AUSTRALIA OPEN: Federer drawn against Bedene, Nadal meets Burgos

AUSTRALIA OPEN: Federer drawn against Bedene, Nadal meets Burgos

AUSTRALIA OPEN: Federer drawn against Bedene, Nadal meets Burgos

"It's always a pleasure to play Rafa €" I hope to beat him one day on the ATP before retiring.

Cabrera was awarded a wildcard into the Australian Open draw last week and the world No.152 will chase her first win on Australian soil this summer when she faces off with world No.71 Maia.

Aiava's appointment with Halep was among several leaked on social media before they were confirmed during the official draw broadcast.

Robson's ranking of 227 was not high enough to gain entry, as the Australian Open is with Wimbledon and the French Open in having a smaller qualifying event than that of the men, who have 128 in the preliminaries.

Dominic Thiem of Austria is rounding off the top five seeds.

Daria Gavrilova will begin against a qualifier.

The former world No. 1 also tipped Nick Kyrgios, who won the Brisbane International title last Sunday, and Thanasi Kokkinakis to do well on home soil. Kokkinakis is a good player too.

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and defending champion Roger Federer have been seeded first and second for the Australian Open.

The 24-year-old said he was still recovering from the illness which forced him out of the semi-finals in Doha last week and delayed his arrival into Melbourne.

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I'm grateful and flattered that people see me as one of the favourites", he said. "It's up for grabs". To try and simplify the generation-ageing process, I came up with a simple methodology.

But he insists it is premature to contemplate a repeat clash with the Spaniard.

Here, we assess the chances of the favourites, outsiders and dark horses following the draw for the first slam of 2018...

World number one Nadal, meanwhile, has been granted what appears to be a relatively simple route into the latter stages of the tournament, but only if last year's beaten finalist can prove his fitness following recent knee problems of his own.

Djokovic says Federer is deserved favourite. "We did some treatment and obviously gave it a lot of thought", Djokovic said.

"Previous year was an unbelievable final and it's great to be back", he said. "I have great results here but I'll take it a bit more modestly and see how my matches go".

World number one and top seed Rafael Nadal starts his Australian campaign against the 83rd-ranked Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic in the top quarter of the draw.

Sharapova, who is returning to Melbourne for the first time since testing positive here in 2016 for the banned substance meldonium and serving a 15-month ban, was an eyebrow-raising choice by the tournament to carry the women's trophy into Margaret Court Arena during the draw ceremony.

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.

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