Here is what Roger Federer,Maria Sharapova will wear at the Australian Open

Johanna Konta

"Improving my grand slam results from last year was definitely my goal for this year", he said ahead of Monday's start to the Melbourne Park major.

By contrast, Nadal will enjoy his 11th top seeding at a grand slam, and his fourth at Melbourne Park.

"I played great players in the previous year". That fifth set against Rafa was maybe the best set I've ever played. "I've just got to get through those matches and we'll see how far I can go".

"I feel my biggest expectation is from myself", Venus Williams said, dismissing any notion that age or expectations will weigh heavily on her.

With so few matches under his belt ahead of the season-opening Grand Slam, he asked organisers if they could do him a special favour, and they obliged. I played in Kooyong once.

"That's my feeling. We made a decision to play another match".

Nadal finished on top of the year-end rankings after winning the French and United States open crowns.

Novak Djokovic

"I think he's incredibly talented".

The Spaniard has dominated the last 12 months along with Federer and added two more Grand Slam crowns to his own tally - even finishing the year as the world number one.

Not only can he clinch a 17th Grand Slam in Melbourne, but he also has the opportunity to join Roy Emerson and Rod Laver as only the third man in the Open era to win each of the four Grand Slams twice.

"For me the Australian Open, if you are not 100 percent motivated to win this tournament, you probably don't love the sport".

But he knows anything can happen so early in the season, despite being the top ranked player in the world. Remain this afternoon and tomorrow, the last practice before the competition starts for me.

Take one determined old guard, throw in a mix of exciting youngsters and add in a couple of returning heroes, and you have a recipe for a thrilling contest. He has enough confidence with me, or I have enough confidence with him, to talk about anything I have to talk.

Entering as the No. 1 seed for the first time at a major and at a tournament where she's had back-to-back first-round exits, two-time French Open finalist Halep opens against teenage wild-card entry Destanee Aiava. He loves me. I love him. If he has something to tell me, he calls me and tells me.

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