Australian Open 2012: Men Guaranteed to Fail on Jan. 19

Kyle Vassalo@VassaloBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2012

Australian Open 2012: Men Guaranteed to Fail on Jan. 19

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    Upsets were few and far between in the first round of the 2012 Australian Open, and the second round will bring more of the same.

    While it's exciting to see a low seed make a deep run in a tournament of this stature, there are players who are doomed to fail in the second round.

    Here are the Cinderella stories that will be cut short before they ever begin.

Santiago Giraldo

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    Opponent: Novak Djokovic

    The good news about playing the best player in the world is that upon beating him, Santiago Giraldo would assume his relatively easy path through the tournament.

    The bad part about taking on the No. 1 seed is that defeat is almost always inevitable.

    Novak Djokovic is going to coast to the semifinals and will steamroll a grossly outmatched Giraldo en route to doing so.

Lleyton Hewitt

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    Opponent: Andy Roddick

    Andy Roddick is in dire need of a massive victory and is out with a vengeance. With the ferocious top seeds in the tournament, it's hard to see Roddick battling his way into the finals, but there is no way he's getting bounced out at this stage.

    Roddick is no average No. 15 seed, and Hewitt is going to have to battle for every single point.

Ricardo Mello

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    Opponent: Jo Wilfried-Tsonga

    Jo Wilfried-Tsonga has a knack for exhausting his opponents both mentally and physically. He's the type of player that is always a threat to make a deep run and isn't easy prey for any player in the world.

    Ricardo Mello has the unfortunate fate of taking on one of the players involved in this tournament that nobody wants to encounter.

Edouard Roger-Vasselin

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    Opponent: Andy Murray 

    Always a bridesmaid, never a bride, Andy Murray has proven time and time again that he is amongst the elite in tennis.

    Putting it all together and bringing a Grand Slam home might not be in the works, but he could easily find himself in the semifinals or finals.

    Roger-Vasselin takes on one of the top players in the world, and though Murray has problems finishing tournaments, he isn't going to be shut down in the second round.