Federer and Nadal on collision course in Oz open draw

Edmund shares birthday cake and practice session with Federer

Edmund shares birthday cake and practice session with Federer

He has the potential of a second-round meeting against wildcard Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with a potential quarter-final showdown against Kei Nishikori.

Unseeded Estonian Kanepi knocked Halep out of the first round at Flushing Meadows past year, making the Romanian the first top seed to lose at that tournament's earliest stage. Stan Wawrinka, the 2014 AO victor, looms as a second-round foe for Kyrgios.

Three-time grand slam victor Andy Murray has a tough clash with 22nd-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut as he returns from a hip injury. But being so close, I'll give it a go.

Chinese top tennis player Wang Qiang is the 21st seed at the Australian Open on Thursday as Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep led the men's and women's singles seeding lists respectively.

Ireland to receive migrants after Malta agreement
However, Malta has reached an agreement with some European Union member states to allow the 49 migrants on board to disembark. The migrants will be transferred to Maltese military ships that will bring them ashore.

Serbian Djokovic heads into the tournament as favourite to win a record seventh title and his third Grand Slam in a row, while five-times runner-up Murray, now ranked 230th, will have far lower expectations at the event starting on Monday. If it would happen defending this title, I would gladly accept it.

US Open champion Osaka opens against Poland's Magda Linette, and sees last year's upset artist and this year's No.28 seed Hsieh Su-wei, 2018 semifinalist and No.12 seed Elise Mertens and No.6 seed Elina Svitolina in her quarter.

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". Among those looking to halt Serena's charge: world number one Simona Halep, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki and US Open victor Naomi Osaka. Halep has drawn another first-round against Kaia Kanepi, who beat her at the same stage at last year's U.S. Open, and a possible third rounder against unseeded Venus Williams. "I'm just enjoying every minute of it".

The fan, Australian teenager Jordyn Kollmorgen, posted that Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, was the inspiration behind her love for tennis. "I've had a great off-season and I feel very well prepared".

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