Nadal, Halep top seeds at Australian Open

Roger Federer is seeded second in his defense of the men’s singles championship at the Australian Open, which starts Monday in Melbourne.

The 36-year-old Swiss star, who will be pursuing his 20th grand slam title, is seeded behind world No. 1 Rafael Nadal and will open against 51st-ranked Slovenian Aljaz Bedene.

Grigor Dimitrov, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Marin Cilic, David Goffin and Jack Sock round out the top eight seeds in the men’s draw.

Six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, who has been out since last year’s U.S. Open due to an elbow injury, is the No. 14 seed and will open against American Donald Young.

Simona Halep, who was upset in the 2017 first round by American Shelby Rogers, and Caroline Wozniacki, who lost in the third round, were seeded atop the women’s draw. Neither possesses a Grand Slam title thus far.

Halep’s opening match will be against Destanee Aiava.

With Serena Williams not on hand to defend her title following the birth of her first child, the rest of the top-eight seeds are Garbine Muguruza, Elina Svitolina, Venus Williams, Karolina Pliskova, Jelena Ostapenko and Caroline Garcia.

— Field Level Media

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