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

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Roger Federer, aiming for his third successive Australian Open title and seventh overall, will play Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin.

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Third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who won her first Grand Slam title here previous 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.

World number ones Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were named top seeds today for next week's Australian Open, with 23-time major victor Serena Williams lurking at 16 on the women's side. Things could get much tougher quickly, with a potential second-round meeting against wild-card entry Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who he beat in the 2008 Australian final, and with Denis Shapovalov in the same section.

No. 4 Alexander Zverev is in the same half and looms in the semifinals if both players advance that far.

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"I can't believe it's been a year already", Dane Wozniacki said at the draw ceremony.

The Spanish 22nd seed defeated Novak Djokovic on his way to the title in Doha last week while concerns about Murray's fitness grew as he struggled through a practice match against world number one Djokovic at Melbourne Park on Thursday. "If I made 100 at the Australian I'd take it, I'd gladly accept it - and I'll give it all I have".

An exchange followed, with Murray even offering to sort her out a ticket for his first-round match against Roberto Bautista Agut. Halep has a tough opening encounter against Kaia Kanepi and a possible third rounder against Venus Williams. "I'm just enjoying every minute of it".

Defending Australian Open men's and women's champions Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki have attended the Australian Open 2019 Official Draw at Margaret Court Arena on Thursday night, where the opening-round matchups for the year's first Grand Slam tournament were revealed.

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