14 Jan 2022 | 10:21 | Tennis
Defending champion Novak Djokovic fell into the draw with many heavyweights at the first Grand Slam of the year.
At noon on January 13 (Hanoi time), the organizers of the Australian Open held the draw, which took place nearly an hour later than expected. Novak Djokovic, the defending champion of men’s singles, is ranked as the number one seed.
The Serbian tennis player had his opening match against compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic, ranked 78th in the world. If there are no surprises, Djokovic will face seventh seed Matteo Berrettini in the quarterfinals, Rafael Nadal or Alexander Zverev in the semifinals.
According to News AU , the Australian Open organizers postponed the draw, while at the same time, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison held a press conference. However, Prime Minister Morrison did not mention Djokovic’s issue and said he was waiting for a decision from Immigration Minister Alex Hawke.
Nadal, the sixth seed of the tournament, opened the match against Marcos Giron. He could meet Karen Khachanov (Russia) in the third round, then Hubert Hurkacz (Poland) in the fourth round, before thinking about the match against Zverev in the semi-finals.
In the lower bracket, Daniil Medvedev, the 2nd seed, had his opening match against Henri Laaksonen. The defending runner-up could face compatriot Andrey Rublev in the quarter-finals, and then Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals.
The men’s singles draw at the Australian Open 2022 is still subject to change, depending on whether Djokovic participates or not. At this moment, the Serbian tennis player and everyone is waiting for the decision of Minister Hawke.
In the event Djokovic withdraws before the first day of competition (January 17), his position will be replaced by 5th seed Andrey Rublev. If Djokovic withdraws after the first day has opened, his position will be replaced by a player who lost the qualifying round but received a lucky ticket.
In the women’s singles, host Ash Barty is ranked as the number one seed and will meet the qualifying player in the opening match. She could face Naomi Osaka in the fourth round, or Garbine Muguruza in the semifinals. In the lower bracket, 2nd seed Aryna Sabalenka could face Iga Swiatek in the quarterfinals, then Barbora Krejcikova in the semifinals.
Defending US Open champion Raducanu will have a difficult opening match when he has to face former US Open champion Sloane Stephens. Besides, there is a duel between two former champions Sofia Kenin and Madison Keys.