By Britwatch Team

  • Top Seeds: Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori, Kyle Edmund, Daniil Medvedev
  • Defending Champion: Nick Kyrgios
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  • British Interest: Kyle Edmund [3], Andy Murray [PR]
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – Although defending champion Nick Kyrgios is battling a spider bite, all eyes will be on Andy Murray as he makes his return to Australia after being ruled out last year with his hip injury.

 

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Tournament Fast Facts

Level ATP 250
Surface Hard (O)
Singles Draw 32
Doubles Draw 16
Prize Money $589,680
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Top seeds Rafael Nadal [1]

Kei Nishikori [2]

Kyle Edmund [3]

Daniil Medvedev [4]

Milos Raonic [5]

Grigor Dimitrov [6]

Alex De Minaur [7]

Nick Kyrgios [8]

Top Half Rafael Nadal [1]

Alex De Minaur [7]

Daniil Medvedev [4]

Milos Raonic [5]

Bottom Half Nick Kyrgios [8]

Kyle Edmund [3]

Grigor Dimitrov [6]

Kei Nishikori [2]

 

 

Draw & Results

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Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

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[1] Rafael Nadal

As pragmatic as Nadal was recently in his short-lived outing at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships, he is fully expecting to be building up his preparation for the Australian Open as he heads up the field at the Brisbane International.

It looked as though he had tweaked quite a few aspects of his game in Abu Dhabi including his service motion, but pulled out of the final to keep himself fresh for Melbourne, and of course Brisbane along the way.

It is not a bad draw, but if Nadal wants to avoid being kept out on court for the gruelling rallies he once used to inflict on his opponents, then this is possibly not a great way to do that. It has been a long while since he has faced Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and apart from never having faced Daniil Medvedev on tour, he has solid winning margins over everyone in his path to the final, but it will all come down to how his body is holding up.

Nadal’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
  • QF: Alex De Minaur [7]
  • SF: Daniil Medvedev [4]
  • F: Kei Nishikori [2]

 

[2] Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori in the first round at Roland Garros, 2018

Kei Nishikori in the first round at Roland Garros, 2018 | (Photo by Mike Frey/Getty Images)

Apart from a shock first win over Roger Federer at the ATP Finals at the end of 2018, the rest of Nishikori’s performance at the season-ending finale was a touch woeful. He has had some good runs in Brisbane, reaching the final in 2017 and three runs to the semi-final before that.

He ought to expect to make it to at least the semi-final where he might meet Britain’s Kyle Edmund for the first time on the tour.

Nishikori’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Taylor Fritz
  • QF: Grigor Dimitrov [6]
  • SF: Kyle Edmund [3]
  • F: Rafael Nadal [1]

 

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[3] Kyle Edmund

Kyle Edmund in the second round of the Miami Open, ATP Miami 2018

Kyle Edmund in the second round of the Miami Open, ATP Miami 2018 | (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The British No. 1 starts his season in Brisbane again with good memories here (at least until he turned his ankle in the quarter-final against Grigor Dimitrov) but it gave him the launch-pad for his Australian Open semi-final run. There are big points to defend here and in Melbourne so a good start will be vital.

Edmund should at least be confident of emulating his run to the quarter-final and the spider bit on Nick Kyrgios’ foot may make a title defence a little more challenging than than the Aussie would like. Edmund ought to fancy his chances of coming through a first encounter with Nishikori but should Nadal make it to the final, it might prove to be a step too far, but excellent preparation nonetheless for later in the month.

Edmund’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Qualifier
  • QF: Nick Kyrgios [8]
  • SF: Kei Nishikori [2]
  • F: Rafael Nadal [1]

 

[4] Daniil Medvedev

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The fiery Russian won three titles in 2018, but maybe has the hardest quarter. He is likely to face Andy Murray who starts against Aussie wildcard James Duckworth. While Murray has admitted that he still feels pain in his hip, compared to where he was last year, as he hobbled out of Brisbane this time last year, he is a tough first match for the Russian.

While the Russian has a winning record against Milos Raonic, he is likely to exit stage left should he face Nadal or Nishikori.

Medvedev’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Andy Murray [PR]
  • QF: Milos Raonic [5]
  • SF: Rafael Nadal [1]
  • F: Kei Nishikori [2]

 

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The Brisbane International takes place between 31 December – 6 January (+10 hours)

 

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