Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer on opposite sides of Australian Open draw

Nick Kyrgios I know what it takes to get to second week of a Major AO 2019 draw revealed
Cassandra Castillo | 10 January, 2019, 16:20

Aiming for a 21st Grand Slam trophy and a 100th career singles title, Federer will open against Denis Istomin. He has the potential of a second-round meeting against wildcard Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with a potential quarter-final showdown against Kei Nishikori.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic, favourite to win the Australian Open, will play his first match of the tournament against a qualifier, according to the draw on Thursday.

Second seed Rafa Nadal, under an injury cloud after pulling out of the Brisbane International, will open against unseeded local James Duckworth.

The contest was played under match conditions on Margaret Court Arena but, with the score 6-1, 4-1, Murray called an end to proceedings.

Australian Nick Kyrgios takes on 16th seed Milos Raonic in arguably the biggest first-round match-up in the men's draw.

In the women's tournament, Serena Williams's bid for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title and eighth at Melbourne Park will kick off against German world No. 71 Tatjana Maria.

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

Second-seeded Angelique Kerber, who won the Australian and U.S. Opens in 2016 and added the Wimbledon title a year ago, is in the same half as Wozniacki and has 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens in her quarter.

Fourth seed Osaka faces Poland's Magda Linette first up and may need to battle past twice champion Victoria Azarenka in the third round.

This year, Wilander - a three-time champion at the Australian Open - says Federer's hopes of a 21st Grand Slam lie exclusively on the hard courts of Melbourne Park.

British number two Heather Watson takes on 31st seed Petra Martic from Croatia while Katie Boulter, playing in her first slam main draw outside of Wimbledon, meets experienced Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

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