Little did I know when I was enjoying a replay of the 2009 Australian Open semifinal epic between Rafa and Fernando Verdasco yesterday that I was getting a preview of the first round of the 2016 AO. Yes, that’s right, Rafa opens his 2016 campaign against Verdasco. Alrighty then. There’s good news too: he’s not in Djokovic’s half!
Seeds in Rafa’s quarter are: Chardy, Monfils, Anderson, Raonic, Troicki, Sock, and Wawrinka.
Seeds in the rest of Rafa’s half are: Ferrer, Johnson, F. Lopez, Isner, Tomic, Fognini, Sousa, and Murray.
Seeds in the top half: Djokovic, Seppi, Karlovic, Simon, Tsonga, Paire, Garcia-Lopez, Nishikori, Federer, Dimitrov, Thiem, Goffin, Cilic, Bautista Agut, Kyrgios, and Berdych.
Play will start on Monday. Vamos!