Federer to face Istomin at Australian Open, Djokovic to meet qualifier

Ruben Hill
January 10, 2019

Cilic was drawn into the same section as five-time finalist Andy Murray, who is coming back from a long-term hip injury and is set to open against No. 22-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut.

"I'm surprised that I'm still at this level, that I'm still in the top 10".

The Serbian world number one is aiming to make history by claiming a record seventh Australian Open crown when the tournament starts at Melbourne Park on Monday, as is Swiss legend Federer. He has the potential of a second-round meeting against wildcard entry Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Australian Nick Kyrgios takes on 16th seed Milos Raonic in arguably the biggest first-round match-up in the men's draw.

World number one Djokovic, who produced a strong comeback a year ago, was the top seed of men's singles. Halep has a tough opening encounter against Kaia Kanepi and a possible third rounder against Venus Williams.

Romanian Halep was named the top seed in women's singles, followed by Angelique Kerber of Germany and Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki.

In the quarter-finals, he could meet Australia's Alex De Minaur (26), Argentina's Diego Schwartzman (18) and the United Kingdom's Kyle Edmund (13).

Defending champion Wozniacki, who broke through for her maiden Grand Slam title with victory over Halep in last year's final, is in line to face former victor Maria Sharapova in a mouth-watering third round showdown.

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

'If you look you'll see a lot of players, more players who are winning Masters 1000 tournaments, like Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem, than Grand Slams', said Wawrinka.

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