Rafael Nadal loses to Richard Gasquet at Kooyong Classic

After that, John Isner (16) or Diego Schwartzman (24) could meet the Spaniard in the round of 16.

"It was a huge surprise". Kyrgios is 17th seed and coming off a Brisbane International victory, while Barty is seeded at 18, having come from world No.271 at the start of last year.

Organizers defended the decision to invite Sharapova to appear as the representative for the women's draw, with tournament director Craig Tiley saying the sanction was over and the 30-year-old Russian was there as a former champion.

Federer beat Rafael Nadal in the final here last year on his return from six months on the sidelines and is seeded No. 2 as he bids for a 20th Grand Slam singles title. He's been most successful at Wimbledon (eight major titles), but he's won the same number of titles in Australia (five) as at the US Open. He won 70 of his 76 matches and even went 41 matches without a defeat.

The draw for the Jan. 15-28 tournament, the first grand slam of the year, takes place later on Thursday.

These two have played twice, and Djokovic has won both meetings.

'I am going to applaud her as well because she has been through a difficult time, once a man is alongside a woman in labour and sees first hand what a woman goes through, you give even more respect and appreciation for them and so I love my wife, I send her all my love and kisses'.

By the time the Serb lifted the Musketeers' Cup at the French Open in Paris in 2016, he was the holder of all four majors. The venue has three roofed stadiums, beautiful open-air secondary courts and numerous crossover attractions, from kid-friendly zones to the AO Live Stage music venue.

Last season gave renewed hope that Dimitrov might still blossom into the Grand Slam champion he seemed set to become as an extravagantly-talented junior. His opponents in finals were on average ranked 5.75.

In the women's field, there is a slew of young stars eager to snatch the baton. Has a very high level.

'I am trying to do everything possible to get my arm and my elbow ready for the Open. He triggered improvements in others too.

This year's Australian Open was shaping up to be one of the most underwhelming editions, with numerous top-ranked players being forced to withdraw from the tournament because of injury.

Young gun Zverev had little luck in his first Australian Open draw as a top five seed with either Wawrinka, who plays Ricardas Berankis, or Novak Djokovic potentially standing in his path in the quarter-finals. But so did Federer. The Swiss, who underwent knee surgery in the wake of his Wimbledon exit, pulled out of an exhibition event yesterday. Additional watch-ability, for one. "The legs feel good so it's all about putting it in on the court now". So is Djokovic's match-up against World No. 1 Nadal.

Six-time champion Djokovic has a shot at surpassing Roy Emerson to become the only male player with seven Australian Open titles in tennis history.

"This is a guy who is so relaxed..." For those who value the culinary arts, Bruges is also home to a chocolate museum, a museum dedicated to potato fries and the world's first beer pipeline.

  • Ricardo Clara