Australian Open 2012: Men's Draw Underdogs Worth Watching in Tourney

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Australian Open 2012: Men's Draw Underdogs Worth Watching in Tourney
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The 2012 Australian Open started on Monday and most matches went as expected.

The lower part of the draw on the men's side and the upper part on the women's side played and no major upsets were seen on the Melbourne Park courts.

As usual, the favorites get all the media attention and coverage. But there are also the challengers to those favorites who are worthy of watching play, as they move through the draw in search for the upset.

They get barely noticed under the radar, as the bigger blimps on the screen—those big, media-hogging favorites—get most of the exposure.

And the attention favorites like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray get is well deserved. They dominate men's tennis, and we like to watch domination.

But there are other very good players out there. Very capable of giving the favorites a run for their money, on any given match. Sometimes they are those just below the top favorites, and sometimes even further.

Those who often make that surprise run into the finals, and then capture our attention.

Let's take a look at some of those underdogs, who are worth watching play at this tournament. And that if you are not paying attention, would slip by you and be in the finals on the last day of competition.

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