Australian Open Draw

Kind draw for Djokovic sees main rivals Nadal, Murray, Del Potro and Federer selected in the opposite half of the draw.

    Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus ahead of the Australian Open [AFP]
    Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus ahead of the Australian Open [AFP]

    World number one Rafa Nadal will battle the bad boy of Australian tennis Bernard Tomic and a partisan crowd in the first round at Melbourne Park as he bids for a 14th grand slam title.

    The Spaniard dumped a teenaged Tomic from the 2011 tournament but will be wary of the former Wimbledon quarter-finalist who raises his game in front of home fans and has returned to form by making the semi-finals in this week's
    Sydney International warmup.

    Second seed Djokovic has been drawn in the much kinder lower half of the draw and will face Slovakia's 90th-ranked Lukas Lacko first up.

    Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has been given no favours as he battles back from a back injury that put paid to the latter half of his 2013 season, drawn in the same quarter as 17-times grand slam champion Roger Federer.

    The women's draw elicited further groans for local fans, with world number one Serena Williams drawing rising Australian talent Ashleigh Barty in the first round as the American bids for her 18th grand slam title and sixth at Melbourne Park.

    Williams's draw lines her up for a potentially challenging fourth-round clash with Australia's Sam Stosur, who beat her in
    the final of the U.S. Open in 2011.

    Double defending champion Victoria Azarenka, seeded second, will take on Swede Johanna Larsson with the prospect of a fourth round match against rising American Sloane Stephens, seeded 13th.

    Third seed Maria Sharapova kicks off her bid for a fifth grand slam title against colourful American Bethanie
    Mattek-Sands.

    Fourth seed Li Na, runner-up at Melbourne Park last year, will play a qualifier ahead of a possible quarter-final clash
    with former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.

     

    Australian Open 2014 Men's Singles Championship

    NADAL, Rafael ESP [1] v TOMIC, Bernard AUS

    KOKKINAKIS, Thanasi AUS (W) v SIJSLING, Igor NED

    KAMKE, Tobias GER v SOCK, Jack USA

    MONFILS, Gael FRA [25] v HARRISON, Ryan USA. 

    SEPPI, Andreas ITA [24] v HEWITT, Lleyton AUS

    HAASE, Robin NED v YOUNG, Donald USA

    POUILLE, Lucas FRA (W) v Qualifier (Q)

    NISHIKORI, Kei JPN [16] v MATOSEVIC, Marinko AUS. 

    RAONIC, Milos CAN [11] v GIMENO-TRAVER, Daniel ESP

    HANESCU, Victor ROU v Qualifier (Q)

    LU, Yen-Hsun TPE v Qualifier (Q)

    DIMITROV, Grigor BUL [22] v KLAHN, Bradley USA 

    PAIRE, Benoit FRA [27] v Qualifier (Q)

    KYRGIOS, Nick AUS (W) v BECKER, Benjamin GER

    BAUTISTA AGUT, Roberto ESP v SMYCZEK, Tim USA

    DEL POTRO, Juan Martin ARG [5] v Qualifier (Q) 

    MURRAY, Andy GBR [4] v SOEDA, Go JPN

    Qualifier (Q) v Qualifier (Q)

    LLODRA, Michael FRA v Qualifier (Q)

    LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP [26] v DEVVARMAN, Somdev IND

    KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER [21] v BEDENE, Aljaz SLO

    PRZYSIEZNY, Michal POL v ZEBALLOS, Horacio ARG

    DELBONIS, Federico ARG v Qualifier (Q)

    ISNER, John USA [13] v Qualifier (Q) 

    TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA [10] v VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA

    REISTER, Julian GER v Qualifier (Q)

    CILIC, Marin CRO v GRANOLLERS, Marcel ESP

    SIMON, Gilles FRA [18] v BRANDS, Daniel GER 

    VERDASCO, Fernando ESP [31] v Qualifier (Q)

