Seven-time winner Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are on a collision course to meet in a potential semi-final blockbuster at the Australian Open after the draw was revealed on Thursday.
Defending champion Djokovic will open his campaign against dangerous German Jan-Lennard Struff, who enjoyed semi-final runs in Auckland and Stuttgart last year.
Novak Djokovic’s projected draw to glory
R1 – StruffR2 – Ito/QualifierR3 – EvansR4 – Schwartzman/LajovicQF – Tsitsipas/Bautista AgutSF – Federer/BerrettiniF – Nadal/Medvedev
Federer will take on American Steve Johnson with the Swiss set for a tricky third-round meeting against Poland’s world No 34 Hubert Hurkacz.
Roger Federer’s projected draw to glory
R1 – JohnsonR2 – Krajinovic/QualiferR3 – HurkaczR4 – Shapovalov/DimitrovQF – Berrettini/FogniniSF – Djokovic/TsitsipasF – Nadal/Medvedev
World No 1 Rafael Nadal will open his campaign against world No 72 Hugo Dellien of Bolivia.
Nick Kyrgios, promoted to Australian No 1 following the withdrawal of Alex de Minaur, could be a fourth-round opponent for Nadal, who is scheduled to meet his US Open final opponent Daniil Medvedev in the last four.
The Spaniard could also face two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals.
Rafael Nadal’s projected draw to glory
R1 – DellienR2 – Delbonis/SousaR3 – Carreno BustaR4 – Khachanov/KyrgiosQF – ThiemSF – Medvedev/A. ZverevF – Djokovic/Federer
Arguably the match of the first round sees rising Russian ace Daniil Medvedev take on Frances Tiafoe of America.