It’s finally here! The 2018 Australian Open sees Rafael Nadal spearheading the First Slam of the Year with Roger Federer coming in as the defending champion. With many exciting matches getting set this year, we do an Australian Open 2018 Draw Analysis on the Men’s side.
Rafael Nadal (No.1)
The top seed and former champion opens his campaign against Victor Estrella Burgos followed by a match against the winner of Nicolas Jarry and Leonardo Mayer.
A possible Fourth Round Showdown against John Isner seems to be his first major test in Melbourne with the big serving American a threat on any fast surface.
The other possible threat would come in form of Croat Marin Cilic, who Nadal is seeded to meet in the Quarters.
Verdict: A relatively easy draw for the World No.1, who should have a healthy route into the last 8.
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Roger Federer (No.2)
The defending champion takes on Aljaz Bedene in the Opening Round but does not have much to worry about for the next three rounds with not much to test him with big servers like Sam Querrey and Milos Raonic set to clash before.
Verdict: A smooth start to his Australian Open campaign followed by some tricky fixtures and a really mouthwatering Quarter-Final fixture if the draw goes according to plan.
Grigor Dimitrov (No.3)
The Bulgarian could not have asked for a better start to his Australian Open as he faces a qualifier followed by a match against the winners of two qualifiers (if he wins his first round that is).
But his Fourth Round would prove to be one of the matches of the entire Australian Open with the likes of hometown hero Nick Kyrgios in his draw along with rising Canadian Denis Shapovalov and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga eying a spot in the Last 8.
Verdict: Seems like Dimitrov’s run might be cut short by Nick Kyrgios, who needs to be in his groove to beat World No.3.
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Alexander Zverev (No.4)
The German has probably the worst draw out of the Top 4 seeds. For Zverev to reach his maiden Grand Slam Quarters, he needs to go through his Brother in Round 3 and former champion Novak Djokovic in Round 4.
Verdict: He might be able to reach Round 4, but his campaign would be cut short by none other than Djokovic himself.
But with young guns coming in and some players coming back from injury, it would be interesting to see who comes out on top with unpredictability coming into play.