Sunday, 20 January, 2019


Murray to face Djokovic in Australian Open warm-up

H2H Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Andreas Seppi Sydney Djokovic, Federer on opposite sides of Australian Open draw
Noah Ferguson | 10 January, 2019, 16:24

The pair have met four times in Australian Open finals, with the Serb winning them all.

The draw for the first Grand Slam of the season was made on Thursday and the top seeds could face some early tests of their credentials when play gets underway in Melbourne on Monday.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic will begin his bid for a seventh title against a qualifier and could go on to meet Canada's Denis Shapovalov (25) in the third round, Russia's Daniil Medvedev (15) in the round of 16 and Japan's Kei Nishikori (9) in the quarter-finals.

"I think it's his only chance of a major these days", said Wilander, who will be co-presenting the ever popular Game, Schett and Mats for Eurosport during the Australian Open.

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

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.

The American great, beaten by Naomi Osaka in the 2018 U.S. Open final after a fiery tirade against the chair umpire, faces a tough run to the quarterfinals, with top seed and last year's finalist Simona Halep a possible fourth round encounter.

Denmark's defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, who is battling health problems and poor form, is seeded three, one behind Germany's Angelique Kerber.

Playing at Melbourne Park for the first time since 2017 and a year on from hip surgery, Murray called time after 49 minutes as the current world No.1 Djokovic led 6-1 4-1.

"So long as it's not too physical for Federer in the first four rounds, I would say he is as risky as he has been before".

For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website.

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