Defined the rivals of Djokovic and Nadal in the first round of the Australian Open

The Serbian and world first classified Novak Djokovic (1) will face his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round of the Australian Open, while the Spanish Rafael Nadal (6), tied with the Balkan with 20 major titles, will make his debut against him. American Marcos Giron.

The Australian Open draw was marked in its previous hours by uncertainty surrounding the participation of Djokovic, who is still pending the decision of Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on his possible deportation, and was postponed an hour and a quarter.

Djokovic, who will defend his ninth crown won on the banks of the Yarra River in the last edition and will have the opportunity, like Nadal, to become the most successful tennis player of all time with 21 Grand Slam trophies.

Nadal warned that his expectations are not the same as in previous years after landing in Melbourne after six months away from the competition as a result of his chronic left foot injury.

However, the Spaniard got off to a strong start to the season after becoming champion in the 250 category Melbourne Summer Set after beating American Maxime Cressy in the final.

His rival in a hypothetical round of 16 would be the Pole Hubert Kurcakz (10), in the quarterfinals the German Alexander Zverev (3) and in the semifinals Djokovic (1).

The Swiss Roger Federer will be one more year the great absence for a 2022 edition that will also not have the presence of the Austrian Dominic Thiem.

Djokovic could face Chilean Cristian Garín (16) in a hypothetical round of 16, in the quarterfinals the Italian Matteo Berrettini (7) and in the semifinals the German Alexander Zverev (3) or Nadal (6).

On the other side of the table, a possible quarter-final would be those that would face the Norwegian Casper Ruud (8) with the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (4), as well as a hypothetical duel between the Russians Andrey Rublev (5) and Daniil Medvedev (2 ) that would reissue the battle that took the world number two in the last edition.

Regarding the main alternatives to the title, Medvedev will start against the Swiss Henry Laaksonen; Zverev will face his compatriot Saniel Altmaier and the Greek Tsitsipas will face the Swedish Mikael Ymer.

The reigning champion of the New York ‘major’ Medvedev could count on a duel of height in the second round against the Australian Nick Kyrgios.

Spanish favorites Roberto Bautista (15), Pablo Carreño (19) and young Carlos Alcaraz (31) will debut against Italian Stefano Travaglia and two players from the qualifying round, respectively.

The list of Spaniards will be completed by the Catalan Albert Ramos who will debut with the Argentine Sebastián Báez, the Malaga-born Alejandro Davidovich against the local and guest Alex Bolt and the Valencian Pedro Martínez against the Argentine Federico Delbonis.

Jaume Munar will have a demanding clash against the Russian Aslan Karatsev (18), Roberto Carballés will debut against the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis, Pablo Andújar against the Belarusian Ilya Ivashka and Feliciano López and Carlos Taberner against the local John Millman and the German Dominik Koepfer, respectively .

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