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Australian Open 2018: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic drawn in same half

Australian Open 2018: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic drawn in same half”

All eyes will be on Tomic when he along with 13 locals will look to make it to the main event of the Australian Open when qualifying begins on Wednesday.

In a separate rule change designed to get matches started more quickly, warm-up times will be strictly enforced.

"Just prior to winning Wimbledon in 2012, he was right there in the top five and had a couple of very difficult losses, a couple of brutal matches to Novak [Djokovic]".

Nadal seems to have an easier path through to the finals with Cilic, Sock, Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios in his half of the draw.

"You see how physical it is on the court, and then you see the traveling and the challenge of our sport versus others in terms of time zone changes and the variables in conditions", said Justin Gimelstob, an ATP board member and former player and coach. "That's a great start to the year for him and he's definitely a contender now".

Raonic suffered two injuries in 2017 which largely curtailed his season. A year ago, Wawrinka's compatriot Federer lifted his status further into the stratosphere when he won his 18th slam in Melbourne after seven months away.

Rafael Nadal suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Richard Gasquet of France at the Kooyong Classic exhibition in Australia. For me, it's not a big problem, ' the Guardian quoted Tomic, as saying.

Del Potro could run into two-time Australian Open semifinalist Tomas Berdych in the third round, should the Czech take down fleet-footed Australian wildcard Alex De Minaur.

The tennis community and sporting world yearns for another instalment in the Federer-Nadal rivalry but while form is temporary and class is permanent, a lack of preparation may rob the Australian public of another unforgettable event. I'm happy with the way it went today.

Second seed Caroline Wozniacki will open her tournament against Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu, while third seed Garbine Muguruza takes on French wildcard Jessika Ponchet.

Kyrgios required medical attention for a knee injury throughout the Brisbane International. The US Open champion said that she needed an extra week's rehab. It can be argued that Nole's struggle opened the door for both Federer and Nadal to reignite their respective careers.

Williams could face Ukraine's fourth seed Elina Svitolina in the quarter-finals.

Last year's quarterfinalist Johanna Konta is in the same quarter as Halep and faces American Madison Brengle first up. The fifth set was perhaps the best set I played.

His longevity has been marvelled at far and wide, underlined by the fact that his 2017 victory came 13 years after his first. She also talked about her return to the tennis court and why she does not want Alexis Jr.to follow her career path as a professional tennis player.

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