Nadal confirmed as top seed for Australian Open

Nadal confirmed as top seed for Australian Open

Rafael Nadal has been confirmed as top seed for the Mens Singles at the Australian Open which gets underway in Melbourne on Monday 17 January. Tournament officials no longer have control over the seedings which are determined by the world rankings, meaning women’s world number one Calroline Wozniacki is top seed for the Womens Singles event.

Nadal will be bidding to win the title for the second time in his career and if successful will hold all four grand slam titles at the same time. He won the title two years ago in a five-set thriller against his big rival Roger Federer who is second seed and the defending champion.

Bookmakers are divided on which of the two players merits favouritism for the first grand slam of the season after Federer won the Qatar Open in fine style at the weekend where an under-the-weather Nadal lost in his semi-final against Nikolay Davydenko.

Novak Djokavic is seeded number three and fourth seed is Robin Soderling after he moved ahead of last year’s runner-up Andy Murray in the world rankings thanks to his win in Brisbane at the weekend. The British hope decided to miss last weeks ranking tournaments in Doha and Brisbane in favour of playing the Hopman Cup and as number five seed he could be scheduled to meet one of the top four as early as the quarter-finals when the draw is released on Friday.

Women’s world number one Wozniacki is hoping for her first grand slam title but has started the season with a second round defeat in her first tournament, the Medibank International in Sydney, after receiving a bye in the first round. Russia’s Vera Zvonareva is seeded two and bookies favourite Kim Clijsters is seeded three. Clijsters preparations have gone well and she will play the final of the Sydney event against China’s Li Na on Friday.

 

AUSTRALIAN OPEN FULL SEEDINGS
MEN WOMEN
1 Rafael Nadal (Spn)
2 Roger Federer (Sui)
3 Novak Djokovic (Ser)
4 Robin Soderling (Swe)
5 Andy Murray (Gbr)
6 Tomas Berdych (Cze)
7 David Ferrer (Spn)
8 Andy Roddick (US)
9 Fernando Verdasco (Spn)
10 Mikhail Youzhny (Rus)
11 Jurgen Melzer (Aut)
12 Gael Monfils (Fra)
13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra)
14 Nicolas Almagro (Spn)
15 Marin Cilic (Cro)
16 Mardy Fish (US)
17 Ivan Ljubicic (Cro)
18 Sam Querrey (US)
19 Stanislas Wawrinka (Sui)
20 John Isner (US)
21 Marcos Baghdatis (Cyp)
22 Michael Llodra (Fra)
23 Nikolay Davydenko (Rus)
24 Ernests Gulbis (Lat)
25 Albert Montanes (Spn)
26 Juan Monaco (Arg)
27 David Nalbandian (Arg)
28 Richard Gasquet (Fra)
29 Viktor Troicki (Ser)
30 Thomaz Bellucci (Brz)
31 Feliciano Lopez (Spn)
32 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spn)
1 Caroline Wozniacki (Den)
2 Vera Zvonareva (Rus)
3 Kim Clijsters (Bel)
4 Venus Williams (US)
5 Samantha Stosur (Aus)
6 Francesca Schiavone (Ita)
7 Jelena Jankovic (Ser)
8 Victoria Azarenka (Blr)
9 Li Na (Chn)
10 Shahar Peer (Isr)
11 Justine Henin (Bel)
12 Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol)
13 Nadia Petrova (Rus)
14 Maria Sharapova (Rus)
15 Marion Bartoli (France)
16 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus)
17 Aravane Rezai (Fra)
18 Maria Kirilenko (Rus)
19 Ana Ivanovic (Ser)
20 Kaia Kanepi (Est)
21 Yanina Wickmayer (Bel)
22 Flavia Pennetta (Ita)
23 Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus)
24 Alisa Kleybanova (Rus)
25 Petra Kvitova (Cze)
26 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (Spn)
27 Alexandra Dulgheru (Rom)
28 Daniela Hantuchova (Svk)
29 Dominika Cibulkova (Svk)
30 Andrea Petkovic (Ger)
31 Lucie Safarova(Cze)
32 Tsvetana Pironkova (Bul)

 

Best odds for the Australian Open singles favourites from William Hill;

2/1 Roger Federer - Mens Singles

2/1 Kim Clijsters - Womens Singles

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