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Djokovic fears Nadal and Fed in Melbourne

14 January 2018

Grigor Dimitrov is the No. 3 seed, and six-time champion Novak Djokovic is 14th as he comes back from a six-month injury layoff.

Tiley's mood would have improved even further after Nadal returned to the court for an exhibition match at the Kooyong Classic.

Like rivals Djokovic and Wawrinka, Murray last played in Wimbledon where he was beaten by Sam Querrey in an epic five-setter.

A few minutes later when the formalities were completed, Federer found out how hard defending his title could be after landing in the same half as six-time champion Novak Djokovic. Referring to the final set of the thriller, which he won 6-3, he said: "It was an awesome final, an unbelievable moment for me in my life and it's great to be back here", as quoted by the Express.

"It doesn't help when someone wants to walk on the court and get straight back off - that mental state doesn't help", she said.

"It's great to be the defending champion".

Sharapova, who missed last year's Open while serving a ban after testing positive to banned substance Meldonium, said she still covets a return to the No 1 ranking.

"I'll be over the moon if I can play, which I'm planning to". I was happy we both managed to win today, he had a tough match. "And I feel like I am ready".

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Roger Federer is the "clear favourite" to retain his Australian Open title over an injury-riddled field when the first grand slam of the season starts next week in Melbourne.

Djokovic was shocked by retired Australian Lleyton Hewitt, who then went on to have match point against Nadal, only for the Spaniard to win through to the final.

The 30-year-old, who won the year's first Grand Slam five times in six years until 2016, did not have it all his own way in a tighter second set and it went with serve to 5-4 when Djokovic broke again to wrap up the victory in 42 minutes.

First up, the 36-year-old Swiss will play Ajaz Bedene of Slovenia.

Djokovic, seeded 14th, opens against 63rd-ranked Donald Young, and could face 39th-ranked Gael Monfils - who was himself ranked sixth a year ago - in the second round.

"My schedule in 2017 was the correct one, only playing the tournaments that were practically obligatory and the occasional warm up event", he told AS. Anything can happen. It's a Grand Slam.

In Sydney on Tuesday, Britain's best hope for honours in Melbourne, Johanna Konta, survived a thorough examination of the hip that gave up on her in Brisbane last week but could not get past the player she beat in last year's final in her home town, Agnieszka Radwanska.

Djokovic fears Nadal and Fed in Melbourne