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Men's draw revealed for Australian Open

IANS  |  Melbourne 

Serbia's Novak Djokovic, favourite to win the Australian Open, will play his first match of the tournament against a qualifier, according to the draw on Thursday.

Switzerland's will take on Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin, ranked 99, in what will be their seventh encounter. The Swiss has beaten Istomin on all six previous occasions, reports news.

After withdrawing from his quarter-final match with last year, will kick off his season this year in against local This will be the first time the players will face each other.

The draw laid out an easy path for Nadal in the first two rounds. A victory in the first round would set him against the winner of the match between another local, and Germany's

In the quarter-finals, he could meet Australia's (26), Argentina's (18) and the United Kingdom's (13).

Later, he could face Federer, against whom he lost the tournament's final in 2017, or Croatia's (6), who will play Australia's Bernard Tomic in the first round.

Serbia's will begin his bid for a seventh title against a and could go on to meet Canada's (25) in the third round, Russia's (15) in the round of 16 and Japan's (9) in the quarter-finals.

Argentina's will play his first match of the Open against a and could have a third-round clash against UK's Edmund (13).

Fifth-ranked of will miss the due to a he sustained at the Masters in October.



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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 16:54 IST