It’s a strange year, but this year is the year of the Australian Grand Slam, as two of the biggest names in tennis will be returning to the venue.
In 2018, two of tennis’s most storied teams will play in the same arena and it’s a fitting way for the two teams to rekindle their rivalry.
The Melbourne-Wales pair, which has won four titles in a row, are set to clash on Sunday in a quarterfinal clash in Brisbane.
The pair, who were not originally scheduled to play in Brisbane, are due to play for a record-breaking first-round fee of $10 million.
But after being knocked out in the quarterfinals of the US Open last year, the Australian pair will have the opportunity to make history when they return to the Australian top table on Monday night.
There is an incredible rivalry between the two sides, but as the two squads have made great strides in the last decade, it has also become an ever more intense rivalry.
One of the most important players in that rivalry is the former world number one Roger Federer, who is playing in the Australian tour for the first time since his retirement.
The 34-year-old former world No. 1 has been a fixture at the Royal Melbourne Tennis Club for the past decade, playing in more than 70 tournaments and winning 18 Grand Slam titles.
He will be joined by his brother Rafael, who was the second seed in the US and won three Grand Slams.
He was knocked out by Australian Open champion Andy Murray in the first round of the second round at the US, losing to Murray by a set point in the third round.
But in the second match at the Melbourne venue, Federer defeated Federer by a 6-3, 6-2 margin.
The rivalry between Federer and Rafael has been an ongoing one for years.
They played a pair of first-time final doubles in 2012 and 2013 and won their first grand slam singles match in 2015.
The Australian Open has played host to a number of other top-level matches between Federers and Rafaels, including a semifinal and a fifth round clash in 2016.
The two are set for another battle in Brisbane on Sunday, and will be looking to build on their success to win the tournament.