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Federer set for first match

Federer set for first match

At 36, Federer defies age and anatomy, overcoming his own extended injury layoff in 2017 to win two Grand Slams, reinforcing his right to the mantle of 'Greatest of All Time' (GOAT).

Williams's sister Venus, who lost to her sibling in the final last year, is seeded fourth and the 37-year-old was handed a tricky first encounter against Swiss former world number seven Belinda Bencic, who is 17 years her junior.

Young gun Zverev had little luck in his first Australian Open draw as a top five seed with either Wawrinka, who plays Ricardas Berankis, or Novak Djokovic potentially standing in his path in the quarter-finals.

Tennis Australia thus far has remained resistant to such demands, and though Navratilova said she would refuse to play on the court if she were still an active player, she considers it unlikely any of today's players will take that strong a stance.

Aiava, Matt Ebden, Jason Kubler, Alex De Minaur and Ajla Tomljanovic are among a cluster of Australian underdogs to be pitted into battle with seeded opponents.

Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov, who is also known as Baby Roger, will follow the big two as the third seed.

Keothavong has this week overlooked Robson for her four-woman squad for next month's week of Euro Africa Zone promotion matches, preferring the higher ranked Katie Boulter and doubles specialist Anna Smith to support Jo Konta and Heather Watson, who has had a decent week in Hobart. The seeding for the January Slam was announced on Wednesday (11th January) by the authorities that be.

"So for me after that I tried to do everything I can to get into the rally but there was pretty much no rallies at all". Despite being very tempted to predict that Alexander Zverev will make his major grand slam breakthrough in style by going all the way, I think he may just fall short. In total, the Williams sisters have claimed thirty Grand Slam titles since 1999; their extraordinary longevity is a credit to the sport.

Esto dijo Alan García sobre el incendio — Cristo del Pacífico
El Cristo del Pacífico , ubicado en el Morro Solar de Chorrillos , resultó parcialmente dañado debido a un incendio ocurrido durante la madrugada.

16 times Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal will be the top seed for the Men's Singles.

However, he returned to competitive action the other day, beating Dominic Thiem at the Kooyong Classic and expressing how satisfied he was with the performance afterwards. "I played better than I thought might happen, and most importantly I played without pain". Because of the elbow, that shot in my game was compromised prior to Wimbledon in July when it actually happened that I had to stop.

"It's no point to say I could have done it or not". A similar uncertainty with regards to the readiness of the big names is replicated on the women's side, with Serena Williams withdrawing just a week before the tournament was due to begin, while a lengthy custody battle has forced Victoria Azarenka to withdraw.

Raonic, ranked 22nd in Melbourne, takes on Slovakia's Lukas Lacko on Sunday in a first-round match.

Nadal opens against Victor Estrella-Burgos, of the Dominican Republic.

Even if the six-time Australian Open champion should clear all those hurdles he could encounter 2017 champion Roger Federer in the semifinals. An extension of the trend is not out of the question with Maria Sharapova unseeded in Melbourne. The Serb opens against Donald Young but then could meet Gael Monfils in the second then Zverev in the fourth following by a Wawrinka in quarters.

While the roof was closed, both men struggled in humid conditions and called off a third set in favour of a tiebreak.


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