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Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic still on top of the world and favored to repeat as Australian Open tennis champs

Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic still on top of the world and favored to repeat as Australian Open tennis champs

MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic is in the kind of form that has rivals no less than Rafael Nadal describing it as being close to perfection. Serena Williams has been injured, has hardly played since the U.S. Open and had to withdraw from her only tuneup event ahead of the Australian Open.

The preparations of the reigning champions couldn't be more contrasting in the week leading up to the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.

They have one thing in common, though: They're both favorites to win again, having each won three of the four majors in 2015. Serena Williams has won six Australian titles, Djokovic has won five — and neither player has lost a final...

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