Australian Open 2022 Men’s Draw: Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal Can Lock Horns in Semifinals and More

Published 01/13/2022, 1:16 AM EST
Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; (L-R) Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrate with the finalist and championship trophies, respectively, after their match in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


The official Australian Open 2022 men’s singles draw has finally been released. The top players in the world will battle it out in the opening Grand Slam of the season. However, six-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer will not be making the Grand Slam Down Under as he continues his rehabilitation following knee surgery.

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World Number 1 Novak Djokovic, after a tumultuous time in Australia, will be looking to defend his Australian Open title by winning a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam. However, he faces stiff competition from the likes of Daniil Medvedev who had defeated him in a lop-sided US Open final last year.

Rafael Nadal, the World No. 6, would like to better his quarter-finals finish from last season and become the first men’s player to reach 21 Grand Slam. He enters the tournament on the back of winning the Melbourne Summer Set title last week.

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Who are the Australian Open men’s singles top seeds?

World Number 1 Novak Djokovic is the top seed at this year’s tournament. He will be followed by the Russian, Daniil Medvedev, looking to add a second consecutive Grand Slam title after winning the US Open last year. Following the two will be the No. 3 seed Alexander Zverev of Germany and the No. 4 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece.

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Andrey Rublev has been seeded No. 5 and is followed by 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, who is seeded sixth. The next set of seeds include Matteo Berrettini, Casper Ruud, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Hubert Hurkacz, and Jannik Sinner.

A general view inside Rod Laver Arena at sunset during the Men’s Singles Final match betwen Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Rafael Nadal of Spain during day 14 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Australian Open 2022 draw: Road to the final for top stars

Novak Djokovic:

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 5, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his quarter final match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

R1: Miomir Kecmnaovic

R2: T. Paul

R3: L. Sonego

R4: Cristian Garín

QF: Matteo Berrettini

SF: Alexander Zverev

F: Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev:

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – Accor Arena, Paris, France – November 7, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reacts during his final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

R1: H. Laaksonen

R2: Nick Kyrgios

R3: U. Humbert

R4: Diego Schwartzman

QF: Andrey Rublev

SF: Stefanos Tsitsipas

F: Novak Djokovic

Alexander Zverev:

Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 21, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev celebrates with trophy after winning his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

R1: D. Altmaier

R2: John Millman

R3: L. Harris

R4: Denis Shapovalov

QF: Rafael Nadal

SF: Novak Djokovic

F: Daniil Medvedev

Stefanos Tsitsipas:

Aug 13, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates a win over Casper Ruud of Norway (not pictured) at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports| Courtesy: Reuters

R1: M. Ymer

R2: A. Romas-Vinolas

R3: G. Dimitrov

R4: Roberto Bautista Agut

QF: Casper Ruud

SF: Daniil Medvedev

F: Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal:

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 04: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates a shot during a match against Jack Sock of the United States on Day 5 during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Tennis Center on August 4, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

R1: M. Giron

R2: T. Kokkinakis

R3: K. Khachanov

R4:  Hubert Hurkacz

QF: Alexander Zverev

SF: Novak Djokovic

F: Daniil Madvedev

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After the spotlight being stolen by off court events, the action finally shifts back to the tennis courts soon. The next-gen stars will battle it out with some of the seasoned players of the game. It’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top.

The first round match-up between Andy Murray and Nikoloz Basilashvili will be much awaited as Murray just beat the 21st seed in the Sydney International. Will Novak Djokovic shatter the records and claim his 21st Grand Slam title or will Rafael Nadal march ahead of him? Tennis fans around the globe are in for a treat!

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Who are your picks for this year’s Australian Open title? Do let us know in the comments below.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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