"Australians are always getting great support here".
When the draw came out, all eyes were pointed to one certain first round matchup, Belinda Bencic vs Venus Williams.
"I feel great, I was eager to get onto the court", he said after playing with a flesh-coloured sleeve on his right arm.
Thiem is projected to face rising young German star Alexander Zverev in the quarters of Djokovic's section of the draw.
Donald Young has one match under his belt in 2018, which was a three set loss to Joao Sousa in Auckland. "For me, that's more the issue".
Nadal was naturally rusty after his extended break but looked free from his notorious knee problems and is not alone heading to the Australian Open after injury troubles.
The tall American, who served 1,123 aces in 2017, hit 30 more Wednesday but Chung replied with 18 aces of his own and added a superb returning game, while Isner made 58 unforced errors. The Flemish Masters of today are generating considerable excitement in fields as diverse as fashion, food, beer brewing and music.
Doubt was cast over whether Djokovic would be fit to play in the Australian Open, which starts on Monday, when he withdrew from warm-up events in Abu Dhabi and Doha.
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Ahead of next week's Australian Open, Roger Federer has proclaimed last year's final set against arch-rival and number one seed Rafael Nadal as the best tennis he has ever played. But at this stage in his career, he should be doing better than to lose in the third and fourth rounds of a grand slam tournament.
But with Murray out until the summer, perhaps this will be the year of the newcomer.
Nadal begins his campaign against Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic while Roger Federer takes on Slovenian Aljaz Bedene.
Six-time champion Novak Djokovic is seeded 14th and faces a few potential banana skins on his way through the draw. The world number four starts tournament against Thomas Fabbiano of Italy.
Top-ranked Simona Halep is in the same half as Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, who has a difficult quarter containing former Australian Open champions Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber. French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko is seeded No. 7 and U.S. Open winner Sloane Stephens is No. 13. Ranked No 10 in the world, the Spaniard is on a wretched run of form heading into Melbourne.
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Meanwhile, 2017 Australian Open champion Serena Williams opted out of the competition, saying that her preparations had fallen just short of what she needed to be competitive after giving birth in September.
Australian breakout star Ash Barty will be leading the Australian hopes after being seeded 18th.