Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer earn top two seeds for Australian Open

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer earn top two seeds for Australian Open”

Six times Australian Open champion Serbian Novak Djokovic will be 14th, after missing half of 2017 with an elbow injury.

Naomi Broady battled through to the second round of qualifying at the Australian Open but there were defeats for Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter.

The seedings have gone largely according to the ATP world rankings, although Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori are out injured and women's champion Serena Williams opted not to play after giving birth in September. He heads into the year's first Grand Slam ranked fourth and has a good chance of making deep inroads in a Major for the first time.

In the men's draw, top seed and last year's runner-up Rafael Nadal is in Marin Cilic's section of the draw and if all hold seed, they will face off in the quarter-finals.

'So as long as they're here they will be competing at the highest level and fighting for Grand Slam titles, it will be hard to beat them.

But with Murray out until the summer, perhaps this will be the year of the newcomer.

Third seed Grigor Dimitrov or eighth seed Jack Sock are possible semi-final opponents for the 16-time Grand Slam winner.

He said: "I don't want to be overconfident". The ATP Tour doesn't have a dearth of talent among the mid-20s lot, it has usually been a case of superior and more expedience competition.

"It feels great, obviously I was waiting for this moment for six months to play a match", the former World No.1 said after the win.

It seemed no-one on the planet was capable of stretching the baseliner when he was in the zone.

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.

Dimitrov's first stern test is likely to come from Kyrgios in a fourth-round blockbuster.

There is the issue of its structure, which, with multiple governing bodies and no final arbiter, severely limits its ability to make calendar changes.

Tennis, a game played on intersecting lines, is at a crossroads and not just in terms of how it responds to its latest surge in injuries.

Indeed, many Aussie supporters may not have been alive to witness the last occasion.

"So this phase now, the last eight years have just been the best".

The Spaniard was then scheduled to return to court in the season-opening Brisbane International starting on January 1, but he withdrew from that as well.

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