Nadal isn't projected to run into any significant opposition until the third round, in which he could face No. 28 Damir Dzumhur. It never fails to serve up surprising storylines and 2018 promises to be no different. Federer will take on Aljaz Bedene in his opener.
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and defending champion Roger Federer have been seeded first and second for the Australian Open.
While Murray is out, Novak Djokovic has fallen down the seedings, as has another former champion in Stan Wawrinka, who sits on the edge of the top ten.
Williams remains, at 23 Grand Slam singles titles, one short of Court's record.
Serena Williams will not defend the women's title having had her first child last year but 2008 champion Maria Sharapova, who failed a drugs test at the tournament in 2016, is back unseeded after a ban and will face Germany's Tatjana Maria. From the chasing pack, only Muguruza and Ostapenkoa have Slam titles to their name while the rest are all looking for their maiden trophy.
'I am going to applaud her as well because she has been through a difficult time, once a man is alongside a woman in labour and sees first hand what a woman goes through, you give even more respect and appreciation for them and so I love my wife, I send her all my love and kisses'. "But I've arrived with plenty of time and it's a good day to start again the feelings of playing a match", the 16-time Grand Slam champion added.
As the sport wrestles with appealing to younger sports fans, quicker formats at both exhibitions and tournaments are on the rise. "That tends to favour the older more experienced player rather than a player in their teens or early twenties", the study says. His opponents in finals were on average ranked 5.75.
"It was an amazing final, an amazing moment for me in my life and it's great to be back here", he said, per Sky Sports.
So dominant was Djokovic since the loss to Nadal at the 2013 US Open that he outclassed the Spaniard 11 times in the next 13 meetings. Has a very high level. He triggered improvements in others too.
The Serbian former world number one had pulled out of a warm-up tournament in Abu Dhabi, raising concerns over his fitness ahead of the year's opening Grand Slam.
Thiem was bed-ridden before flying to Australia, but said after facing Djokovic that he felt fine and was over his illness. But so did Federer. "You always have to beat the top players in order to get to the top". Additional watch-ability, for one. "I don't like usually going to draws because they freak me out". The five-time champion could meet a one of the tour's biggest servers on tour in either No.13 seed Sam Querrey or former semifinalist Milos Raonic in the fourth round.
Thiem, however, looked so disinterested it was hard to read too much into it, and he lost 10-6 in a tiebreak to Lleyton Hewitt later in the day. With all the titles and earnings, they keep fighting at the highest level for the love and passion they feel towards tennis.' CanNovak Djokovic be the world No.
Djokovic, a six-time Australian Open champion, is seeded 14 since his ranking slipped due to his six-month injury hiatus.