Roger Federer will face No.99 Denis Istomin from Uzbekistan, who stunned Novak Djokovic back in 2017 in the very first round. Despite starting the season with a flawless performance at the Hopman Cup, Federer will be wary of Istomin, as an experienced candidate. Meanwhile in the night session, Caroline Wozniacki features in the second match on Rod Laver Arena and will begin her campaign against the Belgian and world No. 51- Alison Van Uytvanck.
Another former Australian Open champion, Maria Sharapova who won it back in 2008, will be in action on Monday on the Rod Laver Arena. Men’s second seed Rafael Nadal will take on Australian wildcard James Duckworth in the second match on RLA. 2016 Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber will play the last match of the day session.
Out on Margaret Court Arena, US Open 2017 women’s singles champion Sloane Stephens is set to begin her Australian Open campaign. Rising Aussie star Alex de Minaur is also on schedule to play on the Margaret Court Arena. Both are scheduled to play in the day session, while local favorites, Ashleigh Barty and Bernard Tomic feature in the night session. Bernard Tomic is pitted against the sixth seed and last year’s runner-up- Marin Cilic, who has been struggling with injury concerns.
Five-time Australian Open finalist and former world No.1 Andy Murray, who announced his retirement on Friday, will face a stern test in the form of the Spanish 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut at the Melbourne Arena, and the match is not scheduled to start before 6 pm local time.