Nadal, Federer seeded 1-2 at Australian Open

Nadal, Federer seeded 1-2 at Australian Open

The Swiss marvel, chasing a sixth Australian Open crown, could also face big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic in the fourth round in the bottom half of the men's draw.

Djokovic, who has shaken off the elbow injury that scuppered his 2017 to play in Melbourne, will begin against Donald Young.

The Swiss has not played since Wimbledon past year when he was dumped out by Daniil Medvedev in the first round. Thomas Berdych, who meets Aussie teen sensation Alex De Minaur, is also in the mix.

"There's been a lot of questions (around Wawrinka) and in fact this is the first time publicly in six months that he's said anything, so we are excited that he agreed to come here and is ready to play", Tiley said. It didn't seem to trouble Australia's big hope, who went on to win the tournament. Sock suffered a shock exit at the Auckland Classic when he was beaten by Peter Gojowczyk in straight sets in the second round. "You can't do anything about it except try to recover as quickly as you can", the Serbian pointed out. The 24-year-old was forced to retire from Kooyong on Thursday after falling ill again due to a virus.

"That's what I needed - I wanted to play the opening week of the season and my elbow didn't permit me to", added Djokovic, who will now compete at next week's Australian Open.

She said: "I have pain in my right adductor". Stephens' return from injury was short as she was knocked out of the Sydney International in the first round by Camila Giorgi.

Elina Svitolina [9.0] is the favourite. In fact the world No.2, Caroline Wozniacki hasn't won a Slam either. "I have great results here but I'll take it a bit more modestly and see how my matches go".

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The world number two's bid for a 20th grand slam title will be aided by lingering injuries to top players like Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, as well as the absences of Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori.

And in their final preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year, both players were handed defeats at Tie Break Tens.

Third-seeded Muguruza is in a hard quarter containing former Australian Open champions Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber, and U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys.

The women's draw was going to be headlined by the return to tennis for Serena Williams, who won last year's tournament while pregnant.

"(Simona) Halep is number one at the moment but we have four or five different girls.

Hours after battling past Kiki Bertens 6-3 7-6 (6) to reach the quarter-finals, the 24-year-old announced she had withdrawn.

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