[ad_1] Australian Open: Djokovic, Swiatek and Osaka face tough challenges

Jan 11, 2024

Australian Open: Djokovic, Swiatek and Osaka face tough challenges

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Djokovic's quest for an 11th crown

Top seed Novak Djokovic was drawn against a qualifier or lucky loser to begin his bid for an 11th Australian Open crown.

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Swiatek's blockbuster rematch with Kenin

Polish top seed Iga Swiatek will open her account with a blockbuster rematch of the 2020 Roland Garros final that she won against Sofia Kenin.

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Osaka's challenge after maternity break

Two-time champion Naomi Osaka faces a daunting task after being pitted against French 16th seed Caroline Garcia in her first major since having a baby.

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Tsitsipas' tough opening match

Seventh seed Tsits‚Äčipas has a tough task to repeat his 2023 feat with former top 10 Matteo Berrettini his opening opponent and Djokovic a potential quarter-finalist.

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Medvedev's qualifier challenge

Like Djokovic, third seed Daniil Medvedev, a Melbourne finalist in 2021 and 2022, drew a qualifier in the first round.

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Alcaraz's campaign begins against Gasquet

World number two Carlos Alcaraz, the only man to beat Djokovic at a Slam last year to win Wimbledon, gets his campaign under way against Richard Gasquet.

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Auger-Aliassime's test against Thiem

‚Äč27th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime faces a stern opening test against former world number three Dominic Thiem.

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Rybakina vs Pliskova

Another bumper showdown will see third seed Elena Rybakina, last year's runner-up, take on former world number one Karolina Pliskova.

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Sabalenka's favorable draw

Second seed and defending champion Aryna Sabalenka should have an easier time, she was drawn against a qualifier.

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