It was an unpleasant surprise and a reminder that - without Murray, who is convalescing in Melbourne after hip surgery - the British ranks are painfully lacking in depth.
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The draw for both men and women consists of 128 players.
Raonic suffered two injuries in 2017 which largely curtailed his season.
NOVAK Djokovic has made a stunning return to tennis but he was hesitant to declare that his elbow is 100 per cent fit.
In a separate rule change designed to get matches started more quickly, warm-up times will be strictly enforced.
"This is not normal", Federer told a crowd of hundreds of fans before the draw on Thursday at Margaret Court Arena. He certainly has the talent to win the title.
Since 2010, only Wawrinka and Cilic outside the quarter of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray have emerged victorious in 28 finals. The most recent match was last year in Nottingham, a match he won in straight sets.
But, after beating Thiem 6-1 6-4 at the Kooyong Classic, Djokovic declared himself happy.
'I think it will be Federer, I have to give it to him. As some of the most influential artists of 15-17th centuries, the Flemish Masters ensured Flanders' position at the forefront of art movements such as Primitive, Renaissance and Baroque. Kerber is one of the hottest players on tour right now. The US Open champion said that she needed an extra week's rehab.
Moya can take some credit for the vast improvement in Nadal's second serve, which helped the Spaniard win a 10th French Open title without dropping a set and saw him blow away Kevin Anderson to lift the final major of the year in New York.
"I think he's incredibly talented - we had a great match in Miami last year and also at the Laver Cup". The World No 8 retired in tears from the Brisbane International with a back injury in her first round match against Alize Cornet.
'He's the defending champion coming out of a strong, unbelievable year.
GC: Julia Goerges. The German is in good form having beaten Wozniacki to take the Auckland title. I haven't played in six months.
Bookmakers are also expecting the world number two to successfully defend his title.
Simply by turning up, they were eligible for prize money and avoided a fine.
Other stars may join the list before getting the chance to play in Melbourne, or perhaps even after they start their opening-round matches, and discover their bodies are not truly ready for the grind.
"But winning or losing to them shouldn't matter because my attitude will always be the same towards them".
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