Andy Murray could face Roger Federer in the semi-final of the Australian Open

Murray on a collision course with Federer but will be pleased to avoid Djokovic until Australian Open final

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Success: Murray, who won his first ever major title, the US Open, and an Olympic gold medal in 2012, will face Dutchman Robin Haase in the first round

'It sounds a clich but I don't really ever look beyond the first round of the draws. The strength of the men's game right now means it's dangerous to look too far ahead, so I'm happy taking it match by match.

'The win in Brisbane was a great start to the year. I didn't always play my best tennis, but I found a way to win and I was pleased with how I performed on the big points.'

In the women’s event, Britain’s two direct entrants, Heather Watson and Laura Robson, both avoided seeded opposition in the first round.

Murray is in the same side of the draw of tennis great Roger Federer (pictured)

Murray is in the same side of the draw of tennis great Roger Federer (pictured)

Watson will play world No 89 Alexandra Cadantu of Romania and could play fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round.

Robson takes on American world No 82 Melanie Oudin, whom she beat in the qualifying event last year. Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is likely to be waiting in round two.

Defending champion and top seed Victoria Azarenka and No 3 Serena Williams, the reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion, were both drawn in the top half. Second seed Maria Sharapova was drawn with Radwanska in the bottom half.

Reigning champion: That means Murray will not face Novak Djokovic (pictured), who has won the last to Australian Opens, until the final

Reigning champion: That means Murray will not face Novak Djokovic (pictured), who has won the last to Australian Opens, until the final