Friday, 18 January, 2019

Djokovic, Federer on collision course for Aussie Open final?

Roger Federer understands the game like no other says Stefan Edberg Djokovic, Federer on opposite sides of Australian Open draw
Kristopher Love | 10 January, 2019, 16:22

Venus Williams, defeated by younger sister Serena in the 2017 Melbourne final, also looms as a possible third round opponent for Halep.

Djokovic, who like Federer is bidding for a record seventh title in Melbourne, will play a qualifier in round one.

Kyle Edmund, back at the scene of his semi-final appearance 12 months ago, was also given a hard opener at the year's first grand slam against former top-10 stalwart Tomas Berdych, who is unseeded following injury. And with No. 6 Marin Cilic in the same quarter, there's potential for a rematch of the 2018 final a few rounds early.

The two had to leave the court to allow for the next practice session.

"I think it's his only chance of a major these days", said Wilander, who will be co-presenting the ever popular Game, Schett and Mats for Eurosport during the Australian Open.

Murray, 31, is on the comeback trail after missing 11 months with a hip injury which has seen him slump to 230 in the world.

In an interview to The Times of India, the three-time Grand Slam victor Stan Wawrinka commented on the Big Three's dominance.

A supporter of the 31-year-old wrote on Instagram saying how much they enjoyed Murray's practice match with Novak Djokovic on Thursday.

Williams will face Tatjana Maria in the first round, and could meet either Genie Bouchard or Peng Shaui in the second.

Third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who won her first Grand Slam title here a year ago after a tough final against Halep, is in the same section as Maria Sharapova and has Petra Kvitova at the top of her quarter.

Halep, however, may be reluctant to look beyond the first round, having drawn her U.S. Open nemesis Kaia Kanepi.