Novak Djokovic celebrates a point in his first round victory against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia

Australian Open 2014: Novak Djokovic eases through first round

Defending champion looked rusty by his high standards

Stefan Edberg was the centre of attention on Monday at the Australian Open as he returned to court in a coaching role with Roger Federer

Australian Open 2014: Trio progress with wins for David Ferrer, Stanislas Wawrinka and Tomas Berdych as Stefan Edberg steals the show

Edberg has agreed to work with former Number One Roger Federer as he made a high-profile return to court in Melbourne

Andy Murray takes a much-needed drinks break during training at Melbourne Park

Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray and co prepare for 'inhuman' heatwave of 40C in Melbourne

The tournament has an “extreme heat policy” under which the referee can suspend play on outside courts and close the roofs

Australian Open 2014: Novak Djokovic admits Boris Becker link-up is a 'risk'

The German has been drafted in as coach

Andy Murray lost to Lleyton Hewitt in an exhibition match yesterday but says his back feels fine

Australian Open: Andy Murray ready for the heat after back surgery pays off

Andy Murray wrapped up his public preparations for next week’s Australian Open by losing an exhibition match to Lleyton Hewitt here in Melbourne yesterday, but is in a good frame of mind.

Boris Becker, top, Ivan Lendl, who had no experience of coaching before joining Andy Murray apart from running a junior academy in the United States, and Stefan Edberg, Federer's newest coach

Trending now: Tennis celebrity coaches with an 80s twist

Andy Murray started the craze, but is there an advantage to enlisting a Grand Slam winner from over 20 years ago as coach

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The tournament in Melbourne begins on Monday - but who will be the last man standing?

Andy Murray will face Go Saeda of Japan in the first round of the Australian Open.

Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray to face Japan's Go Soeda as he is drawn in same half as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

Laura Robson will face Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens in the women's draw

Rory McIlroy will be hoping for a far better year after a miserable 2013

Why 2014 promises to be glorious for Andy Murray in Melbourne, Rory McIlroy at the Masters, Katie Summerhayes in Sochi and Jos Buttler behind the stumps

Fate is calling Murray and Australia offers his best shot at a third Grand Slam win

Roger Federer and Stefan Edberg in 2012 - Edberg is joining Federer's coaching team

Roger Federer hires Stefan Edberg to join Eighties tribute band

Roger Federer has become the latest player to recruit a 1980s great, with Stefan Edberg joining the former world  No 1’s coaching team.

Murray has been out of the game since going under the knife in September to correct a long-standing back injury

Andy Murray defeated by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on return from back injury

Andy Murray’s first match since undergoing surgery in the autumn ended in a straight-sets defeat at the hands of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Andy Murray will return to competitive action on Boxing Day

Andy Murray returns to action after three months off the court following back surgery

26-year-old Scot faces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in exhibition tournament

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1. David Beckham retired from  professional football in May, but  for which team did he make his  last appearance?

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