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NOVAK DJOKOVIC Rank: 1 Country: Serbia Age: 31 2018 Match Record: 53-12 2018 Singles Titles: 4 Career Singles Titles: 72 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 14 — Australian Open (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016), French Open (2016), Wimbledon (2011, 2014, 2015, 2018), U.S. Open (2011, 2015, 2018) Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-Lost in 4th Rd, 2017-2nd Rd, 2016-Won Championship, 2015-W, 2014-QF Aces: Has won an ATP-best 27.4 percent of his return games against top-10 opponents over his career.

RAFAEL NADAL Rank: 2 Country: Spain Age: 32 2018 Match Record: 45-4 2018 Singles Titles: 5 Career Singles Titles: 80 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 17 — Australian Open (2009), French Open (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018), Wimbledon (2008, 2010), U.S. Open (2010, 2013, 2017) Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-QF, 2017-Runner-Up, 2016-1st, 2015-QF, 2014-RU Aces: Led ATP by winning 36.6 percent of return games in 2018; no one else was even at 31 percent.

ROGER FEDERER Rank: 3 Country: Switzerland Age: 37 2018 Match Record: 48-10 2018 Singles Titles: 4 Career Singles Titles: 99 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 20 — Australian Open (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018), French Open (2009), Wimbledon (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017), U.S. Open (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-W, 2017-W, 2016-SF, 2015-3rd, 2014-SF Aces: Will try again for his 100th career title. … Bids for a third consecutive Australian Open trophy; only Djokovic has done that in the Open era.

ALEXANDER ZVEREV Rank: 4 Country: Germany Age: 21 2018 Match Record: 58-19 2018 Singles Titles: 4 Career Singles Titles: 10 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: QF, French Open (2018) Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-3rd, 2017-3rd, 2016-1st, 2015-Did Not Play, 2014-DNP Aces: Now working with Ivan Lendl, an eight-time major champ as a player and former coach of Andy Murray. … Only 44th-best at saving break points last season, doing so just 58 percent of the time.

KEVIN ANDERSON Rank: 6 Country: South Africa Age: 32 2018 Match Record: 47-19 2018 Singles Titles: 2 Career Singles Titles: 6 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: RU, U.S. Open (2017), Wimbledon (2018) Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-1st, 2017-DNP, 2016-1st, 2015-4th, 2014-4th Aces: At 6-foot-8, he can deliver dangerous serves with the best of them. His 1,082 aces ranked second on tour in 2018.

DOMINIC THIEM Rank: 8 Country: Austria Age: 25 2018 Match Record: 54-20 2018 Singles Titles: 3 Career Singles Titles: 11 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: RU, French Open (2018) Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-4th, 2017-4th, 2016-3rd, 2015-1st, 2014-2nd Aces: Only two career titles have come on hard courts; eight on clay, where he managed to beat Nadal last year and also reached his first major final.

KEI NISHIKORI Rank: 9 Country: Japan Age: 29 2018 Match Record: 43-21 2018 Singles Titles: 0 Career Singles Titles: 12 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: RU, U.S. Open (2014) Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-DNP, 2017-4th, 2016-QF, 2015-QF, 2014-4th Aces: Held in 81.4 percent of his service games last season, the lowest rate of any member of the year-end top 10.

JOHN ISNER Rank: 10 Country: United States Age: 33 2018 Match Record: 34-22 2018 Singles Titles: 2 Career Singles Titles: 14 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: SF, Wimbledon (2018) Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-1st, 2017-2nd, 2016-4th, 2015-3rd, 2014-1st Aces: Led ATP last year by winning 93.6 percent of his service games. … Led tour with 1,213 aces in 2018.

STEFANOS TSISIPAS Rank: 15 Country: Greece Age: 20 2018 Match Record: 46-27 2018 Singles Titles: 1 Career Singles Titles: 1 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: 4th, Wimbledon (‘18) Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-1st, 2017-DNP, 2016-DNP, 2015-DNP, 2014-DNP Aces: Will be making just his seventh career appearance in the main draw of a major tournament. … One of the brightest young up-and-coming stars on tour.

NICK KYRGIOS Rank: 51 Country: Australia Age: 23 2018 Match Record: 25-13 2018 Singles Titles: 1 Career Singles Titles: 4 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0 — Best: QF, Australian Open (‘15), Wimbledon (‘14) Last 5 Australian Opens: 2018-4th, 2017-2nd, 2016-3rd, 2015-QF, 2014-2nd Aces: 44 aces in match at Brisbane to open year, only one shy of record for an ATP three-setter. … Averaged 19.8 aces per match last season.

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