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Djokovic and Halep top seeds at Australian Open

AFP  |  Melbourne 

World number ones and were named top seeds on Thursday for next week's Australian Open, with 23-time winner lurking at 16 on the women's side.

Djokovic heads long-time rival and defending champion Roger Federer, with young-gun seeded four as he targets a maiden Grand Slam title.

The Serbian world number one is aiming to make history by claiming a record seventh crown when the tournament starts at Melbourne Park on Monday, as is Swiss legend Federer.

The pair face a stern challenge from Zverev, the torch-bearer for the next generation who has so far failed to get beyond the quarter-finals at any

With world number five missing through injury, South Africa's is elevated to fifth seed with last year's beaten finalist at six.

Halep takes the top seeding among the women courtesy of her world number one ranking, but she enters the tournament with only one match in four months under her belt after an lay off.

The Romanian, the beaten finalist last year, is returning from a and was bundled out of the International on Wednesday at the first hurdle.

Denmark's defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, who is battling health problems and poor form, is seeded three, one behind Germany's champion is at four while Sloane Stephens, who also slumped out of early, is at five.

Overshadowing them all is the mighty Williams, who last played the tournament in 2017 when she won while eight weeks pregnant.

The 37-year-old enters the tournament seeded 16, but has proved in the past that such numbers mean little to her. She is the hot favourite to claim a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam.

Men's singles

1. (SRB), 2. (ESP). 3. (SUI), 4, (GER). 5. (RSA), 6. (CRO), 7. (AUT), 8. (JPN), 9. (USA). 10. (RUS), 11. (CRO), 12. (ITA), 13. (GBR), 14. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE), 15. (RUS), 16. (CAN), 17. (ITA), 18. (ARG), 19. Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO), 20. (BUL), 21. (BEL), 22. (ESP), 23. (ESP), 24. (KOR), 25. (CAN), 26. (ESP), 27. (AUS), 28. (FRA), 29. (FRA), 30. Gael Monfils (FRA), 31. (USA), 32. (GER)

Women's singles

1. (ROU), 2. (GER), 3. (DEN), 4. (JPN), 5. (USA), 6. (UKR), 7. (CZE), 8. (CZE), 9. Kiki Bertens (NED), 10. (RUS), 11. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 12. (BEL), 13. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT), 14. (GER), 15. (AUS), 16. (USA), 17. Madison Keys (USA), 18. Garbine Muguruza (ESP), 19. (FRA), 20. Anett Kontaveit (EST), 21. (CHN), 22. (LAT), 23. (ESP), 24. (UKR), 25. Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROU), 26. (SVK), 27. (ITA), 28. (TPE), 29. (CRO), 30. (RUS), 31. (CRO), 32. (CZE).

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 09:50 IST