Australian Open 2023 – draw: Alexander Zverev faces the qualifiers, Jule Niemeier meets Iga Swiatek

“It’s crucial for him that he wins the first game and then comes back to some sort of tournament rhythm,” national coach Michael Kohlmann told ‘SID’ of Zverev’s prospects: “If the first win comes and a few things happen themselves again, then I think you can talk about other things again.”

Oscar Otte also meets a qualifier, the Chinese Shang Juncheng, as does Tatjana Maria with Lucrezia Stefanini (Italy).

Daniel Altmaier grabbed a piece from the start. The German must face the American Frances Tiafoe. The 24-year-old is 16th in the world rankings.

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The most difficult spell was probably pulled by Jule Niemeier. In the first round, the German must face the world number one. Niemeier had previously met the Pole in the round of 16 at the US Open and lost in straight sets.

If Zverev wins in the first round, Belgian David Goffin (rank 53) or Frenchman Laurent Lokoli should wait for another qualifier in the next round.

German duel in the second round?

For Otte and Altmaier, there is the possibility of an explosive constellation: if the two come out surprisingly victorious in the first round, the two Germans will meet in the next round.

From the Swiss perspective, Olympic champion Belinda Bencic will meet Bulgarian Viktoriya Tomova at the start, while veteran Stan Wawrinka, winner of Melbourne in 2014, will face Slovakian Alex Molcan.

Last year’s finalists Nadal and Medvedev each start the tournament with their first tests. The Spaniard must get rid of Jack Draper (world number 40), while the Russian must deal with the American Marcos Giron (60).

German matches at a glance:

  • Jule Niemeier (Dortmund) – Iga Swiatek (Poland/N°1)
  • Tatjana Maria (Bad Saulgau) – Lucrezia Stefanini (Italy)
  • Tamara Korpatsch (Hamburg) – Emma Raducanu (Great Britain)
  • Laura Siegemund (Metzingen) – Lucia Bronzetti (Italy)
  • Eva Lys (Hamburg) – Cristina Bucsa (Spain)
  • Alexander Zverev (Hamburg/N°12) – Juan Pablo Varillas (Peru)
  • Oscar Otte (Cologne) – Shang Juncheng (China)
  • Daniel Altmaier (Campine) – Frances Tiafoe (USA/N°16)
  • Jan-Lennard Struff (Warstein) – Tommy Paul (USA)
  • Yannick Hanfmann (Karlsruhe) – Rinky Hijikata (Australia)
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Star matches at a glance:

  • Rafael Nadal (ESP) – Jack Draper (GBR)
  • Daniil Medvedev (RUS) – Marcos Giron (USA)
  • Novak Djokovic (SRB) – Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP)
  • Casper Ruud (NOR) – Tomas Machac (CZE)
  • Andrey Rublev (RUS) – Dominic Thiem (AUT)
  • Matteo Berrettini (ITA) – Andy Murray (GBR)
  • Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) – Fabio Fognini (ITA)

The German trio creates the qualification

Jan-Lennard Struff, Yannick Hanfmann and Eva Lys also qualified for the Australian Open main draw.

Warsteiner Struff, 32, confidently won 6:1, 6:4 against Australian Tristan Schoolkate and is thus at the start of the first Grand Slam tournament of the year for the ninth time.

Meanwhile, Hanfmann won the German duel against Peter Gojowczyk 6:2, 6:2. In 2022, the 31-year-old from Karlsruhe reached the second round and was subsequently beaten by eventual tournament winner Nadal.

A total of ten German professionals will be at Melbourne Park this year – five for the men and five for the women. The rising young Hamburger Lys celebrates her first Grand Slam level. On her 21st birthday, the German Billie Jean King Cup player beat Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva (Andorra) 6:3, 6:4 in the third qualifying round.

Nadal has a tough road to the final

At the first Grand Slam of the year, Nadal is seeded after the cancellation of Carlos Alcaraz. Stefanos Tsitsipas landed as a number 3 in the Spanish half and could therefore wait as a potential opponent in the semi-finals, before Medvedev became an obstacle in the round of 16.

Djokovic was only able to face Nadal in the final as he ended up in the other half of the tournament tree as No.4. The biggest rivals for him are Rublev and Casper Ruud from Norway.

Australian Open: the possible quarter-finals


  • Rafael Nadal (ESP/1) – Daniil Medvedev (RUS/7)
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE/3) – Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN/6)
  • Novak Djokovic (SRB/4) – Andrei Rublev (RUS/5)
  • Taylor Fritz (USA/8) – Casper Ruud (NOR/2)


  • Iga Swiatek (POL/1) – Coco Gauff (USA/7)
  • Jessica Pegula (USA/3) – Maria Sakkari (GRE/6)
  • Daria Kasatkina (RUS/8) – Caroline Garcia (FRA/4)
  • Aryna Sabalenka (BLR/5) – Ons Jabeur (TUN/2)
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