Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic in same half in Australian Open

Former champion Novak Djokovic made a winning return on Wednesday. AFP

Federer, who was interviewed on court prior to the draw being revealed, should enjoy a routine first week as he begins his title defense.

He returned to action at a non-tour event - Kooyong Classic - and lost his first match there to Richard Gasquet on Tuesday, January 9.

First up, the 36-year-old Swiss will play Ajaz Bedene of Slovenia. "That was not part of my dream", says men's tennis's oldest year-ending world No.2.

Grigor Dimitrov is the No. 3 seed, and six-time champion Novak Djokovic is 14th as he comes back from a six-month injury layoff. "I don't want to know who I play other than just seeing the sheet at the end and knowing who my first-round opponent is".

Overall, the bottom half - with Federer, Djokovic, Wawrinka, Delpo and Zverev - is much stronger than the top.

Moya can take some credit for the vast improvement in Nadal's second serve, which helped the Spaniard win a 10th French Open title without dropping a set and saw him blow away Kevin Anderson to lift the final major of the year in NY.

Defending champion Roger Federer could then await in the semi-finals before a potential showdown with world No 1 Rafael Nadal in the final.

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Britain's Andy Murray and Japan's Kei Nishikori have already withdrawn from the championships and women's world number three Garbine Muguruza has twice pulled out of tournaments over the last two weeks due to leg cramps and a thigh problem.

His hopes for a triumphant return at Melbourne Park were dealt a blow at the Australian Open draw on Thursday night with the Serbian set to face former top-10 player Gael Monfils in the second round before running into fourth seed Aleander Zverev and 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka. It was the first year since 2009 that Djokovic didn't reach at least one Grand Slam final.

Wozniacki is projected to face French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in the quarters.

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.

Elsewhere, former world number one Novak Djokovic has been drawn against 28-year-old American Donald Young in his opening round match and faces a potential meeting with Gael Monfils, the victor of last week's Qatar Open, in the second. "For me it was not ideal to not be in Brisbane, I would have loved to be there but I had to make a different schedule this year", Nadal said during the week.

She said: "I have pain in my right adductor".

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