Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic in same half of Australian Open draw

Nick Kyrgios was on fire at the Brisbane International

Nick Kyrgios was on fire at the Brisbane International

The 19-time Grand Slam winner is hoping to repeat his success from 2017 and establish himself as the greatest player the world has ever seen. Rounding out the Big Four, Andy Murray will not play as he recovers from hip surgery.

Nadal seems to have an easier path through to the finals with Cilic, Sock, Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios in his half of the draw. With so much time off from the sport, it's going to be interesting to see just how much rust there is for Djokovic.

As for Federer, it is business as usual in his pursuit of a remarkable 20th grand slam. "Hopefully if I can reach the last few rounds, I will feel more comfortable".

Her sister Venus, who lost the all-Williams Australian Open final last year, has a tough opener against Belinda Bencic - who combined with Federer to win the Hopman Cup for Switzerland last week - and is also in the same quarter as U.S. Open winner Sloane Stephens. Add slower courts and the corresponding shift to longer, more physical rallies and the strain on the male players' bodies starts to become evident in the rash of high-profile injuries currently plaguing the tour.

"But, as he indicated this morning, he will be ready to play and it's great to see him out here". "I think the reality of where we're at is that the game is overdesigned".

Grigor Dimitrov is intent on seizing the moment and ushering in a new era of men's tennis as he heads the queue of unfulfilled talents chasing Australian Open glory at Melbourne Park.

But for now, no younger woman has demonstrated the ability to dominate in the absence of Williams and no younger man has demonstrated the ability to handle Grand Slam occasions anywhere near as well as Nadal, Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic.

"I'm free of fever and healthy again", he insisted then.

Federer's four victories last year over his old foe also means he has won five matches in a row against Nadal for the first time in his career.

"Defending a title the very first time is the hard part... if you don't win, it's all dramatic but later on in life you take it as it comes, try your best and if it works out, great but if it doesn't, it just doesn't". Nadal will open against Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic.

Simona Halep is No. 1 in the women's draw, followed by Carolina Wozniacki and Garbine Muguruza.

Williams remains, at 23 Grand Slam singles titles, one short of Court's record. It will be held on Margret Court Arena with tennis fans encouraged to attend. "It was the highlight of last year, beating Wimbledon and all the other tournaments I played".

The best-of-five format for the men's matches is a gruelling challenge that none of the members of the Next Gen has yet found a way to overcome.

Assuming he emerges from a likely early meeting with Adrian Mannarino (26), fifth seed Dominic Thiem may come under threat from Wawrinka (9). "That Margaret has definitely homophobic views does not take away those accomplishments, no doubt about that". If Bellis can make it into can make it past the third round then it will be a true demonstration of her potential.

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