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Australian Open: Novak Djokovic ousts Rafael Nadal slayer Fernando Verdasco in opening round

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic ousts Rafael Nadal slayer Fernando Verdasco in opening round

Djokovic prevailed 6-1, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 in 2hr 20min on Rod Laver Arena to progress to a second-round encounter with Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin.

Australian Open 2017: Rafael Nadal beats Florian Mayer in straight-sets; to face Marcos Baghdatis in second round

Australian Open 2017: Rafael Nadal beats Florian Mayer in straight-sets; to face Marcos Baghdatis in second round

Nadal is bidding to win his second Australian Open after beating Roger Federer for the 2009 crown.

Australian Open: Rafael Nadal not giving up on Grand Slam dream despite on-going injury struggle

Australian Open: Rafael Nadal not giving up on Grand Slam dream despite on-going injury struggle

Nadal, the current world number nine, plays Germany's Florian Mayer in the first round on Tuesday.

Rafael Nadal talks politics, says he doesn't like Donald Trump

Rafael Nadal talks politics, says he doesn't like Donald Trump

Nadal consoled himself with the thought that in a globalised world Trump would not necessarily be able to have things all his own way.

Roger Federer beats Cristiano Ronaldo, Tiger Woods as world's most marketable athlete in 2016

Roger Federer beats Cristiano Ronaldo, Tiger Woods as world's most marketable athlete in 2016

Federer`s fellow tennis greats Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are also listed in the top 10.

Australian Open 2017: Andy Murray, Angelique Kerber top seeds; Roger Federer seeded No. 17

Australian Open 2017: Andy Murray, Angelique Kerber top seeds; Roger Federer seeded No. 17

In the seedings confirmed by Australian Open organizers on Thursday, 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has been seeded No. 17 after missing out on action for six months.

Rafael Nadal welcomes back old foe Roger Federer, praises new generation

Rafael Nadal welcomes back old foe Roger Federer, praises new generation

Nadal, 30, said it was good for the game to see younger players starting to make their mark.

Rafael Nadal crashes out of Brisbane International; Milos Raonic enters quarter-finals

Rafael Nadal crashes out of Brisbane International; Milos Raonic enters quarter-finals

World number three Raonic recorded only his second victory over Nadal in eight meetings with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win in the last-eight contest.

Qatar Open 2017: After poor start, Novak Djokovic beats world number 63 Jan-Lennard Struff

Qatar Open 2017: After poor start, Novak Djokovic beats world number 63 Jan-Lennard Struff

Djokovic, who is the defending champion in Doha, hit 17 winners but also 20 unforced errors.

Australian Open: Juan Martin del Potro withdraws from season opening Grand Slam citing fitness issues

Australian Open: Juan Martin del Potro withdraws from season opening Grand Slam citing fitness issues

The announcement came a month after del Potro staged an incredible comeback to down world number six Marin Cilic of Croatia in an epic five-setter to win Davis Cup.

Rafael Nadal adds former World No. 1 Carlos Moya to coaching team alongside Toni Nadal

Rafael Nadal adds former World No. 1 Carlos Moya to coaching team alongside Toni Nadal

Nadal will begin his new season at a six-man event in Abu Dhabi from December 29 to 31.

2016 in review for Tennis: Andy Murray, Angeline Kerber leave rivals playing catch-up in 2017

2016 in review for Tennis: Andy Murray, Angeline Kerber leave rivals playing catch-up in 2017

It`s no coincidence that Murray`s domination in the second half of 2016 came in tandem with his decision to rehire Ivan Lendl as part of his coaching team just before Wimbledon.

Rafael Nadal's greatest dream is to lift a Grand Slam title yet again, says coach Toni Nadal

Rafael Nadal's greatest dream is to lift a Grand Slam title yet again, says coach Toni Nadal

Toni added that Nadal still has a month of preparation before facing the 2017 season and hopes to do well in both Indian Wells and Miami.

ATP Tour Finals: Andy Murray hails triumph against Novak Djokovic as 'perfect end' to dream year

ATP Tour Finals: Andy Murray hails triumph against Novak Djokovic as 'perfect end' to dream year

The win against Djokovic caps an incredible 11 months for Murray, who won Wimbledon for the second time, claimed a second Olympic gold medal and became a father for the first time.

Won`t relax after taking top spot, insists Andy Murray

Won`t relax after taking top spot, insists Andy Murray

Murray ended Novak Djokovic`s reign as the world`s top ranked player last weekend.

Rafael Nadal to return from injury in December at Mubadala World Tennis Championships

Rafael Nadal to return from injury in December at Mubadala World Tennis Championships

Nadal, a three-time winner of the event, will be joined by new world number one Andy Murray, Milos Raonic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Goffin and Thomas Berdych in the six-man even from December 29-31.

ATP World Rankings: Roger Federer continues to lose grip, ends his 14-year-long stay in Top 10

ATP World Rankings: Roger Federer continues to lose grip, ends his 14-year-long stay in Top 10

Federer was holding on to 9th spot last week but is out of top 10 in the latest ATP rankings.

'Clay King' Rafael Nadal ready to die for another Grand Slam title

'Clay King' Rafael Nadal ready to die for another Grand Slam title

Last month he announced he would be bringing down the curtain on his season prematurely to focus on being full fit for next year.

Swiss Indoors: Crowd favourite Stan Wawrinka passes three-set test in Basel

Swiss Indoors: Crowd favourite Stan Wawrinka passes three-set test in Basel

The top seed, in the absence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, was put through the wringer over three sets by American qualifier Donald Young.