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Tennis champions Wozniacki, Federer on different ends of the spectrum


MELBOURNE, Australia — Caroline Wozniacki is entering new territory at the Australian Open as a defending champion for the first time at a major.


A women’s final last year featuring two players aiming for their first Grand Slam title finished with Wozniacki holding off top-ranked Simona Halep for the championship.


Federer beat Marin Cilic to win the Australian Open for the sixth time — claiming his 20th major crown — and successfully defend the title he won the previous year in a career comeback of sorts.


Of course, he’s got strong competition from Novak Djokovic, who has won the last two majors and is also aiming for a seventh Australian title.


Federer, the sport’s senior statesman, was asked Sunday how he retained such a high level of health despite being about five years older than Nadal, Djokovic and Murray — the other members of the so-called Big Four.


Wozniacki has the first of the night matches on Rod Laver against Alison Van Uytvanck after a day session on the main stadium that features Maria Sharapova, Nadal and No.






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