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Federer faces Bedene first up in Australian Open

Federer faces Bedene first up in Australian Open
Published by , Thursday 01/11/18 15:49

Roger Federer will open his title defence against Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene and has a potential quarter-final with David Goffin in the Australian Open.

In Thursday's draw, 36-year-old Federer, bidding for a record 20th Grand Slam title, has a first round encounter with the 51st-ranked Bedene.

The Swiss marvel, chasing a sixth Australian Open crown, could also face big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic in the fourth round in the bottom half of the men's draw.

World number one and top seed Rafael Nadal starts his Australian campaign against the 83rd-ranked Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic in the top quarter of the draw.

Nadal withdrew from his first tour event of 2018, in Brisbane, with continuing knee problems, and has been getting in match practice in a Melbourne exhibition event this week ahead of Monday's start to the Open.

Nadal could face world number six Marin Cilic of Croatia in the quarter-finals.

Six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, seeded 14th for this year's tournament, has a couple of potential early obstacles with American Donald Young and potentially mercurial Frenchman Gael Monfils in the second round.

Twelve-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic has been sidelined since Wimbledon in July because of a right elbow injury, but beat world number five Dominic Thiem in straight sets in the Kooyong Classic this week.

Thiem is projected to face rising young German star Alexander Zverev in the quarters of Djokovic's section of the draw.

Former Australian winner Stan Wawrinka, who hasn't played since Wimbledon after knee surgery, is the same section of the draw and faces Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis first up.

World number three Grigor Dimitrov faces a qualifier first up and could face American Jack Sock in the quarters.

Tempestuous Australian 17th seed Nick Kyrgios, is in the same section of the draw and faces Brazil's 100th-ranked Rogerio Dutra Silva.

Source: AFP

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True, Rafa was lucky to win the third set on tie break, but a win is a win. Jerry, more importantly bottomline is Rafa won the battle but Chilic won the war! He has beaten Rafa. PERIOD!
sngtianwan sngtianwan il y a 4 heures
Exactly!! Playing Federer will tell me Exactly where he is.
Laurelle Van Kay Laurelle Van Kay il y a 8 heures
Stunning rise Elise
ali ali il y a 17 heures
If andy Roddick is a hall of famer Marin is in that league & he's doing just fine now
Darth_JR Darth_JR il y a 22 heures
So much for meditation..
jean.durbano jean.durbano il y a 1 jour
Players are abused by business of sports. Any sportive atmosphere left ?
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