Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep announced top seeds for Australian Open

Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep announced top seeds for Australian Open

Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep announced top seeds for Australian Open

Twelve-time Grand Slam victor Djokovic has been sidelined since Wimbledon in July because of a right elbow injury, but beat world number five Dominic Thiem in straight sets in the Kooyong Classic this week.

Six times Australian Open champion Serbian Novak Djokovic will be 14th, after missing half of 2017 with an elbow injury.

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

"I can't stop laughing outside and inside".

"I always feel like the legends, the icons, the all-time greats, are made from a different mould", he says. "I wanted to be back on court, unfortunately the elbow wouldn't let me last week".

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"I'm good and I am here so that's good news, and my idea is just to keep practising the next couple of days to be ready for the beginning of the Australian Open". "It's a great start".

There will be many that question the 30-year-old's chances of coming anywhere near to winning a record seventh Australian Open but the very fact he is going to be competing will prove an unwelcome sight for his main rivals.

"So, for sure, I will play only if I have zero risk".

Djokovic will play in the Tie-break Tens in Melbourne on Wednesday night, alongside world No.1 Rafael Nadal, who has also had injury concerns. The five-set victory over the Spaniard defied all expectations that anyone had from the 36-year-old, who will be looking to go into the 2018 edition of the Open to defend his title as one of the favourites.

Serena won the 2017 Australian Open after defeating her sister Venus in the final while pregnant with her first child.

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The running backs have also battled injury, and it is unclear heading into this weekend how the snaps will be divided. It was very encouraging to see that effort from Marcus Mariota who has been much maligned for a lot of the season.

Five-time finalist Andy Murray withdrew more than a week ahead of time, deciding to have surgery on a right hip problem that had kept him off the tour since Wimbledon.

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

Aiava said she'd been in good form physically but, mentally, wasn't where she needed to be. She begins her Australian Open campaign against American Madison Brengle.

"I think he showed that he could be out for six months - even though he is not just anyone, he is not a normal player - and come back and win more than ever. Because obviously I'm playing well under pressure and in pressure situations", said Kyrgios, whose talent has often been undermined by petulant outbursts.

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