Follow the men's and women's draws live — Australian Open

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"This is a tournament I've not missed", he said. It all started for me here. "Always loved coming here". He could meet Nick Kyrgios in a fourth-round blockbuster, which would be a rematch of their Brisbane semi-final last week, won by the gifted but combustible Aussie.

"Everybody thinks I probably have a good chance to maybe repeat and other guys are maybe a bit hurt". Federer is seeded No. 2 as he bids for a 20th Grand Slam singles title. "But when he's on, he's on, and he's really difficult to beat".

"[The tournament] wasn't like a major, and the players didn't think of it as one", said ESPN analyst Brad Gilbert, who played at Kooyong a few times.

'That was the biggest question mark.

Flanders, the northern region of Belgium and the home of the Flemish Masters, remains one of the world's most culturally sophisticated regions. The club was crowded. It never fails to serve up surprising storylines and 2018 promises to be no different.

Can Rafael Nadal challenge in Melbourne? Since the 2005 Australian Open, only three men outside the Big Four have won a Slam title - Marin Cilic, Juan Martin del Potro and Wawrinaka.

He added: "It's still open". Nadal could also become the first man in the Open Era to win each Grand Slam twice.

But, beneath the gleaming Djokovic exterior, cracks appeared, first emerging in Melbourne.

The final category is the young players to watch.

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What was more concerning, albeit in an exhibition, was his performance against retired 36-year-old Lleyton Hewitt in the semi-finals of the event - first to 10 points - having survived match points against the Australian.

Even if the six-time Australian Open champion should clear all those hurdles he could encounter 2017 champion Roger Federer in the semifinals.

The debate engenders many of the hot-button issues challenging the sport's very identity-like the state of gender equality, player health and where the next legion of fans will arise from.

The Australian Open has done more for the game than enriching the top players. She could face a daunting test in the third round from either Angelique Kerber, the 2016 champion, or Maria Sharapova, the 2008 winner.

The Australian Open will begin on January 15. The game is off and running, and that helps give momentum to the two big outdoor hard-court events played a little over a month after the conclusion of the AO, Indian Wells and Miami.

Between them, grand slam giants Roger Federer (19), Rafael Nadal (16), Novak Djokovic (12) and Andy Murray (3) have amassed an extraordinary 50 major championships since 2003.

"I'm so thankful to Peter Carter and Tony Roche, and [also] just [the Australian] people", he said.

Muguruza's preparations have been similarly thrown into disarray after she was forced to withdraw from the Sydney International with a leg injury.

Of course the solution to the guaranteeing a qualifying spot is to improve one's ranking, as the cut off for entry is still a modest 216 this year. "When you lose, it's just brutal". If you make a trip to Tomorrowland, do visit the MoMU for some eccentric fashion inspiration.