Djokovic seeded 14th in Australia, Nadal top

Djokovic shuns cameras in Melbourne hitout

Djokovic shuns cameras in Melbourne hitout

Dan Evans, who reached the fourth round here last year, is still serving a ban after his positive cocaine test, while Aljaz Bedene - who will play an eye-catching first-round match here against defending champion Roger Federer - has switched his nationality back to his native Slovenia.

The top half appears relatively open for top-seeded Nadal, who opens against 81 {+s} t-ranked Victor Estrella Burgos.

The trio, along with Canadian prodigy Denis Shapovalov, flamboyant Korean Hyeon Chung, Russian dynamos Andrey Rublev, Daniil Medvedev and Karen Khachanov, Croatia's next-gen star Borna Coric and seemingly Australian teenage summer sensation Alex de Minaur head the list of potential grand slam champions in the future.

After defending champion Serena Williams withdrew from the event due to her extended recovery period of becoming a mother, her elder sister and last year's runner up Venus Williams will be the overwhelming favourite for the title. Those players are on the bottom half with second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who is ranked inside the top two for the first time since 2012.

Djokovic told Omnisport: "These two guys, considering the year they had and considering they played finals together here in Australia". The Swiss, who underwent knee surgery in the wake of his Wimbledon exit, pulled out of an exhibition event yesterday. "I don't like usually going to draws because they freak me out".

The 2018 Australian Open draw has been released, and some stars face a difficult road to the finals despite a field missing some key stars. The Dane will also look to improve upon her record of semi finals in 2011 and win her first ever Grand Slam title. "I expect to continue to do so". It was the first year since 2009 that Djokovic didn't reach at least one Grand Slam final.

"I'm still jet-lagged and was slow at the beginning of the match".

Dimitrov is set to meet Jack Sock or Kevin Anderson in the quarters.

"A player should not go on court if he knows he should not finish", Federer said at the time, while Djokovic noted his opponent, Martin Klizan, even "had issues walking onto court" with a calf injury.

"So this phase now, the last eight years have just been the best".

There is the issue of its structure, which, with multiple governing bodies and no final arbiter, severely limits its ability to make calendar changes.

"My dream was hopefully holding up a trophy of some kind, my home-town tournament in Basel or a Wimbledon trophy or being world No.1 of the ATP".

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