No one is more aware of his own flaws than Kyrgios, which has made his failure to address them all the more frustrating. "Hopefully in three or four days I will be there", he said on Thursday.
"We'll have to keep working on that because in my career there are two vital things, the serve and the return, where I start the point and where I have to attack so I don't have to run more than I need to". That's it. Everything that he wants to do with me, I am happy with, no? "I had all these great five-setters and, at the end, the epic match against Rafa". Even one of the key ceremonial figures is expected to skip the festivities: Margaret Court, long retired but still in the headlines, says she will go crab fishing instead this year as the debate continues about whether the Australian Open's third-biggest show court should continue to bear her name.
The volatile Kyrgios is among them and in good form, winning the lead-up Brisbane International last weekend, beating another young gun, Grigor Dimitrov, along the way. He, more than any Australian player, will play the lead in a Grand Slam running theme: the extra heaps of pressure upon home-country, home-team players.
Entered into his first tournament draw since last year's Wimbledon, Djokovic starts in unfamiliar territory as the No.14 seed.
Few would bet against him becoming only the fourth tennis player to reach 20 in two weeks time, although Federer was reluctant to accept the favourite's tag. I think about first round I play against Estrella Burgos. "Important for me is beginning of the tournament this year".
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"I'd like to do well".
The market has been quite cautious regarding Djokovic winning quarter three as well (Alex Zverev is the main seed in this quarter), making him [2.14] on the Exchange, with Zverev at [4.0] to make the semi-finals.
Federer says the likes of six-times champion Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka, both returning after lengthy injury breaks, could benefit from the same mindset he arrived with in Melbourne a year ago, when he was just back from a six-month hiatus.
Federer took his grand slam tally to 19 after extended rest breaks and Nadal, who enters his 18th season on the ATP tour, has also benefitted from carefully picking tournaments to preserve his fitness, something he will do so again this year.
"I am looking to have a good practice this afternoon, good practice tomorrow, and be ready for Monday".
"If I have something to ask, I ask him".
"For me, it's because of me getting older". So it's been good.
"All the other matches were a little bit better".
Tempestuous Australian 17th seed Nick Kyrgios, is in the same section of the draw and faces Brazil's 100th-ranked Rogerio Dutra Silva.