Tuesday in Melbourne

All eyes will be on Andy Murray on Tuesday when he gets his bid for Australian Open glory underway against Go Soeda.

Last Updated: 14/01/14 at 07:31 Post Comment

Andy Murray: Faces Go Soeda in his opening match

Andy Murray: Faces Go Soeda in his opening match

Murray is - almost predictably - the last Brit standing once again after Laura Robson and Heather Watson bowed out on the first day.

However how long Murray remains on his feet is the big question. The British No 1 has looked in indifferent form on his return to action after back surgery brought a premature end to his 2013 season.

Murray, though, has the confidence of having already won two grand slams - including at Wimbledon last year - while he was a beaten finalist in Melbourne in 2013.

Soeda shouldn't pose too many problems for the Scot on Hisense Arena either, with the 29-year-old currently 112 in the world rankings.

Soeda has never made it past the second round of a grand slam event - with just three wins in the main draws in 15 matches.

Tougher challenges will await Murray, though, with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the same half of the draw - and both are in action on Tuesday.

Federer, the sixth seed and potential quarter-final opponent for Murray, tackles home hope James Duckworth on Rod Laver Arena, while top seed Nadal has a tricky opener against the erratic Bernard Tomic.

No 5 seed Juan Martin Del Potro, a dark horse for the title, kicks off his challenge against American Rhyne Williams, while 10th seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will be wary of Filippo Volandri, a former top-30 player.

Tougher task

In the women's draw, defending champion Victoria Azarenka gets Tuesday's action on Rod Laver Arena underway when she faces Johanna Larsson.

The second seed, who beat Li Na in three sets to win the title 12 months ago, beat the world No 91 from Sweden 6-1 6-3 in their only other meeting - and similar result looks likely.

Maria Sharapova, the No 3 seed, has a tougher-looking task on her hands, with the in-form Bethanie Mattek-Sands her opening opponent.

World No 41 Mattek-Sands reached the quarter-finals at the Sydney International before injury ended her challenge.

Sharapova, though, has never lost to the American - winning all five of their previous encounters and dropping just 18 games in the process.

Fellow top-tenners Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska will both be in action on Hisense Arena, while Jelena Jankovic plays on Margaret Court Arena.

Former world No 1 Wozniacki, the No 10 seed, takes on world No 72 Lourdes Dominguez Lino, while fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska will look for a repeat of her previous performance against Yulia Putintseva - the Pole having beaten the world No 112 in straight sets in Dubai last year.

Jankovic takes on Misaki Doi - with the eighth seed having registered a 6-3 6-3 win over the Japanese in 2012.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

rikey, Spain is so exotic, we have cold Tuesday nights in Stoke, they have hot Thursday nights in Eibar

Gollo
Atletico Ready For Another Title Tilt

Y

es, these stats are right. Rio Ferdinand definitely had a better debut than Fernando.

that man
Top Ten Debutants From Opening Weekend...

I

know it's only one game, and Arsenal have got an amazing midfield as is; but seriously, is Arsene Wenger the only person on Earth who doesn't want Cesc at their club?

Ezy_Rider
Top Ten Debutants From Opening Weekend...

Footer 365

Transfer news: Fulham sign Boca Juniors defender Tiago Casasola

Fulham have signed young defender Tiago Casasola from Argentinian side Boca Juniors on a three-year deal.

Scottish football: SFA overturns Dave Mackay's red card against Celtic

St Johnstone skipper Dave Mackay is free to face Aberdeen this weekend after his red card against Celtic was overturned.

Rio Ferdinand would love to manage England after his playing career ends

Rio Ferdinand would love to manage England one day after revealing his long-term plans for a future in football as a coach.

Mail Box

Man United Fans Clutching At Straws

While the focus is on Liverpool's move for Mario Balotelli, one Man United fan tries to convince the mailbox with nine reasons why Angel Di Maria would prefer them to PSG...

Rojo Is A Better Signing Than Hummels

There's some big talk in the morning mailbox, which claims that Man United were right to sign Marcos Rojo instead of Mats Hummels. Plus, one Gooner's happy Arteta's out...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property