Australian Open 2019: Andy Murray suffers Novak Djokovic mauling in practice
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Jan 11, 2019,
Jan 11, 2019, 0:51
Should Djokovic, a six-time victor at Melbourne Park, beat an as-yet-unknown qualifier, he could face wild card Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the next match, with Denis Shapovalov a possible third-round opponent and Kei Nishikori potentially awaiting in the last eight.
Aiming for a third consecutive Australian championship, a 21st Grand Slam crown and a 100th career singles title, Federer will open against Denis Istomin.
Kyle Edmund, back at the scene of his semi-final appearance 12 months ago, was also given a hard opener against former top-10 stalwart Tomas Berdych, who is unseeded following injury.
"If I had a chance to do it as well I'd be happy to try and go there as well".
Britain's Andy Murray will open his Australian Open campaign against Spain's 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut.
Last year's semi-finalist Kyle Edmund, seeded 13th, looms as a possible fourth round match-up for the Spaniard, who could then face big-serving South African Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals if the draw follows the seedings, and potentially Federer in the semis.
The two had to leave the court to allow for the next practice session.
Kerber will open against Slovenia's Polona Hercog, while No.3 seed Wozniacki will face Alison van Uytvanck first up to begin her title defense.
Djokovic holds the slight edge, having won 25 to Federer's 22, and the Serbian hasn't lost to the 20-time Grand Slam champion since the 2015 ATP World Tour Finals. "I've had a great off-season and I feel very well prepared".
Second-seeded Angelique Keber is in the same half as Wozniacki and has 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens in her quarter. For me it's just taking it day by day, doing the right things, taking even better care of my body.