Australian Open 2018: five to watch in the men’s singles

Injury has ruled out Andy Murray and casts a shadow over other big names but there are plenty of contenders for the final stages in Melbourne

A year ago time seemed to be running out for the Swiss great. Instead, Federer roared back to win his fifth Australian Open title before regaining his Wimbledon crown. Now, with so many of his rivals wounded or absent, the defending champion starts as the hot favourite. Yet the 36-year-old’s quarter-final exit at the US Open reminded him that he must manage his body carefully; his hopes of winning a 20th major will be in doubt if his back plays up.

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