Australian Open: Rafael Nadal embarks on new journey without Uncle Toni

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The 29-year-old has continued 2018 where he left off with a 21st career title looming at this week's ASB Classic in Auckland and he will return to the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings for the first time since August 2014 when he gears himself up for a first-round test against the hugely-talented American Frances Tiafoe.

"I'm hoping that it can be 100 percent at the start of the tournament". "I don't want to say "new serve", but new service motion". "But I feel good".

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 previous year during a stunning comeback from knee surgery.

"Improving my grand slam results from last year was definitely my goal for this year", he said ahead of Monday's start to the Melbourne Park major. Nadal is coming into the tournament after suffering a knee injury in later stages of 2017. Federer went on to win Wimbledon for his 19th major and finished the year ranked No. 2 behind Nadal, who won the French and U.S. Open titles.

"I mean, Roger and Rafa's year last year has shown age is just a number, especially in Roger's case", Djokovic said Saturday in his pre-tournament news conference.

"I thought my game wasn't going to be good enough for that day and it was".

It saw Nadal play Austrian world number five Dominic Thiem this week on a practice court under full match conditions, with ball kids, scoreboard, and umpire.

Nadal look fit and agile while defeating Thiem and said he felt "good" and was "more or less" playing well.

I played in Kooyong once.

Nadal's career has been disrupted by injuries since 2005, but he sees a need for a more thorough examination of the tennis schedule after the latest spate of injuries. Talking with the Australian Open, yeah, they gave us the chance to play like an open practice but closer to the match for the crowd.

If he wins Australian Open, it will be his 17th grand slam and will also put him in an elite list of few players who have won all the Grand Slams at least twice in their career.

"Everyone starts from zero". I start from zero again.

Toni Nadal is now coaching at the Rafael Nadal Academy, with his nephew under the tutelage of Carlos Moya.

"I think improving the grand slam performances is one thing (he needs)", he said.

"If I have something to ask, I ask him". If he have something to tell me, he call me and tell me.