Cyprus Mail
Australian OpenSportTennis

Federer to begin title defence against Bedene

Switzerland's Roger Federer during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open

Roger Federer will open his Australian Open title defence against Slovenian Aljaz Bedene next week, while top seed Rafa Nadal, the losing finalist last year, was paired with Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos at the draw on Thursday.

Women’s top seed Simona Halep of Romania faces Australian wildcard Destanee Aiava in the first round, with second seed Caroline Wozniacki starting out against Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu.

Serena Williams will not defend the women’s title having had her first child last year but 2008 champion Maria Sharapova, who failed a drugs test at the tournament in 2016, is back unseeded after a ban and will face Tatjana Maria.

Men’s third seed Grigor Dimitrov will face a qualifier with Alexander Zverev, ranked fourth, playing Italian Thomas Fabbiano but with 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka, returning after a spell sidelines after surgery, in his section of the draw.

Six-time Melbourne Park champion Novak Djokovic, seeded 14th after missing the back end of last season with an elbow injury, will take on American left-hander Donald Young with a potential tie against Wawrinka or Zverev in the quarter-final.

Cyprus star Marcos Baghdatis, who famously reached the final back in 2006, will play a qualifier in the opening round.

Related Posts

Newcastle agree deal to sign Dutch defender Botman from Lille

Press Association

WIMBLEDON: Highlights from day 2

Serena stunned by Tan in late night Wimbledon epic

Hamilton calls for action amid storm over racist Piquet comment

Berrettini pulls out of Wimbledon due to positive Covid-19 test

Fernandinho completes his return to former club Athletico Paranaense

Press Association

1 comment

Comments are closed.