The seedings for the 2013 Australian Open, scheduled to begin on the 14th of January have been announced. There were no surprises in both the men’s and women’s seeds as the organisers stuck closely to the current world rankings. Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka have been announced as the top seeds in the men’s and women’s draws respectively. There have been no withdrawals on the women’s side but the men’s side witnessed the withdrawal of Rafael Nadal who would have otherwise been seeded 4th.
With two consecutive wins in 2011 and 2012 and a good run at the Hopman Cup, Djokovic clearly holds the edge over his opponents. The second seed is the men's draw is Swiss Maestro Roger Federer who proved that he still has a couple of slams left in him by winning Wimbledon last year and with Nadal’s withdrawal he will have an easier route to the final. Third seed Andy Murray will look to carry forward the confidence from his win at Brisbane on Sunday and should he not be in a honeymoon period following his maiden slam win in New York, will be a threat to the big 2.