Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer on opposite sides of Australian Open draw

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Now seeded 16th, Williams was drawn into the same section Thursday as No. 1-ranked Simona Halep, the runner-up here past year.

One of the most intriguing men's first-round matches features 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic against mercurial Australian Nick Kyrgios, who is unseeded after his ranking slid from 13 into the 50s, but has tour-level wins over Federer, Nadal and Djokovic to his credit.

World No 4 Alexander Zverev is in the same half and a blockbuster semi-final looms if both players advance that far.

Defending Australian Open men's and women's champions Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki have attended the Australian Open 2019 Official Draw at Margaret Court Arena on Thursday night, where the opening-round matchups for the year's first Grand Slam tournament were revealed.

Federer has won the title the last two years and has an extra carrot having gone into the season on 99 career singles titles.

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

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Andy Murray walks between points during his practice match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic. If it would happen defending this title, I would gladly accept it.

Andy Murray will make his return to the Australian Open with a tough first-round match against Roberto Bautista Agut.

"I always enjoy my matches against him", 20-time grand slam victor Federer said at the draw.

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.

Third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who won her first Grand Slam title here 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. For me it's just taking it day by day, doing the right things, taking even better care of my body.

US Open champion Naomi Osaka is at four while Sloane Stephens, who also slumped out of Sydney early, is at five. "I've had a great off-season and I feel very well prepared".

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