Djokovic thrashes Murray in Open practice match

Annette Crawford
January 10, 2019

I think everybody has his own career and everybody is trying to make the best of it.' The 33-year-old is trying to comeback at his best level and he will try to get the best possible results at the Australian Open where he won his maiden Grand Slam title in 2014 defeating Nadal in a four-set final. He is in the same half of the draw as Rafael Nadal, who has drawn Australian James Duckworth.

Men's top seed Djokovic, who was defending his title when he lost to Istomin, will first meet a qualifier in his bid for a record seventh Melbourne title and third Grand Slam crown in succession following wins at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

An exchange followed, with Murray even offering to sort her out a ticket for his first-round match against Roberto Bautista Agut. He has the potential of a second-round meeting against wildcard Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with a potential quarter-final showdown against Kei Nishikori.

Murray won just two games in an incomplete practice match with Djokovic at Melbourne Park, showing signs he's still not fully fit after spending most of the last 18 months off the tour.

Caroline Wozniacki, who won her first Grand Slam title in Melbourne 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.


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

Konta is in a loaded top quarter of the draw that also includes world number one Simona Halep - who faces a rematch with her US Open conqueror Kaia Kanepi - Serena and Venus Williams, Garbine Mugurza and Karolina Pliskova.

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

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki takes on Belgian Alison van Uytvanck in round one and could potentially meet 30th seed Maria Sharapova in the third round.

Second seed and 2016 champion Angelique Kerber, bidding for a fourth Grand Slam title, will open against Slovenian Polona Hercog, with a possible quarter-final against 2017 U.S. Open victor Sloane Stephens in the second week.

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