Draw breakdown and matches to observe

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The boys’s and girls’s attracts for the 2019 Australian Open have been launched and it has the potential to supply some must-watch mouth-watering clashes over the following fortnight.

As the highest two seeds within the males’s draw, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have been saved aside from one another till the ultimate, whereas Roger Federer has been assigned to the latter’s aspect of the draw that means he must overcome a dismal file in opposition to his nice rival if he’s to win his 100th profession singles title at Melbourne Park.

Within the ladies’s, Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber additionally can’t face one another till the ultimate, whereas defending champion Caroline Wozniacki has been assigned to the latter’s aspect of the draw as she bids to efficiently retain the title she labored so arduous to win final 12 months.

As regular, we begin by analysing the lads’s draw, the place Novak Djokovic’s path to a file seventh Australian Open title might face an early hurdle as he’s projected to face the person he beat within the 2008 last, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, within the second spherical.

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The primary seed the Djoker might face is 25th-seeded Canadian Denis Shapovalov, whereas rising Russian star Daniil Medvedev might block his path to the quarter-finals within the fourth spherical.

Ought to the 31-year-old efficiently navigate his approach via his part of the draw, then eighth seed Kei Nishikori will loom as his possible quarter-final opponent.

The Japanese veteran, who ended a two-year title drought on the Brisbane Worldwide final week, will begin in opposition to a qualifier and is projected to face Italian twelfth seed Fabio Fognini within the fourth spherical.

Reigning ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev is the main identify within the second quarter of the draw and his bid to win a maiden Grand Slam title Down Below will begin in opposition to Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene, with a doable third spherical assembly in opposition to Gilles Simon looming if he can get that far.

Alexander Zverev of Germany (AP Picture/Tim Eire)

Additionally on this part of the draw is Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, who’s unseeded on the Australian Open for the primary time since 2015 and faces Canadian 16th seed Milos Raonic within the first spherical.

The winner of that match is prone to face 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka within the second spherical, offered he will get previous former French Open semi-finalist Ernests Gulbis in his first match.

If Wawrinka and Kyrgios meet within the second spherical, then followers can anticipate to be handled to some severe fireworks given the historical past between the pair (assume the sledging controversy on the 2015 Montreal Masters for one).

Whichever of the trio advances to the fourth spherical is prone to face Zverev there, whereas the opposite main identify on this quarter of the draw is seventh-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem, who can be making an attempt to achieve the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the primary time.

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The 25-year-old begins in opposition to France’s Benoit Paire and is prone to face 2017 quarter-finalist Mischa Zverev within the second spherical. Ought to he attain the spherical of sixteen, then eleventh seed Borna Coric is anticipated to await.

Shifting to the opposite aspect of the draw now, and sixth seed Marin Cilic will start his quest for a second Grand Slam title in opposition to Australian Bernard Tomic, who’s again in the primary draw for the primary time since 2017. The Croat is projected to face 26th-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco within the third spherical, and tenth seed Karen Khachanov within the fourth.

Croatia's Marin Cilic

Croatia’s Marin Cilic returns to Australia’s Nick Kyrgios throughout their semifinal tennis match on the Queen’s Membership tennis match in London, Saturday, June 23, 2018. (AP Picture/Tim Eire)

5-time runner-up Andy Murray, who has a protected rating of primary, is up in opposition to one other Spaniard, 22nd seed and up to date Qatar winner Roberto Bautista-Agut within the first spherical, whereas John Millman can be on this a part of the draw and can face the winner of that match offered he beats Argentina’s Federico Delbonis in his opening match.

Additional down the draw, third seed Roger Federer will begin his bid for a file seventh title with a tough conflict in opposition to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin, who in fact upset Novak Djokovic within the second spherical two years in the past.

His first seeded menace is French showman Gael Monfils (30th) within the third spherical, whereas Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas, ranked fifteenth (seeded fourteenth resulting from Juan Martin del Potro’s withdrawal), is prone to loom within the spherical of sixteen.

Federer and Tsitsipas solely just lately met on the Hopman Cup in Perth, with the Swiss Maestro successful an in depth straight-sets match during which each units had been determined in tiebreaks.

Roger Federer

Roger Federer of Switzerland (AAP Picture/Tony McDonough)

Within the seventh part, fifth seed Kevin Anderson begins in opposition to France’s Adrian Mannarino and will reprise his epic Wimbledon semi-final showdown in opposition to John Isner within the fourth spherical ought to each males get that far.

The one man who can be seeking to spoil that match-up is Grigor Dimitrov, a one-time world quantity three who has dropped to 21st on the planet (seeded 20th). He’s projected to face Isner within the third spherical, however should first get previous Janko Tipsarevic within the first spherical, after which one in all Pablo Cuevas or Dusan Lajovic within the second.

Down on the backside of the draw, world quantity two Rafael Nadal will begin in opposition to Australian wildcard James Duckworth, together with his first severe menace coming within the type of 27th-seeded Aussie Alex de Minaur within the third spherical.

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The Spaniard is then projected to face final 12 months’s semi-finalist, Kyle Edmund (whose first match is in opposition to Tomas Berdych), within the fourth spherical.

