The question mark of the 2010 Australian Open men’s draw was the landing spot for now No. 5 seed Andy Murray. The Scot who slip from No. 4 to 5 in the ATP rankings following the removal of his 2009 Doha title points proved costly as Murray may have to get through Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals to advance to his first Melbourne final four.
Roger Federer is again the top seed and his path in the first quarter could take him through local favorite Lleyton Hewitt in the fourth round with Fernando Veradasco or the red hot Nikolay Davydenko potential quarterfinal opponents. Former finalist Marcos Badhdatis also landed in the top quarter along with Ernests Gulbis.
No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic anchors the second quarter with a potential quarter clash with Robin Soderling or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Tsonga could have to contend with Haas in the third round while Soderling and Nicolas Almagro appears a likely third rounder as well.
Four-time Australian Open semifinalist Andy Roddick opens with junior champ Thiemo De Bakker in a loaded third quarter. Roddick then could face countryman Sam Querrey in round three, big hitters Tomas Berdych or Fernando Gonzalez in the fourth round and Marin Cilic or Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarterfinals.
Murray and Nadal will likely fight for the supremacy in the final quarter. Murray may run into David Ferrer or Gael Monfils in the fourth round. Nadal could face tougher tests in a third rounder with Philip Kohlschrieber and Radek Stepanek in the fourth round.
The Australian Open begins Monday from Melbourne, Australia.
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