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It is no wonder that Roger Federer at 36 can produces such electrifying and immaculate tennis, comfortably taking out power tennis players and baseline warriors with a mix of court craft, deceit and anticipation.

The three-time Grand Slam champion hasn't played since Wimbledon, but said on Tuesday he had recovered sufficiently from a knee injury to feature in the year's opening Grand Slam, starting in Melbourne on Monday.

To predict a winner of either of the singles titles is difficult.

Novak Djokovic, who returns to Grand Slam play after missing last year's U.S. Open with an injury, is in Federer's half of the bracket.

"You keep her in the Hall of Fame", said Navratilova, an activist and one of the first prominent athletes to come out as a lesbian. Instead, I believe that Grigor Dimitrov will build upon his heart-breaking semi-final loss to Nadal last year in Melbourne, as well as his world Tour Finals victory to allow him to finally fulfil the nickname 'Baby Fed'. Question marks hang over the fitness of Nadal, while Andy Murray has already pulled out.

Following Thursday's draw, the Serbian 12-time major champion will begin his campaign against American world No 63 Donald Young, a player he has beaten in both of their previous encounters. He was also the runner-up of Next Gen ATP Finals losing to South Korea's Hyeon Chung. His opponents in finals were on average ranked 5.75. This has also resulted in injuries to top players and this years Aus open is an example. And during a major like the French Open, where the weather is volatile, best-of-five matches can wreak havoc on the schedule. At the Melbourne Park, that trend might continue in 2018.

"I think he's actually a really nice guy", Federer told Channel Nine when asked about the mercurial 22-year-old.

Switzerland's Roger Federer walks on to the court before his semi final match against Belgium's David Goffin. His only Australian Open title came in 2009, but he has was a finalist three other times.

Under the ad-hoc rules, late additions Nadal and Djokovic will be playing practice matches.

Cabrera was awarded a wildcard into the Australian Open draw last week and the world No.152 will chase her first win on Australian soil this summer when she faces off with world No.71 Maia. He did not express any problems with his knee. Additional watch-ability, for one. The Spaniard opens his tournament against Victor Estrella Burgos. Potential pitfalls include Gael Monfils in the second round, Alexander Zverev in the fourth, Stan Wawrinka or Dominic Thiem in the quarters and finally Federer in the last four.

In the absence of Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka, only two former champions are in the women's draw.