Federer, Djokovic drawn in same half for Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — Roger Federer found himself in a somewhat ungainly position before a Australian Open draw.

Just being there.

A few mins after when a formalities were completed, Federer found out how formidable fortifying his pretension could be after alighting in a same half as six-time champion Novak Djokovic.

“This is not normal,” Federer told a throng of hundreds of fans before a pull on Thursday during Margaret Court Arena. “I don’t like customarily going to draws given they weird me out. we don’t wish to know who we play other than usually observant a piece during a finish and meaningful who my first-round competition is.”

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  • First up, a 36-year-old Swiss will play Ajaz Bedene of Slovenia. He also has No. 7-ranked David Goffin, Juan Martin del Potro, Sam Querrey and Milos Raonic in his quarter.

    There’s a intensity semifinal opposite Djokovic, who is aiming for a record seventh Australian Open pretension though is seeded 14th as he earnings from 6 months on a sidelines with a right bend injury.

    Djokovic is in a same entertain as a Zverev brothers — fourth-seeded Alexander could accommodate comparison hermit and No. 32-seeded Mischa in a third turn — 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka, and No. 5 Dominic Thiem.

    Federer kick Rafael Nadal in a final here final year on his lapse from 6 months on a sidelines and is seeded No. 2 as he bids for a 20th Grand Slam singles title.

    Djokovic had a resisting 2017, starting during No. 2 though losing in a second-round dissapoint during a Australian Open and not personification again after Wimbledon. It was a initial year given 2009 that Djokovic didn’t strech during slightest one Grand Slam final. He behind his lapse until dual muster appearances this week.

    Top-ranked Nadal will open opposite Victor Estrella Burgos, has a intensity fourth-round compare opposite John Isner, and No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov in his half of a draw. He followed his run to a final in Melbourne by winning a French Open and US Open, bursting a Grand Slam honors with Federer for a year.

    Serena Williams has opted not to urge her pretension 4 months after giving birth to her initial child, withdrawal a women’s pull open.

    Her sister Venus, who mislaid a all-Williams Australian Open final final year, has a tough opener opposite Belinda Bencic — who total with Federer to win a Hopman Cup for Switzerland final week — and is also in a same entertain as US Open leader Sloane Stephens.

    Top-ranked Simona Halep opens opposite Australian furious label Destanee Aiava, has a intensity second-round compare opposite 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard, and is in a same half as Garbine Murguruza, a Wimbledon champion.

    Third-seeded Muguruza is in a formidable entertain containing former Australian Open champions Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber, and US Open finalist Madison Keys.

    Sharapova, who won a 2008 Australian pretension and reached 3 other finals during Melbourne Park, missed final year’s contest during a 15-month cessation after a unsuccessful doping exam here in 2016.

    The five-time vital leader finished 2017 ranked No. 60, definition she missed out on a seeding for a Australian Open and could face 2016 champion Kerber in a third round.

    “There’s no easy approach to get to a top,” Sharapova told a throng during Margaret Court Arena before a draw. “You always have to kick a tip players in sequence to get to a top.”

    Organizers shielded a preference to entice Sharapova to seem as a deputy for a women’s draw, with contest executive Craig Tiley observant a permit was over and a 30-year-old Russian was there as a former champion.

    Sharapova pronounced after a prolonged time out she had to be studious entrance behind to a tour, though was still assured of returning to a tip ranking and winning vital tournaments.

    “The drive, we still have it. we positively will wish we put myself in that position,” Sharapova said. “I put a lot of expectations on myself given we have been there, and we have delivered in those moments. we design to continue to do so.”

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