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Kyrgios given golden Australian Open draw

13 January 2018, 05:13 | Pamela Mathis

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Djokovic, 30, is seeded 14th for this year's grand slam tournament in Melbourne - a reflection of his slide down the rankings following six months out with an elbow injury.

Nadal skipped the year-end championship last November and delayed the start of his 2018 season, so he's also had only exhibition matches to see how his right knee has recovered.

"It would be ideal if I got another tournament under my belt before the Australian Open but my elbow wasn't ready but I'm going to take whatever I can".

Although Djokovic said he was delighted with his performance, especially his serve, he acknowledged that he was still not in flawless shape.

Djokovic lost to Lleyton Hewitt in the Tie Break Tens exhibition event on Margaret Court Arena later in the day. Bedene has never made it out of the first round of the Australian Open, but does have five second round appearances in grand slams.

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal withdrew from his first tour event of 2018, in Brisbane, with continuing knee problems, and is seeking match practice in a Melbourne exhibition event ahead of the January 15 start.

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal continued his preparations for the Australian Open yesterday with a surprise practice match against Austrian Dominic Thiem.

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The former Wimbledon finalist's ranking has slid to 83 after making a first-round exit previous year in 14 tournaments including Wimbledon and the US Open.

The Swiss will be gunning for a 20th grand slam title, but following Thursday's draw, the heat will be on for the 36-year-old in Melbourne.

Nadal leads in their head-to-heads by 23 to 15, and in Grand Slams by nine to three.

Ahead of the first Slam of 2018, Serena Williams' coach Mouratoglou believes there is simply no longer any doubt as to who is the greatest male tennis player of all time. "It's not a secret that I have my sights on 25", she said.

Third-seeded Muguruza is in a hard quarter containing former Australian Open champions Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber, and U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys.

"It's not always the best when you are an athlete so I'm looking forward to it, enjoying the crowd. Because obviously I'm playing well under pressure and in pressure situations", said Kyrgios, whose talent has often been undermined by petulant outbursts.

Germany's Zverev won their only match so far, comfortably defeating Djokovic in straight sets in the Rome Masters final previous year.

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