Rafael Nadal downs Dominic Thiem in surprise exhibition match

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Former winner Stan Wawrinka, who hasn't played since Wimbledon but said he has recovered sufficiently from a knee injury, is seeded at nine. She reached the top of the rankings recently, but she will likely continue to be up and down during the tournament. Kerber, the only other past champion in the draw, is playing a tournament in Sydney this week.

Raonic suffered two injuries in 2017 which largely curtailed his season.

"Defending a title the very first time is the hard part... if you don't win, it's all dramatic but later on in life you take it as it comes, try your best and if it works out, great but if it doesn't, it just doesn't". "But I don't want to say it's 100 per cent". "I put a lot of expectations on myself because I have been there, and I have delivered in those moments".

The van Eyck brothers' Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, a Flemish Primitive altarpiece, represents a milestone in art history, and is the pride of the port city Ghent. The 22-year-old said that he was struggling a bit due to the presence of fluid on the back of his knee.

"Overall, I'm quite happy with my level".

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. The most recent match was last year in Nottingham, a match he won in straight sets.

The top half of the bottom portion of the draw is the most interesting.

But, after beating Thiem 6-1 6-4 at the Kooyong Classic, Djokovic declared himself happy.

All eyes move onto section three of the draw where it is as wide-open as it can get for potential fourth round matchups.

Djokovic, who has shaken off the elbow injury that scuppered his 2017 to play in Melbourne, will begin against Donald Young.

Federer once again anchors the last quarter. Muguruza faces a race against time to be fit for her first round match against Jessika Ponchet.

JT: Elina Svitolina. Cruised to the Brisbane International title, dropping just one set and completely taking apart Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the final.

Players will also be able to claim 50 percent of their prize money if they pull out before their first match, an incentive designed to allow a replacement to play instead.

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