Djokovic biggest winner in Australian Open draw
Last Updated: Friday, January 10, 2014, 11:50
  
Djokovic biggest winner in Australian Open draw
Melbourne: Three-time winner and defending champion Novak Djokovic earned a dream Australian Open draw while world No.1 Rafael Nadal faces a tricky first-round opponent in Bernard Tomic.

Unbeaten in four months, Djokovic was handed the kindest draw amongst the big guns Friday. The Serbian meets Slovakia`s world No.90 Lukas Lacko in his opening match, and is drawn to meet 15th seed Fabio Fognini in the fourth round, reports Xinhua.

The biggest threat in Djokovic`s half is Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, who will play Kazakhstan`s Andrey Golubev in the first round. And then the world No.2 is seeded to run into Spanish world No.3 David Ferrer in the semi-finals.

Top-seeded Nadal, No.4 Andy Murray, No.5 Juan Martin del Potro and No.6 Roger Federer all stacked in the opposite half.

Nadal, who missed last year`s Australian Open with a left knee injury during a seven-month absence from the tour, returned to win 10 titles in 2013 and regain the No.1 ranking, overtaking Djokovic. His first round opponent Tomic reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals in 2011 and has been ranked as high as No.27.

Nadal also has No.25 Gael Monfils, former No.1 Lleyton Hewitt and 16th-seeded Nishikori Kei in his section.

Federer will open against Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth and Murray takes on Japanese Soeda Go. The quarter-finals in that half would likely feature Nadal against del Potro and Federer against Murray.
IANS

First Published: Friday, January 10, 2014, 11:50


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