Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after a point against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas during their men's singles semi-final match on day 11 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 24, 2019. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Tennis | Australian Open 2020 | Men’s Draw Preview
Nadal was a pivotal team member in the Davis Cup Finals and the ATP Cup, but towards the end of the inaugural season-opening team competition, he began to look a little fatigued. However he has a more than generous draw. There are danger points from the quarter-finals onward and it will be key for Nadal to conserve energy.
Nadal’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
R1: Hugo Dellien | First Meeting
R2: Joao Sousa | Nadal leads H2H 3-0
R3: Pablo Carreno Busta  | Nadal leads H2H 4-0
Just on performances at the ATP Cup to go on, Djokovic looked in imperious form, winning all his singles rubbers and winning twice in the doubles. It looked like the perfect preparation, and his path to the final on paper
Djokovic’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
R1: Jan-Lennard Struff | Djokovic leads H2H 2-0
R2: Tatsuma Ito | First Meeting
R3: Dan Evans  | First Meeting
R4: Diego Schwartzman  | Djokovic leads H2H 3-0
QF: Stefanos Tsitsipas  | H2H tied at 2-2
SF: Roger Federer  | Djokovic leads H2H 26-23
F: Rafael Nadal  | Djokovic leads H2H 29-26
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Federer pulled out of the ATP Cup so comes in with no prior warm-up but given the emotional and physical toll the ATP Cup may have had on some players – could he come out on top? He has a very reasonable looking draw but has wound up in Djokovic’s half and there he may come unstuck.
If anyone is poised to shake up the Big Three, it could be the lanky Russian. After his amazing run of finals in the hard court summer, he only came unstuck against Djokovic in the ATP Cup, and his draw could see him certainly surpassing last year’s run to the fourth round.
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