Australian Open
The first grand slam of 2015 gets underway on Monday Getty

Andy Murray will face a qualifier in the first round of the Australian Open ahead of a tricky route to the final in Melbourne.

The British number one has been drawn on the same side as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and could face the Swiss as early as the quarter-final stage, where he lost to the 17-time grand slam winner last year.

Four-time champion Novak Djokovic has also been drawn against a qualifier in the opening round having been placed on the same half of the draw as defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka.

Federer meanwhile will take on Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan while Nadal faces world no. 47 Mikhail Youzhny.

In the women's draw, world number one Serena Williams takes on the unseeded Alison Van Uytvanck. Maria Sharapova has also been handed a test against a qualifier in the opening round.

Murray, seeded sixth, could potentially come up against fellow Brits Kyle Edmund or Liam Broady in the first round, with the pair through to the final round of qualifying on Saturday (17 January).

The Briton will face the winner of the match between Australian Marinko Matosevic and a qualifier in round two.

A fourth round contest with Grigor Dimitrov, the man who ended Murray's quest to defend his Wimbledon crown last year, could also await the 27-year-old.