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

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

Third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who won her first Grand Slam title here past year after a tough final against Halep, is in the same section as Maria Sharapova and has Petra Kvitova at the top of her quarter.

The 2009 champion Nadal, who retired hurt in the quarter-finals against Cilic past year, could meet old rival Federer in the last four should his body hold up.

An exchange followed, with Murray even offering to sort her out a ticket for his first-round match against Roberto Bautista Agut.

Alex de Minaur, the only Australian men's seed in the draw at number 27, opens against Pedro Sousa, while other prominent first-round matchups for the locals include John Millman against Federico Delbonis, and Nick Kyrgios in a mouth-watering encounter against big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic, the 16th seed.

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. She is the hot favourite to claim a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam. Halep has drawn another first-round against Kaia Kanepi, who beat her at the same stage at last year's U.S. Open, and a possible third rounder against unseeded Venus Williams.

"So long as it's not too physical for Federer in the first four rounds, I would say he is as risky as he has been before".

This year, Wilander - a three-time champion at the Australian Open - says Federer's hopes of a 21st Grand Slam lie exclusively on the hard courts of Melbourne Park.

Second-seeded Angelique Kerber, who won the Australian and U.S. Opens in 2016 and added the Wimbledon title past year, is in the same half as Wozniacki and has 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens in her quarter.

Eighteen-time grand slam singles champion Chris Evert fears for Murray's future.



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