Andy Murray to face Bautista Agut in Australian Open first round

May JohnsonJan 11, 2019

Double defending champion Roger Federer will start his bid for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles next week against unseeded Uzbek Denis Istomin, who caused a huge upset when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the second round two years ago.

With world number five Juan Martin del Potro missing through injury, South Africa's Kevin Anderson is elevated to fifth seed with last year's beaten finalist Marin Cilic at six. Stan Wawrinka, the 2014 AO victor, looms as a second-round foe for Kyrgios.

Britain's Andy Murray will open his Australian Open campaign against Spain's 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut.

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. "If I made 100 at the Australian I'd take it, I'd gladly accept it - and I'll give it all I have". 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. Murray played at the season-opening Brisbane International last week, where he won his first-round match against James Duckworth but lost in straight sets to Daniil Medvedev in the second, limping between points and admitting he's still dealing with his troublesome right hip.

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Williams will face Tatjana Maria in the first round, and could meet either Genie Bouchard or Peng Shaui in the second.

Those two, and seventh seed Dominic Thiem, are in the same quarter as Alexander Zverev, who could meet Djokovic in the semifinals but must first plot his way past Aljaz Bedene in the opening round.

It will be the first time for Wang to head into a Grand Slam as a seeded player. "I'm just enjoying every minute of it".

The Serb had a magnificent 2018, making an astonishing climb back from outside the world's top 20 in June, winning Wimbledon and the US Open on the way to reclaiming the No 1 ranking in November. "I've had a great off-season and I feel very well prepared".

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