Djokovic seeded 14th in Australia, Nadal top

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

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

He is followed by Marin Cilic, David Goffin, Jack Sock, Stan Wawrinka, Pablo Carreno Busta.

Bouchard, who has fallen on tough times in recent years and comes into Melbourne ranked 81st, faces France's Oceane Dodin in the first round.

Last year's quarterfinalist Johanna Konta is in the same quarter as Halep and faces American Madison Brengle first up.

Djokovic made a winning return on Wednesday after six months out with an elbow injury, declaring he felt "great" after beating world number five Dominic Thiem 6-1, 6-4 at the Kooyong Classic.

The top 32 players in the draw are seeded, meaning they can't meet until the third round, while the top 16 can't meet each other until the fourth round and so on, with the first and second seeds unable to meet until the final.

Moya can take some credit for the vast improvement in Nadal's second serve, which helped the Spaniard win a 10th French Open title without dropping a set and saw him blow away Kevin Anderson to lift the final major of the year in NY.

With AP Photos.Defending champion Roger Federer has been drawn in the same half of the Australian Open as six-time victor Novak Djokovic, who is returning from an elbow injury and is seeded 14th.

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Serena Williams, Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori and Victoria Azarenka are all big-name players who won't be participating in the Australian Open this year.

While pleased at his progress, Djokovic, who has dropped to 14 in the world, admitted he still had work to do ahead of the opening Grand Slam of the year.

Wozniacki is projected to face French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in the quarters.

Serena Williams will not defend the women's title having had her first child past year but 2008 champion Maria Sharapova, who failed a drugs test at the tournament in 2016, is back unseeded after a ban and will face Germany's Tatjana Maria.

Germany's Zverev won their only match so far, comfortably defeating Djokovic in straight sets in the Rome Masters final previous year. Thiem, who admittedly played far from his best, barely got a read of it.

"I increased my serve by several kilometers per hour and I think I did better overall with my second than first, and I can say I won some points nearly for free as a result", Nadal said in a recent interview with Spanish daily AS.

"The boys are young and one of them was watching me at the Hopman Cup last week and he said: 'I can do what Papa can, I can play tennis too'".

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