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Australian Open 2012 TV Schedule: Top Men's Matches to Watch on Jan. 19

Chris SiddellCorrespondent IIIJanuary 18, 2012

Australian Open 2012 TV Schedule: Top Men's Matches to Watch on Jan. 19

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    The Australian Open is well under way and already we have seen some great matches.  These are the ones you should be watching on Wednesday night through into Thursday morning.

    These are the matches to watch starting at 7 p.m. ET on January 18.*

    Coverage begins on the Tennis Channel before switching over to ESPN2 at 9 p.m. for through the night coverage.

    The second round will almost certainly feature some surprises along with some great tennis.  These matches are the ones you should be keeping an eye on through the night.

    *The Australian Open takes place on the far side of the international date line, which means matches on the January 19 in Australia, may actually start on the January 18 Eastern Time.

5. Golubev vs. Gasquet

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    Andrey Golubov and Richard Gasquet does not really jump out as one of the ties of the round, but this could be one to watch.

    Golubev made it into the top 50 in the world back in 2010, but has struggled to get that form back.  Still capable of playing some great tennis, Golubev could make this an interesting match.

    Gasquet should have no problems with Golubev in theory, but neither should have Mikhail Youzhny in the first round.  

    With Golubev on a high, and Gasquet looking a little below his best in his opening tie, it could be interesting.

4. Simon vs. Benneteau

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    Giles Simon and Julien Benneteau will square off in this exciting all French tie on the 19th.  Simon will be the favourite going into the match, but Benneteau has a great change of upsetting his compatriot.

    After breezing through his first round tie, Benneteau will be looking to take advantage of the fact Simon needed all five sets to beat lowly ranked qualifier Danai Udomchoke.

    This one should be a close match with a lot of strong rallies and a close finish.

3. Chela vs. Andujar

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    Juan Ignacio Chela and Pablo Andujar have met a few times recently, with each man coming out on top twice.

    These two could have been facing off in much different circumstances just a few weeks ago at the Davis Cup Final.  It turned out that both men missed out on their respective teams and will now face off in the Australian Open second round.

    Chela will be favourite for this one, but in reality, it could go either way.  Watch out for this one, it should be an exciting match.

2. Kukushkin vs. Troicki

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    Mikhail Kukushkin will go into this match as another underdog who could spring a surprise at the Australian Open.

    Blasting past his first round opponent to provide a small shock early on, Kukushkin is another player looking to take advantage of tired legs.

    Viktor Troicki had a tough opening match and was taken all the way by the experienced Juan Carlos Ferrero.  With two tie breakers thrown in to that, he will have some heavy legs going into his second round match.

    Kukushkin could take full advantage of that in another exciting match.

1. Hewitt vs. Roddick

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    Lleyton Hewitt against Andy Roddick is certainly the must-watch match of the day.  The two former Grand Slam champions will face off for the 14th time at the Australian Open.  Roddick only just holds the advantage between the pair, winning seven compared to Hewitt's six.

    Looking at the rankings alone, Roddick should come out with an easy victory in this one.  But Hewitt is not a player you can write off easily, especially when playing at home in Australia.

    The pair have battled out some incredible matches in the past, including a quarterfinal at Wimbledon in 2009, and an Australian Open semi back in 2005.

    Both players are top characters in the game, and this match is likely to provide us with some great tennis, a few tantrums, and most importantly, a lot of entertainment.

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