Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer earn top two seeds for Australian Open

Doug Mendoza
January 14, 2018

Nowhere was that more evident than a year ago when Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer - supposedly past their best - triumphed to make the final, Federer eventually running out the victor in five sets.

"If I got to play the way I did yesterday against the number five in the world".

19-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is placed as second seed while Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov and Germany's Alexander Zverev have been named third and fourth seed, respectively, the Daily Express reported.

Stan Wawrinka has suffered a setback in his battle to be fit for the Australian Open after pulling out of today's Tie Break Tens tournament.

Roger laughs as he adds that "I never beat Rafter but that doesn't matter (because), you shouldn't beat your favourite players anyway" but singles out other Australian connections with deep sincerity. "Now I know his secret", the 30-year-old said during the courtside interview. His only regret was losing the number one rank to Rafael Nadal who confirmed his status by reaching the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters before eventually retiring with a knee problem. I won't put extra pressure on myself, regardless of who's going to play, or not play.

With five-times runner-up Andy Murray and Japan's Kei Nishikori already ruled out with injuries, Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley welcomed Wawrinka's intention to play.

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"It was an unbelievable final, an awesome moment for me in my life and it's great to be back here", he said, per Sky Sports.

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

The Dane had lost six straight finals before winning the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo a month earlier and she carried that momentum to Singapore before starting the season with a solid showing in Auckland to move up to second in the world rankings.

"It was a fantastic test for me to see where I am, to see what we have done as a team and whether it works on the court and it works pretty well", Djokovic said. "I increased my serve by several kilometres per hour and I think I did better overall with my second than first, and I can say I won some points nearly for free as a result", Nadal said in an interview with Spanish daily AS in December. The US Open champion said that she needed an extra week's rehab.

"I'm very happy with the way it went and that's all I can say".

Djokovic is still considered a long shot to win at his first grand slam back, but having him competing in Australia again is an injection of excitement Down Under.

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