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And who – as of now – is considered the most likely designated title winner at the first major event of the year. Of course we are talking about Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek.

For the latter, the Grand Slam in Melbourne is something special, after all there is no other season in which you can start in such good shape.

“It’s the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, which makes things easier in terms of fitness because we should arrive fresher. I’ve always felt better prepared for long matches and can work harder,” said Swiatek during the Media Day. In Melbourne, the world number one would like to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner Ash Barty.

On the other hand, the conditions at the Happy Slam are very special – and often not easy to control. “The conditions are different, the courts are faster, timing is the most important thing,” said the world number one. Who didn’t focus on big changes in the pre-season, but on the consistency factor. And I borrowed from the greats of the sport: “I don’t think that top players who have been constant throughout their careers, like Novak, have changed a lot in recent years.”

According to Swiatek, what counts is consistently playing your best game. And that’s what we worked towards in the preparation. But this also includes dealing with difficult phases in matches: “I will always have this perfectionist part in me. When I’m uncomfortable on the pitch, it’s hard not to be hard on myself,” Swiatek said. “The most important thing is to find your balance on the pitch. I want to make sure that the things that happen on training days don’t affect my state of mind.” If Swiatek finds that in the next 14 days, the Pole will be incredibly difficult to beat. Already in lap one Jule Niemeier squinted to prove the opposite.

The original of this post “Great fight goes unrewarded! Niemeier fails at Swiatek” comes from tennisnet.com.