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Murray seeded third for first slam of 2013

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Defending champion Novak Djokovic is the top seed © PA Photos
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Andy Murray has been named the third seed for the forthcoming Australian Open in Melbourne.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic has been handed the top seed, with Roger Federer second on the list for the opening grand slam of the 2013 season, which gets underway on January 14.

In the women's draw, defending champion Victoria Azarenka has been awarded the top ranking - with Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams the second and third seeds respectively.

With Rafael Nadal - last year's losing finalist - missing this year's event due to injury, David Ferrer is elevated to fourth in the seedings, with Agnieszka Radwanska the Spaniard's opposite number in the female draw.

The full draw for the tournament is made on Friday.

Men's seeds

1. N Djokovic
2. R Federer
3. A Murray
4. D Ferrer
5. T Berdych
6. JM Del Potro
7. JW Tsonga
8. J Tipsarevic
9. R Gasquet
10. N Almagro
11. Juan Monaco
12. John Isner
13. Marin Cilic
14. Milos Raonic
15. Gilles Simon
16. Stanislas Wawrinka
17. Kei Nishikori
18. Philipp Kohlschreiber
19. Alexandr Dolgopolov
20. Tommy Haas
21. Sam Querrey
22. Andreas Seppi
23. Fernando Verdasco
24. Mikhail Youzhny
25. Jerzy Janowicz
26. Florian Mayer
27. Jurgen Melzer
28. Martin Klizan
29. Marcos Baghdatis
30. Thomaz Bellucci
31. Radek Stepanek
32. Marcel Granollers

Women's seeds

1. Victoria Azarenka
2. Maria Sharapova
3. Serena Williams
4. Agnieszka Radwanska
5. Angelique Kerber
6. Li Na
7. Sara Errani
8. Petra Kvitova
9. Sam Stosur
10. Caroline Wozniacki
11. Marion Bartoli
12. Nadia Petrova
13. Ana Ivanovic
14. Maria Kirilenko
15. Dominika Cibulkova
16. Roberta Vinci
17. Lucie Safarova
18. Julia Goerges
19. Ekaterina Makarova
20. Yanina Wickmayer
21. Varvara Lepchenko
22. Jelena Jankovic
23. Klara Zakopalova
24. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
25. Venus Williams
26. Su-Wei Hsieh
27. Sorana Cirstea
28. Yaroslava Shvedova
29. Sloane Stephens
30. Tamira Paszek
31. Urszula Radwanska
32. Mona Barthel

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