Djokovic fears Nadal and Fed in Melbourne

Sharapova, who missed last year's Open while serving a ban after testing positive to banned substance Meldonium, said she still covets a return to the No 1 ranking. He followed his run to the final in Melbourne by winning the French Open and U.S. Open, splitting the Grand Slam honours with Federer for the year.

The list of absentees including the likes of current Australian Open champion Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray caused tennis fans all over to let out a huge sigh of disappointment.

World number ones Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep have been named top seeds for the first major of the season, Australian Open, which will commence from January 15 at the Melbourne Park.

His return, after a six-month injury layoff, at the Australian Open, where he is a six-time champion, will be a rebirth of sorts. At the US Open and World Tour Finals, last year's Australian Open champion Federer appeared fatigued, losing to Del Potro and Goffin in the latter stages. He won 70 of his 76 matches and even went 41 matches without a defeat.

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.

The Federer serve, the Nadal forehand and the Murray backhand are all stand-out shots; individually, Djokovic might never top them.

Men's third seed Grigor Dimitrov will face a qualifier, with Alexander Zverev, ranked fourth, playing Italian Thomas Fabbiano but with 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka, returning after surgery, in his section of the draw.

"Nick is in great form", Djokovic, seeded 14th and set to face American Donald Young in his first match, told Omnisport.

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Thiem squibbed a simple overhead with the score at 8-8, allowing Nadal to close out the match.

Bradley Mousley and John-Patrick Smith have also won through to the final round of qualifying. "I'll be fine for the Open".

Radwanska, overpowered in 82 minutes by Konta in last year's final in Sydney, raced to a 6-3 7-5 victory over the Briton at the Olympic Tennis Centre.

Tunisian Ons Jabeur is in Halep's quarter and opens her campaign against No. 16 seed Elena Vesnina. Has a very high level. The fifth set was maybe the best set I ever played. He triggered improvements in others too. The flashback slam got the finish it deserved when Federer outlasted his good friend Nadal in a colossal five-set battle on Rod Laver Arena. 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.

"I'm still not 100 percent - hopefully in three or four days I will be there", Djokovic said after beating Thiem in an exhibition match at Kooyong this week. But so did Federer. Tiafoe may be yet to reach the third round of a slam, but with the right draw, he could make a push for the second week. Additional watch-ability, for one.

At 26, Dimitrov is approaching the peak of his powers and hopes his time starts now. So is Djokovic's match-up against World No. 1 Nadal. "I expect to continue to do so". "Men get injured and that's the reason half the top 10 is injured".

There is also the Plexicushion court to consider, which, in spite of repeated denials by the authorities, looked faster than ever last year.

"They have directly influenced my success, my career because they have been the greatest challenges that I've had on the journey to being the best player in the world".

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