Sports Federer, Djokovic drawn in same half for Australian Open

15:02  11 january  2018
15:02  11 january  2018 Source:   MSN

Germany improves to 2-0 at Hopman Cup with win over Canada

  Germany improves to 2-0 at Hopman Cup with win over Canada Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber gave Germany its second consecutive win at the Hopman Cup mixed teams tennis tournament with singles victories Wednesday over Canadians Vasek Pospisil and Eugenie Bouchard. No. 4-ranked Zverev beat Pospisil 6-4, 6-2 and Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open and U.S. Open champion, defeated Bouchard 6-1, 6-3. Canada fell to 0-2 after an opening loss to Australia. Germany beat Belgium in its first match. Bouchard, a former Wimbledon finalist and top-five player now ranked 83rd after a concussion and form slump, said the 10 a.m. start time was too early for her.

Australian Open – Djokovic and Federer in same half . Actually, for the vast majority of these slams, Federer was ranked #1 and Nadal #2, so they cannot be in the same half of the draw . 1 and 2 play either 3 or 4 in the semis.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are in the same half of a grand slam draw for the first time in seven years in the selection made Friday for next week's Australian Open in Melbourne. Defending champion Novak Djokovic will have world number four Andy Murray in his top half of the men's singles draw

  Federer, Djokovic drawn in same half for Australian Open © Provided by thecanadianpress.com

MELBOURNE, Australia - Roger Federer found himself in a slightly awkward position before the Australian Open draw.

Just being there.

A few minutes later when the formalities were completed, Federer found out how difficult defending his title could be after landing in the same half as six-time champion Novak Djokovic.

"This is not normal," Federer told a crowd of hundreds of fans before the draw on Thursday at Margaret Court Arena. "I don't like usually going to draws because they freak me out — I don't want to know who I play other than just seeing the sheet at the end and knowing who my first-round opponent is."

Belgium hands Canada third straight defeat at Hopman Cup

  Belgium hands Canada third straight defeat at Hopman Cup Belgium hands Canada third straight defeat at Hopman CupPERTH, Australia -- Belgium won its second match at the Hopman Cup and handed Canada its third consecutive defeat with singles victories by David Goffin and Elise Mertens on Friday.

Melbourne, Australia : Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams are in the same half of the draw at the Australian Open Novak Djokovic 's bid for a third consecutive Australia Open title got a boost when No 2-ranked Roger Federer and US Open champion Andy Murray both landed in the other half when

Djokovic 's new coach, six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker, attended the draw and duly noted: "It's a loaded half , that's for sure." Federer opens against Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth, and Murray takes on Go Soeda of Japan.

First up, the 36-year-old Swiss will play Ajaz Bedene of Slovenia. He also has No. 7-ranked David Goffin, Juan Martin del Potro, Sam Querrey, and Milos Raonic in his quarter.

There's a potential semifinal against Djokovic, who is aiming for a record seventh Australian Open title but is seeded 14th as he returns from six months on the sidelines with a right elbow injury.

Djokovic is in the same quarter as the Zverev brothers — fourth-seeded Alexander could meet older brother and No. 32-seeded Mischa in the third round — 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka, and No. 5 Dominic Thiem.

Federer beat Rafael Nadal in the final here last year on his return from six months on the sidelines and is seeded No. 2 as he bids for a 20th Grand Slam singles title.

Rusty Nadal struggles in loss to Gasquet in exhibition match

  Rusty Nadal struggles in loss to Gasquet in exhibition match Rusty Nadal struggles in loss to Gasquet in exhibition matchMELBOURNE, Australia -- Rafael Nadal struggled with his timing and normally potent shot-making as he started his delayed preparations for the Australian Open with an error-filled 6-4, 7-5 loss to Richard Gasquet in the Kooyong Classic exhibition event Tuesday.

Friday's draw for the clay-court Grand Slam tournament placed Nadal and Djokovic on the same half of the field, while Roger Federer could face Djokovic faces a far more intriguing start: The reigning Australian Open champion's first-round opponent is David Goffin, a 22-year-old Belgian who took a

Federer had surgery on his left knee last February after reaching the Australian Open semifinals and, after ending his record run of U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka is on the bottom of the same half of the draw . No. 2-ranked Djokovic is in the other half and has No. 4 Dominic Thiem, No. 11 David

Djokovic had a contrasting 2017, starting at No. 2 but losing in a second-round upset at the Australian Open and not playing again after Wimbledon. It was the first year since 2009 that Djokovic didn't reach at least one Grand Slam final.

Top-ranked Nadal will open against Victor Estrella Burgos, has a potential fourth-round match against John Isner, and No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov in his half of the draw. He followed his run to the final in Melbourne by winning the French Open and U.S. Open, splitting the Grand Slam honours with Federer for the year.

Serena Williams has opted not to defend her title four months after giving birth to her first child, leaving the women's draw open.

Her sister Venus, who lost the all-Williams Australian Open final last year, has a tough opener against Belinda Bencic — who combined with Federer to win the Hopman Cup for Switzerland last week — and is also in the same quarter as U.S. Open winner Sloane Stephens.

Djokovic returns from injury layoff with dominating win

  Djokovic returns from injury layoff with dominating win Novak Djokovic stopped quickly, abruptly changed directions and stabbed at a full-stretch volley that whizzed past Dominic Thiem for a winner.MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic played his first competitive match in six months on Wednesday, a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Dominic Thiem at the Kooyong Classic. He couldn’t have been happier — or more impressive.

After some complaints that Federer and Nadal had been on opposite halves of the draws in Slams of Federer and Nadal, this year, the Australian Open put Federer and Nadal in the same half . Djokovic ’s main challenge appears to be in the fourth round where he might meet Roddick, Hewitt, or

With Andy Murray withdrawing days before the start of the French Open , Roger Federer suddenly moved to the second seed, and that meant he didn’t have to see Novak Djokovic until the finals. Now we head to bottom half of the draw , in Section 5.

Top-ranked Simona Halep opens against Australian wild card Destanee Aiava, has a potential second-round match against 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard, and is in the same half as Garbine Muruguza, the Wimbledon champion.

Third-seeded Muguruza is in a difficult quarter containing former Australian Open champions Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber, and U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys.

Sharapova, who won the 2008 Australian title and reached three other finals at Melbourne Park, missed last year's tournament during a 15-month suspension after a failed doping test here in 2016.

The five-time major winner finished 2017 ranked No. 60, meaning she missed out on a seeding for the Australian Open and could face 2016 champion Kerber in the third round.

"There's no easy way to get to the top," Sharapova told the crowd at Margaret Court Arena before the draw. "You always have to beat the top players in order to get to the top."

Sharapova said after a long time out she had to be patient coming back to the tour, but was still confident of returning to the top ranking and winning major tournaments.

"The drive, I still have it. I certainly will hope I put myself in that position," Sharapova said. "I put a lot of expectations on myself because I have been there, and I have delivered in those moments. I expect to continue to do so."

Djokovic survives medical timeout for straight-sets win over Ramos-Vinolas .
Djokovic survives medical timeout for straight-sets win over Ramos-VinolasDjokovic took a medical timeout in the second set to have his back and legs massaged, but appeared to show little ill effects for the rest of the match.

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