Australian Open 2012: Men's Draw Underdogs Worth Watching on Day 6
The Australian Open is coming towards the end of its first week and there are a few underdogs we need to look out for. These guys are the five underdogs most likely to come away with a shock result in the last of the third round matches on Day Six.
There have been some great underdog stories and a couple of upsets already at the Australian Open. Keep an eye out for these guys to provide a few more.
If you love a good underdog story, then these players are definitely ones you need to be watching when they take the court.
5. Mikhail Kukushkin
Mikhail Kukushkin became the second underdog to knock out a Top 10 seed when he beat Viktor Troicki in the second round.
Now up against Gael Monfils, Kukushkin will once again be the underdog.
Having being the underdog for all his matches so far, that won't trouble the Kazakh. This will be one to watch as Kukushkin looks to make it three upsets in a row.
4. Richard Gasquet
Richard Gasquet is not really seen as a threat to the big stars, but he is capable of pulling off an upset on Day Six of the Australian Open.
Up against ninth seed Janko Tipsarevic, the Frenchman will be looking to overwhelm the Serbian No. 2.
Tipsarevic often raises his game for the big occasion, but out on the Margaret Court Arena in mid-afternoon is not that big of an occasion.
Keep a close eye on this one, the mid-afternoon heat and a couple of lapses in concentration could cost Tipsarevic and Gasquet will be on his way through.
3. Julien Benneteau
Julien Benneteau pulled off a shock win against compatriot Giles Simon in the second round. He will be looking for another upset in the third when he faces Kei Nishikori.
There isn't an awful lot between these two, but the slightly better ranking of Nishikori, and of course, his seeding, means he goes in as the favourite.
Keep an eye out for this tie, as it could easily be overlooked on Show Court Three.
2. Juan Ignacio Chela
Juan Ignacio Chela has already taken out one Spaniard in the Australian Open and now he is faced with another.
David Ferrer will be a lot tougher to beat than Pablo Andujar, but Chela could have just enough to spring a surprise on Ferrer.
Ferrer sticks out as the weak link of the top five seeds and an early exit at the end of the first week would confirm this. Keep an eye out for this one, it will be a lot closer than many people expect.
1. Lleyton Hewitt
Lleyton Hewitt is gradually becoming the story of the Australian Open.
Barely inside the Top 200 players in the World, Hewitt has been the underdog of the tournament.
Now up against Canadian Milos Raonic in another late-night tie, Hewitt will be looking to use his home advantage yet again.
Raonic may be some 150 places higher in the rankings, but this will certainly not be a lopsided match. I'd even go so far as to say I expect Hewitt to win.