Chinese Wang Qiang seeded 21st at Australian Open

Florence Fletcher
January 11, 2019

One of the standout matchups of the first round sees unseeded Nick Kyrgios' meet 2016 semifinalist and 16th seed Milos Raonic, with the victor of that contest going through to face either 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka or Ernests Gulbis.

The Serbian world number one is aiming to make history by claiming a record seventh Australian Open crown when the tournament starts at Melbourne Park on Monday, as is Swiss legend Federer.

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

"If I had a chance to do it as well I'd be happy to try and go there as well". "If I made 100 at the Australian I'd take it, I'd gladly accept it - and I'll give it all I have".

"To finally get that (title) here was so special, it's the happy slam".

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".

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In the women's draw, Johanna Konta begins her campaign against Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic, who she lost to in Brisbane last week. We'll see if he is indeed in the draw later tonight.

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.

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki takes on Belgian Alison van Uytvanck in round one and could potentially meet 30th seed Maria Sharapova in the third round.

Speaking ahead of Brisbane, Murray said "I still have some pain in my hip", but that "I'm in a better place than I was a few months ago". "I'm just enjoying every minute of it". "I feel like these courts are suited for me, so it's incredible to be back".

Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka was also among the most notable unseeded players to be placed in the top half of the draw as well, as she will face Laura Siegemund first up as a potenial third-round foe for Osaka.

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