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10 January 2019, 04:24 | Pamela Mathis

Djokovic, Federer on opposite sides of Australian Open draw

Roger Federer understands the game like no other says Stefan Edberg

Djokovic also has a potential quarterfinal against No. 8-seeded Kei Nishikori.

Top seed Novak Djokovic, who like Federer is bidding for a record seventh title in Melbourne, will take on a qualifier.

The draw for the first grand slam of the year took place on Thursday, where the likes of Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal all learned what their potential path to the trophy would look like.

That's not in Federer's focus right now.

Defending champion Wozniacki, who broke through for her maiden Grand Slam title with victory over Halep in last year's final, is in line to face former victor Maria Sharapova in a mouth-watering third round showdown.

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Federer's first-round test comes in the shape of Uzbek Istomin, the Swiss having won each of their six meetings, and they are in the same quarter of the draw as Andy Murray, who is unseeded and meets Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut first up.

Asked if he ever doubted about his comeback, Wawrinka - who underwent a double surgery in August 2017 - said: 'I did think a few times that I may not be able to come back to my old self, old level.

MELBOURNE-Double defending champion Roger Federer will start his bid for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles next week against unseeded Uzbek Denis Istomin, who caused a huge upset when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the second round two years ago.

Serena Williams will face Tatjana Maria in the first round, and could meet either Genie Bouchard or Peng Shaui in the second round.

Caroline Wozniacki, who won her first Grand Slam title in Melbourne previous year after a tough final against Halep, is in the same section as Maria Sharapova and has Petra Kvitova at the top of her quarter. Halep has a tough opening encounter against Kaia Kanepi and a possible third rounder against Venus Williams.



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