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Nadal, Murray in same half at Open

Nadal, Murray in same half at Open

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal will play Christophe Rochus of Belgium in the first round of the Australian Open and could face Britain's Andy Murray in the semifinals of the year's first Grand Slam.
Second-seeded Roger Federer opens against Andreas Seppi of Italy and could face former No.1 Carlos Moya in the second round and 2005 champion Marat Safin in the third following Friday's draw.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic could face Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals and Federer in the semifinals.
Nadal has a difficult run, facing former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt or 2007 Australian Open finalist Fernando Gonzalez in the fourth round. Hewitt and Gonzalez meet in a tough first-round matchup.


Updated : 2021-05-12 10:45 GMT+08:00