Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

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

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

They're all in the same half of the draw as defending champion Roger Federer, who previous year returned from an extended injury time out to beat Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final and end a Grand Slam drought dating back to 2012.

Despite his achievements in a long career, motivation for Nadal, who needs to reach the quarter-finals to be certain of retaining his world number one ranking, with Federer breathing down his neck, remains undiminished.

Grigor Dimitrov, a semifinalist here a year ago, is seeded third and six-time champion Novak Djokovic - coming back from a six-month injury layoff - is 14th.

Rafael Nadal showed that talk of his demise had been exaggerated by winning the French and U.S. Open titles past year although he faces a battle to repeat those feats without his lifelong coach and uncle Toni while also fighting familiar injury troubles.

Although the time off has given Djokovic time to heal up for the 2018 season, questions still remain about whether the 30-year-old can return to the same kind of form that saw him claim 12 Grand Slam singles titles.

Grand slam success is seen as a matter of when, not if, for Zverev but the ageless Federer stands ready to thwart another youth-led insurrection.

"I'm happy with the new service motion", he said.

"There's not much more I can do".

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Djokovic admitted, the injury is "still not 100 percent" healed and that he still feels "some pain".

Britain's sole representative Kyle Edmund will face big-serving US Open runner-up Kevin Anderson in the first round.

"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. "They spent a lot of hours analyzing my serve".

He can take some credit for the vast improvement in Nadal's second serve, which helped the Spaniard win a 10th Roland Garros title without dropping a set and saw him blow away Kevin Anderson to lift the final major of the year in NY. "I start from zero again", he said.

"I thought my game wasn't going to be good enough for that day and it was".

"I feel that I had a good week-and-a-half of practices".

The 14th seed added: "I still know what I'm capable of, and I believe in my own abilities to win against the best players in the world. Hopefully I can do so (in Australia)".

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