Rafael Nadal will face a tough opening take a look at on the Australian Open towards British lefty Jack Draper, whereas Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios are in the identical quarter of the draw, it was revealed Thursday afternoon at Melbourne Park.
Defending champion Nadal will have to be sharp from his first match towards Draper, a 2022 Subsequent Gen ATP Finals competitor. The 21-year-old, who owns two High 10 wins, has made a rapid begin to his season. The World No. 40 will compete within the Adelaide Worldwide 2 semi-finals on Friday.
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If 22-time main winner Nadal navigates previous the British star, his path is not going to get simpler, with one among two Individuals — Mackenzie McDonald or reigning Subsequent Gen ATP Finals champion Brandon Nakashima — ready within the second spherical.
Additionally within the Spaniard’s quarter is seventh seed Daniil Medvedev, which suggests a rematch of the 2022 Australian Open remaining between Nadal and Medvedev may very well be performed within the final eight. Sixteenth seed Frances Tiafoe, who upset Nadal eventually 12 months’s US Open, is a possible fourth-round opponent for the lefty.
Medvedev, who has made back-to-back finals on the ‘Completely satisfied Slam’, will open towards American Marcos Giron and will play Adelaide Worldwide 1 finalist, twenty ninth seed Sebastian Korda, within the third spherical.
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Within the backside half of the draw, nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic and Australian Nick Kyrgios landed in the identical quarter. The Nineteenth-seeded Kyrgios may play ninth seed Holger Rune within the third spherical and fifth seed Andrey Rublev within the fourth spherical earlier than a quarter-final conflict towards Djokovic, who begins his pursuit of a record-tying twenty second main title towards Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena.
Rublev’s first-round conflict will likely be a blockbuster towards his shut good friend, former World No. 3 and 2020 Australian Open finalist Dominic Thiem. Thirteenth seed Matteo Berrettini will open towards former World No. 1 Andy Murray. The winner will face dwelling favorite Thanasi Kokkinakis or Italian shotmaker Fabio Fognini.
Second seed Casper Ruud, who superior to his first two main finals final season, will play Czech Tomas Machac within the first spherical, with eighth seed Taylor Fritz, twelfth seed Alexander Zverev, Berrettini, Murray and different harmful foes in his quarter.
Sixth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime performed one of the best tennis of his profession on the finish of 2022, and the Canadian will attempt to preserve that stage within the first spherical towards countryman Vasek Pospisil. The winner may play 2014 Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka within the second spherical.
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