Djokovic to face Chung first up in Melbourne

Novak Djokovic will begin the defence of his Australian Open title against 19-year-old South Korean player Hyeon Chung.

Second seed Andy Murray will also face one of the game’s up-and-comers in the first round, with German teen Alexander Zverev his opponent.

World number three Roger Federer will meet Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili while 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka meets world number 265 Dmitry Tursunov.

Fifth seed Rafael Nadal, who is desperately looking to end a poor run in grand slams, has been handed a very testing first round clash against fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. The pair played out an Australian Open classic in the 2009 semi-finals when Nadal won a five-set epic in five hours and 14 minutes, at the time the longest match in the tournament’s history.

Sixteenth seed Bernard Tomic heads the local contingent, and he will face Russia’s Denis Istomin in the first round. Bad boy Nick Kyrgios comes up against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta. Playing in his final tournament, Australian legend Lleyton Hewitt meets Aussie wildcard, James Duckworth.

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