Djokovic fears Nadal and Fed in Melbourne

Djokovic fears Nadal and Fed in Melbourne

Djokovic fears Nadal and Fed in Melbourne

Federer and Nadal's preparations for the Australian Open could not be more contrasting as the latter deals with an ongoing knee problem which continues to threaten his bid for a second Melbourne title and first since 2009, when he left the Swiss maestro weeping like a schoolboy on RLA.

The official Australian Open website is currently updating with the full draw, but the link for both brackets can be found here.

Federer claimed his first grand slam in five years in Melbourne after prevailing 6-3 in the fifth set.

The big features of the women's draw is that the top seed and world No.1, Simona Halep still hasn't won a Grand Slam title.

There's a potential semifinal against Djokovic, who is aiming for a record seventh Australian Open title but is seeded 14th as he returns from six months on the sidelines with a right elbow injury.

Nadal seems to have an easier path through to the finals with Cilic, Sock, Dimitrov and Nick Kyrgios in his half of the draw.

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.

"I don't want to be over-confident, but I'm very, very happy with how it went today", added the 30-year-old.

He's hoping to continue last year's progress under new coach Carlos Moya.

"So (it was) a huge surprise, especially after the six months I had off, and what a comeback it was and it was definitely the highlight of the year".

Defending Australian Open champion Roger Federer says last year's epic deciding set in the final against Rafael Nadal was the "best" he has ever played.

'I mean they are the two players at the top of their game and they are two of the most successful tennis players ever.

While clay is his best surface, the consistency he has usually shown indicates that he can have a chance to go deep at a Major if fully fit and raring to go.

If they do, Court, one of many Australian Open absentees this year, will not be there to witness it.

Djokovic is in the same quarter as the Zverev brothers - fourth-seeded Alexander could meet older brother and No. 32-seeded Mischa in the third round - 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka, and No. 5 Dominic Thiem.

He was playing extremely well last week in Brisbane, taking on Grigor Dimitrov stroke for stroke in the quarter-finals in Brisbane, and then he lost his footing, rolled his ankle and fell over. You're not just breaking down the body during matches; you're breaking it down during training.

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