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Australian Open 2022: Djokovic, Barty confirmed as top seeds

Medvedev is seeded second, followed by Alexander Zverev at No. 3, Stefanos Tsitsipas at No. 4 and Andrey Rublev at No. 5 in men's singles draw.

India TV Sports Desk Edited by: India TV Sports Desk
Melbourne Updated on: January 11, 2022 16:32 IST
Serbia's Novak Djokovic practices on Rod Laver Arena ahead of the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne
Image Source : KELLY DEFINA/GETTY IMAGES

Serbia's Novak Djokovic practices on Rod Laver Arena ahead of the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Tuesday in Melbourne.

Highlights

  • Nadal is seeded sixth, followed by Matteo Berrettini
  • Among women's draw, defending champ Osaka is seeded 13th while Garbine Muguruza will be No. 3 seed
  • Barbora Krejcikova No. 4 and Maria Sakkari fifth and Kenin is the top-seeded American at No. 11

Novak Djokovic was named the top seed for the Australian Open 2022 by the organisers despite the uncertainty over his participation. Home favourite Ashleigh Barty was listed top seed in the women's draw while defending champion Naomi Osaka was seeded 13th.

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

Federer is not playing in Melbourne while he continues his recovery from right knee surgery.

Daniil Medvedev, who beat Djokovic in the US Open final last year to prevent the Serbian player from capturing a calendar-year Grand Slam, is seeded second, followed by Alexander Zverev at No. 3, Stefanos Tsitsipas at No. 4 and Andrey Rublev at No. 5.

Nadal is seeded sixth, followed by Matteo Berrettini. Felix Auger-Aliassime is at No. 9 and Denis Shapovalov 14th. The pair combined to win the ATP Cup for Canada last Sunday.

Taylor Fritz leads the American men's contingent at No. 20, followed by John Isner at 22 and Reilly Opelka at 23. Alex de Minaur is the only Australian man among the seeded players, taking up the 32nd and last position.

The 25-year-old Barty has two Grand Slam singles titles — the 2019 French Open and last year's Wimbledon — but she dearly wants to win a major on home soil. No Australian woman has won the title here since Chris O'Neill in 1978.

Barty's best finish at Melbourne Park was in 2020 when she lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Sofia Kenin. She reached the quarterfinals last year. Barty won the Adelaide International title last week while Sabalenka is off to a contrasting start, losing in the first round of both her pre-Australian Open tune-up events.

Garbine Muguruza will be No. 3 seed, Barbora Krejcikova No. 4 and Maria Sakkari fifth. Kenin is the top-seeded American at No. 11.

(Reported by AP)