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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 September 2018

Extra Time podcast: Federer sets tone for 2018 and will the floodgates now open for Wozniacki?

Jon Turner and Graham Caygill reflect on the Australian Open and look at how it could shape the rest of the season.

Roger Federer poses with the Australian Open trophy after winning the title on Sunday. Clive Brunskill / Getty Images
Roger Federer poses with the Australian Open trophy after winning the title on Sunday. Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

History was made at the 2018 Australian Open when Roger Federer won his 20th grand slam, extending his record haul for men's singles titles in the Open era, while Caroline Wozniacki became the first player from Denmark to win a major.

Federer, at the age of 36, continues to set the tone in the men's game as his rivals battle with various injury and fitness issues. For Wozniacki, her triumph marks a major breakthrough, earning her first grand slam title at her 43rd attempt.

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As the first major tournament of the year, the Australian Open can provide a window into what tennis fans can expect for the season. What can be taken away from Melbourne that might set the tone for 2018?

In this special tennis edition of Extra Time, Jon Turner and Graham Caygill reflect on the Australian Open and look forward to the season ahead.

Extra Time is the podcast from The National’s sport desk. Subscribe to and rate the show on Apple Podcasts, or listen on Audioboom, Pocket Cast or your favourite podcasting app.

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