Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal would only meet in the final in Australia
Novak Djokovic hits the ball in a match against Rafael Nadal during their Roland Garros quarterfinal match in Paris, France.
Rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were on opposite ends of the He won the Australian Open draw in Thursday's draw, so the holders of 43 Grand Slam singles titles between the two could only meet in the final at Melbourne Park.
Djokovic, a nine-time Australian champion, returns to the hardcourt tournament after missing last year's tournament when his visa was revoked and he was deported from the country because he is not in Australia. vaccinated against COVID-19. He was also unable to compete at the 2022 US Open.
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Iga Swiatek, the top seed in the women's competition, will face off against the women's competition. In the first round, the German Jule Niemieier was defeated, who is currently in the field. in position 68 of the classification. The Pole was a semifinalist at Melbourne Park in 2022, a year in which she won the title. the Roland Garros tournaments and the US Open.
But the most followed in the first round will be Nadal, who could find a challenge against the British Jack Draper. The 21-year-old Draper was a semifinalist at the Next Gen Championships in November and will also play in the second round. The semi-finals of the Adelaide International on Friday.
Another highlight of the opening round will see He pitted five-time Australian finalist Andy Murray against Italian Matteo Berrettini, a former Wimbledon finalist and 13th-ranked.
Murray defeated He beat Australia's Alex de Minaur 6-3, 6-3 in an exhibition match on Thursday and is looking to win. satisfied with his form.
Based on the rankings, the possible quarterfinal would be Nadal against 7th seed Daniil Medvedev in a repeat of last year's final which he won. Nadal, and the number three, Stefanos Tsitsipas, against the 6th seed, Felix Auger-Aliassime. In the other half of the draw, Djokovic could play No. 5 Andrey Rublev, and No. 2 Casper Ruud could play No. 8 Taylor Fritz.
The Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios, who faces Roman Safiullin in the first round, will play the second round. He played an exhibition match with Djokovic on Friday in Melbourne.
Ons Jabeur, who arrived in Melbourne on Friday. to the Wimbledon finals and the US Open in 2022, he is the second seed and will play & against Tamara Zidansek.
Number three, Jessica Pegula, who led the group. to the American team that won the tournament. In the mixed United Cup tournament in Sydney last week, he will face off against the United Cup. she knocked out Romanian Jacqueline Cristian in the first round.
7th seed Coco Gauff, who won the second round. If you had a tournament in Auckland last week, you'll find plenty of options for you. She had a difficult first match against Katerina Siniakova, who defeated her in the first match. In the finals of the Billie Jean King Cup in November.
Possible women's quarterfinals are: Swiatek vs. Gauff, a repeat of the Roland Garros final won by Swiatek. Swiatek last year, and Pegula against 6th-seeded Maria Sakkari in the top of the draw. On the other side, Jabeur could play 5th-seeded Aryna Sabalenka, and number 4 Caroline Garcia could take on 8th-seeded Daria Kasatkina.
Another interesting matchup at first. The round is that of two-time Australian champion Victoria Azarenka and Sofia Kenin, who won the second round. the title in Melbourne in 2020.