Andy Murray seeded fourth for Aussie Open

Coach Ivan Lendl watches Murray practice (Getty Images)
Coach Ivan Lendl watches Murray practice (Getty Images)
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Andy Murray is seeded fourth for the Australian Open, with world No.1s Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams leading the way.

Wimbledon champion Murray, a three-time finalist in Melbourne, is playing his first grand slam since back surgery in September ruled him out of the final two months of last season.

He has dropped only one place in the standings in that time, behind Spain’s David Ferrer, and cannot face either Nadal or three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic until the semi-finals.

Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro is the fifth seed ahead of 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer, with Tomas Berdych, Stanislas Wawrinka, Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rounding off the top ten.

Williams heads defending champion Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova in the women’s seedings.

Last year’s beaten finalist, Li Na, is fourth seed ahead of Agnieszka Radwanksa, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani, Jelena Jankovic, Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki.