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Federer faces Bedene first up in Australian Open

14 Enero 2018, 07:00 | Cornelio Vivanco

Federer faces Bedene first up in Australian Open

Federer faces Bedene first up in Australian Open

Djokovic is poised to return to action after recovering from his injury-plagued 2017 and he's expected to challenge for the title as well, but the Serb star says it is Federer and Nadal who should be feared most.

Meanwhile, world number one Rafael Nadal, who finished second best in last year's final, will open his campaign against 37-year-old Victor Estrella Burgos.

Zverev is also one of just four men to beat Federer in 2017, in the Montreal final.

Bookmakers are tipping the world No. 2 and tournament's second seed to win the title at A$2.75 (S$2.88).

Twelve months on from his unforgettable surge to a fifth Open crown aged 35 and in his first official tournament back after six months out of the game, Federer admits he can still barely believe what he pulled off.

It was the test he sorely needed, the 30-year-old said, and one he was pleased to pass with flying colours.

Another Australian who has enjoyed a strong build-up to the year's first Grand Slam is Ashleigh Barty.

When the six-time Australian Open champion withdrew from the season-opening Qatar Open, he said he "did not know what was going to happen".

"There's no easy way to get to the top", Sharapova told the crowd at Margaret Court Arena before the draw. "I expect to continue to do so".

A short while ago it seemed an overwhelming inevitability that Federer and Nadal would lock horns once more in the final but with Djokovic now lurking in the background that theory is far from certain. "Every athlete on this planet has to some degree some sort of injury and when I look back I don't regret anything". "It was the highlight of last year, beating Wimbledon and all the other tournaments I played".

With the Australian Open in January and the Paris Masters and World Tour Finals ending in November, it is a marathon for the elite - an ultramarathon if they play in the Davis Cup final, too. You're not just breaking down the body during matches; you're breaking it down during training.

"Obviously I've had great results here in the past but I'll take it more modestly and see how it goes".

Seven-time grand slam winner Venus Williams has a tough opener against Belinda Bencic and will face 12th seed Julia Goerges in the fourth round if the seeds hold.

Players will also be able to claim 50 percent of their prize money if they pull out before their first match, an incentive designed to allow a replacement to play instead.

Ninth seed Konta reached the semi-finals in Brisbane, although she was defeated in the first round in Sydney's warm-up event.



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