Tennis mastermind hails Novak ahead of Aus Open tilt

Roger Federer has declared himself fit for the Australian Open

A full house at the arena watched Federer defeat Kyrgios 7-6 (8-6) as the centrepiece of Wednesday night's event.

Other players who took part included Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Alexander Zverev.

Fundraisers for the Australian Open have already been launched to raise money and awareness of the floods in Queensland in 2011, and Federer said he was once again happy to inform some people around the world of Australia's current plight.

With select firefighters and emergency personnel looking on from courtside seats, Kyrgios saved two set points before Federer prevailed in an entertaining encounter.

Reigning Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic says the tournament field is wide open ahead of the first Grand Slam tournament of 2020.

"But these kind of team competitions are really truly special and I'm personally over the cloud with my emotions, and hopefully I can take that positive energy and use it for Australian Open". "It's always tough for me to play Daria; we're good friends, we've known each other for many years since the juniors". I wanted to raise awareness and raise money.

The 20-time grand-slam victor had also dipped into his own pocket, combining with Nadal to make a $250,000 donation, with fundraising efforts to continue during the Australian Open.

We are very excited to announce that the world's best players will be at the AO Rally for Relief.

'We've had some epic matches over the years and this was wasn't about winning and losing'. "It was emotional", said Kyrgios, who made the first pledge to the appeal. "I think it was a hard-fought victory today and I hope to get more of these", Bencic said.

Australia is experiencing one of its worst bushfire seasons in decades, with fires killing more than 28 people and destroying at least 2000 homes.

"What I wanted to do was raise awareness, raise money, and tell people to still go to Australia because people around the world are probably thinking that you are now unable to", said Federer. Wildlife in Australia in the worst hit, almost half a billion animals have perished in the bushfires.

Qualifying was disrupted for a second successive day, firstly by bushfire smoke and later by a torrential rainstorm which cleared the air but put an end to play at Melbourne Park.

Australian Nick Kyrgios has pledged A$200 for every ace he hits this month.



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