    GABASHVILI, Teymuraz RUS v STAKHOVSKY, Sergiy UKR

    STEPANEK, Radek CZE v KAVCIC, Blaz SLO

    FEDERER, Roger SUI [6] v DUCKWORTH, James AUS (W)

    BERDYCH, Tomas CZE [7] v NEDOVYESOV, Aleksandr KAZ

    WU, Di CHN (W) v DE SCHEPPER, Kenny FRA

    HAJEK, Jan CZE v Qualifier (Q)

    DODIG, Ivan CRO [32] v KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO

    ANDERSON, Kevin RSA [19] v VESELY, Jiri CZE

    SOUSA, Joao POR v Qualifier (Q)

    BERLOCQ, Carlos ARG v ROGER-VASSELIN, Edouard FRA

    HAAS, Tommy GER [12] v GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo ESP

    YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS [14] v STRUFF, Jan-Lennard GER

    MAYER, Florian GER v Qualifier (Q)

    RAMOS, Albert ESP v ANDUJAR, Pablo ESP

    JANOWICZ, Jerzy POL [20] v THOMPSON, Jordan AUS (W) 

    CHARDY, Jeremy FRA [29] v HUTA GALUNG, Jesse NED

    DOLGOPOLOV, Alexandr UKR v Qualifier (Q)

    JOHNSON, Steve USA (W) v MANNARINO, Adrian FRA

    FERRER, David ESP [3] v GONZALEZ, Alejandro COL 

    WAWRINKA, Stanislas SUI [8] v GOLUBEV, Andrey KAZ

    FALLA, Alejandro COL v KUKUSHKIN, Mikhail KAZ

    MAHUT, Nicolas FRA v EBDEN, Matthew AUS

    POSPISIL, Vasek CAN [28] v GROTH, Samuel AUS (W)

    ROBREDO, Tommy ESP [17] v ROSOL, Lukas CZE

    CARRENO BUSTA, Pablo ESP v BENNETEAU, Julien FRA

    DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS v KUBOT, Lukasz POL

    GASQUET, Richard FRA [9] v Qualifier (Q)

    FOGNINI, Fabio ITA [15] v BOGOMOLOV JR., Alex RUS

    SELA, Dudi ISR v NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN

    GIRALDO, Santiago COL v QUERREY, Sam USA

    GULBIS, Ernests LAT [23] v MONACO, Juan ARG

    TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS [30] v RUSSELL, Michael USA

    BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYP v ISTOMIN, Denis UZB

    MAYER, Leonardo ARG v MONTANES, Albert ESP

    DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB [2] v LACKO, Lukas SVK


    Australian Open 2014 Women's Singles Championship

    WILLIAMS, Serena USA [1] v BARTY, Ashleigh AUS (W)

    DOLONC, Vesna SRB v ARRUABARRENA, Lara ESP

    PARMENTIER, Pauline FRA (W) v PLISKOVA, Karolina CZE

    HANTUCHOVA, Daniela SVK [31] v Qualifier (Q) 

    STOSUR, Samantha AUS [17] v ZAKOPALOVA, Klara CZE

    PIRONKOVA, Tsvetana BUL v SOLER-ESPINOSA, Silvia ESP

    BECK, Annika GER v MARTIC, Petra CRO

    IVANOVIC, Ana SRB [14] v BERTENS, Kiki NED

    VINCI, Roberta ITA [12] v ZHENG, Jie CHN

    MAYR-ACHLEITNER, Patricia AUT v KEYS, Madison USA

    DELLACQUA, Casey AUS (W) v ZVONAREVA, Vera RUS

    FLIPKENS, Kirsten BEL [18] v ROBSON, Laura GBR 

    BOUCHARD, Eugenie CAN [30] v TANG, Hao Chen CHN (W)

    VAN UYTVANCK, Alison BEL v RAZZANO, Virginie FRA

    VICKERY, Sachia USA (W) v DAVIS, Lauren USA

    ERRANI, Sara ITA [7] v GOERGES, Julia GER

    LI, Na CHN [4] v Qualifier (Q)

