Earlier this week, Roger Federer said a 36-year-old shouldn't be the favourite to win a tournament. Mats Wilander instead thinks the Swiss is exceptional and so it's normal. 'But it's Federer! I saw Roger at last year's level: when he plays like this, no one can beat him,' Wilander told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. 'Nadal and others will have to be patient: he won't last forever at this level. I don't know if Federer is playing his best tennis ever, it's definitely the most efficient one. His tactics, thanks to (Ivan) Ljubicic as coach, have improved: I think Ivan made his career longer by three or four years. Now Roger makes the opponent play bad and is more aggressive.'
Who could be the outsider in Melbourne? 'Alexander Zverev has improved a lot: if he will have the chance to win his first Major title, I don't think he will miss it. The others? (Novak) Djokovic is getting older, (Grigor) Dimitrov doesn't seem to be ready, (Nick) Kyrgios doesn't manage to be consistent throughout the whole Grand Slam, but in terms of absolute level he is stunning.'