Australian Open 2012: 8 Potential Blockbuster 4th-Round Matches

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Australian Open 2012: 8 Potential Blockbuster 4th-Round Matches
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As Week 1 at the Australian Open in Melbourne draws to a close, there are some mouthwatering matches we earnestly pray will happen. They involve top-ranked players as well as aspiring newcomers hoping to reach the summit by upsetting those at the peak.

We have already seen some heartbreakers like No. 6 seed Aussie Samantha Stosur stumbling out of the blocks, as well as the top-ranked American Mardy Fish going out in the second round.

But when a door closes, a window opens. These upsets might unveil a new talent preparing his or her first full-fledged assault on a major.

As we head into the Round of 16, there are some challenging matches on tap—if only all the promised ones make it through the third-round staging ground.

Following are the matches we sincerely hope will happen.

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