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

The fan, Australian teenager Jordyn Kollmorgen, posted that Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, was the inspiration behind her love for tennis.

Kyle Edmund, back at the scene of his semi-final appearance 12 months ago, was also given a hard opener at the year's first grand slam against former top-10 stalwart Tomas Berdych, who is unseeded following injury.

"I'm surprised that I'm still at this level, that I'm still in the top 10". He has the potential of a second-round meeting against wildcard Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with a potential quarter-final showdown against Kei Nishikori.

The Scot did enjoy a winning start to his season with a victory over local player James Duckworth at the Brisbane International on January 1 but was well beaten by Russian fourth seed Daniil Medvedev in the next round.

The 1:30pm practice match was free to the public between the two who have met four times in the Australian Open final. She is the hot favourite to claim a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam. Halep has a tough opening encounter against Kaia Kanepi and a possible third rounder against Venus Williams.

Men's second seed Rafael Nadal opens against Australian James Duckworth, fourth seed Alexander Zverev starts against Slovenian Aljaz Bedene, and last year's runner-up Marin Cilic plays another local in Bernard Tomic.

Federer and Djokovic discovered their fate for the Australian Open earlier today after the draw was made.

Fourth seed Osaka faces Poland's Magda Linette first up and may need to battle past twice champion Victoria Azarenka in the third round.

Eurosport pundit John McEnroe sees the changing of the guard coming in 2019, saying: "I believe this year will be the year that you are going to see one of these young kids break through".

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.

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

Kerber will open against Slovenia's Polona Hercog, while No.3 seed Wozniacki will face Alison van Uytvanck first up to begin her title defense.

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