As Andy Murray will recognise, every top player has to go through some sort of heartbreak in order to fulfil their true potential. In fact, it is often a crushing defeat that triggers the stubborn, almost obsessional focus possessed by the great champions.
Davis Cup Return for Djokovic
SAM Stosur and Lleyton Hewitt have been star billing on the opening day of the Australian Open on Monday with matches on Rod Laver Arena.
Ninth seed Stosur follows Russians Maria Sharapova and Olga Puchkova onto the most famous arena in Australian tennis when she faces Taipei's Kai-Chen Chang in the second match of the session.
IT is almost a year since a roaring Novak Djokovic tore his shirt in half at Rod Laver Arena, the adrenalin still coursing through his body.
Novak Djokovic takes his first steps towards entering the history books on Monday and the two-time defending Australian Open champion is taking nothing for granted in his first round clash.
CHRISTMAS arrived last week for Novak Djokovic, who observes the holiday on January 7 like all members of the Serbian Orthodox Church. And the best present he could have hoped for was the return home of his father Srdjan, after two months in hospital with a respiratory infection.
MARIA SHARAPOVA is hitting the sweet spot. The Williams sisters are seeing the ball well, while Novak Djokovic has had his first win. It's been Lleyton Hewitt and ''C'mon!'' And all this before a single ball has been hit in anger at the 2013 Australian Open.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is capable of winning on all surfaces, but the Serbian has a knack for delivering his best tennis at Melbourne Park.
Australia has been good to Novak Djokovic. Very good. Melbourne Park is the scene of both of his first and arguably greatest Grand Slam wins and could be the place where he creates even more history.