Australian Open 2018 draw: Men's and women's brackets announced

Garbine Muguruza of Spain grabs her leg in pain before retiring from her second round match against Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia at the Brisbane International tennis tournament at the Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane

'I am trying to do everything possible to get my arm and my elbow ready for the Open. "I'm just going to go out there, try to weather the storm, and try to play my game", De Minaur said.

Unseeded women have won two of the last three majors: Ostapenko at the French Open and Sloane Stephens at the U.S. Open. Kyrgios would likely have to make it past former Australian Open runner-up and 15th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, provided the Frenchman avenges a US Open defeat to fast-surging 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov in round two. To add to this Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are not fully fit, making it the Grand Slam of the walking wounded. A similar uncertainty with regards to the readiness of the big names is replicated on the women's side, with Serena Williams withdrawing just a week before the tournament was due to begin, while a lengthy custody battle has forced Victoria Azarenka to withdraw. This has also resulted in injuries to top players and this years Aus open is an example.

Top-ranked Nadal will open against Victor Estrella Burgos, has a potential fourth-round match against John Isner, and No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov in his half of the draw. It appears it could be a year for the youngsters - if they can find a way to overcome Federer, who has started out in incredible form at the Hopman Cup. In fact the world No.2, Caroline Wozniacki hasn't won a Slam either.

Sixth-seeded Karolina Pliskova and ninth-seeded Johanna Konta are also in Halep's quarter of the draw.

"Last year's season was a bit long and I had to start a little bit later than I would've liked. I don't normally like going to draws as they freak me out", Federer, 36, said.

Flanders, the northern region of Belgium and the home of the Flemish Masters, remains one of the world's most culturally sophisticated regions.

Can Rafael Nadal challenge in Melbourne?

The transformation of the Australian Open from a moribund event played on grass in the confines of a fusty old tennis club (Kooyong) into the model major happened in one great leap in 1987.

Awaiting him there should be holder Federer (2), whose first scheduled seeded opponent may be Richard Gasquet (29).

Dan Evans, who reached the fourth round here last year, is still serving a ban after his positive cocaine test, while Aljaz Bedene - who will play an eye-catching first-round match here against defending champion Roger Federer - has switched his nationality back to his native Slovenia. The aesthetic appeal of Federer's play pitted against the more down-to-earth rugged artistry of Nadal's has set up a convenient binary fans revel in.

"The drive, I still have it. I certainly will hope I put myself in that position", Sharapova said.

Will the real Next Gen please stand up?

Novak Djokovic and Donald Young meet in the first round of the 2018 Australian Open.

"This is a guy who is so relaxed..." Kokkinakis is a good player too. Maybe the stars have aligned to prove once and for all how consequential Djokovic's quest has always been.

Johnson, a semfinalist in Auckland last year, looked on target for an easy win when he swept through the first set against Bautista Agut in 35 minutes.

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