AUSTRALIA OPEN: Federer drawn against Bedene, Nadal meets Burgos

Jan 13, 2018, 06:49
AUSTRALIA OPEN: Federer drawn against Bedene, Nadal meets Burgos

Kyrgios would likely have to make it past former Australian Open runner-up and 15th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, provided the Frenchman avenges a US Open defeat to fast-surging 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov in round two.

He withdrew from a warm-up tournament in Abu Dhabi and last week's Brisbane International and had been concerned with his match fitness.

It was the 12-time Grand Slam winner's first competitive outing since losing a Wimbledon quarter-final to Tomas Berdych last July. However, the current season will be made more hard by the return of Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka, who missed the 2017 campaign through injury.

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"I don't want to be overconfident, but I'm very, very happy with how it went today", added the 30-year-old. I'm moving towards 100 per cent.

"Unbelievable. In my vision, I never had this, that I was going to be playing tennis with four kids".

"I'll take whatever I can - one or two matches here will be good preparation".

"But based on what I've seen so far". "All these things all play into it but at the end of the day I've been in this position thankfully many times before. For now everything at the moment is going in the right direction", the Serbian star said on Thursday.

The 12-time major victor said he was doing everything possible to be ready in time for the Australian.

"Doctors here and back home are working with me". Oddsmakers are busy trying to figure out this new world order, throwing into the mix players who have never lifted big-time trophies.

Despite the cloud lingering over his participation at Melbourne Park, betting markets have Djokovic among the top three chances to win the tournament.

Federer was seeded No. 2 behind world No. 1 Rafael Nadal has a seemingly simple opener against 51st-ranked Slovenian Aljaz Bedene, but he might be made to sweat after that.

To reduce stress on the elbow which has caused him issues since the start of 2016, Djokovic's take-back of the racket is now shorter.

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