Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are Australian Open favourites, claims defending champion Roger Federer
A 36-year-old, argued Roger Federer, should not be favourite to win the Australian Open.
Yet making a case for any other man in the draw is almost impossible.
Rafael Nadal in particular could play himself into that role but he has not contested a match since November because of knee troubles while the fitness of six-time champion Novak Djokovic is even more uncertain after six months out with an elbow injury.
Federer, of course, knows that such transformations are eminently possible after returning from his own injury hiatus 12 months ago to win a stunning 18th grand slam title.
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