Australian Open: A look at the draw

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The official draws for the first Grand Slam of the year-the Australian Open- are out and there are already some mouth watering fixtures on the cards.  One of them is in the very first round. As the defending champion Novak Djokovic will begin his quest for an unprecedented seventh title against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. It’s a tough draw for the world number one and he would need to be at his very best from his very first match. Verdasco, who let go 5 match points just a few days back against Djokovic at Doha, is a very hard guy to put away on his day, especially here in Melbourne Park.

Here is Novak’s probable route to the title:

1R – Fernando Verdasco
2R – Denis Istomin
3R – Pablo Carreno Busta
4R – Grigor Dimitrov
QF – Dominic Thiem
SF – Milos Raonic
F   – Andy Murray

Serena Williams has a rather tough start too, when she begins her campaign against Swiss Belinda Bencic.

Federer has been handed a rather moderate draw, considering he is seeded seventeenth as he will face two qualifiers in his opening two rounds. This should help him further tune his game because Thomas Berdych in R3 would be a stiff test for the four time champion. A delightful Federer vs Murray in the quarter final is possible, but that will only be possible if Federer can get going, as beating the likes of Birdman and Kei won’t be easy for a man who’s returning to the game after six months.

Andy Murray opens against Illya Marchenko and can face the tough test of Lucas Pouille later on, who recently beat Nadal at the US Open and looks an improved player with each passing tournament.

Here’s his potential road to his first Australian Open title

1R – Illya Marchenko
2R – Yen-Hsun Lu
3R – Sam Querrey
4R – Lucas Pouille
QF – Kei Nishikori
SF – Stan Wawrinka
F – Novak Djokovic

The ninth seed Rafa Nadal opens against German Florian Mayer, followed by either Marcos Baghdatis, the 2006 finalist, or Mikhail Youzhny. He might have a really hard time against Alexander Zverev!

Djokovic-Murray still looks to be the last two guys standing on Day 14, but it won’t come as a big surprise if either of them is sent packing early. Roger Federer, Milos Raonic, Rafa Nadal and US Open champion Stan Wawrinka are eyeing to spoil there party.

 

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