Djokovic dealt tough Australian Open draw as he plans tennis comeback
Djokovic dealt tough Australian Open draw as he plans tennis comeback
Roger Federer at the draw for the Australian Open
13 January, 2018, 04:20
With regards to the men, the injuries that plagued Djokovic and Wawrinka in the latter half of 2017 mean that at least one, if not both, will fail to make the latter stages despite their impressive records in Melbourne.
A knee injury which has prevented Nadal from playing competitively since losing to David Goffin at the ATP Finals in November has restricted the 16-time major champion to just a pair of exhibition contests in Melbourne - a far cry from his run to the quarter-finals at the Brisbane International previous year.
Djokovic looked in good form and full of optimism as he played the first competitive match since his withdrawal from the Wimbledon quarterfinal against Tomas Berdych due to injury.
That left a raft of highly ranked players who will rummage around for first Grand Slam titles.
Giorgi, belying her ranking of 100th in the world, beat US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the first round and then ousted twice Wimbledon and former Sydney champion Petra Kvitova.
Yet few would be surprised if the tournament ends in a repeat of last year's final with Federer up against his great Spanish rival and top seed Rafa Nadal.
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No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki, who hasn't won a major and last appeared in a Grand Slam final in 2014, is on the bottom half of the draw with Williams and has French Open championJelena Ostapenko and last year's Australian semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe in her quarter.
He returns to the Australian Open, where he lost a thrilling five-set final to long-time rival Roger Federer in 2017, after overcoming his chronic knee problems just in time and hoping to continue last year's progress under new coach Carlos Moya.
"Now I know how it feels for the big servers to come out with the big serves in the important moments".
Venus Williams says Serena is "here in spirit" supporting her in Australia, where she's hopeful of ending an nearly decade-long Grand Slam title drought. Dimitrov did engage Nadal in a brawl of a 2017 Australian semifinal, falling only 6-4 in the fifth set, and did win the ATP Finals in London in November.
Six-time Australian OpenchampionNovak Djokovic, seeded 14th for this year's tournament, has a couple of potential early obstacles with American Donald Young and potentially mercurial Frenchman Gael Monfils in the second round.
"On the other side of the coin, it's probably more intriguing because you have 20 players that can win a grand slam. I'm just going to go out there, try to weather the storm, and try to play my game", De Minaur said.
"Unbelievable. In my vision, I never had this, that I was going to be playing tennis with four kids". Djokovic fell to Zverev in their only prior clash in the final of last year's Masters 1000 in Rome.
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