With the exhibition match tied at a set all, the duo opted to finish the match with a tie-breaker, which the Spaniard won 10-8, reported the Australian Associated Press. It's great to get the feeling once again of playing a match. The US Open champion said that she needed an extra week's rehab.
The list of absentees including the likes of current Australian Open champion Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and three-time Grand Slam victor Andy Murray caused tennis fans all over to let out a huge sigh of disappointment.
Wawrinka, who defeated Rafael Nadal to win the 2014 Australian title, has slipped to nine in the world rankings, having not played since his first-round Wimbledon loss to Russian Daniil Medvedev in July.
Maria Sharapova [16.0] will get plenty of attention, after re-entering the top 50 for the first time since her ban.
The 2008 champion and current world No. 47 kicks off her campaign against a player ranked one place higher, Germany's Tatjana Maria.
The former Wimbledon finalist's ranking has slid to 83 after making a first-round exit previous year in 14 tournaments including Wimbledon and the US Open.
"I'm very, very happy with the way it went (Thiem win), but I don't want to say (my elbow is) 100 per cent". Williams is obviously the biggest name there, and is not yet ready for Grand Slam competition following the birth of her child. It's always been a big goal for me to play here, to compete and see the top players, so it was an awesome feeling.
"Ideally I would have had another tournament before the start of the Open, but it was not meant to be".
"I didn't know what was going to happen but we did some treatments and gave it a lot of thought and luckily for me I'm here". Kyrgios is 17th seed and coming off a Brisbane International victory, while Barty is seeded at 18, having come from world No.271 at the start of past year.
Zverev, 20, has been touted as the "next big thing" for some years and is coming off five titles last season, yet he has never made it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam. He withdrew from the 2017 ATP Finals in London due to a right knee injury. Referring to the final set of the thriller, which he won 6-3, he said: "It was an unbelievable final, an fantastic moment for me in my life and it's great to be back here", as quoted by the Express.
Roger laughs as he adds that "I never beat Rafter but that doesn't matter (because), you shouldn't beat your favourite players anyway" but singles out other Australian connections with deep sincerity.