Australian Open: Andy Murray to face qualifier in round one

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Andy Murray reached the Australian Open final in 2010, 2011 and 2013

Andy Murray will play a low ranking qualifier in the Australian Open first round.

But he faces a very tough route to the final in Melbourne.

The 27-year-old Briton, a runner-up three times at the Australian open, has been drawn in the same half as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

There are two other Britons in the draw - James Ward takes on Spain's Fernando Verdasco, while Heather Watson plays Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova.

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Four-time champion, and world number one, Novak Djokovic begins against a qualifier, while Federer plays Yen-Hsun Lu and Nadal faces Russia's Mikhail Youzhny.

In the women's draw, world number one and five-time champion Serena Williams plays Belgian Alison van Uytvanck, while second seed Maria Sharapova opens against a qualifier.