Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep announced top seeds for Australian Open

Toni Nadal 'In 2015 Novak Djokovic was more complete than Federer in 2017'

While the roof was closed, both men struggled in humid conditions and called off a third set in favour of a tiebreak. 16 qualifiers make up the remainder of the draw.

Nadal leads in their head-to-heads by 23 to 15, and in Grand Slams by nine to three.

"We have emotional ties with Peter Carter and Tony Roche of course", he said, noting the powerful influence of South Australian Carter, an early coach who passed away in a auto accident in 2002, and Roche, who guided the Swiss to six majors between 2005 and 2007.

Ahead of next week's Australian Open, Roger Federer has proclaimed last year's final set against arch-rival and number one seed Rafael Nadal as the best tennis he has ever played.

So far, it's been a case of "last man or woman standing", with plenty of familiar faces spending the tournament on the physio's table.

The Australian Open, which begins on Monday, will already be missing Andy Murray, who is still recovering from a hip injury.

World No. 1 and top seed Rafael Nadal can breathe easy as he found himself in the relatively lesser loaded half of the draw.

He can take some credit for the vast improvement in Nadal's second serve, which helped the Spaniard win a 10th Roland Garros title without dropping a set and saw him blow away Kevin Anderson to lift the final major of the year in NY.

Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori also missed chunks.

In the women's draw, Williams, Petra Kvitova, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Victoria Azarenka have all pulled out of the tournament.

She hasn't regained fitness yet though and won't be able to play.

In the women's section, Romanian Simona Halep will be the top seed for the event and will look to change her horrendous past record down under, having never gone beyond the quarter finals in her career.

Like 22-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios, fourth seed Zverev possesses a majestic game capable of toppling the very best but also has a propensity to crumble on the biggest stages. I'm getting in the groove and getting my elbow in the match play and was the first best-of-three match that I've played since Wimbledon previous year.

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