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How to Watch the 2018 Australian Open Draw

How to Watch the 2018 Australian Open Draw

He beat Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets in the second round of the 2017 US Open.

Nadal is all set to play against Serbia's Novak Djokovic, world No. 14, at the Tie Break Tens in Melbourne, where matches are going to consist of tie-breaks only, with no games and no sets.

"It's their view and I've never needed the help of Tennis Australia to achieve what I've achieved in my career".

The Australian Open, which begins on Monday, will already be missing Andy Murray, who is still recovering from a hip injury. Past year he admitted he had no love for the game, saying it is just a job and he felt "trapped".

"'I'm just happy to be back on the court, it's been six months since I played any competitive play - today was my first match in Kooyong", Djokovic said about his win at the first exhibition.

Their replacement - a "lucky loser" from the qualifying tournament - will get the other 50 percent of the first-round prize money.But players who do not "perform to the required professional standard" in round one, including by retiring, also risk being fined their prize money, the new rules say.

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.

The second seed, who rose from world number 17 to two after a dream year in 2017, starts his title defence against world number 51 Aljaz Bedene of Slovakia.

The list of absentees including the likes of current Australian Open champion Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and three-time Grand Slam victor Andy Murray caused tennis fans all over to let out a huge sigh of disappointment.

There seems no escape from cumulative injury or sporadic ill-health on either the ATP or WTA Tours, as the seasons do not so much rage and subside but overlap from one minor crisis to another. The two modern day greats who squared off in an epic in last year's final will once again have an opportunity to add another chapter to their famous FEDAL rivalry. "I certainly will hope I put myself in that position", Sharapova said. He will play world No 100 Rogerio Dutra-Silva in what ought to be an untroubled opener before a projected third-round meeting with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

"But not yet. Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams".

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