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Djokovic, Murray on Australian Open collision course

Published on Jan 11, 2013 3:29 PM
 
Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return during a practice session for the upcoming Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan 10, 2013. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and his US Open conqueror Andy Murray have been put in separate halves of the men's singles draw at the Australian Open, starting in Melbourne on Monday. -- PHOTO: AFP

MELBOURNE (AFP) - World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and his US Open conqueror Andy Murray have been put in separate halves of the men's singles draw at the Australian Open, starting in Melbourne on Monday.

In the official draw made on Friday, Djokovic faces a potential semi-final against Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer, while 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer could face world No. 3 Murray in the last four.

Djokovic, bidding for a hat-trick of Australian Open victories after downing Rafael Nadal in a titanic five-set final last year, will start his defence against Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu in the first round.

Second seed Federer, bidding for his fifth Australian title, begins his Melbourne campaign against Frenchman Benoit Paire, while Murray takes on Dutchman Robin Haase first up.

 
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