Australian Open 2017-18: Rafael Nadal seeded top in Men's single

Australian Open 2017-18: Rafael Nadal seeded top in Men's single

Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep have been named top seeds for the first slam of the season - Australian Open, which will begin from January 15 at the Melbourne Park.

John Isner could pose a threat to the 16-time Grand Slam champion in the Round of 16, but he is expected to sail through that round and possibly lock horns with former US Open victor Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals.

"This was a good test for me after some good training, that's the most important thing". It's great to get the feeling once again of playing a match.

When asked if he will play in the Grand Slam that starts next week, he added: "For now, I'm in the tournament".

Williams said that despite the physical stresses from having a baby, she was in a far better place mentally than she'd ever been throughout her career. Let's build the schedule, the yearly schedule, around those four events that are the highlights of my year.

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

Six-time Australian Open champion Djokovic pulled out of a tournament in Abu Dhabi last week because of continuing problems with his right elbow and wore a sleeve over the joint during his round robin match against the Austrian. "So that's the good news". The Swiss star has won the tournament five times.

Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori also missed chunks.

The other two were won by Rafael Nadal, who's [6.4] second favourite to win what would be his second Australian Open in 2018.

The 31-year-old beat Wawrinka in straight sets to win his ninth Roland Garros title in Paris, before Nadal beat South African Kevin Anderson in straight sets at the US Open in NY.

Anything can happen. It's a Grand Slam. Some of tennis's most famous names have yet to prove their fitness for Monday's Australian Open, although Novak Djokovic - the six-time champion here - did at least end a six-month absence on Wednesday by participating in a couple of friendlies. At 37, Venus is seeded No. 5, coming off a loss to former No. 1 Anglique Kerber in Sydney and has a tougher opener against Belinda Bencic, who combined with Federer last week to win the Hopman Cup.

Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, former champion Angelique Kerber, Agnieszka Radwanska and Sharapova have all been drawn in the same quarter. She could face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the third round and Karolina Pliskova in the quarters.