A repeat of the Australian Open final is on the cards with Rafael Nadal heading for a round four clash with Roger Federer if both players win their third round matches.Federer plays Steve Johnson while Nadal faces Fernando Verdasco, a matchup that has been dominant by Nadal yet spurned a few classics over their 19 matches."I'm very pleased with the first round, considering I had one of the toughest first-round draws, definitely considering his form, how well he played against me in Doha," Djokovic said. "I think from one perspective it was good that I got to have the very tough first-round match," he said.
He can take outright ownership of the record for Australian titles if he wins for a seventh time.Six-time champion Novak Djokovic doused big-hitting Spaniard Fernando Verdasco to win the opening match of his Australian Open title defence in Melbourne on Tuesday.The indomitable Serb second seed avoided a potential first-round exit against Verdasco, who knocked out Rafael Nadal in last year's first round.2016 BNP Paribas Masters number two seed Andy Murray will open the Paris Masters against Spanish world no. Last year’s Paris runner-up received a first round bye as tournament second seed.On the other hand, Fernando Verdasco won the first set 6-2 and was ahead 3-2 in the second when his opponent, qualifier Robin Haase, was forced to retire due to injuries one hour and two minutes into the match.