Grigor Dimitrov will meet Russia’s Aslan Karatsev in the first round of the Australian Open, which starts on Monday. Dimitrov and Karatsev met in the quarter-finals in Melbourne two years ago, when the Russian prevailed in four sets. Later that year, the Bulgarian defeated Karatsev in San Diego to level the match between them.
The first racket of Bulgaria is placed at number 27 in the main scheme, and if successful over Karatsev, he will play with the Serbian Laszlo Jere or a qualifier. A potential opponent for Grigor in the third round is nine-time Melbourne champion Novak Djokovic. Djokovic starts with Roberto Carbayes Baena in his return to the Australian Open, then I have a clash with Hugo Dalien or a qualifier.
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Defending champion and top seed Rafael Nadal (Spain) will play British left-hander Jack Draper in the first round, while last season’s Melbourne runner-up and No. 7 seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia starts against Marcos Chiron (USA). The two are in the top quarter of the table, which means they could meet as early as the quarterfinals.
Semi-finalist from the previous two years and No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas starts against Kenten Alli (France), second seed Kasper Ruud (Norway), who last season reached the finals of the French and US Grand Slams, has his first-round opponent Tomasz Makhach (Czech Republic).
Our women’s first seed Viktoria Tomova will meet 12th seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in her first match in Melbourne. If Tomova wins, she will face one of the Americans, Claire Liu or Madison Brengle.