Wawrinka ready for Australian Open

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First up, the 36-year-old Swiss will play Ajaz Bedene of Slovenia.

"I'm improving. It's been a long time now, six months, so it's tough to be at that level". He is three clear of Nadal in the number of Slams, as he begins his 2018 calendar at Melbourne. Among women, the number of 30-plus players is 17.3 percent.

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.

Nadal has the second-best odds at 11/2.

Tiley addressed reporters on the court of Margaret Court Arena, the name of which has drawn scrutiny and rebuke after controversial remarks by Court on topics including same-sex marriage and transgender children. Andy Murray is the biggest casualty while doubt is looming above others.

Alexander Zverev, who's ranked fourth, will play Italian Thomas Fabbiano but has 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka, returning after surgery, in his section of the draw. "To me, he's the clear favourite". His opponents in finals were on average ranked 5.75.

Wozniacki's path appears relatively clear, though she could face seventh-seeded Jelena Ostapenko or 10th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe in the quarterfinals.

"I think he's actually a really nice guy", Federer told Channel Nine when asked about the mercurial 22-year-old.

"It'd be unfair to say that Federer isn't the best I've ever played against because the titles and his track record prove that to be the case", he said.

But Djokovic didn't just elevate his own game. Serena Williams also revealed that she was bedridden for six weeks after the birth of her child due to blood clot in her lungs.

In a massive coup for the event, the Kooyong Classic will feature Nadal and Novak Djokovic in its men's field, two players who have 26 grand slam titles between them.

The world No.2 was quizzed on what went down at the Australian Open draw on Thursday night, and he didn't hesitate to reveal all.

And when Djokovic made grass - a surface which Andre Agassi called "ice slathered with Vaseline" - feel like clay, leaving not a single blade uncovered, Federer was left with no choice but to shore up his defence.

Germany's Zverev won their only match so far, comfortably defeating Djokovic in straight sets in the Rome Masters final last year. But so did Federer. An extension of the trend is not out of the question with Maria Sharapova unseeded in Melbourne. Additional watch-ability, for one. Nadal will open against Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic. While at this stage it would be bold to rule out Federer or Nadal completely, I am not confident that either will lift the title.

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