Australian Open 2019 men's draw: Roger Federer defends

Novak Djokovic And Simona Halep Top Seeds At Australian Open

Novak Djokovic heads long-time rival Rafael Nadal and defending champion Roger Federer

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep, as expected, have been given the No. 1 seedings for next week's Australian Open. Eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori, who opened the season with a title in Brisbane, is a potential quarterfinal rival and No. 4 Alexander Zverev looms as a semifinal opponent if both players advance that far. Local hope John Millman, who dumped Roger Federer out of the fourth round at last year's U.S. Open, is no slouch either as a potential second round match-up for Murray, with 10th-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov another likely roadblock to the last 16.

Defending champion Wozniacki, who broke through for her maiden Grand Slam title with victory over Halep in last year's final, is in line to face former victor Maria Sharapova in a mouth-watering third round showdown.

Aiming for a third consecutive Australian championship, a 21st Grand Slam crown and a 100th career singles title, Federer will open against Denis Istomin.

Andy Murray will make his return to the Australian Open with a tough first-round match against Roberto Bautista Agut. But being so close, I'll give it a go. If it would happen defending this title, I would gladly accept it.

Murray won only two games in an incomplete practice match with Djokovic at Melbourne Park, showing signs he's still not fully fit after spending most of the last 18 months off the tour.

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One of the standout matchups of the first round sees unseeded Nick Kyrgios' meet 2016 semifinalist and 16th seed Milos Raonic, with the victor of that contest going through to face either 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka or Ernests Gulbis.

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

January sees the tennis season blaze into life on the scorching hard courts of Melbourne Park. "I've had a great off-season and I feel very well prepared".

The Swiss six-time Australian champion, who beat Marin Cilic in last year's final, could meet the Croat again in the quarter-finals, should he come through a potentially tricky fourth-round tie against Greek prospect Stefanos Tsitsipas. "I'm just enjoying every minute of it".

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