Djokovic thrashes Murray in Open practice match

  • Djokovic thrashes Murray in Open practice match

Djokovic thrashes Murray in Open practice match

Aiming for a 21st Grand Slam trophy and a 100th career singles title, Federer will open against Denis Istomin.

The pair have met four times in Australian Open finals, with the Serb winning them all.

Federer is a six-time champion in Melbourne, and the 37-year-old is targeting a third-straight victory in the opening major of the season. He has the potential of a second-round meeting against wildcard Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with a potential quarter-final showdown against Kei Nishikori.

British number one Kyle Edmund, who reached the semi-finals past year, has a hard draw against Tomas Berdych.

The Yorkshireman, ranked 14th in the world, replaced Andy Murray as British number one in March and won his first ATP Tour title in October.

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.

Australian Nick Kyrgios takes on 16th seed Milos Raonic in arguably the biggest first-round match-up in the men's draw.

Murray opens against No. 22-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut. 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. She is the hot favourite to claim a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam.

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

Three-time grand slam victor Andy Murray has a tough clash with 22nd-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut as he returns from a hip injury.

"To finally get that (title) here was so special, it's the happy slam".