Nadal downs Thiem in surprise exhibition

Nadal downs Thiem in surprise exhibition

Top seed Rafael Nadal has been drawn against Victor Estrella Burgos in the opening round of the Australian Open, while reigning champion Roger Federer meets Aljaz Bedene.

With the Australian Open in January and the Paris Masters and World Tour Finals ending in November, it is a marathon for the elite - an ultramarathon if they play in the Davis Cup final, too.

The Swiss legend, who starts as favourite to win his 20th Grand Slam title, has been handed a tough draw as he could face either 22nd seed Milos Raonic or 13th seed Sam Querrey as early as in the fourth round.

All eyes will be on Tomic when he along with 13 locals will look to make it to the main event of the Australian Open when qualifying begins on Wednesday.

Seven-time champion Williams announced last week she wouldn't defend her title, saying she was "super close" but not quite ready to compete so soon after becoming a mother.

Grigor Dimitrov is intent on seizing the moment and ushering in a new era of men's tennis as he heads the queue of unfulfilled talents chasing Australian Open glory at Melbourne Park.

Third-seeded Muguruza is in a difficult quarter containing former Australian Open champions Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber, and U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys.

They will also be restricted to five minutes' warm-up time on court, and another one minute before the first point. I'm happy with the way it went today. "I don't normally like going to draws as they freak me out", Federer, 36, said.

Edmund tried to do just that last year at Roland Garros but the big South African simply would not let him; Anderson won in five sets.

There is ample room for an ambush in the men's draw with a gifted, unpredictable outsider like Australia's Nick Kyrgios in fine form and talents like Zverev, Del Potro, Dimitrov and David Goffin lurking. "It was the highlight of my year, beating my Wimbledon win later in the year". Still, the trifecta of #Rafael Nadal, #Roger Federer, and a returning Novak Djokovic will be more than enough to keep fans buzzing throughout the tourney.

First Round - The world number 17 plays Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva in the first round next week.

With the exhibition match tied at a set all, the duo opted to finish the match with a tie-breaker, which the Spaniard won 10-8, reported the Australian Associated Press.

"So I don't think both of us are thinking that far ahead but if it were to happen, of course, it could be happening again". A handy consultant last season, four-time champion Andre Agassi is said to be now planning a late dash Down Under to re-join the team after a snowboarding mishap back home.

Tennis, a game played on intersecting lines, is at a crossroads and not just in terms of how it responds to its latest surge in injuries. That was before I saw his draw in Melbourne. He is clearly the man to beat.