Australian Open 2017-18: Rafael Nadal seeded top in Men's single

Switzerland’s Roger Federer gestures during a practice session at Melbourne Park Wednesday. — Reuters
Switzerland’s Roger Federer gestures during a practice session at Melbourne Park Wednesday. — Reuters

14 Enero, 2018

"I had all these great five-setters and at the end the epic match against Rafa. It worked pretty well".

He said: "I don't want to be overconfident. We did some treatment and obviously gave it a lot of thought", Djokovic said. But at this stage in his career, he should be doing better than to lose in the third and fourth rounds of a grand slam tournament.

'I think it will be Federer, I have to give it to him.

"I had plenty of time, but at the same time the elbow needed more time to recover".

But now it is time for the main course.

"I'll take whatever I can - one or two matches here will be good preparation".

However, plans for a shot clock to enforce a 25-second time limit between points have been shelved, and will only be used in the qualifying tournament at Melbourne Park. This is on the huge caveat that the Serbian can physically handle seven matches, having not played competitively since July. "I expect to continue to do so". The defending champion returned to tennis after giving birth to daughter Olympia, at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship where she was beaten by French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Camera IconRafael Nadal and Roger Federer after last year's Australian Open final. He certainly has the talent to win the title. I'm happy with the way it went today. "I was feeling the ball well and hitting cleanly from both sides".

Kyle Edmund, Britain's sole men's representative, faces US Open finalist Kevin Anderson first.

In a women's tuneup, Hopman Cup winner Belinda Bencic beat 16-year-old Wang Xinyu of China 7-6 (7/5), 6-4.

First up, the 36-year-old Swiss will play Ajaz Bedene of Slovenia.

"She's a big hitter and there were not many rallies". The Frenchman is expected to recover from the injury and is seeded 15th in the tournament.

There is ample room for an ambush in the men's draw with a gifted, unpredictable outsider like Australia's Nick Kyrgios in fine form and talents like Zverev, Del Potro, Dimitrov and David Goffin lurking.

Top-seeded Simona Halep opens against the wild card Destanee Aiava, and could face the slumping star Eugenie Bouchard in the second round. The two modern day greats who squared off in an epic in last year's final will once again have an opportunity to add another chapter to their famous FEDAL rivalry. Garbiñe Muguruza leads this part of the draw but a retirement and a withdrawal leading up to the event while Agnieszka Radwanska has shown flashes of brilliance but isn't fully to her best yet.

Johnson, a semfinalist in Auckland last year, looked on target for an easy win when he swept through the first set against Bautista Agut in 35 minutes.

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