Caroline Wozniacki, who won her first Grand Slam title in Melbourne previous year after a tough final against Halep, is in the same section as Maria Sharapova and has Petra Kvitova at the top of her quarter.
The 37-year-old, seeded third, is bidding to extend his all-time leading men's Grand Slam record to 21 title and would capture a 100th ATP tournament win in the process. "I always enjoy my matches against him", 20-time grand slam victor Federer said at the draw.
"I'm surprised that I'm still at this level, that I'm still in the top 10".
Those two, and seventh seed Dominic Thiem, are in the same quarter as Alexander Zverev, who could meet Djokovic in the semifinals but must first plot his way past Aljaz Bedene in the opening round.
He will start his drive to make history against a yet-to-be-decided qualifier and could meet France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round.
Third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who won her first Grand Slam title here past year after a tough final against Halep, is in the same section as Maria Sharapova and has Petra Kvitova at the top of her quarter.
The 2009 champion Nadal, who retired hurt in the quarter-finals against Cilic a year ago, could meet old rival Federer in the last four should his body hold up.
On the women's side, all eyes will be on Serena Williams as she aims for Grand Slam number 24.
Serena Williams, who is seeded 16th, faces fellow mother Tatjana Maria of Germany in her first competitive match since her tempestuous US Open final loss to Naomi Osaka. Halep has a tough opening encounter against Kaia Kanepi and a possible third rounder against Venus Williams.
But defending champion Federer is especially good on the hard courts Down Under.
"I can't believe it's been a year already", Dane Wozniacki said at the draw ceremony.
"To finally get that (title) here was so special, it's the happy slam".
Australian Nick Kyrgios takes on 16th seed Milos Raonic in arguably the biggest first-round match-up in the men's draw. Halep has a tough opening encounter against Kaia Kanepi and a possible third rounder against Venus Williams .
An after-hours email to a representative seeking comment from the film's director, Dan Reed , wasn't immediately returned. Michael Jackson's estate has criticised a documentary alleging the late pop star sexually abused children.
Various marine plastic waste materials will be reworked into fibers to help create the materials used in the jerseys. The only actual color the All-Star Game jerseys will have is located on the inside collar in San Jose Sharks' teal.
Police said they have identified all the intended recipients and have put procedures in place to recover the outstanding packages. More than a dozen foreign offices received suspicious packages on Wednesday, including the USA and British missions in Melbourne.
Joanna Newman, chief executive and secretary general of the ACU, said she was "thrilled" Meghan had become their new patron. Meghan, who was an actress before her marriage to Prince Harry , will work with the National Theatre.
Strahan pressed Hart about the controversial homophobic remarks from past years that led him to back out of the hosting gig. Hart dropped out of the annual award show in December after homophobic tweets he had shared years in the past re-emerged.
The two T20Is will be played in Bengaluru (24 February) and Visakhapatnam (27 February), announced BCCI on Thursday, 10 January. Indian National Cricket team have a long white-ball season lined up ahead of the World Cup in England and Wales this summer.
Oklahoma star Kyler Murray signed a deal with the Oakland Athletics to play baseball following the 2018 season with the Sooners. Murray could still opt to be in the A's camp, but the National Football League scouting combine begins February 26.
But it's also spent millions of pounds trying to prepare for Brexit, which could have a disastrous effect on its European sales. According to the broadcaster, the job layoffs are part of a £2.5 billion ($3.2 billion, 2.75 billion euro) cuts program.
MBUX is Mercedes-Benz's latest and greatest infotainment software, created to replace the old turn-dial menu-based system. It is built on a re-engineered version of the previous car's platform and uses technology from the latest A-class.
I can advise him, but at the end of the day he decides about his future. 'You can see it from both sides. Of course, he can develop in Germany as well and don't forget Bayern Munich is also a big club.
Gonen Segev: Israel ex-minister admits spying for Iran
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A US Navy veteran has been imprisoned in Iran for months
The manager said White's wife moved out five months ago after she stopped paying rent for two months and her husband disappeared. She told The Times that State Department officials notified her in December that her son was being held in an Iranian prison.
Iran acknowledges arrest of US Navy veteran
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'Sopranos' prequel film to feature Tony as a kid
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Ramsey set to swap Arsenal for Juventus
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Rare coin given to schoolboy as change now worth $2.3m
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Gase Pains: Jets Fans Appear Livid Over Hiring of Gase
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