Roger Federer faces Aljaz Bedene first up in Australian Open

Roger Federer faces Aljaz Bedene first up in Australian Open

A lacklustre Thiem lost the first set to a rampant Djokovic before improving in second for a 6-1 6-4 scoreline.

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.

Later in the day, Djokovic is scheduled to play a match at the Tie Break Tens, then another match on Thursday at the Kooyong Classic, according to the organisers.

"I had a long year last year, so I had to start my preparation later than usual".

The Serb, who has built a reputation as one of the most formidable players in men's tennis, suffered a temporary blow to that status after being side-lined with an elbow problem for the past six months. "I don't want to know who I play other than just seeing the sheet at the end and knowing who my first-round opponent is". "If I start well, I could go really deep".


Aiava said she'd been in good form physically but, mentally, wasn't where she needed to be. It's always been a big goal for me to play here, to compete and see the top players, so it was an wonderful feeling.

"This was a good test for me after some good training, that's the most important thing". "And I feel like I am ready".

It was a blast from the past when Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal took centre stage at the Australian Open previous year.

And whilst Nadal appears to be over the injury woes which forced him out of December's ATP finals, emerging from two exhibition matches pain-free, question marks remain over his match sharpness. 19-time major champion Roger Federer has been given the number two spot, Grigor Dimitrov at three, followed by Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem who completes the top five.

The American, who coached the 19-time Grand Slam victor between 2010 and 2013 after being in Pete Sampras' corner, believes that despite recently turning 36, you can never write-off the Swiss because he is such a special talent. The Swiss marvel, chasing a sixth Australian Open crown, could also face big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic in the fourth round in the bottom half of the men's draw. "Actually we didn't have a chance to support each other today because we were playing nearly at the same time but it's always good to have a close friend from your country with you, to be with you, traveling with you, sharing everything", said the 27-year-old Safwat.

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