Nadal, Federer get top seeds at Australian Open


The draw for both men and women consists of 128 players.

"For now everything at the moment is going in the right direction", the Serbian star said on Thursday.

"Possibly, but this time we're a long way away in the draw", he added. In fact the world No.2, Caroline Wozniacki hasn't won a Slam either. The Spaniard has been bothered by knee issues and withdrew from the ATP Finals in November.

Federer, seeded second, arrives for a first round match against mid-ranked Slovenian Aljaz Bedene after cruising through an undefeated run at the Hopman Cup. If they are fully fit, Djokovic and Wawrinka only add further competition and excitement to a packed field.

She hasn't regained fitness yet though and won't be able to play. Djokovic has been dealing with an ongoing elbow injury for the better part of the last year.

Another Australian who has enjoyed a strong build-up to the year's first Grand Slam is Ashleigh Barty. U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, who has struggled since winning her first major last September, will face Shuai Zhang of China in the first round.

"He looks younger than ever", ESPN tennis analyst and former professional Patrick McEnroe told reporters on a call on Wednesday. The third-seeded Bulgarian, despite falling in the semifinals in his Brisbane International title defence last week, has imposed himself at last as a serious contender with victory in the season-ending ATP Finals.

"The goal is to come back to the level I had before", the Australian, French and US Open winner said. But their mutual absences in Melbourne do not remove Court from the conversation in Melbourne. The other match took place in 2006.

Annacone believes that Federer proved the doubters wrong, after failing to win a major title for four years from 2013 before taking two in 2017: the Australian Open and Wimbledon, where he became the oldest winner in the modern era at 35. Nadal could also become the first man in the Open Era to win each Grand Slam twice.

Will the real Next Gen please stand up? Some players can beat themselves, as they struggle to trust their own bodies.

Top-ranked Simona Halep opens against Australian wild card Destanee Aiava, has a potential second-round match against 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard, and is in the same half as Garbine Muruguza, the Wimbledon champion.

When is the Australian Open? "Tennis is full of variables every single week: temperature, humidity, racket tension, balls, court surface, court speed, and then because the sport is so much more physical, you have to train harder". The aesthetic appeal of Federer's play pitted against the more down-to-earth rugged artistry of Nadal's has set up a convenient binary fans revel in.