Australian Open 2018 draw recap
The Australian Open 2018 is just four days away ago and the draw for the tournament just took place today. Feel free to check our Australian Open 2018 betting preview, including outright winners, tips and a betting guide.
Roger Federer will kick off the Australian Open title defence with a first-round match against former Briton Aljaz Bedene. The Swiss legend was present at the live draw on Margaret Court Arena this morning and he is paired in the same half as six-time champion Novak Djokovic. Furthermore, Roger could face another encounter with Juan Martin del Potro, the man who stopped him at the US Open last year. The interesting fact is that Roger Federer was a No 17 seed last year, but now comes in as No.2 and defending champion in the same time.
World No.1 Rafael Nadal had a much better draw as he will face Victor Estrella Burgos in the opening round. Then he might take on Marin Cilic, Nick Kyrgios, Jack Sock and finally the third seed Grigor Dimitrov. Nadal withdrew from the ATP World Tour Finals in November and he also missed the Brisbane tournament. However, he has played in two exhibition tournaments this week with no apparent pain and the Spaniard is expected to be fully fit for his first-round tie with Victor Estrella Burgos.
Meanwhile, the men’s draw’ sleeper, Novak Djokovic, who is the 14th seed will face Donald Young in the first round and then probably Gael Monfils, and if he wants to make the quarter-finals will have to beat Alexander Zverev. Due to this difficult draw, Djoko who was the joint favourite to win the tournament, is now back to odds 6/1.3
Andy Murray is one of the biggest absentees ahead of the tournament, as he will not compete following surgery to correct the hip problem which has kept him out since July. The Brit last played competitively at Wimbledon and joins the absent Kei Nishikori on the sidelines. In addition, Stan Wawrinka pulled out of the Tie Break Tens event at Melbourne last night in order to be fresh ahead of the opening round of the Australian Open.
As for the women, Great Britain’s Johanna Konta will play American Madison Brengle. Konta looked decent at the Australian Open over the past two years, reaching the Semi-finals and quarter-finals of the tournament. She now have a good opportunity to reach the final at least after Serena Williams’ withdrawal.
The Top seed Simona Halep will take on the Australian wildcard Destanee Aiava in the first round, while the second seed Caroline Wozniacki will face the Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu. Simona Halep is the in the same half as the Wimbledon winner Garbine Muguruza, who also has a difficult quarter containing Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber.
Venus Williams, who lost the all-Williams final last year, will face the in-form Belinda Bencic in the opening round and she is in the same quarter as the US Open champion Sloane Stephens.
Maria Sharapova is playing her first Australian Open since 2016 after she failed to pass a drug test and therefore she was handed a 15-month ban. She will kick off this year’s Australian Open with a first-round match against Tatjana Maria, and she is in the same quarter as Garbine Muguruza, Angelique Kerber and Agnieszka Radwanska.