The Australian Open 2020 draw has just been revealed, confirming that a lot of excitements await tennis players starting next Monday.
In Men’s Singles, we might see an early clash between two tennis legends, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
The last year’s winner Novak Djokovic starts his title defense against German Jan-Lennard Struff. Roger Federer plays American Stevie Johnson Jr in the first round.
Meanwhile, the current ATP no.1 Rafael Nadal is in the other half of the draw, meaning that the only way to meet the other two giants is to play one of them in the final.
Nadal’s first match at the Australian Open 2020 is against Hugo Dellien from Bolivia.
Djokovic vs Federer: Potential AO2020 Semifinal?
Novak Djokovic, the record holder for the most Australian Open titles is the biggest favorite for winning the 2020 tournament. If he does it, the Serbian player might get to the summit of the ATP List.
However, in order for that to happen, winning the title would not be enough; Djokovic would also need to see Rafael Nadal not reaching the semifinal.
Considering that Djokovic is the defending champion, retaining the title is a must for the 32-year-old if he wishes to stay in the competition for the ATP top.
His road to the title starts against Jan-Lennard Struff who’s currently ranked 37th in the ATP Rankings. Much tougher opponents await Djokovic later, assuming he’s going to go past the 29-year-old German.
Djokovic has been drawn in the same half as Roger Federer and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Although it’s impossible he could meet Roger Federer before the semifinal, there might be some tricky obstacles on his way there.
Djokovic could meet sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinal or Roberto Bautista Agut, who is the no.9 in the ATP list.
Federer, on the other hand, has a seemingly easy road to the semifinal. The toughest opponent he could face by then is Matteo Berrettini. The eight-best player in the world could get in Federer’s way in the quarterfinal.
Australian Open 2020 Draw Suits Nadal?
Last year we saw Nadal playing Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open. The same scenario seems very likely to happen this year as well.
The no.1 seed was placed in the upper half of the draw, which means that he can’t meet with the no.2 seed (Djokovic) nor with no.3 (Federer) before the final.
Nadal, however, can meet no.4 Daniil Medvedev in the semifinal. The Spanish player can face no.5 Dominic Thiem in the semifinal, while his potential opponents in round four include Karen Khachanov and Nick Kyrgios.
Not getting eliminated before the semifinal would mean retaining the top spot in the ATP Rankings for Nadal. Of course, his ambitions are higher than that. The Spanish player would love to get ahold of the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup for the second time in his career.
Although Nadal has won only one Australian Open title so far, he is still the player with 19 Grand Slams in the collection. The only player with more Grand Slam titles than him is Roger Federer with 20.