Australian Open 2012: Men's Darkhorses We Are Dying to See

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Australian Open 2012: Men's Darkhorses We Are Dying to See
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As the tour prepares for this year's Australian Open, the reality is that with Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Murray all at the top of their game and the likes of Ferrer, Berdych, Tsonga and Del Potro chasing them, there isn't much room at the top for dark-horse contenders.

While one or possibly two of the top seeds might fall, the incredible consistency of the game's best, particularly the top four, mean that the rest of the field are really vying for a spot in the quarterfinals.

Here are 10 guys we'd like to see surprise and contend for a chance to play in the final eight. 

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