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Murray lands favourable draw for the Australian Open

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Murray back for Australian Open (©GettyImages)
Murray back for Australian Open (©GettyImages).

Andy Murray will return to action against the number 112 seed Go Soeda in the 1st round of the Australian Open next week on either Monday or Tuesday.

This is the first major of 2014 and the main British hope has been training in Miami to make sure he is used to the sweltering conditions of the Australia summer.

The Scot had underwent back surgery in September and has only returned to tennis shortly after Christmas.

Murray has reached the Australian Open final three times so far in his career and though seeded as a favourite to do well, his physical condition is yet to be tested by the elite players on tour.

Flying the flag in the men's side of the draw for Australia will be Lleyton Hewitt who recently won the Brisbane International, beating Roger Federer in three sets.

Hewitt played Murray in an exhibition match this week as a warm up to the upcoming Australian Open and triumphed over the Brit 7-6 7-6. 

Boris Becker spoke to BBCSport of Murray's ambitions in the tournament, saying: "He's the first to say he needs many more matches to get into top shape but he's been in the final three times, he knows exactly how to play well in this tournament and he loves Australia.

"And with Lendl in his corner, I'm sure he'll be well prepared"

Elsewhere, Laura Robson will be playing the Belgian seeded 18 Kirsten Flipkens for a place in the second round.

Robson has been struggling with fitness for this match up but seems to have recovered fully from a wrist injury.

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