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Murray seeded fourth in Melbourne

ESPN staff
January 9, 2014
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Andy Murray has been seeded fourth for the Australian Open, which starts on Monday in Melbourne.

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The British No. 1, who on Wednesday replied "stranger things have happened" when asked if he could win the season-opening grand slam so soon after surgery, will find out who he plays in the first round when the draw is made on Friday.

As expected, world No. 1 Rafael Nadal is the top seed, followed by Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Murray and Juan Martin del Potro. Seventeen-time major champion Roger Federer is at six.

On the women's side, Serena Williams is at No. 1, followed by defending champion Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska and former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in sixth.

The 32 seeds were only altered twice from the rankings, both because of injuries. No. 29-ranked Jurgen Melzer is not playing due to a left shoulder injury and Maria Kirilenko, who would have been seeded 18th, has a left knee injury.

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