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Davydenko lurks in Federer's half of draw

Roger Federer lost in the final of last year's Australian Open to his great rival Rafael Nadal.
Roger Federer lost in the final of last year's Australian Open to his great rival Rafael Nadal.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Roger Federer faces potential quarterfinal clash with Nikolay Davydenko at Australian Open
  • The Russian sixth seed has beaten the world No. 1 in their last two meetings
  • Defending champion Rafael Nadal faces possible last-eight tie with Andy Murray
  • Nadal could then face U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro in semifinals
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(CNN) -- World No. 1 Roger Federer faces a potential quarterfinal clash with Nikolay Davydenko after his recent nemesis was drawn in the same quarter of the field for the Australian Open, which starts on Monday.

The Russian has beaten Swiss star Federer in his past two meetings as he has risen to sixth in the rankings, winning the 2009 season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.

Last year's losing finalist Federer faces Davydenko's unseeded compatriot Igor Andreev in the first round, and could play former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia in the third.

To get to Federer, Davydenko -- who starts against a qualifier -- may have to face last year's semifinalist Fernando Verdasco, or the Spanish ninth seed's compatriots Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya, who are both former top-ranked players.

Third seed Novak Djokovic is also in Federer's half of the draw, along with No. 8 Robin Soderling.

The Serbian could face Soderling, last year's French Open finalist, in the quarterfinals before a potential semifinal with Federer.

World No. 2 and defending champion Rafael Nadal heads the other half of the draw, where he could face Andy Murray in the quarterfinals.

Murray has paid the price for deciding against defending his Qatar Open title earlier this month, with the Britain dropping outside the top four in the rankings.

If he were to get past Nadal, Murray could possibly face a semifinal against U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, who is fourth seed and expected to play despite pulling out of the Kooyong Classic with a wrist problem.

Del Potro could play American seventh seed Andy Roddick in the last eight.

Verdasco will play Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who is seeded 10th for the season's first Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne, in Saturday's final in the exhibition event.

Meanwhile, 2006 Australian Open runner-up Marcus Baghdatis will play Richard Gasquet in the final of the Sydney International event on Saturday.

Cypriot Baghdatis is aiming for his second title in three tournaments, having won the Stockholm Open at the end of last year.

Frenchman Gasquet is seeking his first ATP Tour title since September 2007, having served a ban for a positive cocaine test last year which was later reduced due to mitigating circumstances.

Australian Open men's singles draw (seeds in bold):

1-Roger Federer (Swi) v Igor Andreev (Rus)
Juan Ignacio Chela (Arg) v Victor Hanescu (Rom)
Stephane Robert (Fra) v Potito Starace (Ita)
Oscar Hernandez (Spa) v 31-Albert Montanes (Spa)
22-Lleyton Hewitt (Aus) v Qualifier
Christophe Rochus (Bel) v Qualifier
Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) v Marcos Baghdatis (Cyp)
Frederico Gil (Por) v 15-Gilles Simon (Fra)
9-Fernando Verdasco (Spa) v Carsten Ball (Aus)
Qualifier v Dudi Sela (Isr)
Rajeev Ram (USA) v Qualifier
Qualifier v 23-Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spa)
30-Juan Monaco (Arg) v Ernests Gulbis (Lat)
Martin Vassallo Arguello (Arg) v Michael Llodra (Fra)
Carlos Moya (Spa) v Qualifier
Qualifier v 6-Nikolay Davydenko (Rus)
3-Novak Djokovic (Ser) v Daniel Gimeno-Traver (Spa)
Marinko Matosevic (Aus) v Marco Chiudinelli (Swi)
Kristof Vliegen (Bel) v Michael Berrer (Ger)
Denis Istomin (Uzb) v 32-Jeremy Chardy (Fra)
20-Mikhail Youzhny (Rus) v Richard Gasquet (Fra)
Jan Hajek (Cze) v Robby Ginepri (USA)
Lukasz Kubot (Pol) v Mischa Zverev (Ger)
Santiago Giraldo (Col) v 16-Tommy Robredo (Spa)
10-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) v Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukr)
Fabio Fognini (Ita) v Taylor Dent (USA)
Ryan Harrison (USA) v Janko Tipsarevic (Ser)
Simon Greul (Ger) v 18-Tommy Haas (Ger)
26-Nicolas Almagro (Spa) v Qualifier
Benjamin Becker (Ger) v Qualifier
Alejandro Falla (Col) v Marcos Daniel (Bra)
Marcel Granollers-Pujol (Spa) v 8-Robin Soderling (Swe)
7-Andy Roddick (USA) v Thiemo De Bakker (Ned)
Teimuraz Gabashvili (Rus) v Thomaz Bellucci (Bra)
Feliciano Lopez (Spa) v Pablo Cuevas (Uru)
Rainer Schuettler (Ger) v 25-Sam Querrey (USA)
21-Tomas Berdych (Cze) v Robin Haase (Ned)
Daniel Brands (Ger) v Evgeny Korolev (Rus)
Sebastien Grosjean (Fra) v Qualifier
Olivier Rochus (Bel) v 11-Fernando Gonzalez (Chi)
14-Marin Cilic (Cro) v Fabrice Santoro (Fra)
Qualifier v Bernard Tomic (Aus)
Igor Kunitsyn (Rus) v Jose Acasuso (Arg)
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spa) v 19-Stanislas Wawrinka (Swi)
29-Viktor Troicki (Ser) v Nicolas Lapentti (Ecu)
Philipp Petzschner (Ger) v Florian Mayer (Ger)
James Blake (USA) v Arnaud Clement (Fra)
Michael Russell (USA) v 4-Juan Martin Del Potro (Arg)
5-Andy Murray (GB) v Qualifier
Marc Gicquel (Fra) v Simone Bolelli (Ita)
Jarkko Nieminen (Fin) v Nick Lindhal (Aus)
Florent Serra (Fra) v 28-Jurgen Melzer (Aut)
17-David Ferrer (Spa) v Andreas Seppi (Ita)
Qualifier v Yen-Hsun Lu (Tpe)
Daniel Koellerer (Aut) v Qualifier
Qualifier v 12-Gael Monfils (Fra)
13-Radek Stepanek (Cze) v Ivo Karlovic (Cro)
Julien Benneteau (Fra) v Qualifier
Mardy Fish (USA) v Andrey Golubev (Kaz)
Jason Kubler (Aus) v Ivan Ljubicic (Cro) (24)
27-Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) v Horacio Zeballos (Arg)
John Isner (USA) v Wayne Odesnik (USA)
Lukas Lacko (Svk) v Leonardo Mayer (Arg)
Peter Luczak (Aus) v 2-Rafael Nadal (Spa)