Morning Roundup: Djokovic, Halep top seeds for Australian Open

  • Morning Roundup: Djokovic, Halep top seeds for Australian Open

Morning Roundup: Djokovic, Halep top seeds for Australian Open

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.

The Swiss faces Denis Istomin in the first round, while a potential quarter-final against Marin Cilic and semi-final versis Rafael Nadal awaits the third seed, with world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the other half of the draw.

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.

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

After winning the Australian Open a year ago, Federer skipped the French Open for the third time in a row before losing in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and the fourth round at the US Open.

Murray, who is coming back from a long-term hip injury, won just two games against world No. 1 Djokovic during the practice match, which finished incomplete at 6-1, 4-1 and was played in front of a sizeable crowd at the Margaret Court Arena.

Last year's semi-finalist Kyle Edmund, seeded 13th, looms as a possible fourth round match-up for the Spaniard, who could then face big-serving South African Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals if the draw follows the seedings, and potentially Federer in the semis.

On the women's side, all eyes will be on Serena Williams as she aims for Grand Slam number 24. But being so close, I'll give it a go.

Serena Williams, who is seeded 16th, faces fellow mother Tatjana Maria of Germany in her first competitive match since her tempestuous US Open final loss to Naomi Osaka.

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

"The moment you find out the draw, that's when you shift your focus to the first round and only the first round - not going for your seventh (title) or anything like that", said Federer, who was heading to the practice courts immediately after attending the tournament draw.

Second-seeded Angelique Keber is in the same half as Wozniacki and has 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens in her quarter.