2022 Australian Open Draw Preview

Sun Jan 16 2022

The Djokovic Saga is finally over. This unnecessary mess completely shifted the focus of a slam event, the one that used to be known as a “happy slam”. As the final decision was made after the schedule was released, the spot of Djokovic will be filled by a Lucky Loser instead of Andrey Rublev. I had hoped Rublev to be able to fill that spot because that bracket is a cake-draw. Now Caruso has taken up the spot as the no.1 seed of the tournament. The Djokovic bracket is wide open. 

Caruso v Kecmanovic
Kukuskin v Paul

Otte v Tseng <- !
Querrey v Sonego (25)

Monfils (17) v Coria
Bublik v Escobedo

Delbonis v Martinez
Bagnis v Garin (16)

Tseng from Taiwan has received a wild card and if he can take on this chance to at least get at least one victory, it’s already a win - financially and ranking-wise! Other than that, only speaking of “form”, only Monfils is riding on the wave? One of these 16 will make the quarter-final, what a great opportunity for all of them. But again, Caruso is the luckiest lucky loser. This will be marked in the history book as it will probably be his only appearance with the number 1 seed bracket next to his name in a slam, although contextually it is not what it is supposed to represent. Anyways, the 2022 Australian Open will go down in history as an event that had a lot of happenings.

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"Berrettini" Bracket

Norrie (12) v Korda
Moutet v Pouille

Griekspoor v Fognini
Etcheverry v Carreno Busta (19)

Alcaraz (31) v Tabilo
Fucsovics v Lajovic

Kozlov v Vesley
Nakashima v Berrettini (7) <- !!

The Berrettini bracket. Nakashima v Berrettini will be one of the popcorn R1 matches, and Nakashima can take it all, but it depends. After all, it is Nakashima’s debut in AO main draw, anything can happen. Will this be the slam that Alcaraz decides to shine to the world? 

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"Zverev" Bracket

Zverev (3) v Altmaier
Lopez v Millman

Albot v Nishioka
Vukic v Harris

Opelka (23) v Anderson
Koepfer v Taberner

Rune v Kwon
Djere v Shapovalov (14)

I hope Shapovalov can sustain his ATP cup energy because his game is quite beautiful if he plays amazing. And finger-cross for Nishioka to get past R1. 

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"Rafa" Bracket

Hurkacz (10) v Gerasimov
Duckworth v Mannarino

Milojevic v Mcdonald
Munar v Karatsev (18)

Khachanov (28) v Kudla
Bonzi v Gojowczyk

Hanfmann v Kokkinakis
Giron v Nadal (6)

The Rafa bracket is over-loaded. R3 for a potential Hurkacz v Karatsev? I did not see Rafa’s any pre-AO match this year but he won a 250, at least he can still play. 

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"Ruud" Bracket

Ruud (8) v Molcan
Ivashka v Andujar

Seppi v Majchrzak
Musetti v De Minaur (32) <- "! :O"

Basilashivili (21) v Murray
Daniel v Barrios Vera

Johnson v Thompson
Sousa v Sinner (11)

I did not realise Ruud is now seeded 8th. The last acknowledgement was that he won a series of 250s while everyone is playing the Olympics. And boom - Top 10. Anyways, I think Sinner is going to outshine, but I hope Murray can keep up. You can tell how much his level has stepped back up from the last few tournaments since last year, but his draw luck needs serious improvement this year, otherwise, his ranking won’t go up to get him out of this WC/low rank vs seed in R1’s unfortunate loop.

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"Tsitsipas Bracket"

Bautista Agut (15) v Travaglia
Kohlschreiber v Cecchinato

Tiafoe v Trungelliti
Marterer v Fritz (30)

Dimitrov (26) v Lehecka
Paire v Monteiro

Baez v Ramos-Vinolas
Ymer v Tsitsipas (4)

Hard-core rooting for RBA/Tiafoe - but logically, Tsitsipas is not going to lose.

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"Rublev" bracket

Rublev (5) v Mager
Carballes Baena v Berankis

Skatov v Gombos
Gomez v Cilic (27)

Evans (24) v Goffin
Popyrin v Rinderknech

Davidovich Fokina v Bolt
Ruusuvuori v Auger-Aliassime (9)

I think it is a great draw for Rublev? At least in this quarter bracket. Beyond that maybe not. Although FAA did win ATP Cup with Shapovalov earlier, the horrific match vs Medvedev reminded me of how unprepared he is mentally to switch gears if things aren’t working.

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"Medvedev" Bracket

Schwartzman (13) v Krajinovic
O'Connell v Gaston

Machac v Cerundolo
Cressy v Isner (22)

Humbert (29) v Gasquet
Van De Zandschulp v Struff

Broady v Kyrgios
Laaksonen v Medvedev (2)

Last bracket - Medvedev bracket. On AO hard-court, no one can match that crazy skills up. However, Van De Zandschulp is in the house lol. If there’s an R2 Kyrgios v Medvedev, Rod Laver Arena will forget about all those Djokovic sagas and rock it up. Reserve Thursday!