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Djoko, Wawrinka and Muguruza all battling to make the Aussie Open

Djoko, Wawrinka and Muguruza all battling to make the Aussie Open Djoko, Wawrinka and Muguruza all battling to make the Aussie Open
Shannon Reynolds | 13 January, 2018, 11:57

The tennis community and sporting world yearns for another instalment in the Federer-Nadal rivalry but while form is temporary and class is permanent, a lack of preparation may rob the Australian public of another unforgettable event. Join The Roar for live coverage from 7pm (AEDT).

It is those who have failed to make the trip Down Under - or those who have limped here carrying injuries - who are causing a stir and, as a result, both draws are supposed to be there for the taking by any young hopeful with a bit of a courage and a hefty forehand. The top 104 in the world are given direct entry, while eight wildcards are handed out.

On a day which saw Britain's last qualifying hope, Cameron Norrie, fall by the wayside, Edmund landed the most awkward of first-round draws against 11 seed Anderson, a 6ft 8in South African whose previous conquests at major tournaments include Andy Murray and Milos Raonic.

The top 32 players in the draw are seeded, meaning they can't meet until the third round, while the top 16 can't meet each other until the fourth round and so on, with the first and second seeds unable to meet until the final.

As for Federer, it is business as usual in his pursuit of a remarkable 20th grand slam. Players are coming out of the off-season, often without much match practice.

Six-times 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.

Olympics: N. Korea says work cut out after talks with IOC
It would not be the first time the two Koreas have fielded joint teams. North Korea has agreed to take part in the games in South Korea.

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However, she said comments from her friend previous year blaming the devil for people being transgender "put her over the edge". King said it took her until she was 51 to feel comfortable in her own skin and deal with the "shame" of her sexuality.

Manchester United striker wish list: Jose Mourinho eyes January signing
Sanchez is still likely to move to Manchester City so United could be on the lookout for other striking options. Moyes was not impressed with the 29-year-old during his tenure at Old Trafford in 2013-14.

World No.1 and top seed Rafael Nadal starts his Australian campaign against 83rd-ranked Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic in the top quarter of the draw.

There is a difference, however, with Federer guiding Switzerland to their third Hopman Cup trophy - 17 years on from claiming the title alongside Martina Hingis.

Moving to the third quarter, that is where we find the 14th-seeded Novak Djokovic along with fellow former champ Stan Wawrinka.

Last year's quarterfinalist Johanna Konta is in the same quarter as Halep and faces American Madison Brengle first up. Elina Svitolina and Jelena Ostapoenko vs.

Australia's sole men's seed, Nick Kyrgios, takes on Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva and local women's 18th seed Ashleigh Barty takes on Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.

Be sure to join The Roar for live coverage of the 2018 Australian Open draw announcement from 7pm (AEDT) and don't forget to add your own comments below.

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