Federer claimed his first grand slam in five years in Melbourne after prevailing 6-3 in the fifth set. Among women, the number of 30-plus players is 17.3 percent.
Novak Djokovic looks to regain his stronghold on the Australian Open. The Spaniard will be followed by last year's champion and his long time rival on court and great friend of it, Roger Federer as the 2nd seed for the event.
The pair split the four grand slam trophies between them last year, with Nadal, at 31, finishing the season as the ATP rankings' oldest world number one. Djokovic has won 10 of his last 13 matches on hard court.
Men's third seed Grigor Dimitrov will face a qualifier - and if the draw goes to seeding, Dimitrov would face American Jack Sock in the last eight, with ailing world number five Dominic Thiem, who withdrew from Kooyong because of illness on Thursday, taking on Zverev. That's similar to preparing for the worst case scenario in order to achieve something. His opponents in finals were on average ranked 5.75. Talented No. 18 seed Ashleigh Barty or Japanese Naomi Osaka - who hits a big ball - could lie ahead in the fourth round before potential quarter-final showdowns with either Karolina Pliskova or Johanna Konta.
"This is a guy who is so relaxed..."
Australia's singles contingent could be boosted with John Patrick Smith, Bernard Tomic, James Duckworth, Brad Mousley and Patricia Hon still in contention.
The 2018 Australian Open is just around the corner and that means it's time for the all-important draw to be announced.
But Djokovic didn't just elevate his own game. With both he and Swiss great Roger Federer dominating the major tournament throughout the past decade, it comes as a relief to fans that he appears healthy.
And Serena Williams, 36, who had her first child in September, has withdrawn saying her fitness isn't yet at the level she wants. He did not express any problems with his knee.
Can Maria triumph in Serena's absence?Additional watch-ability, for one.
This year's Australian Open has been deprived of some of the biggest names including Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori. So is Djokovic's match-up against World No. 1 Nadal. Nadal will open against Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic.
"Everybody thinks I probably have a good chance to maybe repeat and other guys are maybe a bit hurt", Federer said recently before being drawn against Aljaz Bedene in the opening round.
It will cost you £4.99 for a Day Pass or £29.99 for a whole year. Maybe the stars have aligned to prove once and for all how consequential Djokovic's quest has always been. While he is extremely comfortable at the major tournament, the Serbian has not played much since Wimbledon.
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