Potential semi final between Federer and Djokovic in the Australian Open

Meanwhile, former world number one Andy Murray and Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori will miss the first major of the season due to their respective injuries.

The evergreen Swiss was a popular but unlikely victor upon his return from injury when he defeated Rafael Nadal in last year's final to claim his 18th grand slam title, before going on to triumph at Wimbledon in July.

Besides Djokovic and Federer, former champion Stan Wawrinka and Thiem were also placed in the heavy bottom half.

Second-seeded Federer and No. 14-seeded Djokovic have nearly traded places.

Roger Federer found himself in a slightly awkward position before the Australian Open draw.

It was the start of an incredible 2017 for Federer, who went on to claim his eighth Wimbledon title and 19th Grand Slam.

"All these things all play into it but at the end of the day I've been in this position thankfully many times before". The Swiss could join Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori on the star absentee list. She said it didn't leave her enough time to feel confident of winning a major.

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Six deaths were reported in Wisconsin, four in Texas, one in North Dakota and one in Missouri. "We want to clear the streets". In total, there were 4,385 flights within, into, and out of the USA canceled Thursday, according to FlightAware .

"I don't say I'm at 100 percent, I can only say that when I get the feel of a tournament".

The biggest news from the women's draw is the tantalizing first round clash between the 2017 runner-up Venus Williams and Belinda Bencic, who teamed up with Federer to lead Switzerland to Hopman Cup title. "Still a lot to do but I'm feeling really positive so looking forward to starting", said Tuesday. "No one ever wants to let themselves down".

Nadal is likely to face world number six and last year's Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic in the quarter-final. She could face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the third round and Karolina Pliskova in the quarters.

Defending champion Roger Federer is likely to meet world number seven David Goffin in the men's singles quarter-final of Australian Open 2018, starting January 15 in Melbourne. "I expect to continue to do so".

Novak Djokovic during his match against Dominic Thiem at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne on Wednesday. "I played better than I thought might happen, and most importantly I played without pain".

'I am trying to do everything possible to get my arm and my elbow ready for the Open.

"I'll be over the moon if I can play, which I'm planning to". "Everything at the moment is going in the right direction".

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