Australian Open 2019 men's draw: Roger Federer defends

Furious Lemoine hurls racquet across court after losing qualifier

MELBOURNE-Double defending champion Roger Federer will start his bid for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles next week against unseeded Uzbek Denis Istomin, who caused a huge upset when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the second round two years ago.

Now seeded 16th, Williams was drawn into the same section Thursday as No. 1-ranked Simona Halep, the runner-up previous year.

The Swiss six-time Australian champion, who beat Marin Cilic in last year's final, could meet the Croat again in the quarter-finals, should he come through a potentially tricky fourth-round tie against Greek prospect Stefanos Tsitsipas.

But the lack of a seeding has left him exposed to a challenging early draw, and he will have to battle past a tough first-round opponent in Spanish 22nd seed and former world number 13 Roberto Bautista Agut.

Aiming for a third consecutive Australian championship, a 21st Grand Slam crown and a 100th career singles title, Federer will open against Denis Istomin.

"If I had a chance to do it as well I'd be happy to try and go there as well".

Another big nation moving embassy to Jerusalem
Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, after announcing in December 2017 that he would recognize Jerusalem as the nation's capital. Lawmakers who support the new president greeted him in Congress on Tuesday by pointing their fingers in the shape of a gun.

Andy Murray walks between points during his practice match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic.

Kerber will open against Slovenia's Polona Hercog, while No.3 seed Wozniacki will face Alison van Uytvanck first up to begin her title defense.

"I always enjoy my matches against him", 20-time grand slam victor Federer said at the draw.

The Scot was bundled out of the Brisbane International warm-up last week in round two by Russia's Daniil Medvedev and headed straight to Melbourne to fit in some much-needed practice.

Caroline Wozniacki, who won her first Grand Slam title in Melbourne previous year after a tough final against Halep, is in the same section as Maria Sharapova and has Petra Kvitova at the top of her quarter. "I feel like these courts are suited for me, so it's incredible to be back".

Nadal will meet Australian wild card James Duckworth in his opening clash, with Kevin Anderson, John Isner and Grigor Dimitrov all in his quarter of the draw. "I'm just enjoying every minute of it".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Maurizio Sarri discusses Bayern target, delivers positive update for Chelsea fans
Jan 10, 2019 - 00:43
He added that Chelsea will need to sign a replacement if former Spain midfielder Fabregas leaves in the January transfer window.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Norwegian millionaire's wife likely abducted, ransom demanded
Jan 10, 2019 - 00:39
Police believe she disappeared from the couple's home, some 50 kilometres (31 miles) from the Swedish border. Family lawyer, Svein Holden , told reporters: 'The family sees this as a cruel and inhumane act.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Google Assistant Installed Base Is Reportedly 10x Larger Than Amazon Alexa
Jan 09, 2019 - 01:43
The executive wants to get as many devices to use Alexa as possible, and he wants those devices to do as much as possible. This feature will be very useful in many settings as it should work with any Assistant-enabled speaker or display.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Facebook Destroys R. Kelly's "Surviving Lies" Page
Jan 09, 2019 - 01:33
The episode included an interview with Chance the Rapper , where he said that he regretted ever collaborating with R. I mean, I have seen the scars on women's wrists where they attempted to kill themselves after relationships with R.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Bob Neill Insists Majority Of Conservatives Back Theresa May's Brexit Deal
Jan 08, 2019 - 00:13
The Prime Minister was forced to postpone a vote on her plans in December after it became clear the deal would be rejected by MPs.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top China confirms U.S. trade talks in Beijing next week
Jan 08, 2019 - 00:10
Back in Argentina, the two leaders agreed a 90-day truce on new tariffs, which is set to expire on March 1. They criticize his tactics but echo USA complaints about Chinese industrial policy and market barriers.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Cleveland Browns Cannot Make the Playoffs But Look to Play Spoiler
Jan 07, 2019 - 00:43
The best record the Browns can finish with is 8-7-1 which would not be enough for Cleveland to punch a ticket to the postseason. His second interception was answered later with a 48 yard TD pass to Jarvis Landry . "It's a playoff team", Mayfield said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Fortnite Season 7 Week 5 Secret Battle Star Location
Jan 06, 2019 - 22:31
If you know your way around the map, you'll know that means you need to head southeast of Tomato Temple, just south of the bridge. Congratulations - another Battle Pass Tier is yours and you're one step closer to finishing the Weekly Challenges.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Disturbing R. Kelly docuseries shows relationship with Aaliyah in a new light
Jan 06, 2019 - 22:28
Kelly , fans can hardly say they weren't warned. "We're programmed to really be hypersensitive to black male oppression..." Joann, his eldest, was born in 1998; Jay, born Jaya, was born in 2000; and his youngest, Robert Jr., was born in 2002.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Michelle Obama and Meghan Markle hold private meeting
Jan 05, 2019 - 00:24
And while the royal family doesn't decorate the trees at Buckingham themselves, the youngest members of the Windsor clan (a.k.a. The Sussexes have announced plans to leave Kensington Palace for a cottage in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top China lands first probe on the dark side of the moon
Jan 04, 2019 - 05:21
"Congratulations to China's Chang'e-4 team for what appears to be a successful landing on the far side of the Moon ". Therefore, only one side of the moon is seen from earth, leaving the far side a mystery before the age of spacecraft.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tesla shares fall on price cut, soft Model 3 deliveries
Jan 03, 2019 - 00:56
The company has been banking on its Model 3 sedan, the performance of which is seen crucial to the carmaker's future. Q4 deliveries grew to 90,700 vehicles, which was 8% more than our prior all time-high in Q3.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Netflix urges people to stop hurting themselves with ‘Bird Box’ challenge
Jan 03, 2019 - 00:51
The title refers to a literal box of birds that her character carries - the birds begin to chirp when the unseen evil approaches. Survivors must wear blindfolds or be exposed to supernatural entities that embody their deepest fears and drive them to suicide.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Oakland Raiders Hiring NFL Network's Mike Mayock As General Manager
Jan 02, 2019 - 00:12
However, heading into the draft, the Raiders have three first round picks with a total of eleven selections in their pockets. A defensive back at Boston College, he appeared in nine games as a kick returner with the Giants.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Judge denies Kevin Spacey's request to skip Nantucket arraignment
Jan 01, 2019 - 00:34
He is one of dozens of famous men who have been accused of sexual misconduct in the past few years, amid the #MeToo movement. A MA judge on Monday denied Kevin Spacey's request to skip his arraignment on sexual assault charges .