Australian Open draw: Alex de Minaur’s path to the final

Australian world no. 10 Alex de Minaur has landed in Novak Djokovic’s half of the draw at the Australian Open and would likely need to beat the Serbian star to reach his first grand slam final.

de Minaur has received big-hitting former world no. 3 Milos Raonic as his opening round opponent, with a second round clash against either Australian wildcard Adam Walton or a qualifier before a big potential third round bout against Czech 18th seed Nicholas Jarry.

Fifth seed Andrey Rublev could await de Minaur in the round of 16, while Italian world no. 4 Jannik Sinner looms as the highest ranked potential quarter-final opponent before a showdown with Djokovic.

Djokovic will play a qualifier in the first round before a second round clash against one of Australian duo Alexei Popyrin and Marc Polmans.

An intriguing third-round match could involve one of veteran pair Andy Murray and Gael Monfils against the world no. 1.

The highest profile first-round clash in the men’s draw will be between Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas and the unseeded Matteo Berrettini, whose ranking slid to no. 125 last year due to a serious ankle injury.

French veteran Richard Gasquet departed all four grand slams in the first round in 2023 and faces an uphill battle to break that streak next week when he meets world no. 2 Carlos Alcaraz in his opening match.

Australia’s top ranked female entrant Ajla Tomljanovic will begin her campaign against Croatian veteran Petra Martic before a tough potential second-round clash with 11th seed Jelena Ostapenko, who will play Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell in the first round.

World no. 1 Iga Swiatek faces a tough opening two matches, with 2020 Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin her first-round opponent before a potential clash with the winner of unseeded duo Danielle Collins and Angelique Kerber.

Collins made the 2022 final, which she lost to Ash Barty, while Kerber was the 2016 champion and is returning after an 18-month break following the birth of her child.

British former US Open champion Emma Raducanu has a favourable run into the round of 16 if she can overcome American first round opponent Shelby Rogers, while Naomi Osaka has a tough opening assignment against 16th seed Caroline Garcia.

Australian wildcard Daria Saville will first face the unseeded Magadalena Frech before a potential third-round clash with fourth seed Coco Gauff.

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