Nadal and Federer are top two seeds for Australian Open

Nadal and Federer are top two seeds for Australian Open

The first test will come on Tuesday, against the 14th seed of the 2018 Australian Open, American Donald Young, in what is likely to be an extremely hard fought contest. "Honestly, it's a good place to be".

Kyrgios is a polarising figure in Australian sport - his superb tennis skills are often marred by poor behaviour on court, but the 22-year-old is now ready to take a more mature approach to his career.

Danger lurks at nearly every corner, with former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic and a resurgent Juan Martin Del Potro, the man who beat Federer for the 2009 U.S. Open title, looming as threats before the quarter-finals. "I definitely feel comfortable on Hisense Arena". Just don't describe the first Grand Slam of the year as "more open" than usual.

With Andy Murray injured, Novak Djokovic returning after a six-month lay-off and Rafael Nadal short of fitness, everything points towards Roger Federer this year in Melbourne. "I did it. Obviously I wanted to win a Masters 1000 event, and I did it", said this year's third seed at the Australian Open.

The world number two is chasing Grand Slam number 20, a feat which would underline his status as the greatest player to ever pick up a tennis racket.

The six-time Open champion played his first exhibition matches in six months on Wednesday, and reported delight at his performance - and no pain from the hit-out.


Both players then ended the year ranked one and two by the ATP. But he said he feels good and his motivation remains strong.

"For me, I think the fact that I'm here and I'm going to play the first one, it's a big victory", he said. She was dominating all the junior tournaments when I was young and we were really good friends. "But right now it's at the level where I can compete, and every day is getting better".

Simona Halep, who was upset in the first round a year ago by American Shelby Rogers, and Caroline Wozniacki, who lost in the third round in 2017, were seeded one and two. This enables us the option of the plethora of candidates (including Djokovic) in quarter three, as well as Federer in quarter four, and bettors who aren't put off by backing odds-on shots can consider this possibility.

It all sounds so familiar to Rafael Nadal. Coming to Melbourne without a warm-up tournament is a new experience for him - he asked to play a full practice match against Dominic Thiem yesterday and scraped through on a champions' tiebreak - but he, at least, is feeling in reasonable nick. Alexander Zverev, Germany; 5. If you're in the draw, you give yourself a chance.

"Having seem him in action at the Hopman Cup, he was looking great. I want to take care of business one round at a time".

Halep has since been bolstered by words from four-time Grand Slam victor, Kin Clijsters.

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