Djokovic thrashes Murray in Open practice match

Paul Annacone 'Roger Federer's environment is complex'

Murray opens against No. 22-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut.

Asked if he ever doubted about his comeback, Wawrinka - who underwent a double surgery in August 2017 - said: 'I did think a few times that I may not be able to come back to my old self, old level.

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.

"I'm so close, I'll give it a go, " Federer said.

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. "Reaching 100 would be truly very special for me".

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".

Pep Guardiola told Manchester City stars not to let up against Burton
Oleksandr Zinchenko says Manchester City were hungry for even more goals in Wednesday's 9-0 win over Burton Albion. Holders Chelsea were given a home game against one of two lower-league teams, Sheffield Wednesday or Luton.

Second seeded Nadal begins against Australian James Duckworth, fourth seed Alexander Zverev faces Slovenian Aljaz Bedene while last year's runner-up Marin Cilic has a tricky encounter with Australian Bernard Tomic.

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. Among those looking to halt Serena's charge: world number one Simona Halep, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki and US Open victor Naomi Osaka.

Murray, who has scheduled a news conference on Friday at Melbourne Park, admitted to still feeling pain in his hip before Brisbane. Once you get the diagnosis it's kind of a relief.

The draw for the first Grand Slam of the year took place on Thursday, as the likes of Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal learned what their potential paths to the trophy would look like.

The supporter responded: 'Just seeing you out on court today was more than enough entertainment for me.

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