Australian Open 2019 men's draw: Roger Federer defends

Australian Open 2019: Andy Murray faces Roberto Bautista Agut in first round

Australian Open 2019: Andy Murray faces Roberto Bautista Agut in first round

World number one Novak Djokovic exposed Andy Murray's frailties in a practice match ahead of the Australian Open on Thursday (Jan 10), with the Scot calling it a day while losing 6-1, 4-1. Murray is playing in Australia under his protected ranking of world number two, which is used to help players who have suffered long-term injuries.

Men's top seed Djokovic, who was defending his title when he lost to Istomin, will first meet a qualifier in his bid for a record seventh Melbourne title and third Grand Slam crown in succession following wins at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

Andy Murray walks between points during his practice match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic. If it would happen defending this title, I would gladly accept it.

"The first time I came back here and hit on the courts, I thought, 'OK, I'm home, "' the third-seeded Wozniacki said of her return to Melbourne Park.

All the active grand slam winners in the men's game are over 30 and one of the most intriguing storylines will be whether the new generation can finally break the stranglehold. "You have (Denis) Shapavalov in the 20s, (Borna) Coric is in the low teens, so you have a lot of players positioned to make a big breakthrough".

Second seeded Nadal begins against Australian James Duckworth, fourth seed Alexander Zverev faces Slovenian Aljaz Bedene while last year's runner-up Marin Cilic has a tricky encounter with Australian Bernard Tomic. We'll see if he is indeed in the draw later tonight.

US Open champion Naomi Osaka is at four while Sloane Stephens, who also slumped out of Sydney early, is at five.

Speaking ahead of Brisbane, Murray said "I still have some pain in my hip", but that "I'm in a better place than I was a few months ago". Once you get the diagnosis it's kind of a relief. "I'm just enjoying every minute of it".

"I always enjoy my matches against him", 20-time grand slam victor Federer said at the draw. "I've had a great off-season and I feel very well prepared".

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