Published:  01:14 AM, 11 January 2019

Djokovic mauls Murray in practice match

Djokovic mauls Murray in practice match Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. -Collected

Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic gave Andy Murray a reality check in the lead up to next week's Australian Open, dominating the Briton 6-1 4-1 in a practice match at Melbourne Park on Thursday.

Murray has struggled to regain form since undergoing hip surgery last January, and was quickly dismantled by the six-times Australian Open champion at Margaret Court Arena before the players called time on their match after less than an hour.

Djokovic heads into the tournament as favourite to win a record seventh title and his third Grand Slam in a row, while five-times runner-up Murray, now ranked 230th, will have far lower expectations at the event starting on Monday.

-Reuters, Melbourne

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