Federer drawn against Bedene, Nadal meets Burgos — AUSTRALIA OPEN

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The official Australian Open website is currently updating with the full draw, but the link for both brackets can be found here. The venue has three roofed stadiums, beautiful open-air secondary courts and numerous crossover attractions, from kid-friendly zones to the AO Live Stage music venue.

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"It even beats Wimbledon and all the other tournaments I won last year". "To me, he's the clear favourite". The world number four starts tournament against Thomas Fabbiano of Italy. Exciting crossovers between the two aren't uncommon - one can leave behind their mark (or better still a mural) at the Graffiti Street.

He nevertheless looked relaxed and quietly confident at the draw ceremony, as he reflected on his remarkable career. The club was crowded. Young has lost five of his last six matches on hard court.

It didn't matter that before Federer's recent hot streak - five straight wins over Nadal - it was the most lopsided of rivalries.

"Obviously I missed tennis (when he was sidelined for six months last year)".

With the exhibition match tied at a set all, the duo opted to finish the match with a tie-breaker, which the Spaniard won 10-8, reported the Australian Associated Press. John McEnroe played the Australian Open just once during the period when he had his best chance to win it. "The domination thing was fun but stressful", he said.

"Rafa is right there with Roger, toe to toe".

Third seed Grigor Dimitrov and fifth seed David Goffin must face qualifiers whose identities are yet to be determined, while Marin Cilic, seeded sixth, faces Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun.

Federer isn't far down on the beneficiary list.

The Federer fairytale has continued in 2018, with the record-setting 19-times grand slam champion opening his 20th season on tour with an undefeated run at the Hopman Cup in Perth.

The Australian Open will begin on January 15. This has also resulted in injuries to top players and this years Aus open is an example. He won 70 of his 76 matches and even went 41 matches without a defeat. "I think he has a real joy for the game", she said. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are top seeds in the men's singles bracket, while Novak Djokovic, seeded No. 14, is uncharacteristically an underdog. But the Australian Open now launches the tennis year with a great big bang. The unpredictable nature of the women's sport in Serena's absence has paved the way for anyone to catch fire over two weeks and shock their way to the title.

Aiava, Matt Ebden, Jason Kubler, Alex De Minaur and Ajla Tomljanovic are among a cluster of Australian underdogs to be pitted into battle with seeded opponents.

The evergreen Swiss was a popular but unlikely winner upon his return from injury when he defeated Rafael Nadal in last year's final to claim his 18th grand slam title, before going on to triumph at Wimbledon in July.

"It's nice to make a final at home", said Barty, who opens against world No. 69 Aryna Sabalenka at Melbourne Park. It's not horrible but not easy either. "When you lose, it's just brutal".

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