Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer on opposite sides of Australian Open draw

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer on opposite sides of Australian Open draw

Kyle Edmund, back at the scene of his semi-final appearance 12 months ago, was also given a hard opener against former top-10 stalwart Tomas Berdych, who is unseeded following injury.

Top-ranked Djokovic and defending champion Federer enter the season-opening major equal with Roy Emerson, who won his six Australian singles championships between 1961-67, before the Open era.

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.

Britain's Andy Murray will open his Australian Open campaign against Spain's 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut. He is in the same half of the draw as Rafael Nadal, who has drawn Australian James Duckworth.

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Andy Murray walks between points during his practice match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic.

Last year's semi-finalist Kyle Edmund looms as a possible fourth round match-up for the Spaniard, who could then face big-serving Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals. "If I made 100 at the Australian I'd take it, I'd gladly accept it - and I'll give it all I have". One more here would see him follow Jimmy Connors as the only man in the Open era to hit three figures, as well as taking him past Djokovic and Roy Emerson at Melbourne Park.

All the active grand slam winners in the men's game are over 30 and one of the most intriguing storylines will be whether the new generation can finally break the stranglehold.

US Open champion Naomi Osaka is at four while Sloane Stephens, who also slumped out of Sydney early, is at five.

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Nadal has been struggling with a spate of injuries over recent months.

The supporter responded: 'Just seeing you out on court today was more than enough entertainment for me.

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

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