Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

Federer and Nadal on collision course in Oz open draw

Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki to attend the Australian Open draw AO 2019 draw revealed
Cary Erickson | 10 January, 2019, 16:21

Should Djokovic, a six-time victor at Melbourne Park, beat an as-yet-unknown qualifier, he could face wildcard Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the next match, with Denis Shapovalov a possible third-round opponent and Kei Nishikori potentially awaiting in the last eight. Djokovic also has a potential quarterfinal against No. 8-seeded Kei Nishikori.

The 37-year-old, seeded third, is bidding to extend his all-time leading men's Grand Slam record to 21 title and would capture a 100th ATP tournament win in the process.

Defending champion Federer is in the bottom half of the draw with No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal.

Later, he could face Federer, against whom he lost the tournament's final in 2017, or Croatia's Marin Cilic (6), who will play Australia's Bernard Tomic in the first round.

That's not in Federer's focus right now.

The pair had come to the end of their allotted session but Djokovic continued to have a light hit with his team while Murray sat in animated discussion with his team for several minutes at the side of the court.

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Murray opens against No. 22-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut.

He 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.

Williams will face Tatjana Maria in the first round, and could meet either Genie Bouchard or Peng Shaui in the second.

Caroline Wozniacki, who won her first Grand Slam title in Melbourne past year after a tough final against Halep, is in the same section as Maria Sharapova and has Petra Kvitova at the top of her quarter.

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