This year's edition of the season's opening Grand Slam in Melbourne Park begins Monday.
He will start his drive to make history against a yet-to-be-decided qualifier and could meet France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round.
"I'm so close, I'll give it a go, " Federer said.
Caroline Wozniacki, who won her first Grand Slam title in Melbourne past year after a tough final against Halep, is in the same section as Maria Sharapova and has Petra Kvitova at the top of her quarter.
Second seed Rafa Nadal, under an injury cloud after pulling out of the Brisbane International, will open against unseeded local James Duckworth.
The pair face a stern challenge from Zverev, the torch-bearer for the next generation who has so far failed to get beyond the quarter-finals at any major. 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.
In the women's tournament, Serena Williams's bid for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title and eighth at Melbourne Park will kick off against German world No. 71 Tatjana Maria.
US Open champion Osaka opens against Poland's Magda Linette, and sees last year's upset artist and this year's No.28 seed Hsieh Su-wei, 2018 semifinalist and No.12 seed Elise Mertens and No.6 seed Elina Svitolina in her quarter.
Defending champion Wozniacki, who broke through for her maiden Grand Slam title with victory over Halep in last year's final, is in line to face former victor Maria Sharapova in a mouth-watering third round showdown.
Eurosport pundit John McEnroe sees the changing of the guard coming in 2019, saying: "I believe this year will be the year that you are going to see one of these young kids break through". Halep has drawn another first-round against Kaia Kanepi, who beat her at the same stage at last year's U.S. Open, and a possible third rounder against unseeded Venus Williams.
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The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no details of the probe have been revealed publicly. Some have speculated the Cavaliers made the moves to spite the franchise that beat them in three of the past four NBA Finals.
China's Baidu said on Weibo that its virtual assistant DuerOS now reached over 200 million devices, Techcrunch reported. These devices are made by more than 4,500 manufacturers, and apparently Alexa has access to more than 70,000 skills.
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He said he had at least eight drinks with the actor, with Spacey buying a lot of them and telling him, "Let's get drunk". The case marks the first time Mr Spacey has faced charges, although there are dozens of claims against him.
They also warned the public not to touch the containers if found, but to call police or the fire brigade. The MSC Zoe is one of the largest cargo ships to be used in Europe, holding up to 19,000 containers.
The pixelated image does not exclude the possibility that Ultima Thule is really two objects in close proximity or in contact. A huge spill-over crowd in a nearby auditorium joined in the loud celebration, cheering each green, or good, status update.
Only a few days after Holgorsen left Morgantown for Houston , the Mountaineers have hired Troy's Neal Brown as their next coach. They were built more on physicality on both sides of the ball, and Brown's Troy teams ran the ball more often than they passed.
Lindsey Graham , who said he hoped to end the shutdown by offering Democrats incentives to get them to vote for wall funding. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said the president "apparently lacks any capacity for human empathy" during an interview on MSNBC.
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Winter Weather advisories and warnings
A cold winter storm trekking across the upper Midwest has led to the deaths of at least three people, authorities said. Forecasters expect several inches of precipitation - but the amount of rain vs snow depends on your location.