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Nadal, Federer seeded 1st and 2nd for Australian Open

15 Enero 2018, 03:21 | Cornelio Vivanco

Nadal, Federer seeded 1st and 2nd for Australian Open

Nadal, Federer seeded 1st and 2nd for Australian Open

Not since Mark Edmondson in 1976 - against compatriot John Newcombe - has an Australian man lifted the title.

By contrast, Nadal will enjoy his 11th top seeding at a grand slam, and his fourth at Melbourne Park.

JT: Pablo Carreno Busta.

Safwat is not content though with the two wins he and Maamoun scored on Wednesday and is eyeing far greater achievements. Another first or second round defeat is on the cards.

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Federer hailed Nadal for putting up a great fight in last year's Open. New rules reverting Grand Slams to 16 seeds from the current 32 are due to come into force in 2019. Her public stance against same-sex marriage, which is now legal in Australia after a vote last year, has led to renewed calls that Margaret Court Arena should be renamed.

Young gun Zverev had little luck in his first Australian Open draw as a top five seed with either Wawrinka, who plays Ricardas Berankis, or Novak Djokovic potentially standing in his path in the quarter-finals.

The 12-time grand slam champion, whose ranking has fallen to No.12, pulled out of an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi at the end of the year and subsequently withdrew from the Qatar Open.

Receiving one of the eight wild cards is a financial windfall, and they do increase the opportunities for French, American and Australian players at the expense of those from less privileged tennis nations.

Nadal reached last year's final before falling to Roger Federer in a thrilling five-set match.

Ebden drew US 16th seed John Isner, wildcard Kubler takes on Spanish 10th seed Pablo Carreno Busta and De Minaur will tackle Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych.

In the 2017 Australian Open, Djokovic lost in the second round to Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.

The Swiss marvel rates his magical Melbourne Park comeback from a career- threatening knee injury above even his incredible eighth Wimbledon triumph last July. We sit down and there's 10-15 people in the room, ok, everything's got to be fast because Rafa's got to go, I've got to go. "I think he has a real joy for the game", she said.

JT: Elina Svitolina. Cruised to the Brisbane International title, dropping just one set and completely taking apart Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the final.

Halep, ranked No. 1, is aiming to win her first Grand Slam title.

In other Kooyong results, Australia's No.2-ranked Matt Ebden continued his good form, pushing former world No.7 Frenchman Richard Gasquet before a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) loss.

"I don't say I'm at 100 percent, I can only say that when I get the feel of a tournament".

" It always looks so simple and easy".

"I " m very happy to be back in Australia", he said.

She said: "I have pain in my right adductor".



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