Nadal gets an easy draw, Djokovic doesn't

Jose Verdugo
Enero 14, 2018

Federer, who turned back the clock to win two Grand Slams in 2017 after a five-year drought, on Thursday night described the season as "unbelievable".

The temperamental Nick Kyrgios was at his brilliant best in the first week of the season as he stunned Dimitrov from a set down and then beat Ryan Harrison to claim the Brisbane International title.

Nadal's portion of the draw holds few major concerns for the 16-time slam winner, whose first potential seeded opponent is world number 28 Damir Dzumhur.

The Spaniard will be followed by last year's champion and his long time rival on court and great friend of it, Roger Federer as the 2nd seed for the event.

"But winning or losing to them shouldn't matter because my attitude will always be the same towards them".

"I'd never skipped a grand slam, so it was strange".

Thiem, who only arrived in Melbourne on Monday night from Doha after four days in bed with a virus, presented only a minimal challenge to the recharged Serb.

"There's no easy way to get to the top", Sharapova told the crowd at Margaret Court Arena before the draw.

It should be noted that the seedings have gone largely according to the ATP world rankings.

'Unfortunately I had a snowboarding accident over the Christmas break and haven't quite recovered enough to fly out to Australia this year, ' he said at the time.

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He's hoping to continue last year's progress under new coach Carlos Moya. He returned to action at a non-tour event - Kooyong Classic - and lost his first match there to Richard Gasquet on Tuesday, January 9.

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

Tennis, a game played on intersecting lines, is at a crossroads and not just in terms of how it responds to its latest surge in injuries.

Nadal is likely to face world number six and last year's Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic in the quarter-final.

A year after falling two games short of a dream final against Federer, Dimitrov knows the Open trophy is up for grabs.

"So he's (number) one, I'm (number) two so that means we have six matches to play (to meet in the final)".

Indeed, many Aussie supporters may not have been alive to witness the last occasion.

But he admitted he cannot give himself a clear bill of health until he plays in the Australian Open next week.

However, he comes into the tournament short of match practice, having barely competed since an elbow injury forced his retirement at Wimbledon in July.

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