Dominic Thiem an Australian Open doubt after Kooyong Classic withdrawal


In men's list Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic, David Goffin, Jack Sock, Stan Wawrinka, Pablo Carreno Busta completes the top ten.

"For the first time I have to play here at the Australian [Open] for the first tournament of the year".

Roger Federer will begin the defence of his title against the former Brit Aljaz Bedene and is in the same half of the draw as Novak Djokovic, although the Serb's participation is still in doubt as he comes back from an elbow injury.

What was more concerning, albeit in an exhibition, was his performance against retired 36-year-old Lleyton Hewitt in the semi-finals of the event - first to 10 points - having survived match points against the Australian.

Australian bad boy Bernard Tomic was fined a third of his £35,000 ($47,500) prize money for unsportsmanlike conduct at Wimbledon, after saying he felt "bored" and "couldn't care less" following a straight-sets defeat on day one.

While pleased at his progress, Djokovic, who has dropped to 14 in the world, admitted he still had work to do ahead of the opening Grand Slam of the year.

Romania's World No. 1 and tournament's top seed Simona Halep will face Australian wild card Destanee Aiava as her first round opponent at the Australian Open, while Thursday's draw could also see her go up against Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinals.

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Britain's Andy Murray and Japan's Kei Nishikori have already withdrawn from the championships and women's world number three Garbine Muguruza has twice pulled out of tournaments over the last two weeks due to leg cramps and a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

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

An unlikely victor at Melbourne Park in 2017 before going on to capture Wimbledon, the evergreen 36-year-old - who enjoyed a renaissance last season having been struck down by injuries in 2016 - is trusting his tried and tested preparation, having featured at the Hopman Cup in Perth just like he did last year.

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.

Federer defeated Nadal in a memorable five-set final a year ago to win his 18th grand slam title, before later triumphing at Wimbledon. Thiem, who admittedly played far from his best, barely got a read of it.

"I just thought that the game and the wins weren't going to come, I was probably going to lose at some stage", Federer said at Thursday night's Open draw at Melbourne Park. "I certainly will hope I put myself in that position", Sharapova said.