Third time lucky No 4 seed Murray looking to go one better at Aussie Open
Andy Murray will be seeded fourth at the forthcoming Australia Open as he begins his challenge to better the two previous final defeats he has suffered Down Under.
Murray suffered defeat in the first Grand Slam of the tennis calendar in 2010 to Roger Federer and he lost last year's tournament in the final with Novak Djokovic.
Australian Open organizers will keep the seedings for the season's first major in line with WTA and ATP rankings, meaning Caroline Wozniacki will be top seed in the women’'s draw even if she loses top spot to Petra Kvitova at the Sydney International this week.
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Defending champion Novak Djokovic is seeded No 1 in the men’s draw. He is followed by 2009 champion Rafael Nadal, four-time champion Roger Federer and Murray.
Of the top 32 men, only Robin Soderling and Marin Cilic are absent. Wimbledon champion Kvitova can move from No 2 to No 1 in the rankings by winning the Sydney International – where nine of the top 10 women are playing, including Wozniacki – but too late to affect Australian Open seedings list.
All the top 32 women have entered the Melbourne draw. Defending women’s champion Kim Clijsters (hip) and 2010 champion Serena Williams (left ankle) sustained injuries during the Brisbane International last week, but both are expected to play at the Australian Open.
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Clijsters is seeded No. 12, one spot above Williams, who was unable to defend her Australian title last year due to prolonged injury.
Williams has lost only twice at Melbourne Park since winning the title in 2003 – missing tournaments in 2004 and 2011 and winning the title five times.
The draw for the 2012 tournament will be held Friday morning.
1. Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
2. Rafa Nadal (Spain)
3. Roger Federer (Switzerland)
4. Andy Murray (Britain)
5. David Ferrer (Spain)
6. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France)
7. Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic)
8. Mardy Fish (U.S.)
9. Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia)
10. Nicolas Almagro (Spain)
11. Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina)
12. Gilles Simon (France)
13. Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) 14. Gael Monfils (France)
15. Andy Roddick (U.S.)
16. John Isner (U.S.)
17. Richard Gasquet (France) 18. Feliciano Lopez (Spain)
19. Viktor Troicki (Serbia)
20. Florian Mayer (Germany)
21. Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland)
22. Fernando Verdasco (Spain)
23. Milos Raonic (Canada)
24. Kei Nishikori (Japan)
25. Juan Monaco (Argentina)
26. Marcel Granollers (Spain) 27. Juan Ignacio Chela (Argentina)
28. Ivan Ljubicic (Croatia)
29. Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic)
30. Kevin Anderson (South Africa)
31. Jurgen Melzer (Austria)
32. Alex Bogomolov Jr. (United States)
Women's top ten seeds
1. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)
2. Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic)
3. Victoria Azarenka (Belarus)
4. Maria Sharapova (Russia)
5. Li Na (China)
6. Samantha Stosur (Australia)
7. Vera Zvonareva (Russia)
8. Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland)
9. Marion Bartoli (France)
10. Andrea Petkovic (Germany)
11. Francesca Schiavone (Italy)
12. Kim Clijsters (Belgium)
13. Serena Williams (United States)
14. Jelena Jankovic (Serbia)
15. Sabine Lisicki (Germany)
16. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia)
17. Peng Shuai (China)
18. Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia)
19. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) 20. Flavia Pennetta (Italy)
21. Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia)
22. Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)
23. Julia Goerges (Germany)
24. Roberta Vinci (Italy)
25. Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic)
26. Kaia Kanepi (Estonia)
27. Anabel Garrigues (Spain)
28. Maria Kirilenko (Russia)
29. Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium)
30. Nadia Petrova (Russia)
31. Angelique Kerber (Germany)
32. Monica Niculescu (Romania)