As the day one of the 2018 Australian Open gets underwayA�on Monday, Rafael Nadal and Venus Williams lead top stars to the courts for hostilities.
World No 1, Nadal serves off his 2018 season with a first round tie against Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic.
Also in action is Venus Williams, Grigor Dimitrov and home favourite Nick Kyrgios.
Meanwhile, Roger Federer talked down any suggestion that he is the favourite for this year’s Australian Open.
a�?I feel like maybe somebody like a Rafael Nadal, with the year that hea��s had, or Novak Djokovic with the six titles could very well be the favourites too,a�? Federer said.
He added that the off-season is tougher than playing tournaments for him.
a�?I work hard in the off-season to create a base that serves me well throughout the season, and then I rework the base time and time again throughout the season,a�? he added.