Roger Federer found out how difficult defending his title could be after landing in the same half as six‑time champion Novak Djokovic.
There's a potential semifinal against Djokovic, who is aiming for a record seventh Australian Open title but is seeded 14th as he returns from six months on the sidelines with a right elbow injury.
Federer beat Rafael Nadal in the final in the Australian Open last year on his return from six months on the sidelines and is seeded No. 2 as he bids for a 20th Grand Slam singles title.
Djokovic had a contrasting 2017, starting at No. 2 but losing in a second‑round upset at the Australian Open and not playing again after Wimbledon. It was the first year since 2009 that Djokovic didn't reach at least one Grand Slam final.
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