"Everybody thinks I probably have a good chance to maybe repeat and other guys are maybe a bit hurt".
Roger Federer is the "clear favourite" to retain his Australian Open title over an injury-riddled field when the first Grand Slam of the season starts next week in Melbourne, tennis analysts said on Wednesday.
Federer defeated Nadal in a memorable five-set final previous year to win his 18th grand slam title, before later triumphing at Wimbledon.
Sharapova said after a long time out she had to be patient coming back to the tour, but was still confident of returning to the top ranking and winning major tournaments.
And so if the 2017 Australian Open was one for the ages - the revival of the Federer- Nadal rivalry and another Williams sisters final - the 2018 edition is shaping as a survival of the fittest. "I'm excited about it and I've got a few days to practice".
Big Little Lies big at Critics' Choice
Actor Gary Oldman took home the Best Actor award for his outstanding portrayal as Winston Churchill in the film Darkest Hour . Guillermo del Toro and the cast and crew of The Shape of Water accept the award for best picture .
It was a welcome sight for Australian Open organisers and fans following the withdrawals of five-time runner-up Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori as well as 23-time slam victor Serena Williams on the women's side, but Djokovic insisted he is still not 100 per cent fit with the tournament set to get underway on Monday.
"I feel my biggest expectation is from myself", Venus Williams said, dismissing any notion that age or expectations will weigh heavily on her.
"It was the highlight of past year, beating Wimbledon and all the other tournaments I played".
It was the first year since 2009 that Djokovic didn't reach at least one Grand Slam final.
Harry Hiestand: The veteran offensive line coach returns to Chicago after a six-year stint at the University of Notre Dame . The Chicago Bears hired former OR head coach Mark Helfrich to be their offensive coordinator, the team announced Friday.
The paper reported that Trump did not give any inkling if the two bitter rivals have had established any contacts as of yet. North and South Korea held their first official dialogue in more than two years on Tuesday.
Another reward for patient fans will be the absurdly large special edition Detective Pikachu amiibo coming out alongside the game. There's more to this Pikachu than a detective hat - he's one lovably gruff, tough-talking sleuth, with a taste for good coffee.
They came together and brought it back step by step, though, taking over to win the game in overtime with a score of 26-23. The win gives the Crimson Tide their fifth title since the 2009 season and first since the 2015 season. "It is awesome.
She finally told WWE because she was starting to make mistakes in the ring and she didn't want to become a danger to others. She was featured on reality series Total Divas , so that's a possible vehicle for her, as are WWE Studios feature films.
The Asian nation's exports last year expanded by 7.9 percent, while imports soared by 15.9 percent for the year. That was down 12 percent from November's 9.01 million bpd, the second-highest level on record.
The breakfast is scheduled to be held at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave , from 8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. If you're looking for fun things to do on Monday, Jan. 15 , enjoy free entry at Everglades National Park as the U.S.
Bryant has 94 home runs in his first three seasons in the big leagues to go with a.288 batting average and.388 on-base percentage. The Cubs and reliever Justin Grimm didn't reach an agreement yet and are expected to exchange salary figures soon.
Central Pennsylvania is now in the middle of a flood watch and will begin a winter weather advisory tonight . Total rainfall is forecast to be up to a half-inch during the course of the flood watch, forecasters said.
HUD Awards $19 Million to Ky. Homeless Programs
The HUD funding will benefit programs that support Boston's Way Home , the city's chronic and veteran-focused homelessness plan. Local Massachusetts communities also report the number of persons experiencing long-term chronic homelessness decreased.
Vietnam among countries with lowest travel security risks
Embassy Havana employees have been targeted in specific attacks ", suffering "significant injuries as a outcome of these attacks". Ranking Pakistan on Level 3 (reconsider travel ), the State Department asked its citizens to reconsider travel to Pakistan.
Trump lawyer brokered $130K to porn star
The statement read in part: " Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false ". Clifford did not comment directly to the Journal , and Clifford's lawyer declined to comment on the matter.
California suspect in fatal hoax 911 call sent to Kansas
He then gave them an address for 28-year-old Andrew Finch, who was shot and killed by an officer when he answered the door. The address turned out to be unrelated to anyone involved with the dispute, however, and instead led police to Finch.
Upcoming flu restrictions at St. Peter's Health
Infants, the elderly and people with certain medical conditions are at highest risk of getting severe complications from the flu. Public Health Service and Director of the Influenza Division at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
Huawei's AT&T U.S. smartphone deal collapses
Gadot will join Huawei's marketing efforts as the company introduces its Mate10 Pro mobile phone to US market. According to reports, a deal with AT&T to sell the Mate 10 Pro has fallen through, according to the WSJ .