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Roger Federer to open Australian Open defence against Denis Istomin

Djokovic wins the Australian Open AO 2019 draw revealed
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The draw for the first Grand Slam of the season was made on Thursday and the top seeds could face some early tests of their credentials when play gets underway in Melbourne on Monday. He has the potential of a second-round meeting against wildcard entry Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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

The contest was played under match conditions on Margaret Court Arena but, with the score 6-1, 4-1, Murray called an end to proceedings.

Britain's Andy Murray will face world number one Novak Djokovic in a practice match today as part of his preparations for the Australian Open.

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. She is the hot favourite to claim a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam. Halep has a tough opening encounter against Kaia Kanepi and a possible third rounder against Venus Williams.

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However, Ranveer added, "Ek thoda zaada special hai, ek thoda kamm (One is a little more special than the other)". Ranveer can undoubtedly pull off any role, and here, he has nailed his character.

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Part of the investigation included viewing the surveillance cameras at the store where the ticket was purchased. His punt on a pre-Christmas payout paid off big time with the ticket winning him $US10 million ($14 million).

Man City and Burton are chalk and cheese, says Brewers chairman
We're not a team who has a lot of titles in our museum so you have to take these chances to get to the final. A last gasp penalty was enough to give the Welsh side a 2-1 win over the 2016 Premier League champions.

"So long as it's not too physical for Federer in the first four rounds, I would say he is as risky as he has been before".

Defending champion Wozniacki, who broke through for her maiden Grand Slam title with victory over Halep in last year's final, is in line to face former victor Maria Sharapova in a mouth-watering third round showdown.

Romanian Halep was named the top seed in women's singles, followed by Angelique Kerber of Germany and Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki.

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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