Nadal, Federer get top seeds at Australian Open

Federer backs one star to step up at the Australian Open amid 'Big Four' crisis

Federer backs one star to step up at the Australian Open amid 'Big Four' crisis

He had an exceptional 2017, winning seven titles, including two Slams - the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

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.

If there is to be a victor outside the top guns in Melbourne, those who look most likely are Bulgarian Dimitrov, third in the rankings behind Nadal and Federer, Germany's Zverev and tempestuous Australian Nick Kyrgios.

After announcing that he would return to tennis at the Mubadala exhibition championship at the beginning of the year, the Serb withdrew, saying he wasn't ready to compete just yet.

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"It was a great start, it feels really good to be back on the court", a beaming Djokovic said in an on-court interview after his first competitive set since Wimbledon past year.

"Obviously, I was waiting for this moment for six months to get out on the court and play a match", he said.

"Ideally I would have had another tournament before the start of the Open, but it was not meant to be". Halep, who will take on Australian Destanee Aiava in her first match, could face Eugenie Bouchard in the second round. He can take some credit for the vast improvement in Nadal's second serve, which helped the Spaniard win a 10th Roland Garros title without dropping a set and saw him blow away Kevin Anderson to lift the US Open. "I don't like usually going to draws because they freak me out. I think he has a real joy for the game", she said.

Ahead of the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, Thiem displayed some impressive tennis before his preparation was briefly disrupted by illness.

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Federer also has Milos Raonic, Juan Martin del Potro, David Goffin and Tomas Berdych in his quarter of the draw, while Nadal would appear to have the easier section, although former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic looms as a last-eight opponent.

"I'm really, really happy to be back on the tour and seeing the sun", the 32-year-old Swiss told reporters in Melbourne. His only regret was losing the number one rank to Rafael Nadal who confirmed his status by reaching the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters before eventually retiring with a knee problem.

On the women's side, Serena Williams is not defending her title as she regains her fitness after childbirth, leaving the family interests in the hands of defending finalist Venus Williams. "I'm excited about it and I've got a few days to practice".

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