Sponsors might like the double opportunity to showcase their wares, but tennis has enough television challenges without viewers having to struggle to figure out who is who in a match.
There will be many that question the 30-year-old's chances of coming anywhere near to winning a record seventh Australian Open but the very fact he is going to be competing will prove an unwelcome sight for his main rivals. The flashback slam got the finish it deserved when Federer outlasted his good friend Nadal in a colossal five-set battle on Rod Laver Arena.
"I had all these great five-setters and at the end the epic match against Rafa".
Raonic suffered two injuries in 2017 which largely curtailed his season.
Former world number one Novak Djokovic, who is making a comeback after a six-month layoff due to a tennis elbow injury, is ranked 14 in the tournament.
Djokovic displayed few signs of rust after his lengthy time away from the game, hitting penetrating groundstrokes deep into the corners, moving extremely well and volleying with precision.
Rafael Nadal suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Richard Gasquet of France at the Kooyong Classic exhibition in Australia.
"So he's (number) one, I'm (number) two so that means we have six matches to play (to meet in the final)". Who knows what Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek will bring to the table this time around? For me, it's not a big problem, ' the Guardian quoted Tomic, as saying.
Luckily, the surgery was a success and Alexis Jr.
Wozniacki is projected to face French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in the quarters. The third-seeded Bulgarian, despite falling in the semifinals in his Brisbane International title defence last week, has imposed himself at last as a serious contender with victory in the season-ending ATP Finals. "For me, that's more the issue".
Williams could face Ukraine's fourth seed Elina Svitolina in the quarter-finals.
Spain's powerhouse Garbine Muguruza, who triumphed at Wimbledon last year to claim a second grand slam, is tipped as the player most likely to assume the dominant role. The fifth set was perhaps the best set I played.
Meanwhile, Nadal will begin his bid for a second Australian Open title against Victor Estrella Burgos, the world No 81 from the Dominican Republic.
Men's tennis Big Four were expected to be in full force in Melbourne until former world's No.1 Andy Murray pulled out with a hip injury.
Players will also be able to claim 50 percent of their prize money if they pull out before their first match, an incentive designed to allow a replacement to play instead.
Picking a women's singles champion at the Australian Open could resemble a lucky dip this year with Serena Williams' continued absence again leaving the door ajar. The world No14 has been mobbed by fans and says, guardedly, he is confident of competing on level terms.
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