Nadal, Federer seeded 1st and 2nd for Australian Open

Switzerland’s Roger Federer walks on to the court before his semi final match against Belgium’s David Goffin. REUTERS  Toby Melville

Switzerland’s Roger Federer walks on to the court before his semi final match against Belgium’s David Goffin. REUTERS Toby Melville

In the men's draw, there are a pair of familiar names at the top of the betting market, with last year's finalists, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, again expected to go deep into the second week. 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.

Third seed Grigor Dimitrov or eighth seed Jack Sock are possible semi-final opponents for the 16-time Grand Slam victor.

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.

Konta, who withdrew from the Brisbane International last week due to pain in her right hip, has made the semi-finals and quarter-finals the last two years in Melbourne, which was the scene of her great breakthrough in 2016.

"So he's (number) one, I'm (number) two so that means we have six matches to play (to meet in the final)".

Djokovic, seeded 14th, opens against 63rd-ranked Donald Young, and could face 39th-ranked Gael Monfils - who was himself ranked sixth a year ago - in the second round.

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He followed his run to the final in Melbourne by winning the French Open and U.S. Open, splitting the Grand Slam honors with Federer for the year. "Also, I got a great opponent today, the No. 5 in the world, so it was a fantastic test for me to see where I am".

"I worked hard in the off-season and I'm changing some things but I know that will take time". "I increased my serve by several kilometres per hour and I think I did better overall with my second than first, and I can say I won some points nearly for free as a result", Nadal said in an interview with Spanish daily AS in December.

"I think it's normal because there's a lot of expectations this year", he was quoted as saying by the Australian Open website.

"I'm just excited going back to Melbourne where I had my fairytale run past year". Former world No. 1 Moya will lead the Mallorcan's team, after spending last season with Rafael and Toni preparing for the latter's retirement, having helped Nadal roar back to life after a barren three-year spell without a Grand Slam trophy.

"I just have to pace myself all the way up to the tournament in Melbourne, and I'll be ready", he said after his Hopman Cup final victory with Switzerland teammate Belinda Bencic.

"I'll try to go day by day", Djokovic said.

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