After a year's absence, Novak Djokovic returns to Melbourne Park for Australian Open 2023 and he is obviously the favourite. The draws for the tournament were drawn during the night. The defending champion of the tournament does not fish very well, the Serbian phenomenon is doing better.
Rafael Nadal, number one in the group, will make his debut against Jack Draper and will find the winner of the match between Brandon Nakashima and Mackenzie McDonald in the second round. In a completely theoretical line considering the last six months, not really two health walks with bowls completely stopped.
In the round of 16 he could find Frances Tiafoe as in the US Open, while in the quarterfinals there could be Daniil Medvedev. Which in any case in a completely theoretical line should also deal with Sebastian Korda during the journey towards the sieve of the last eight.
In the second segment of the upper part Stefanos Tsitsipas is undoubtedly the favorite together with Felix Auger Aliassime.
Australian Open men's draw: the path of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal
It should be noted that Sinner and Musetti could face each other in the third round: theoretical eighths therefore with the Greek tennis player.
The one who fishes well is definitely Novak Djokovic, number four in seeding only due to the dynamics that have developed given the non-assignment of Wimbledon points. Mathematics also says that in the event of a success in the tournament, the Serbian phenomenon would return to number one in the world.
Difficult to find obstacles for the nine-time champion of the tournament, at least before the quarterfinals: in that case the challenge with Nick Kyrgios could be fascinating. However, Rune and Rublev are also present in the same segment of the draw, who will find Dominic Thiem in the first round.
Number two seed Casper Ruud. He falls in the eighth of the Norwegian Matteo Berrettini, who will however have a rather complicated initial phase of the tournament with Andy Murray in the first round, possibly the landlord Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second round (the challenge with Fabio Fognini, who hinted on Instagram is fascinating that this could be his last year on the major circuit) but above all Taylor Fritz in the round of 16.