament has been more about who will even make the start line in Melbourne next Monday, rather than who will last the course.

"This has been a tough period for me, obviously injury is the greatest enemy a professional athlete can have", the Serbian added.

"I feel ready! Idemo (let's go)!" "It's a great start".

"It's impossible for me not to say Roger [is the greatest of all time] because he plays the best that anyone has played tennis and he is still winning", Mouratoglou, founder of the famous tennis academy which bears his name, exclusively told Eurosport.

Novak Djokovic, Garbine Muguruza and Stan Wawrinka all face fitness questions ahead of next week's Australian Open.

Nadal - who withdrew from the Mubadala World Tennis Championship and the Brisbane International - lost to Richard Gasquet at the Kooyong Classic on Tuesday before going down to Tomas Berdych in the Tie Break Tens tournament a day later.

Federer will saddle up for a 19th time in the main draw at Melbourne Park, looking to frustrate "Generation Next" once again and defend the title he won past year during a stunning comeback from knee surgery. The Swiss star has won the tournament five times.

"It doesn't help when someone wants to walk on the court and get straight back off - that mental state doesn't help", she said.

The 2018 Australian Open is just around the corner and that means it's time for the all-important draw to be announced.

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