Australian Open 2019: Andy Murray faces Roberto Bautista Agut in first round

Australian Open 2019: Andy Murray faces Roberto Bautista Agut in first round

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Andy Murray (right) is a five-time Australian Open runner-up, losing four of the finals to Novak Djokovic
Australian Open 2019
Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 January
Coverage: Daily live commentaries on the BBC Sport website, listen to Tennis Breakfast daily from 07:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and watch highlights on BBC TV and online from 19 January.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray will face Spanish 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round of the Australian Open.

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

In the women’s draw, British number one and 2016 semi-finalist Johanna Konta will play Australian Ajla Tomljanovic.

British number two Heather Watson faces Petra Martic, while Katie Boulter is up against Ekaterina Makarova.

Murray, who missed most of last season after hip surgery, is 230th in the world and used his protected ranking to enter the first Grand Slam of the year.

The Scot, 31, is a five-time Australian Open runner-up but played just six tournaments in 2018.

Fellow Briton Cameron Norrie will take on American Taylor Fritz, whom he beat on Thursday in the ASB Classic quarter-finals in Auckland.

Roger Federer, aiming for his third successive Australian Open title and seventh overall, will play Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin.

World number two Rafael Nadal takes on Australian James Duckworth, while top seed and six-time champion Novak Djokovic is set to face a qualifier.

But the toughest-looking men’s opener on paper pits Australian 2015 quarter-finalist Nick Kyrgios against Canadian 16th seed and 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic.

American 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams returns to Melbourne Park, the scene of her last major win in 2017 when she was eight weeks pregnant with daughter Olympia, to face Germany’s Tatjana Maria in the opening round.

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki plays Belgium’s Alison van Uytvanck, while world number one Simona Halep is drawn against Estonian Kaia Kanepi.

Japan’s US Open champion Naomi Osaka faces Poland’s Magda Linette, with second seed Angelique Kerber playing Slovenian Polona Hercog.

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