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SportAustralian Open day one must-see match-ups

04:30  13 january  2019
04:30  13 january  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The first must - see match of Day 3 of the Australian Open is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga‘s second round match against Denis Shapovalov. The two played an epic at Roland Garros last year, where Mertens won in a tight three set match , but it will be interesting to see how both players play with a completely

Australian Open day one must-see match-ups© Getty Images/Paul Kane Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a backhand in his singles match against Kenny De Schepper of France during day two of the 2016 Hopman Cup at Perth Arena on January 4, 2016 in Perth, Australia MATCHES TO WATCH ON DAY ONE OF THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN:

* James Duckworth (AUS) v 2-Rafael Nadal (ESP), Rod Laver Arena - Day

Duckworth, winning his place in the draw through last month's wildcard playoff tournament, returns for a seventh Australian Open appearance. It is likely to be short after drawing the world No.2 in the first round; the 26-year-old hasn't beaten a top-50 player in three years. But the Sydneysider will at least enjoy strong support on Rod Laver Arena and will give himself every chance after overcoming injuries that had ruined his 2017 and 2018 seasons.

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Here's the first -round match - ups Novak Djokovic v Lleyton Hewitt You’ve got to go back more than five years for the last meeting between six-time Australian Open champion Djokovic and former world No. 1 Hewitt, and over a decade for Hewitt’s sole win in seven against the Serbian.

Australian Open Day 1 schedule and top matches to watch featuring Angelique Kerber, Andy Seeded No. 17, Federer returns to Grand Slam tennis at the Australian Open for the first time since Before then, Wawrinka must get through Klizan and then plays the winner of Frederico Delbonis vs

* Astra Sharma (AUS) v Priscilla Hon (AUS), Court 7 - Day

At least one Australian will reach the second round at Melbourne Park thanks to this pairing of happy-to-be-here locals. Sharma, a 23-year-old from Western Australia, is competing in her first grand slam after defeating three higher-ranked Russians including former Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva in qualifying. Brisbane-based Hon returns to the Open as a wildcard entry three years after her first effort.

* 22-Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) v Andy Murray (GBR), Melbourne Arena - Night

The tears and tributes have flowed for Sir Andy Murray since the well-loved Scot's announcement of a looming retirement due to hip issues. The five-time Australian Open runner-up is playing through the pain and wants to get to Wimbledon for a farewell appearance but this meeting with the consistent Spaniard might be his last outing. For as long as he lasts, Murray will be feted by all and sundry.

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Catch the day 5 match ups of Kyrgios v Tsonga, Nadal v Dzumhur, Bertens v Wozniacki, Kostyuk v Svitolina, Dimitrov v Rublev at From Friday’s third round matches between Kyle Edmund vs Nikoloz Basilashvili and Ivo Karlovic vs Andreas Seppi, there’ll be a first -time Australian Open quarterfinalist.

The Australian Open is an elimination event. Tickets are sold to sessions of the Australian Open , not to particular matches . What matches can I expect to see on Margaret Court Arena? Margaret Court Arena will showcase some of the world’s best tennis players in action over the first eight days and

* 15-Ashleigh Barty (AUS) v Luksika Kumkhum (THA), Margaret Court Arena - Night

Australia's chief singles hope begins her campaign against Kumkhum, who had surprised at Melbourne Park last year by beating Belinda Bencic and reaching the third round. The pair have met at a grand slam before: the Thai beat Barty in 2016 Wimbledon qualifying. Since then, Barty has blossomed into Australia's brightest female prospect since grand-slam winner Sam Stosur. Anything other than an easy win would shock.

* 6-Marin Cilic (CRO) v Bernard Tomic (AUS), Margaret Court Arena - Night

After enduring the humiliations of a failed 2018 qualifying mission, Tomic has quietly put in the hard yards to return to the world's top 100 and the Australian Open main draw in 2019. His reward is a meeting last year's finalist. Tomic and Cilic have met before at the Australian Open. In 2010, the Queenslander let slip a two-sets-to-one advantage to lose in five sets.

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When the Australian Open draw is made, everyone’s eyes naturally gravitate to the top seeds to see how tough they have it for a legitimate run at the title. But the first round also offers juicy match - ups that promise to be as scintillating as anything that happens throughout the entire fortnight at

Before each day of play at the Australian Open , we'll preview and predict three must - see matches . For full coverage of the season's first Slam, go to our tournament page. The Frenchwoman and the Russian-turned- Aussie have never faced each other, but they should make for an intriguing matchup .

* 3-Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) v Alison van Uytvanck (BEL), Rod Laver Arena - Night

The popular Dane returns to Melbourne Park as a grand-slam champion and, for the first time, will contend with the pressure of defending a major. Wozniacki's first assignment is Belgian van Uytvanck, who has never won a match at the Australian Open in four attempts. But, she climbed into the world's top 50 last year after winning the Budapest Open. Van Uytvanck knocked Garbine Muguruza out of last year's Wimbledon but Wozniacki's class should prevail.

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