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Australian Open preview: Experts give their predictions

The Australian Open is back for another year!

Steve Price speaks with the experts before play starts on Day One, to get a full preview.

Players are facing scorching temperatures at Melbourne Park which could hurt the lesser players on the outer courts during the day time heat.

Fan-favourite Roger Federer is looking to win his third consecutive Australian Open title and, despite his 37-years-of-age, can anyone really count out the Swiss maestro?

Caroline Wozniaki is the defending women’s champion but Serena Williams is back and on the hunt for an eighth title at Melbourne.

Channel Nine will be hosting the television coverage for the first time after winning the rights from Channel Seven.

Lead commentator Jim Courier speaks with Steve about what we can expect from the year’s first Grand Slam.

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On the court, Australia’s hopes are pinned on Ash Barty, Alex de Minaur and Nick Kyrgios.

Macquarie Radio tennis expert Craig Gabriel discusses their chances and gives his tips for men’s and women’s champions.

He thinks Serena is a shoo-in and expects Federer to come up short in his quest for a 21st major victory.

Click PLAY below to hear Craig’s predictions