The first Grand Slam of the season has unveiled its draw and there a few interesting things to look out for at the Australian Open 2020.
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Roger Federer will return to the home of his last Grand Slam, in 2018, to face Steve Johnson in his opening match with a possible third-round clash against Denis Shapovalov or Grigor Dimitrov.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion may meet Matteo Berrettini in the quarterfinals before his projected semifinals clash against Djokovic which means that either the tournament will see the defending champion have a chance to keep his title or the possible crowning of a new Grand Slam record.
This will be one of the most interesting match-up, i.e. the possible semifinal clash between defending champion Djokovic and six-time champion Federer.
Djokovic is set to meet world no.37 Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round with a possible fourth-round clash against Diego Schwartzman and an early quarterfinal meet against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
World no.1 Rafael Nadal’s route to his 20th Grand Slam has challenges of its own.
The Spaniard drew world no.72 Hugo Dellian who is at his career-best right now. However, his troubles could begin with his fourth-round clash against fan-favourite Nick Kyrgios, who has the home-ground advantage, or Karen Khachanov who in his first round will play a qualifier.
Dominic Thiem and rising star Daniil Medvedev can be Nadal’s quarterfinals and semifinals match-ups.
Thiem will begin his quest for a first major title against Adrian Mannarino and Medvedev will play a tough first-round match against Frances Tiafoe.
Medvedev, who had a stellar year in 2019, is short of a major to add to his list of achievements and will possibly face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in round three and Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals. Zverev will once again have a chance to redeem himself after a sub-par performance at the ATP Cup with a first-round match against Marco Cecchinato.
ATP Cup teammates Roberto Bautista Agut and Feliciano Lopez will face each other in the first round with Fabio Fognini playing Reilly Opelka.
Missing from the action will be Australia’s Alex de Minaur who withdrew from the first Grand Slam of the season due to an abdominal tear he suffered while playing the ATP Cup leaving Nick Kyrgios as the highest-ranked Australian and the strongest local male challenger for the title.
The first-round matches begin on Monday, January 20 at Melbourne Park.