by Linus Sunnervik
translated into English by Mauro Cappiello
Many thought of a repeat of last year's Australian Open when the draw was made up on Friday night. Novak Djokovic singled out as favourite, but authoritative expert Nick Bollettieri votes for Roger Federer. - God, thanks Stefan Edberg for his improvements, says Bollettieri.
Stanislas Wawrinka gets a tough task to defend last year's title. In order to succeed, the world number 4 needs to go through a similar path as last year: on Friday night, the Swisss was placed in the same half as top seed Novak Djokovic, the player he beat in a thriller quarter-final last year.
According to plans, they should meet in the semifinal this time. In the other half, just like last edition, there are Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
The Spaniard won last year's only meeting in straight sets, but has undergone knee and appendectomy surgeries last fall.
"Thank you Stefan Edberg"
The world number three has not been past the quarter finals since last year's French Open and lost against 127-ranked Michael Berrer in his only match of 2015.
- It will be very interesting to follow Nadal. We know that there are very few who can beat him when he is in shape, but how is his form? Many of us will look at his first match carefully to see how he plays, says prestigious academy coach and expert Nick Bollettieri during the draw ceremony.
Bollettieri believes in a semi-final against Roger Federer. Before the media and the tennis stars gathered for the draw ceremony, the American took the opportunity to pay his homage to Swede Stefan Edberg, on his successful collaboration with Federer in 2014.
- God, thanks Stefan Edberg for his improvements. With him, he has learned how to go to the net. Edberg couldn't beat his opponents from the baseline - so what did he do? He developed his game and started going forward, says Bollettieri.
- Now he also puts more pressure in his serves with his new racquet. If he has a chance to win a Grand Slam he has all the possibilities to do that here, he says.
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