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Tennis fans in the United States have been searching for a new national hero.
With the exception of the occasional underdog, Americans haven't been represented well in Slams since the peak of Andy Roddick's career.
But American prospects are emerging in both the men's and women's game early on in Melbourne.
Let's face it - Ryan Harrison was doomed to a first-round exit by being drawn against Andy Murray to start off the tournament.
Although he did lose the match, he put up an impressive fight for a 19 year-old hopeful, taking the first set 6-4 and competing throughout.
Looking at the women's side, New Jersey-native Christina McHale has been putting on a show once again.
Coming off of a third round appearance in the U.S. Open (in which she defeated Marion Bartoli, the eight seed, in straight sets), McHale began her Australia campaign with a victory over 24-seed Lucie Safarova, and came back from a set down to win her second round match against Marina Erakovic.
American tennis fans will be pleased with their representation in the coming years, even if veterans like Roddick are on the decline.