Djokovic seeded 14th in Australia, Nadal top

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There's a potential semifinal against Djokovic, who is aiming for a record seventh Australian Open title but is seeded 14th as he returns from six months on the sidelines with a right elbow injury.

The other part of the bottom half features Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem as top seeds.

"It was a great test for me to see where I am, to see how I feel, to hear the score being called and feel the pressure of break points".

Doubt was cast over whether Djokovic would be fit to play in the Australian Open, which starts on Monday, when he withdrew from warm-up events in Abu Dhabi and Doha.

"Unbelievable. In my vision, I never had this, that I was going to be playing tennis with four kids". We did some treatment and obviously gave it a lot of thought. Venus was dealt one of the toughest possible opening draws, facing 77th-ranked Belinda Bencic, a teen prodigy whose ranking fell after undergoing left wrist surgery past year.

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. Ideally I would have had another tournament before the start of the Open, but it was not meant to be.

"With Roger, I always felt that he was so gifted and able to do so many things so comfortably that as long as he stayed healthy and driven and enjoyed what he was doing, there was no reason he couldn't claw his way back", adds Annacone.

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Former world No 1 Moya will lead Nadal's team, after spending last season with Rafa and Toni preparing for the latter's retirement, having helped Nadal roar back to life after a barren three-year spell without a Grand Slam trophy.

"If I'm not feeling good, probably I will not be here", Nadal said after his error-filled loss to Richard Gasquet in an exhibition this week. “Im still jet-lagged and was slow at the beginning of the match. Ill be fine for the Open.”.

Federer won the 2017 Australian Open.

Williams' quarter also includes fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina and 13th-seeded Sloane Stephens, who won last year's U.S. Open but has lost all seven matches she's played since.

Bookmakers are tipping the world No. 2 and tournament's second seed to win the title at A$2.75 (S$2.88).

"I don't feel there's somebody that different from the rest", Muguruza said.

“Overall, Im quite happy with my level.

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