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The men’s qualifying tournament for Australian Open 2018 is underway with first-round matches commencing on Wednesday.

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Australian veteran Sam Groth taking on top-seeded American Taylor Fritz headlines the opening day’s action, while fellow Aussie Bernard Tomic begins his campaign against Frenchman Vincent Millot.

Full day one schedule and results

Other exciting matches include second seed Nicolas Mahut against Serbian Danilo Petrovic, German showman Dustin Brown taking on Argentina’s Guido Andreozzi and fifth seed Vasek Pospisil against Italian Lorenzo Giustino.

Men’s qualifying draw in full

A total of 128 players are vying for 16 spots in the main draw with three victories needed to make it into the first Grand Slam of the year.

The Discovery-owned channel will show live action across Eurosport 1 and 2 throughout the fortnight.

The BBC also usually show the final and usually negotiate deals to show the semi-final if British No 1 Murray is involved.

Sadly, this will not be the case this year.

Grigor Dimitrov and Alexander Zverev are also highly-fancied.

In the women’s event Garbine Muguruza and Karolina Pliskova are joint favourites to take Williams’ crown.

When is the Australian Open?

The Australian Open starts on Monday, January 15 in Melbourne. The final is on Sunday,