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Djokovic, Federer On Opposite Sides Of Australian Open Draw

Djokovic, Federer On Opposite Sides Of Australian Open Draw

Should Djokovic, a six-time victor at Melbourne Park, beat an as-yet-unknown qualifier, he could face wild card Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the next match, with Denis Shapovalov a possible third-round opponent and Kei Nishikori potentially awaiting in the last eight.

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki takes on Belgian Alison van Uytvanck in round one and could potentially meet 30th seed Maria Sharapova in the third round.

Roger Federer's bid for a third successive Australian Open title will begin against world No. 99 Denis Istomin, while top seed Novak Djokovic will face a qualifier in the first round.

World number one Djokovic, who produced a strong comeback previous year, was the top seed of men's singles.

Three-time grand slam victor Andy Murray has a tough clash with 22nd-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut as he returns from a hip injury.

No. 4 Alexander Zverev is in the same half and looms in the semifinals if both players advance that far.

"I can't believe it's been a year already", Dane Wozniacki said at the draw ceremony.




The Swiss faces Denis Istomin in the first round, while a potential quarter-final against Marin Cilic and semi-final versis Rafael Nadal awaits the third seed, with world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the other half of the draw. If it would happen defending this title, I would gladly accept it.

The Scot was bundled out of the Brisbane International warm-up last week in round two by Russia's Daniil Medvedev and headed straight to Melbourne to fit in some much-needed practice.

One of the most intriguing men's first-round matches features 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic against mercurial Australian Nick Kyrgios, who is unseeded after his ranking slid from 13 into the 50s, but has tour-level wins over Federer, Nadal and Djokovic to his credit.

Halep, however, may be reluctant to look beyond the first round, having drawn her U.S. Open nemesis Kaia Kanepi.

The three-time grand slam champion then offered a kind gesture by saying: 'If you'd like to come along and watch my match on Monday or Tuesday I'll sort you a ticket'.

The pair have met four times in Australian Open finals, with the Serb winning them all. "I'm just enjoying every minute of it".


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