Australian Open 2018: Evergreen Roger Federer is clear favourite

Australian Open 2018: Evergreen Roger Federer is clear favourite

Djokovic, who has shaken off the elbow injury that scuppered his 2017 to play in Melbourne, will begin against Donald Young.

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.

A place in the third round could set up a tie with either Albert Ramos-Vinolas, the world No 22 from Spain, or American Jared Donaldson.

It should be noted that the seedings have gone largely according to the ATP world rankings. "After a few good results previous year my confidence is much better now (against the top players) and I feel that I can play with them, but now I need to be more consistent to give them a good fight".

No 14 seed Novak Djokovic was handed a testing Australian Open draw on Thursday, with Roger Federer in his half.

Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic, who was denied a wildcard for the Australian Open, has insisted that he didn't want a favour anyway and that would try to earn his own way into the main draw of home Grand Slam in Melbourne.

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The Swiss marvel, chasing a sixth Australian Open crown, could also face big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic in the fourth round in the bottom half of the men's draw. "It was a great match in preparation for the Australian Open", Rublev said after the clash.

He beat Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets in the second round of the 2017 US Open. The third-seeded Bulgarian, despite falling in the semifinals in his Brisbane International title defence last week, has imposed himself at last as a serious contender with victory in the season-ending ATP Finals.

For women's singles event, Caroline Wozniacki is seeded second Garbine Muguruza followed by Elina Svitolina, Venus Williams, Karolina Pliskova, Jelena Ostapenko, Caroline Garcia, Johanna Konta, CoCo Vandeweghe.

Her sister Venus, who lost the all-Williams Australian Open final a year ago, has a tough opener against Belinda Bencic - who combined with Federer to win the Hopman Cup for Switzerland last week - and is also in the same quarter as U.S. Open victor Sloane Stephens.

It is those who have failed to make the trip Down Under - or those who have limped here carrying injuries - who are causing a stir and, as a result, both draws are supposed to be there for the taking by any young hopeful with a bit of a courage and a hefty forehand.

Germany's Angelique Kerber, the 2016 champion will face compatriot Anna-Lena Friedsam, while 2008 champion Maria Sharapova will also face a German, the world No 46 Tatjana Maria.

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