MELBOURNE Amari Cooper Jersey , Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Five-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic is in the box seat to defend his 2015 crown, after being handed a favorable draw for the 2016 tournament on Friday.
Djokovic managed to avoid his Australian Open nemesis Andy Murray on his side of the draw, as well as 2014 winner Stan Wawrinka and 2009 champion Rafael Nadal. His draw does feature, however, a potential quarterfinal against Japanese up-and-comer Kei Nishikori and a semi-final against Roger Federer.
Nadal will also relive the epic 2010 semi-final with countryman Fernando Verdasco when they clash in the first round, while 5th seen Federer's hopes could be dashed in the second round by unpredictable Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov. If he manages to win that however Derek Carr Jersey , the Swiss legend could also have to face Bulgarian 27th see, Grigor Dimitrov in the third round.
Meanwhile, women's world No. 1 Serena Williams will have a slightly tougher ask to defend her title, with a first-round match-up against the world No. 35, Italian Camila Giorgi, while Khalil Mack Jersey , if she were to make it, Williams could face 16th seed Caroline Wozniacki in the round of 16 and then possibly 5th seed Russian Maria Sharapova as early as the quarterfinals.
Williams, seeking to win her seventh Australian Open title, pulled out of a lead-up tournament with a knee complaint last week, but remained confident in her body going into the tournament.
"Everything is really well, I'm feeling really good. I've been training every day for so long Howie Long Jersey , so (my knee) is good. I'm ready," Williams said on Friday.
Despite her positive outlook, the top half of the draw is fraught with danger, with other