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

Nadal will be fine for Australian Open – Moya

Nadal will be fine for Australian Open – Moya

However, 2009 US Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro also lurks in Federer's quarter of the draw.

Recently, Nadal made a rusty return from his injury-layoff as he slumped to a straight sets defeat to veteran Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the exhibition event at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne.

In the second quarter, we find former Grand Slam finalists Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Kevin Anderson. In the meantime, you can see the quarters below.

Djokovic, returning from injury, has his work cut out for him Down Under.

Federer took his Grand Slam tally to 19 after extended rest breaks and Nadal, who enters his 18th season on the ATP tour, has also benefitted from carefully picking tournaments to preserve his fitness. He starts the year at No 3 in the rankings, but there are doubts over his temperament in the big matches to get over the finish line.

"The most important thing is to feel the conditions, to get comfortable", he said.

Since 2010, only Wawrinka and Cilic outside the quarter of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray have emerged victorious in 28 finals.

Cb: Alexander Zverev. The German's 2017 season was frustrating in the manner in which he lost at crucial stages of competitions last year.

The Austrian World No 5 pulled out of the warm-up Qatar Open just hours before his semi-final against Gael Monfils with flu.

The British No3 will face Dutchwoman Bibiane Schoofs in the second round with three victories needed for a place in the main draw.

He added: "It's still open".

Federer won the 2017 Australian Open.

Venus will open against Belinda Bencic, a tough go for her first matchup.

JT: Elina Svitolina. Cruised to the Brisbane International title, dropping just one set and completely taking apart Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the final. "For me it's about how long the calendar is in terms of mandatory events for the top players".

Both Djokovic and Wawrinka have not played a competitive match since Wimbledon of last year and have spent the last six months in recovery.

GC: Julia Goerges. The German is in good form having beaten Wozniacki to take the Auckland title.

Bookmakers are also expecting the world number two to successfully defend his title.

The Japanese star has been out of action since withdrawing from the Cincinnati Masters after tearing a tendon in his right wrist.

But with Murray out until the summer, perhaps this will be the year of the newcomer.

"I'm very happy with the way it went and that's all I can say". "Australians are always getting great support here". Her public stance against same-sex marriage, which is now legal in Australia after a vote last year, has led to renewed calls that Margaret Court Arena should be renamed.

"It's a new era and will be like adapting to a different routine".

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