Murray suffers Djokovic mauling in Australian Open practice

Ruben Hill
January 10, 2019

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.

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.

Andy Murray has offered a supportive fan free tickets to his opening match of the Australian Open as an apology for being thrashed by Novak Djokovic on Thursday.

Roger Federer's bid for a third successive Australian Open title will begin against world No. 99 Denis Istomin, while top seed Novak Djokovic will face a qualifier in the first round.

Caroline Wozniacki, who won her first Grand Slam title in Melbourne a year ago after a tough final against Halep, is in the same section as Maria Sharapova and has Petra Kvitova at the top of her quarter. "If I made 100 at the Australian I'd take it, I'd gladly accept it - and I'll give it all I have". Among those looking to halt Serena's charge: world number one Simona Halep, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki and US Open victor Naomi Osaka.

"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.

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

The Dane said: "It was something I've been battling with for quite a few months". "I feel like these courts are suited for me, so it's incredible to be back". For me it's just taking it day by day, doing the right things, taking even better care of my body.

British number two Heather Watson takes on 31st seed Petra Martic from Croatia while Katie Boulter, playing in her first slam main draw outside of Wimbledon, meets experienced Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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