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The world No.1 played just his second match in nearly three months, losing to veteran Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-4 7-5 in their exhibition outing in Melbourne on Tuesday, but he looked to be moving freely on his troublesome knee.

Nadal's first official match is scheduled to take place at the Australian Open, following his withdrawal from the Brisbane International tournament and from an exhibition held in Abu Dhabi.

"Hopefully after the (Australian) Open, I will get a break which is what I want and what I need".

Although Djokovic said he was delighted with his performance, especially his serve, he acknowledged that he was still not in flawless shape.

Djokovic will play two matches at the Kooyong Classic exhibition event as he recovers from the elbow injury that has kept him out of action since July.

Novak Djokovic, who returns to Grand Slam play after missing last year's U.S. Open with an injury, is in Federer's half of the bracket.

As mentioned above, Djokovic has triumphed at the Australian Open more time than any other male players. The Spaniard has been bothered by knee issues and withdrew from the ATP Finals in November.

The 2009 champion, who is defending runner-up points this time, has the World No. 81 Victor Estrella Burgos in his first round.

RAFAEL Nadal will have his final tune-up for the Australian Open at Kooyong.

The Swiss legend, who starts as favourite to win his 20th Grand Slam title, has been handed a tough draw as he could face either 22nd seed Milos Raonic or 13th seed Sam Querrey as early as in the fourth round.

He conceded his preparation for the first grand slam of the year wasn't ideal but he felt it would be enough.

Ahead of the first Slam of 2018, Serena Williams' coach Mouratoglou believes there is simply no longer any doubt as to who is the greatest male tennis player of all time. Grigor Dimitrov [12.0] is still looking for his first title, as is Alex Zverev [19.0] who won five titles in 2017. "I don't normally like going to draws as they freak me out", Federer, 36, said. The seedings for the Australian Open have been largely decided according to the ATP world rankings. I don't say I'm at 100 per cent - I can only say that when I get the feel of a tournament.

"With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I've decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year".


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