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Djokovic faces qualifier at Open, Federer takes on Istomin

John McEnroe Milos Raonic ATP Tour Kei Nishikori Seven-time grand slam winner John McEnroe
Shannon Reynolds | 10 January, 2019, 18:15

After winning the Australian Open a year ago, Federer skipped the French Open for the third time in a row before losing in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and the fourth round at the US Open.

Nadal will meet Australian wild card James Duckworth in his opening clash, with Kevin Anderson, John Isner and Grigor Dimitrov all in his quarter of the draw.

World No 1 Novak Djokovic will start his bid to win a record seventh Australian Open title next week against a qualifier following Thursday's draw.

Chinese top tennis player Wang Qiang is the 21st seed at the Australian Open on Thursday as Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep led the men's and women's singles seeding lists respectively.

Last year's surprise semi-finalist Kyle Edmund, the 13th seed, faces a tough first-round clash against former top-10 stalwart Tomas Berdych, who is unseeded following injury, while Cameron Norrie takes on American Taylor Fritz in a rematch of the quarter-finals of the ASB Classic in Auckland which the British No 2 won.

Should Djokovic, a six-time victor at Melbourne Park, beat an as-yet-unknown qualifier, he could face wild card Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the next match, with Denis Shapovalov a possible third-round opponent and Kei Nishikori potentially awaiting in the last eight.

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Raptors sign former Golden State Warriors guard Patrick McCaw
ET - Watch on FuboTV with NBA League Pass add-on ), which is a great outcome to this whole scenario for him. After the guard signed a non guaranteed offer sheet with the Cavs, the Warriors decided not to match it.

Marin Cilic, who lost last year's final to Federer, will begin his 2019 campaign against home hope Bernard Tomic. He defeated Tsonga in the 2008 Australian final. Halep has a tough opening encounter against Kaia Kanepi and a possible third rounder against Venus Williams.

Fourth seed Osaka faces Poland's Magda Linette first up and may need to battle past twice champion Victoria Azarenka in the third round.

"I can't believe it's been a year already", Dane Wozniacki said at the draw ceremony.

Serena Williams, who won the Australian Open in 2017 while pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia, returns as the 16th-seeded player after missing last year's tournament.

"To finally get that (title) here was so special, it's the happy slam".

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