Australian Open Tennis Championships
MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are on the same half of a Grand Slam draw for the first time since 2005, meaning defending champion and No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic won't have to play either of his biggest rivals unless he reaches the Australian Open final.
No. 23-seed Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., will face unseeded Filippo Volandri of Italy.
MELBOURNE, Australia - Defending champion Kim Clijsters and losing finalist Li Na could meet in the fourth round at this year's Australian Open after being drawn in the same quarter of the draw Friday.
Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki will play Australian Anastasia Rodionova in her first-round match and is in the same half as Clijsters and Li, last year's French Open champion.
On the other half of the draw, five-time champion Serena Williams is in the same section of No. 3 Vera Zvonereva and former Grand Slam champions Svetlana Kuznetsova and Maria Sharapova.
MELBOURNE, Australia - Defending champion Novak Djokovic could meet Andy Murray, the man he beat in last year's Australian Open final, in the semifinals and Roger Federer could play Rafael Nadal at the same stage after the draw was held Friday at Melbourne Park.
Top-seeded Djokovic will play Paolo Lorenzi of Italy in the first round and No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal has drawn a qualifier.