The draws for the 2018 Australian Open have been announced today, for both the men’s and women’s tournaments.

The major matches of the first round in the women’s tournament include:

Andrea Petkovic v Petra Kvitova

Karolina Plistkova v Veronica Cepede Royg

Venus Williams v Belinda Bencic

Maria Sharapova v Maria Tatjana

Jelena Ostapenko v Francesa Schiavoni

CoCo Vandeweghe v Timea Babos

Sloane Stephens v Shuai Zhang

Caroline Wozniacki v Mihaela Buzarnescu

Garbine Muguruza v Jessika Ponchet

On the men’s side, the marquee matches are

Rafael Nadal v Victor Estrella Burgos

Marin Cilicvs Yen-Hsun Lu

Grigor Dimitrov v qualifier

Jo-Wilfred Tsonga v qualifier

Jack Sock v Yuichi Sugita

Kevin Anderson v Kyle Edmund

Dominic Thiem v Guido Pella

Roberta Bautista Agut v Fernando Verdasco

Stan Wawrinka v Ricardas Berankis

Sam Querrey v Feliciano Lopez

Novak Djokovic v Donald Young

Roger Federer v Aljaz Bedene

The men’s final is potentially another clash between Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer, who battled it out last time, with Roger Federer coming out tops.

Maria Sharapova, who was present at the draws, tipped Nadal to however come out tops this time.

She said: “Roger had an incredible season last year. I always pull for Rafa because he is so fun to watch. I’m a fan of the game and I love the rivalries so maybe we will see them again.”

The 2018 Australian Open kicks off on the 14th of January.

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