The official Australian Open draw was announced today, with all the seeds, qualified players and wildcards in place. Only excluding the qualifiers, who haven’t finished playing yet.
Andy Murray will be playing the world number 22 Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia in the first round. The two played this week in Sydney, with Murray winning in three long sets.
Murray at the time of writing is next to play big-serving Reilley Opelka in the semifinal.
The first round Australian Open match will be the third meeting of Murray and Basilashvili’s careers, with the first being at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship, also in the first round.
Their record against each other stands at 2-0, but both meetings have been close.
The toughest and most likely route to the Australian Open for Murray seed-wise could be as follows:
R1 – Basilashvili (21)
R2 – Cuevas
R3 – Sinner (11)
R4 – Ruud (8)
QF – Tsitsipas (4)
SF – Medvedev (2)
F – Djokovic (1)
The first two rounds see Murray as the favourite, the third round would be a tough one, but Murray did beat Sinner at their last meeting. Ruud again would be an unlikely victory, but it would be interesting to see another Tsitsipas-Murray epic, this time in the quarterfinals.
A semifinal victory or further is truly in the realms of fantasy for Murray right now, but he is capable of going deep at this tournament.