As has become customary in the past five years or so, bar any injury withdrawals, Nadal and Federer are the top seeds in the Australian Open draw, followed by Novak Djokovic who is the only other player in the draw who has won the tournament in the past.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will look to win what has been unofficially re-named the 'Rafa Slam', as winning this Australian Open would make him only the second player since the great Rod Laver in 1969, to hold all four grand slam titles!
World No. 2 and holder of the title, Roger Federer, will look to bounce back after a disappointing 2010 in which he won only one grand slam - the 2010 Australian Open. He looks in good touch to do so after ending 2010 by defeating Nadal in the year-ending championship at London.
The following is a break-down of the draw -
First Quarter -
- Rafael Nadal, top seed for the fifth grand slam in his career, opens with Brazilian Marcos Daniels. The highest seed he could face will be the second quarter's Robin Soderling in the semi-finals.
- Former world No. 1, Leyton Hewitt will make his 15th straight appearance at Melbourne, going in unseeded for the second time in three-years. He will open against former World. No 3 David Nalbandian.
Second Quarter -
- Robin Soderling, seeded fourth for the first time in a grand slam tournament, will face ItalianPotito Starace in the first round. The highest seeded player he could face is last year's runner-up and fifth seed Andy Murray in the quarter finals, though he could also meet No.11 Jurgen Melzer, No. 21 and 2006 finalist Marcos Baghdatis and No. 32Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
- Argentine Juan Martin del Potro will play his first Grand Slam event since the last Australian Open, having been sidelined through a wrist injury. He will open against Israel's Dudi Sela.
Third Quarter -
- World No. 3 and 2008 Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic is the highest seeded player in the third quarter. He opens against Marcel Granollers in the first-round and could meet World No. 6 Tomas Berdych, No. 9Fernando Verdasco, No. 23Nikolay Davydenko or No. 28Richard Gasquetin the quarters.
Fourth Quarter -
- World No. 2 and four-time champion, Roger Federer, will make his 45th consecutive Grand Slam tournament start against SlovakLukas Lacko. The highest-seeded player he could meet is No. 8 Andy Roddick in the quarter-finals.
- Roddick takes on Czech Republic's Jan Hajek in his opener and could face No. 12Gael Monfilsor No. 19Stanislas Wawrinkain round-four.
Seeded players in each quarter -
First Quarter Second Quarter
Third Quarter Fourth Quarter