(PREVIEW) The draw for the men’s team at the Australian Open has also been very marked by the possible future of the Novak Djokovic case. So much so that the draw, scheduled for 3:00 p.m. local time (5:00 a.m. Spanish time), was postponed until 4:15 p.m. (6:15 a.m. Spanish time) in case Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke pronounced himself about possible deportation. Finally Hawke did not reveal his decision and Djokovic was able to enter the final draw of the Australian Open as the first seed.
In this way and, if ‘Nole’ stays in the country, the Serbian will start his way in the tournament against his compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in a way in which Tommy Paul, Lorenzo Sonego, Gael Monfils or Cristian Garín (who could meet Pedro Martínez) in the second round; Pablo Carreño (will debut against a player from the previous one), Carlos Alcaraz (will also start against a tennis player from the previous one) or Matteo Berrettini in the quarterfinals … and Rafa Nadal in the semifinals, as happened in the last Roland Garros, the last time that they both saw each other’s faces.
Nadal will make his debut against the American Marcos Giron, in the second round he could be seen with the Australian Kokkinakis (a great friend of Nick Kyrgios) and in the third round with the Russian Karen Khachanov before a possible round of 16 crossing against Hubert Hurkacz or Aslan Karatsev (who He will debut against Spanish Jaume Munar) and a tough quarter-final match against Zverev, Harris, Opelka or Shapovalov, who could be the last rivals of ‘Rafa’ before his expected reunion with Djokovic.