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Nadal, Federer get top seeds at Australian Open

13 Enero 2018

Roger Federer is fully prepared for the expectations that will accompany him at the Australian Open, as the 36-year-old prepares to defend his title. "Kyle is a terrific player and he has really proved himself the last couple of years".

Federer opens the tournament against an opponent ranked 51 in the world, who last month Switched allegiances back to Slovenia after two-and-a-half spell competing under the British flag.

With the exhibition match tied at a set all, the duo opted to finish the match with a tie-breaker, which the Spaniard won 10-8, reported the Australian Associated Press. "I think the reality of where we're at is that the game is overdesigned".

The tournament sees the return of Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka who make a return to the tournament after a lengthy injury lay off. With the championship starting on 15 January, we look at the top contenders to win among the stars of the next generation.

"I'm grateful and flattered that people see me as one of the favourites, but I have to take a step back", said the six-time Australian Open champion, the most successful men's player at Melbourne Park alongside Roy Emerson.

Defending men's champion Roger Federer will be present for the draw, as will Russian Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova. He might not be in the same ranks as the Big Four or even below Big 4 crasher Stan Wawrinka, but Del Potro is perhaps the most underrated tennis player in this era. He is clearly the man to beat.

Despite his prior two losses to both, Kyrgios has the form and momentum to get through the third round.

He was playing extremely well last week in Brisbane, taking on Grigor Dimitrov stroke for stroke in the quarter-finals in Brisbane, and then he lost his footing, rolled his ankle and fell over. However, 2009 US Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro also lurks in Federer's quarter of the draw. He is very physical and his forehand is dangerous.

The tennis community and sporting world yearns for another instalment in the Federer-Nadal rivalry but while form is temporary and class is permanent, a lack of preparation may rob the Australian public of another unforgettable event. I can't see him not collecting a sixth title in Melbourne.

Court, a Pentecostal pastor, has strong views on homosexuality.

"I always feel like the legends, the icons, the all-time greats, are made from a different mould", he says.

Following an off-season rule change, players who are forced to pull out after the draw is released will receive 50 per cent of their Round 1 prizemoney. "That Margaret has definitely homophobic views does not take away those accomplishments, no doubt about that".

She doesn't want the same life for her daughter that she had. "No, there's no chance". He stayed injury free until the final stages of his brilliant 2017 campaign, winning a 10th French Open title and then claiming the US Open, before familiar knee problems returned putting an end to his season at the ATP Finals in London.

There will be even more than usual this year after his Brisbane success.

Nadal, Federer get top seeds at Australian Open