Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams face tough roads — Australian Open draw


Defending men's champion Roger Federer will be present for the draw, as will Russian Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova. "Consider for a moment that your body is one of the greatest things on this planet, and you're trapped in it". "I don't want to know who I play other than just seeing the sheet at the end and knowing who my first-round opponent is". After Cilic would be the third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Stanislas Wawrinka, seeded ninth in Melbourne, will take on unseeded Richard Berankis in the first round. Williams was correct as doctors discovered that she had developed multiple clots in her lungs. "During the match the pain has been there".

Williams believes that she had a fairly easy pregnancy, but when it came time to give birth there were complications.

And, in a touching tribute, Federer says doing it all with a family on board is quite something else.

That seems the right message considering that Australia is part of the Asia-Pacific region and drawing an increasing number of spectators from that zone. Ideally I would have had another tournament before the start of the Open, but it was not meant to be. He appears healthy-much healthier than most of his peers-and eager. The only edge upper tier players enjoy over their peers are is their experience. The seedings for the Australian Open have been largely decided according to the ATP world rankings.

Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro, competing at the Australian Open for the first rime since 2014 due to a series of career-threatening wrist injuries, will compete in one of the most intriguing match-ups in the first round when he faces American prospect Frances Tiafoe.

Meanwhile, Nadal will begin his bid for a second Australian Open title against Victor Estrella Burgos, the world No 81 from the Dominican Republic.

Six times Australian Open champion Serbian Novak Djokovic will be 14th, after missing half of 2017 with an elbow injury. Will Rafael Nadal continue to turn back the clock?

Will Federer defend his title? "But when he's on, he's on, and he's really difficult to beat". He is very physical and his forehand is dangerous. With the championship starting on 15 January, we look at the top contenders to win among the stars of the next generation.

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.

Williams remains, at 23 Grand Slam singles titles, one short of Court's record.

But now it is time for the main course. He has reached at least the semi-final stage in 13 of the last 14 Australian Opens (2015 being the exception).

The final category is the young players to watch. He also played in the exhibition Tie-break Tens event along with Rafael Nadal, Thiem and Nick Kyrgios.

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