Andy Murray faces Alexander Zverev in Australian Open first round

Published: Friday 15th January 2016 by The News Editor

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Andy Murray will play Germany’s talented youngster Alexander Zverev in the first round of the Australian Open.

The British number one, seeded second, was also drawn in the same half as Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka and Spain’s Rafael Nadal. He could meet either player in the semi-finals.

Murray is bidding to clinch a third grand slam title of his career and his first in Melbourne.

Avoiding Roger Federer, who landed in the same half as top seed Novak Djokovic, until the final is a bonus for Murray but he faces a potential banana-skin in the fourth round against big-serving Australian Bernard Tomic, with Spaniard David Ferrer a possible quarter-final opponent.

Before then, the 28-year-old must overcome Zverev, whom he has never faced before in a professional match.

The 18-year-old, measuring 6ft 6 and ranked 83rd in the world, is widely considered one of the game’s rising stars.

Last year he beat world number 12 Kevin Anderson in Washington, the destructive South African who knocked Murray out of the US Open.

British number two Aljaz Bedene will play America’s world number 32 Steve Johnson while Kyle Edmund, the promising 21-year-old from Yorkshire, faces Damir Dzumhur from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Djokovic, who is gunning for his sixth Australian Open title, is up against 19-year-old Hyeon Chung from South Korea.

Published: Friday 15th January 2016 by The News Editor

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