Monday, January 24, 2022

Djokovic, Barty become No. 1 seed for Australian Open wtop news

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic’s precarious position hasn’t deterred Australian Open organizers from listing him as the top-seeded…

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic’s precarious position hasn’t deterred Australian Open organizers from listing him as the top seed for the Grand Slam tournament starting next Monday at Melbourne Park.

As expected, domestic talent and top-ranked Ash Barty was seeded No. 1 in the women’s singles draw when the list was released on Tuesday. Defending champion Naomi Osaka has been seeded 13th.

Djokovic won a court battle to compete at the Australian Open but still faces the threat of relegation because he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19. He is equal to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 Grand Slam singles titles. A 10th Australian Open win in the men’s final on 30 January would give him an all-time men’s record.

Federer is not playing in Melbourne while he is recovering from surgery on his right knee.

Daniil Medvedev, who defeated Djokovic in last year’s US Open final to prevent the Serbian from capturing the calendar year Grand Slam, has been seeded second, followed by Alexander Zverev at No. 3, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andre Rublev at No. 4 . Number five.

Nadal is seeded sixth, followed by Matteo Berrettini.

Felix Auger-Aliassim is ninth and Denis Shapovalov 14th. The pair jointly won the ATP Cup for Canada last Sunday.

Taylor Fritz leads the American men’s contingent at number 20, followed by John Isner at 22 and Reilly Opelka at 23.

Alex de Minaur is the only Australian man among the seeded players to have finished 32nd and last.

Barty, 25, has two Grand Slam singles titles – the 2019 French Open and last year’s Wimbledon – but she wants to hit a major victory on home soil. No Australian woman has won a title here since Chris O’Neill in 1978.

Barty’s best performance at Melbourne Park was in 2020, when she lost to eventual champion Sofia Kenin in the semi-finals. She reached the quarterfinals last year.

Barty won the Adelaide international title last week, while Sabalenka started the opposite, losing in the first round of her pre-Australian Open tune-up event.

Garbine Muguruza will be the No. 1 3 seed, Barbora Krejcikova No. 4 and Maria Sakkari fifth.

Kenin is the top-seeded American at number 11.


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