Nadal, Federer prime seeds in Melbourne



Nadal : prime canine in Melbourne

Rafael Nadal has been seeded prime in subsequent week’s Australian Open in Melbourne, with six-time champion, Novak Djokovic seeded 14th,  organisers mentioned on Thursday.

Defending champion Roger Federer  is seeded No 2, ; with Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki seeded one and two within the girls’s competitors.

The seedings have gone largely based on the ATP world rankings, though Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori are out injured and girls’s champion Serena Williams opted to not play after giving beginning in September.

Djokovic made a successful return on Wednesday after six months out with an elbow harm, declaring he felt “great” after beating world quantity 5 Dominic Thiem 6-1, 6-Four on the Kooyong Classic.

It was the 12-time Grand Slam winner’s first aggressive outing since dropping a Wimbledon quarter-final to Tomas Berdych final July.

The Serbian former world primary had pulled out of a warm-up event in Abu Dhabi, elevating considerations over his health forward of the yr’s opening Grand Slam.

Federer will bid for his 20th Grand Slam title within the backside half of the draw.

Former winner Stan Wawrinka, who hasn’t performed since Wimbledon however mentioned he has recovered sufficiently from a knee harm, is seeded at 9.

In a girls’s discipline notably lacking 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, there seem like many possibilities of a brand new Australian Open champion this yr.

Seven-time champion Williams introduced final week she wouldn’t defend her title, saying she was “super close” however not fairly able to compete so quickly after changing into a mom.

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