Australian Open draw revealed

  • Reigning two-time champion Novak Djokovic will not face former world No. 1 Roger Federer or Brit Andy Murray until the championship match as the draw for the Australian Open was revealed on Friday.

    The first Grand Slam event of 2013 kicks off on Monday at Melbourne Park.

    The five-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic, who appeared in three of the four major finals last year, will open his title defence against Frenchman Paul- Henri Mathieu.

    The bottom half of the draw features the second-seeded Federer and third- seeded Murray.

    Federer will face France's Benoit Paire next week while Murray will meet Dutchman Robin Haase in the round of 128.

    In the women’s games, reigning champion Victoria Azarenka could face five-time winner Serena Williams in the semifinals at Melbourne Park.

    World No. 1 Azarenka is the reigning Aussie Open champ having beaten Maria Sharapova in last year's final.

    Azarenka will open the defence of her sole Grand Slam title against Romanian Monica Niculescu.

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