Australian Open

Nadal, Federer top seeds for Australian Open

2018-01-11 09:08
Rafael Nadal (AP)

Melbourne - Six-time champion Novak Djokovic will lurk as 14th seed for next week's Australian Open in Melbourne, with Rafael Nadal seeded top, organisers said on Thursday.

Nadal heads defending champion Roger Federer at the top of the men's seedings, with Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki seeded one and two in the women's competition.

The seedings have gone largely according to the ATP world rankings, although Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori are out injured and women's champion Serena Williams opted not to play after giving birth in September. 

Djokovic made a winning return on Wednesday after six months out with an elbow injury, declaring he felt "great" after beating world number five Dominic Thiem 6-1, 6-4 at the Kooyong Classic. 

It was the 12-time Grand Slam winner's first competitive outing since losing a Wimbledon quarter-final to Tomas Berdych last July. 

The Serbian former world number one had pulled out of a warm-up tournament in Abu Dhabi, raising concerns over his fitness ahead of the year's opening Grand Slam. 

Federer, seeded second, and will bid for his 20th Grand Slam title in the bottom half of the draw.

Former winner Stan Wawrinka, who hasn't played since Wimbledon but said he has recovered sufficiently from a knee injury, is seeded at nine. 

In a women's field notably missing 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, there appear to be many chances of a new Australian Open champion this year. 

Seven-time champion Williams announced last week she wouldn't defend her title, saying she was "super close" but not quite ready to compete so soon after becoming a mother. 

Spain's Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza is seeded three, while Serena's sister Venus has the fifth seeding.

Singles seedings announced Thursday for the Australian Open beginning Monday at Melbourne Park:


Men
1. Rafael Nadal

2. Roger Federer

3. Grigor Dimitrov

4. Alexander Zverev

5. Dominic Thiem

6. Marin Cilic

7. David Goffin

8. Jack Sock

9. Stan Wawrinka

10. Pablo Carreno Busta

11. Kevin Anderson

12. Juan Martin del Potro

13. Sam Querrey

14. Novak Djokovic

15. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

16. John Isner

17. Nick Kyrgios

18. Lucas Pouille

19. Tomas Berdych

20. Roberto Bautista Agut

21. Albert Ramos-Vinolas

22. Milos Raonic

23. Gilles Muller

24. Diego Schwartzman

25. Fabio Fognini

26. Adrian Mannarino

27. Philipp Kohlschreiber

28. Damir Dzumhur

29. Richard Gasquet

30. Andrey Rublev

31. Pablo Cuevas

32. Mischa Zverev

Women

1. Simona Halep

2. Caroline Wozniacki

3. Garbine Muguruza

4. Elina Svitolina

5. Venus Williams

6. Karolina Pliskova

7. Jelena Ostapenko

8. Caroline Garcia

9. Johanna Konta

10. CoCo Vandeweghe

11. Kristina Mladenovic

12. Julia Goerges

13. Sloane Stephens

14. Anastasija Sevastova

15. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

16. Elena Vesnina

17. Madison Keys

18. Ashleigh Barty

19. Magdalena Rybarikova

20. Barbora Strycova

21. Angelique Kerber

22. Daria Kasatkina

23. Daria Gavrilova

24. Dominika Cibulkova

25. Peng Shuai

26. Agnieszka Radwanska

27. Petra Kvitova

28. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni

29. Lucie Safarova

30. Kiki Bertens

31. Ekaterina Makarova

32. Anett Kontaveit

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