Nadal Faces Early Test At Australian Open
Like last year, Roger Federer could meet Andy Murray in the quarters and may get a rematch against Nadal in the semi-finals after falling to the Spaniard in straight sets in 2014. The second seed will kick off his campaign against Yen-Hsun Lu.
Other projected quarter-finals include World No. 1 Novak Djokovic facing off against Milos Raonic and defending champion Stan Wawrinka meeting Kei Nishikori to round out the top half. Seeded ninth, the always-dangerous David Ferrer could prove to be a tough hurdle for Nishikori in the fourth round.
Perhaps one of the most dangerous unseeded players in the draw, Juan Martin del Potro is also in Djokovic's quarter. The Argentine is set to take on another big server, Jerzy Janowicz, in his first round. The winner will face Gael Monfils.
Exciting Australian talent Thanasi Kokkinakis will match up against another interesting opponent in his first round, 11th seed Ernests Gulbis. Notorious for his difficult draws Down Under, Aussie favorite Lleyton Hewitt opens against unseeded Ze Zhang of China.
Play begins Monday morning in Melbourne.