13 Enero, 2018
But it seems more likely that the winner will come out of the Top 10, seven of whom have yet to win a major singles title: Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki, Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Garcia, Johanna Konta and CoCo Vandeweghe.
In a women's field notably missing 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, there appear to be many chances of a new Australian Open champion this year. Rafa Nadal, who Federer beat in the 2017 final, has also had issues with his knees leading into the event.
"I had a great opponent, it was a test for me to see where I am, how the work we did pays off on court". "After a few good results last year my confidence is much better now (against the top players) and I feel that I can play with them, but now I need to be more consistent to give them a good fight".
Federer will face world number 51 Aljaz Bedene in the opening round, while Kyrgios goes up against Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva.
The Serb, who has built a reputation as one of the most formidable players in men's tennis, suffered a temporary blow to that status after being side-lined with an elbow problem for the past six months. Djokovic and Monfils could meet in the second round. In the meantime, you can see the quarters below.
Luckily, the surgery was a success and Alexis Jr.
Sock was the unlikely eighth man at the ATP Finals last year after his big win at the Paris Masters.
A rematch of last year's Australian Open semifinal with 2017's strongest finisher, Grigor Dimitrov, is on the cards.
The first Grand Slam of 2018 is just about here in the Australian Open from Melbourne. It has become the dominant theme in the game and not just because the Big Five are all in their 30s.
Stephens withdrew from the Brisbane International due to a troublesome knee.
"There was a doubt, especially after I pulled out of the first week of the year", he admitted. Dimitrov has two qualifiers in the first two rounds, before potential meetings with Marcos Baghdatis, Andrey Rublev or David Ferrer in the third round.
Last year's final was like stepping into a time warp as tennis' two most decorated stars battled it out over five gripping sets in the final. His draw is far from easy, but Shapovalov thrives in the spotlight and has nothing to lose in his Aussie debut. The fifth set was maybe the best set I ever played.
Meanwhile, Nadal will begin his bid for a second Australian Open title against Victor Estrella Burgos, the world No 81 from the Dominican Republic.
In the absence of Andy Murray and with Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka all struggling to prove their fitness, the veteran title-holder has arrived at this year's tournament as the favourite. She won her 23rd Grand Slam while pregnant, gave birth to her daughter, and got married. For the women's title, I am going to pick the French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, who wowed tennis fans with her aggressive style that led to her fairy tale victory in Paris. Pouille is also happy to be in Kooyong as he is eager to put on a notable Australian Open campaign.