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The draw for the 2022 Australian Open has officially been released. At the time of writing, the qualifying draw hasn’t been completed. So there are still a few question marks floating around in some of the sections. With that said, I’d like to focus on the round one clashes that are already confirmed. Some are certainly looking more enticing than others, and if you are planning on tuning in, I highly recommend you keep an eye out for the games mentioned below.
Mouthwatering First-Round Clashes
The first rounds are just a few days away Down Under. I for one am pretty excited to watch the action unfold, and I hope you are too. And having taken a look at the recently published men’s draw, I believe that these are the top games to watch.
Murray vs Basilashvili
Andy Murray is still in the midst of his comeback to the professional tour. Ironically, just a few years ago he was all but announcing his retirement from the game at the Australian Open. But in 2022, he is actually looking in good shape. Having been granted a wild card for the event, he has been drawn against the big-hitting Georgian – Basilashvili. More interestingly, these guys played just days ago, and Murray won this thriller in three sets. I am sure that their first-round clash will produce more fireworks too.
Norrie vs Korda
This is another great first-round battle. Cam Norrie is the British number one, currently ranked just outside of the world’s top 10. He had one of the best 2021 seasons of anyone, but Korda also came into his own last year too. At just 21 years of age, he is young, full of energy, and he is a real threat on any surface. This is an interesting lefty vs righty clash, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a few sets were split between these two.
Musetti vs de Minaur
When I saw this one in the line-up, I just had to mention it. Musetti is a young, incredibly talented Italian player, and he is always entertaining to watch. Likewise, de Minaur is also a young, powerful player, and he is playing on home soil in this event. He has also demonstrated some pretty awesome form just last week in the ATP Cup, beating some big names and thriving off the crowd support. If Musetti plays a good game, however, this one could be very close! I also feel that the game styles here are perfect for an entertaining match.
Humbert vs Gasquet
Things always have a little added spice when two guys from the same country play each other. And in this all-French affair, we have the young Humbert going up against an absolute veteran, and a legend of the game in the form of Richard Gasquet. As some of you may recall, Humbert actually managed to beat Medvedev during the ATP Cup. Since Medvedev is one of the AO favourites, this is no mean feat. But if Gasquet is on form, this one will certainly live up to the hype!