Andy Murray will miss Australian Open with hip injury
Roger Federer a 2-1 for Melbourne major
Andy Murray has confirmed he will miss the Australian Open after failing to recover from a hip injury which forced his withdrawal from this week's Brisbane International tournament.
The Scot has not played a competitive match since losing out to Sam Querrey in last year's Wimbledon quarter-finals. Kei Nishikori will also be missing from the Melbourne field.
In Murray's absence, Roger Federer is a 2-1 favourite to win the first tennis major of the year, while Rafael Nadal is 5-1 and Novak Djokovic, who has been having problems with his elbow, is 6-1.
Serena Williams is 5-1 to win the women's event, while closest challengers Garbine Muguruza and Karolina Pliskova are 10-1.
The Australian Open starts in Melbourne on Monday, January 15.
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