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Tomic draws Granollers to open Sydney title defense

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A relaxed and confident Australian No.1 Bernard Tomic drew consistent Spaniard Marcel Granollers in today’s official draw ceremony, setting up an intriguing first-round match at Apia International Sydney 2014.

The 21-year-old Queenslander raised his hands in triumph after selecting his chip from the trophy to set up his first encounter on tour against world No.38 Granollers.

“We have never played but I know and it’s going to be a tough match. He is seeded eight, I was lucky to avoid a few of the guys early,” said Tomic.

“It is going to be a tough match early but I have been in Australia for the last few months now and I am sure he has only been here for not so many days. That is an advantage I have.”

Top seed Juan Martin del Porto (ARG) will receive a first round bye. The big-serving Argentine is in a strong top half of the draw which features former champion Dmitry Tursunov (RUS), big-hitting Sam Querrey (USA) and former top-tenner Marin Cilic (CRO).

The trio of Australian wildcards all have tough first-round matches on their hands with Marinko Matosevic facing the unorthodox Florian Mayer (GER), Matt Edben taking on the experienced Julien Benneteau and the in-form Sam Groth tackling veteran Radek Stepanek (CZE).

In the women’s draw Romanian world No.11 Simona Halep has drawn talented 2013 quarterfinalist  Madison Keys in a tough first round match-up for the tournament’s seventh seed.

“It is a good draw, every match is very difficult. I am ready now for this tournament, I want to enjoy because it is my first time here. So I hope to play well,” said Halep.

Defending champion and top seed Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) receives a first round bye. She is joined in an exceptionally strong top half of draw by fellow top 10 players Jelena Jankovic (SRB) and Angelique Kerber (GER) as well as rising stars Halep and Eugenie Bouchard (CAN).

Australia’s Jarmila Gajdosova will face a qualifier in her first round match.