Adelaide International 1 draw: Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev on collision course

A delighted Novak Djokovic Credit: Alamy
A delighted Novak Djokovic Credit: Alamy

Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev could be set for their first meeting of 2023 in Adelaide.

The Adelaide International 1 is the first regular ATP Tour event of 2023 and Djokovic and Medvedev have been drawn in the same half.

World No 5 Djokovic will be the highest-ranked player in the tournament while Medvedev is the third seed for the ATP 250 event in South Australia.

Novak Djokovic starts his tournament with a first-time meeting against World No 65 Frenchman Constant Lestienne.

Djokovic or Letienne will go on to face the winner of the clash between Australian wild card Jordan Thompson or Frenchman Quentin Halys in the second round.

The Serbian could meet seventh-seeded Canadian Denis Shapovalov, who opens against a qualifier, in the last eight if both men can win twice.

Meanwhile Medvedev also faces a first-time meeting in the opening round as he prepares to face World No 45 Italian Lorenzo Sonego.

Medvedev has lost all three of the meetings between himself and Djokovic since the Russian denied the Serbian his calendar-year Grand Slam in the 2021 US Open final.

All three matches between Medvedev and Djokovic have been tight, including a third-set tie-break win for Djokovic in group play in November’s ATP Finals in Turin.

Apart from Djokovic and Medvedev there are a further two top ten players set to line up in Adelaide.

In the bottom half of the draw second seed Felix Auger-Aliassime is slated to meet Paris Masters champion Holger Rune in the last eight.

The winner of that match might find themselves squaring off against fourth seed Andrey Rublev or sixth seed Jannik Sinner.

Sixth-ranked Auger-Aliassime faces a qualifier in the first round before potentially facing either American Marcos Giron or French seasoned player Richard Gasquet in the second.

Rublev, who currently leads their head-to-head series 4-3, will play a grueling opening match against tricky Spanish opponent Roberto Bautista Agut. The winner will play the winner of an intriguing first-round match between Andy Murray, the former World No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam champion, and American Sebastian Korda, who missed the Adelaide tournament in 2017 due to COVID-19.

Thanasi Kokkinakis, the defending champion and a hometown hero will take on fellow big server Maxime Cressy in the opening round. The victor will next play either sixth-seeded Sinner or Brit Kyle Edmund.

The 32-man Adelaide International gets underway on Sunday 1 January 2023 at the Memorial Drive Tennis Centre.

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