Sydney : World number one Rafael Nadal will play rising Australian star Bernard Tomic in the opening round of the Australian Open.The Spaniard, who won the tournament in 2009 and missed last year’s opening Grand Slam through injury, faces a testing first round encounter against the world number 52.
In the draw made here today, Nadal was seeded to face Argentine fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro in the quarters. Serbia’s world number two Novak Djokovic, bidding for his fifth Australian crown and fourth in a row, was drawn to face Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the last eight.
Djokovic must first play Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko in the opening round in the bottom half of the men’s draw. Britain’s three-time runner-up Andy Murray was seeded to face 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals in the top half of the draw.