The 2009 Australian Open draw has been released for the both the men and the women. If you haven’t seen it, you can by clicking here.
I won’t get into all the details and predictions just yet (save that for Sunday), but the big question going in was where Andy Murray and defending champion Novak Djokovic would fall, and the Scot is in Rafael Nadal’s half while Djokovic is in Roger Federer’s section.
Overall, a fair draw. I think top-seed Nadal has the toughest of the Fab Four with a bunch of guys who could give him trouble – Dmitry Tursunov, Richard Gasquet, Fernando Gonzalez, Lleyton Hewitt, Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon. The fun should really start when Rafa gets to the third round.
In the second quarter it should be a breeze for Murray, who’ll maybe have to deal with Fernando Verdasco and then either James Blake and JW Tsonga in the quarters.
Andy Roddick and Djokovic are set to meet in the final eight of the third quarter, and what a match that would be. While Novak should get their Roddick could run into some resistence in Phil Kohlscrheiber in round third (déjà vu?) and then David Nalbandian in round 4.
Federer should be feeling good at the way things turned out. There may be a Marat Safin hurdle in the third round and he could run into Juan Martin del Potro in the quarters.
Some of the first round matches I’m looking forward to include Gonzo v. Hewitt, Santoro v. Querrey, JMDP v. Zverev and Gasquet v. Junqueira (new Argentine).
As for the women, the Williams sisters ended up on the same side as did the Serbs. Jelena Jankovic is seeded to meet No. 7 Vera Zvonareva in the top quarter while Ana Ivanovic gets No. 3 Dinara Safina.
In the bottom it’s Venus against Elena Dementieva and Serena is scheduled to face Sveta Kuzetsova.
Play of course begins on Monday (Sunday night in the U.S. on ESPN).
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