Barring any main upsets within the males’s draw, the quarter-finals onwards might appear to be this:

Quarter-finals
[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [8] Kei Nishikori (JPN)
[4] Alexander Zverev (GER) vs [7] Dominic Thiem (AUT)
[6] Marin Cilic (CRO) vs [3] Roger Federer (SUI)
[5] Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP)

Semi-finals
[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs [4] Alexander Zverev (GER)
[3] Roger Federer (SUI) vs [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP)

Predicted championship consequence
[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) defeats [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP)

Now to the ladies’s aspect of issues, the place Simona Halep has once more been dealt one other first spherical encounter in opposition to the identical lady to whom she misplaced on this stage on the US Open final 12 months, Kaia Kanepi.

Simona Halep of Romania (Imaginechina through AP Pictures)

As was additionally the case in New York final August/September, sixteenth seed Serena Williams can be on this part of the draw and looms as the key impediment within the Romanian’s path to a primary Australian Open title.

Elder sister Venus, who’s unseeded, faces one other Romanian, Mihaela Buzarnescu, in her first match, and will loom as a 3rd spherical opponent for high seed Halep.

Additionally it is doable that the 2 Williams sisters might face one another within the fourth spherical, and if that eventuates, it is going to be the second consecutive Main at which they’ve met, after doing so within the third spherical of final 12 months’s US Open. It will even be their first assembly in Australia because the 2017 last, which Serena received whereas she was two months pregnant.

Former US Open champion Samantha Stosur and former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard are additionally on this part of the draw, with the latter looming as a possible second spherical opponent for Serena.

Whichever of those ladies reaches the quarter-finals from part one is prone to face seventh seed Karolina Pliskova, who begins in opposition to a qualifier as she bids to win her maiden Grand Slam title on the Australian Open.

Within the Czech’s part of the draw is tenth seed Daria Kasatkina, in addition to Johanna Konta and Ajla Tomljanovic, who will face one another for the second time in three weeks, presumably for the proper to face 18th seed Garbine Muguruza within the second spherical.

The second quarter of the draw is anchored by reigning US Open champion and fourth seed Naomi Osaka, whose first match is in opposition to Poland’s Magda Linette.

Two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka looms as a doable third spherical opponent, whereas Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova is anticipated to await the Japanese star within the spherical of sixteen.

Osaka is then projected to satisfy sixth seed Elina Svitolina within the quarter-finals, although the Ukrainian could need to face Elise Mertens, who defeated her within the last eight stage twelve months in the past, a spherical earlier this 12 months within the fourth spherical.

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Former finalist Dominika Cibulkova and 2017 US Open runner-up Madison Keys are additionally on this part of the draw and their first matches are in opposition to Destanee Aiava and Zhang Shuai, a quarter-finalist right here in 2016, respectively.

Flipping the web page over now, and eighth seed Petra Kvitova could need to face rising Belarussian Aryna Sabalenka for a second consecutive time at a Main (and a second time in as many weeks) if the pair attain the fourth spherical as projected.

Kvitova, twice a Wimbledon champion, begins with a doubtlessly difficult conflict in opposition to Magdalena Rybarikova, who reached the fourth spherical final 12 months the place she was crushed by the eventual champion, Caroline Wozniacki.

Sabalenka, meantime, begins in opposition to a qualifier however might then strike the always-dangerous Ekaterina Makarova within the second spherical. The Russian left-lander, who reached a career-high rating of world quantity eight in 2015, has made a behavior of beating highly-ranked gamers on the Majors over time, together with defeating Serena Williams right here in 2012.

Additional down the draw, Australia’s greatest hope, Ashleigh Barty, begins in opposition to Luksisa Kumkhum, and may she attain the third spherical, she is prone to meet former French Open finalist Jelena Ostapenko for a second time in as many weeks, presumably for the proper to face defending champion Caroline Wozniacki within the fourth spherical.

Wozniacki faces a tough begin to her title defence in opposition to Belgium’s Alison van Uytvanck, who induced a serious upset at Wimbledon final 12 months when she defeated defending champion Garbine Muguruza within the second spherical.

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark (AP Picture/Mark Schiefelbein)

That’s not it – the Dane might then face 30th seed and 2008 champion Maria Sharapova within the third spherical earlier than going through both Barty or Ostapenko within the spherical of sixteen.

Within the backside quarter of the draw, fifth seed Sloane Stephens will start her bid for a primary Australian Open title in opposition to compatriot Taylor Townsend, and mustn’t face any real opposition till the fourth spherical the place her projected opponent is ninth seed Kiki Bertens. There aren’t any qualifiers in her part of the draw.

Down on the backside, second seed Angelique Kerber will begin her marketing campaign in opposition to Slovenia’s Polona Hercog, with Croatia’s Donna Vekic looming as her first seeded impediment within the third spherical. The pair met within the second spherical final 12 months and one other match-up in Australia can be good notably for the latter’s improvement.

Barring any main upsets within the ladies’s draw, the quarter-finals onwards might appear to be this:

Quarter-finals
[16] Serena Williams (USA) vs [7] Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
[4] Naomi Osaka (JPN) vs [6] Elina Svitolina (UKR)
[8] Petra Kvitova (CZE) vs [3] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
[5] Sloane Stephens (USA) vs [2] Angelique Kerber (GER)

Semi-finals
[16] Serena Williams (USA) vs [4] Naomi Osaka (JPN)
[8] Petra Kvitova (CZE) vs [2] Angelique Kerber (GER)

Predicted championship consequence
[16] Serena Williams (USA) defeats [2] Angelique Kerber (GER)

Play will get underway this Monday.


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