Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer on opposite sides of Australian Open draw

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Caroline Wozniacki, who won her first Grand Slam title in Melbourne previous year after a tough final against Halep, is in the same section as Maria Sharapova and has Petra Kvitova at the top of her quarter.

The 37-year-old, seeded third, is bidding to extend his all-time leading men's Grand Slam record to 21 title and would capture a 100th ATP tournament win in the process. "I always enjoy my matches against him", 20-time grand slam victor Federer said at the draw.

"I'm surprised that I'm still at this level, that I'm still in the top 10".

Those two, and seventh seed Dominic Thiem, are in the same quarter as Alexander Zverev, who could meet Djokovic in the semifinals but must first plot his way past Aljaz Bedene in the opening round.

He will start his drive to make history against a yet-to-be-decided qualifier and could meet France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round.

The Swiss faces Denis Istomin in the first round, while a potential quarter-final against Marin Cilic and semi-final versis Rafael Nadal awaits the third seed, with world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the other half of the draw.

Third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who won her first Grand Slam title here past year after a tough final against Halep, is in the same section as Maria Sharapova and has Petra Kvitova at the top of her quarter.

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The 2009 champion Nadal, who retired hurt in the quarter-finals against Cilic a year ago, could meet old rival Federer in the last four should his body hold up.

On the women's side, all eyes will be on Serena Williams as she aims for Grand Slam number 24.

Serena Williams, who is seeded 16th, faces fellow mother Tatjana Maria of Germany in her first competitive match since her tempestuous US Open final loss to Naomi Osaka. Halep has a tough opening encounter against Kaia Kanepi and a possible third rounder against Venus Williams.

But defending champion Federer is especially good on the hard courts Down Under.

"I can't believe it's been a year already", Dane Wozniacki said at the draw ceremony.

"To finally get that (title) here was so special, it's the happy slam".

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