Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nadal, Serena Top Aussie Seeds

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nadal, Serena Top Aussie Seeds

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As expected, No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams were made the top seeds at the Australian Open, which begins Monday at Melbourne Park.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic is the No. 2-seeded man, followed by David Ferrer, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, Juan Martin del Potro and 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer at sixth.

On the women's side, defending champion Victoria Azarenka is No. 2, followed by Maria Sharapova, Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska and former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in sixth.

The 32 seeds were only altered twice from the rankings, both because of injuries. No. 29-ranked Jurgen Melzer is not playing due to a left shoulder injury and Maria Kirilenko, who would have been seeded 18th, has a left knee injury.

MORE TENNIS

Former U.S. Open champions del Potro and Samantha Stosur rallied to win their second-round matches against tough French opponents at Australian Open warm-up tournaments. Del Potro beat Nicolas Mahut, 1- 6, 6-3, 6-4 at the Sydney International, while Stosur saved two match points and eked out a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7) win over Kristina Mladenovic at the Hobart International.

* Federer shared a few rallies with Rod Laver in a fund-raiser on center court at Melbourne Park. Laver, 75, on the court named in his honor, then stayed to watch Federer beat 2008 Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5, in the main exhibition match. Organizers announced more than $1 million was raised before and at the event, an idea which Federer pitched to mark the 10 years since he first moved to No. 1, won the first of his four Australian Open titles and started his foundation.

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