Rafael Nadal downs Dominic Thiem in surprise exhibition match

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Williams withdrew after having given birth last September, Murray with the hip injury that short-circuited his 2017 season last July at Wimbledon, and Nishikori with the wrist that has made him inactive on the ATP Tour since last August in Montreal.

Djokovic hasn't played a competitive tournament since retiring in the quarter finals at Wimbledon previous year with a right elbow injury. Former victor Stan Wawrinka, who hasn't played since Wimbledon but said he has recovered sufficiently from a knee injury, is seeded at nine. However, while my head may be saying that Muguruza will be emerge victorious come the end of January, I have a feeling that Johanna Konta will become Britain's first female grand slam champion since Virginia Wade in 1977.

Giorgi, belying her ranking of 100th in the world, beat US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the first round and then ousted twice Wimbledon and former Sydney champion Petra Kvitova.

Nadal's half notably includes Marin Cilic, Nick Kyrgios, Jack Sock and Grigor Dimitrov.

The big features of the women's draw is that the top seed and world No.1, Simona Halep still hasn't won a Grand Slam title.

World No.1 Rafael Nadal has tuned up for the Australian Open with an exhibition match win at Melbourne Park.

The Federer fairytale has continued in 2018, with the record-setting 19-times grand slam champion opening his 20th season on tour with an undefeated run at the Hopman Cup in Perth. The two could face each other in a blockbuster semi-final, should Djokovic get past fourth seed Alexander Zverev in the fourth round.

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It was Nadal's fifth tiebreak in three days at the venue, after he headlined the Tiebreak Tens event on Wednesday night.

Federer says his three-year-old sons Leo and Lenny "seem very interested" in tennis and that his eight-year-old daughters Myla Rose and Charlene Riva, also identical twins, think his friends in the locker-room like countryman Stan Wawrinka are all part of the family.

Six-time Australian Open champion Djokovic pulled out of a tournament in Abu Dhabi last week because of continuing problems with his right elbow and wore a sleeve over the joint during his round robin match against the Austrian.

“Ill take whatever I can – one or two matches here will be good preparation.”.

Meanwhile, former world number one Andy Murray and Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori will miss the first major of the season due to their respective injuries.

"It was a fantastic test for me to see what we have done as a team in the off-season, whether it works or not on the court", said the Serb.

Dimitrov acknowledged Vallverdu for helping him develop a new-found mental toughness, and the duo will hope to build on that victory at the O2 when gracing the hard courts of Melbourne - a tournament where he reached the semis past year.

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