Rafael Nadal cut following draw for first Grand Slam
Defending champ Federer still clear favourite for Melbourne
Starts midnight Sunday
Rafael Nadal came in for support for the Australian Open, which starts at midnight on Sunday, after the top seed was handed an easier-looking draw than second seed and defending champion Roger Federer for the first Grand Slam of the year.
Federer is 2-1 to retain his Melbourne Park singles crown, but Nadal was slashed to 7-2 from 6-1 by Paddy Power and the Spanish second favourite is now best at 9-2.
Former top man Novak Djokovic, who is seeded a lowly 14th for the tournament, is 13-2 clear third favourite having been drawn in Federer's half of the draw. ATP Tour Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov is next in the betting at 10-1 and then it's 16-1 bar the four.
The big market changes in the women's singles happened when Serena Williams pulled out of the tournament last week and world number one Simona Halep is 8-1 joint-favourite along with Elina Svitolina.
Karolina Pliskova is 10-1 then three players - Garbine Muguruza, Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber - are on 12-1. Maria Sharapova is 14-1 then in a close-looking competition it's 25-1 bar seven.
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