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Gavrilova wants titles and Federer selfie

AAP logoAAP 28/12/2016 Justin Chadwick

Australian rising tennis star Daria Gavrilova has set her sights on snaring a maiden WTA title in 2017, but first she wants to get a selfie with Roger Federer.

Gavrilova enjoyed a breakout year in 2016, rocketing to No.25 in the world rankings and reaching the final of October's Kremlin Cup in Russia.

The 22-year-old will start her summer at Perth's Hopman Cup, where she will partner Nick Kyrgios in Australia's title defence.

Gavrilova is yet to snare a WTA singles title, and she's desperate to break that drought next year.

But her immediate focus is on getting a photo with 17-time grand slam winner Federer, who will also be playing at the Hopman Cup.

"When he says hello, I get all nervous. He's still a big idol to me," Gavrilova said on Wednesday.

"I still haven't got a picture with him. So maybe I'll get a chance this time."

Kyrgios was on his best behaviour at last summer's Hopman Cup, but it was in stark contrast to the way he ended 2016.

The 21-year-old was banned from the ATP tour and ordered to undertake counselling after tanking on several points in a shock defeat to German journeyman Mischa Zverev in October.

It was the latest controversy to engulf Kyrgios, who had a string of run-ins during 2016.

Gavrilova said she enjoyed partnering Kyrgios at the last Hopman Cup, and was looking forward to reuniting with him to defend their crown.

"Well last year he was a good boy. So we'll see how he is this time," Gavrilova said with a smile.

"It's fun (playing with him).

"Last year I lost a couple of tough matches, and he was really cool about it.

"He was actually not feeling sorry for me, and that's what I like.

"He was like, 'Ok, I have to do it all by myself again'. And I was getting fired up. He made it fun."

Gavrilova reached the fourth round of the Australian Open after her Hopman Cup success in January.

But she failed to make an impact in the other three majors, losing in the first round at the US Open and French Open, and being knocked out in the second round of Wimbledon.

Gavrilova's coach Nicole Pratt will take a step back in 2017 after landing a new role as head of Australian women's tennis.

Biljana Veselinovic - the former coach of Lucie Safarova and Alize Cornet - has been added to Gavrilova's entourage, and the early signs have been promising.

"I was kind of having a few chats with Biljana during Wimbledon, and we thought we could be a great team together, and it's been working really well," Gavrilova said.

Kyrgios and Gavrilova will be in action on Sunday night when they take on Spain's pairing of Lara Arruabarrena and Feliciano Lopez at the mixed-teams event.

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