Djokovic takes cheeky mid-match dig at Kyrgios

Djokovic takes cheeky mid-match dig at Kyrgios

Djokovic takes cheeky mid-match dig at Kyrgios

"I'm good and I am here so that's good news and my idea is just to keep practising the next couple of days to be ready for the beginning of the Australian Open".

The former World No.1 made an impressive return to action in an exhibition clash with Dominic Thiem yesterday but admitted his elbow is still not 100 per cent.

"It's their view and I've never needed the help of Tennis Australia to achieve what I've achieved in my career". By contrast, Djokovic is returning from injury and hopes to avoid a repeat of last year's second-round defeat to Denis Istomin - his worst result since bowing out at the first hurdle in his first appearances in 2005 and 2006. Past year he admitted he had no love for the game, saying it is just a job and he felt "trapped".

"I'm grateful and flattered that people see me as one of the favourites, but I have to take a step back", said the six-time Australian Open champion, the most successful men's player at Melbourne Park alongside Roy Emerson.

The 19-time Grand Slam victor is hoping to repeat his success from 2017 and establish himself as the greatest player the world has ever seen. U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, who has struggled since winning her first major last September, will face Shuai Zhang of China in the first round.

For women's singles event, Caroline Wozniacki is seeded second Garbine Muguruza followed by Elina Svitolina, Venus Williams, Karoliina Pliskova, Jelena Ostapenko, Caroline Garcia, Johanna Konta, CoCo Vandeweghe.

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"Also I got a great opponent - No. 5 in the world".

Djokovic will play in the Tie-break Tens in Melbourne on Wednesday night, alongside world No.1 Rafael Nadal, who has also had injury concerns. It began shortly after he won the 2016 French Open to hold all four Grand Slam titles at once, and it persisted until he finally walked out of Wimbledon during a 2017 quarterfinal opposite Tomas Berdych, his right elbow urging respite.

Serena Williams will not defend the women's title having had her first child previous year but 2008 champion Maria Sharapova, who failed a drugs test at the tournament in 2016, is back unseeded after a ban and will face Germany's Tatjana Maria.

The world number two's bid for a 20th grand slam title will be aided by lingering injuries to top players like Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, as well as the absences of Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori. The fifth set was maybe the best set I ever played.

Dimitrov remains one of the favoured contenders and, seeded third, has the luxury of facing yet-to-be-determined qualifiers in the first two rounds.

Tiley's mood would have improved even further after Nadal returned to the court for an exhibition match at the Kooyong Classic.

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