NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News  » Sports » Djokovic to play Italy's Lorenzo first up at Melbourne Park

Djokovic to play Italy's Lorenzo first up at Melbourne Park

January 13, 2012 10:10 IST

World number one Novak Djokovic will kick off his Australian Open title defence with a first-round match against 108th-ranked Italian Paolo Lorenzo.

Second-ranked Rafael Nadal, the 2009 champion, will have to wait until the weekend to find out his first-round opponent after drawing a qualifier.

World number three Roger Federer, whose last Grand Slam win was at Melbourne Park in 2010, has also drawn a qualifier.

Fourth seed Andy Murray, bidding for a maiden Grand Slam and to end Britain's long wait for a men's winner in the majors, has drawn 84th-ranked American Ryan Harrison.

Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro faces 87th-ranked Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the first round.

© Copyright 2017 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.