AUSTRALIA OPEN: Federer drawn against Bedene, Nadal meets Burgos

Australian Open men's singles trophy the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup and the women's singles trophy the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup ahead of the 2018 draw. Images courtesy

"I increased my serve by several kilometers per hour and I think I did better overall with my second than first, and I can say I won some points nearly for free as a result", Nadal said in a recent interview with Spanish daily AS.

Second-seeded Federer and No. 14-seeded Djokovic have nearly traded places. Rafa Nadal, who Federer beat in the 2017 final, has also had issues with his knees leading into the event. She said it didn't leave her enough time to feel confident of winning a major.

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.

'On the women's side I would say Serena Williams but as she's not playing I think there is no clear favourite'.

It was a welcome sight for Australian Open organisers and fans following the withdrawals of five-time runner-up Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori as well as 23-time slam victor Serena Williams on the women's side, but Djokovic insisted he is still not 100 per cent fit with the tournament set to get underway on Monday. "No one ever wants to let themselves down".

World No.1 Rafael Nadal has tuned up for the Australian Open with an exhibition match win at Melbourne Park.

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


Wozniacki is projected to face French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in the quarters.

Boris Becker has backed Roger Federer to match Novak Djokovic's record haul of Australian Open titles by defening his crown at Melbourne Park this month.

Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza is in the same half of the draw as Halep and takes on France's Jessika Ponchet in the opening round.

He's hoping to continue last year's progress under new coach Carlos Moya. Dominic Thiem, the fifth seed, tackles Guido Pella.

'Of course I had doubts coming here, personally I don't know what is going to happen'. "Everything at the moment is going in the right direction".

"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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