    DATE-KRUMM, Kimiko JPN v Qualifier (Q)

    VEKIC, Donna CRO v Qualifier (Q)

    SAFAROVA, Lucie CZE [26] v GLUSHKO, Julia ISR

    MAKAROVA, Ekaterina RUS [22] v WILLIAMS, Venus USA

    MEDINA GARRIGUES, Anabel ESP v Qualifier (Q)

    PEER, Shahar ISR v NICULESCU, Monica ROU

    LISICKI, Sabine GER [15] v LUCIC-BARONI, Mirjana CRO

    KERBER, Angelique GER [9] v GAJDOSOVA, Jarmila AUS (W)

    GARCIA, Caroline FRA v Qualifier (Q)

    PFIZENMAIER, Dinah GER v WICKMAYER, Yanina BEL

    VESNINA, Elena RUS [23] v RISKE, Alison USA

    PENNETTA, Flavia ITA [28] v CADANTU, Alexandra ROU

    PUIG, Monica PUR v Qualifier (Q)

    ZHANG, Shuai CHN v BARTHEL, Mona GER

    KVITOVA, Petra CZE [6] v KUMKHUM, Luksika THA

    JANKOVIC, Jelena SRB [8] v DOI, Misaki JPN

    KICHENOK, Nadiya UKR v MORITA, Ayumi JPN

    NARA, Kurumi JPN v PENG, Shuai CHN

    RYBARIKOVA, Magdalena SVK [32] v PETKOVIC, Andrea GER 

    CIRSTEA, Sorana ROU [21] v ERAKOVIC, Marina NZL

    JOVANOVSKI, Bojana SRB v Qualifier (Q)

    TSURENKO, Lesia UKR v LEPCHENKO, Varvara USA

    HALEP, Simona ROU [11] v Qualifier (Q)  

    SUAREZ NAVARRO, Carla ESP [16]  v KING, Vania USA

    VOSKOBOEVA, Galina KAZ v Qualifier (Q)

    MLADENOVIC, Kristina FRA v VOEGELE, Stefanie SUI 

    CIBULKOVA, Dominika SVK [20] v SCHIAVONE, Francesca ITA

    CORNET, Alize FRA [25] v HERCOG, Polona SLO

    GIORGI, Camila ITA v SANDERS, Storm AUS (W)

    ORMAECHEA, Paula ARG v KNAPP, Karin ITA

    SHARAPOVA, Maria RUS [3] v MATTEK-SANDS, Bethanie USA 

    RADWANSKA, Agnieszka POL [5] v PUTINTSEVA, Yulia KAZ

    GOVORTSOVA, Olga BLR v Qualifier (Q)

    MINELLA, Mandy LUX v Qualifier (Q)

    PAVLYUCHENKOVA, Anastasia RUS [29] v PEREIRA, Teliana BRA 

    KANEPI, Kaia EST [24] v MUGURUZA, Garbine ESP

    BABOS, Timea HUN v SCHMIEDLOVA, Anna SVK

    MCHALE, Christina USA v CHAN, Yung-Jan TPE

     WOZNIACKI, Caroline DEN [10] v DOMINGUEZ LINO, Lourdes ESP

    STEPHENS, Sloane USA [13] v SHVEDOVA, Yaroslava KAZ

    MAJERIC, Tadeja SLO v TOMLJANOVIC, Ajla CRO

    ROGOWSKA, Olivia AUS (W) v DUQUE-MARINO, Mariana COL

    KUZNETSOVA, Svetlana RUS [19] v SVITOLINA, Elina UKR

    HAMPTON, Jamie USA [27] v CEPELOVA, Jana SVK

    SCHEEPERS, Chanelle RSA v MEUSBURGER, Yvonne AUT

    HSIEH, Su-Wei TPE v ZAHLAVOVA STRYCOVA, Barbora CZE

    Victoria BLR [2] v LARSSON, Johanna SWE v AZARENKA

    SOURCE: Reuters


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