Roger Federer’s bid for a 3rd successive Australian Open title will start in opposition to world No. 99 Denis Istomin, whereas high seed Novak Djokovic will face a qualifier within the first spherical.
The draw for the primary Grand Slam of the yr occurred on Thursday, because the likes of Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal discovered what their potential paths to the trophy would seem like.
Ought to Djokovic, a six-time winner at Melbourne Park, beat an as-yet-unknown qualifier, he might face wild card Jo-Wilfried Tsonga within the subsequent match, with Denis Shapovalov a potential third-round opponent and Kei Nishikori probably awaiting within the final eight.
Federer’s first-round take a look at comes within the form of Istomin, an Uzbek whom Federer has defeated in every of their six conferences, they usually are in the identical quarter of the draw as Andy Murray, who’s unseeded and meets Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut first up.
Roger Federer on Novak Djokovic:
“He’s a kind of gamers like Nadal and Hewitt who’ve made me rethink my sport.” pic.twitter.com/ym40i4W39Q
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 10, 2019
Nadal will meet Australian wild card James Duckworth in his opening conflict, with Kevin Anderson, John Isner and Grigor Dimitrov all in his quarter of the draw.
One of many standout matchups of the primary spherical sees unseeded Nick Kyrgios’ meet 2016 semifinalist and 16th seed Milos Raonic, with the winner of that contest going by way of to face both 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka or Ernests Gulbis.
These two, and seventh seed Dominic Thiem, are in the identical quarter as Alexander Zverev, who might meet Djokovic within the semifinals however should first plot his well beyond Aljaz Bedene within the opening spherical.
Marin Cilic, who misplaced final yr’s closing to Federer, will start his 2019 marketing campaign in opposition to house hope Bernard Tomic.