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Djokovic had been sidelined with an elbow injury.

Djokovic is in the same quarter as the Zverev brothers, with fourth-seeded Alexander likely to meet older brother and number 32-seeded Mischa in the third round. Tiafoe played five matches against top 10 opponents previous year, winning one over generational rival No. 4 Alexander Zverev.

World No 1 Rafael Nadal, however, enjoyed a happy return to court as he brushed aside Dominican Republic's Victor Estrella Burgos in just 94 minutes on Rod Laver Arena. "So that's the good news". Kei Nishikori also withdrew.

Kyle Edmund progressed to the second round when the British world number 49 recorded an upset 6-7 (4) 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory over last year's U.S. Open finalist and 11th seed Kevin Anderson. Halep, who has had back-to-back first-round exits on her last two trips to Melbourne Park, opens on day two against Australian wild-card entry Destanee Aiava. Fans are interested in who wins championships, but the players at the lower levels need this event to justify their professional commitment to the sport. That ought to be enough to make Keys and her team sit up and pay attention, especially because Keys hasn't won a match since she lost that Flushing Meadows final to Stephens.

In the last two years at Grand Slams, whenever Serena Williams has been absent, an unknown has thrown her hat in the ring.

Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza hasn't had the flawless preparation, but is determined all the same.

Simona Halep is the No. 1 seed in the women's draw, and one of six women who can hold the No. 1 ranking at the end of the Australian Open.

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Muguruza, who withdrew from the Sydney International before the quarterfinals with a sore right thigh after retiring during her first match at the Brisbane International because of cramping, is in the same quarter as US Open finalist Madison Keys, Australian Open 2016 champion Kerber and five-time major victor Maria Sharapova, returning to Melbourne two years after a failed doping test here led to a 15-month suspension.

CiCi Bellis, Sofia Kenin, Alison Riske, Taylor Townsend and Jennifer Brady all lost before Nicole Gibbs beat Viktoriya Tomova 6-1, 6-1 to end the streak of eight losses for the United States women.

Quoted by the BBC, he said: "If I did not feel ready I would not be here. A lot of changing, I feel".

In her first match at Rod Laver Arena since a Williams sister was guaranteed to win the final nearly 12 months ago, Venus Williams lost her opener to Belinda Bencic and ensured the title won't stay in the family.

The 2009 champion's bid for a second Australian Open title and 17th Grand Slam win will continue with a step up in class against 52nd-ranked Argentine Leonardo Mayer, who gave him a four-set test in the US Open second round on the way to winning the trophy.

"This year, I hope to win the first few rounds and get rolling hopefully, whereas last year, I was just hoping to win [a match]".

"If I do months without playing [an] official match [it] is always a little bit more hard".

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