Roger Federer looks to defend Australian Open title

2019 Australian Open

14-27 January 2019
Melbourne Park, Victoria, Australia

Tennis legend Roger Federer will look to defend his Australian Open Men’s Singles title when the 2019 tournament gets underway at Melbourne Park on Monday, 14 January.

The veteran Swiss right-hander claimed a record-extending 20th Grand Slam title when he defeated Marin Cilic in the 2018 final.

Roger Federer won last year’s Australian Open for his 20th Grand Slam title.

This time around, Federer is seeded third behind his great rivals Novak Djokovic (1) and Rafael Nadal (2) but will back his accurate serve and powerful ground strokes to once again be highly effective on the hard courts in Melbourne.

The 37-year-old demonstrated his form by leading Switzerland to a second consecutive Hopman Cup title last weekend, alongside compatriot Belinda Bencic.

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Suggested photo: Fans will hope for a meeting of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the latter stages of the tournament.

Federer won all four of his singles matches in the Hopman Cup, with his victory over rising star Alexander Zverev in the Germany v Switzerland final particularly impressive.

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2018 Australian Open champions

Men’s Singles – Roger Federer
Women’s Singles – Caroline Wozniacki
Men’s Doubles – Olivier Marach & Mate Pavic
Women’s Doubles – Timea Babos & Kristina Mladenovic
Mixed Doubles – Mate Pavic & Gabriela Dabrowski

2019 Men’s Singles top five seeds (at the time of writing)

1 – Novak Djokovic
2 – Rafael Nadal
3 – Roger Federer
4 – Alexander Zverev
5 – Kevin Anderson

2019 Women’s Singles top five seeds (at the time of writing)

1 – Simona Halep
2 – Angelique Kerber
3 – Caroline Wozniacki
4 – Naomi Osaka
5 –Sloane Stephens

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Published: 01/11/2019