Australian Open 2019: Andy Murray suffers Novak Djokovic mauling in practice

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Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep, as expected, have been given the No. 1 seedings for next week's Australian Open.

Spaniard Rafael Nadal and defending champion Roger Federer were seeded second and third respectively.

With world number five Juan Martin del Potro missing through injury, South Africa's Kevin Anderson is elevated to fifth seed with last year's beaten finalist Marin Cilic at six.

Free agent right-hander Shelby Miller signed a $2 million, one-year contract with the Texas Rangers on Wednesday and can make another $3 million in performance bonuses. But being so close, I'll give it a go. He has the potential of a second-round meeting against wildcard Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with a potential quarter-final showdown against Kei Nishikori.

Alex de Minaur, the only Australian men's seed in the draw at number 27, opens against Pedro Sousa, while other prominent first-round matchups for the locals include John Millman against Federico Delbonis, and Nick Kyrgios in a mouth-watering encounter against big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic, the 16th seed.

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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.

The Scot was bundled out of the Brisbane International warm-up last week in round two by Russia's Daniil Medvedev and headed straight to Melbourne to fit in some much-needed practice.

Williams will face Tatjana Maria in the first round, and could meet either Genie Bouchard or Peng Shaui in the second.

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. "I've had a great off-season and I feel very well prepared". "Still in absolute shock that I finally got to see the man behind my love for tennis in action today", she wrote. For me it's just taking it day by day, doing the right things, taking even better care of my body.

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