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(4) David Ferrer, (8) Janko Tipsarevic, (10) Nicolas Almagro, (14) Kei Nishikori, (23) Mikhail Youzhny, (24) Jerzy Janowicz, (28) Marcos Baghdatis, (32) Julien Benneteau
Dangerous unseeded players (w/ world rankings):
(103) Ivo Karlovic, (82) Lleyton Hewitt, (41) Grigor Dimitrov, (69) Gilles Muller, (48) Lukas Lacko
Top-seed in the quarter, David Ferrer faces a tricky set of opponents in his quarter. In his second round draw, Ferrer could face the 6-foot-10 Ivo Karlovic, who is always a frustrating player to play. Further into the draw is Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, who played very well in his warm-up in Brisbane, and always has a strong following in Melbourne. A potential quarterfinal match-up of Japanese No. 1 Kei Nishikori and David Ferrer could also be a blockbuster.
On the bottom half, Serbian Janko Tipsarevic faces a wealth of difficult potential-unseeded opponents in hometown hero Lleyton Hewitt, the big server from Luxembourg Gilles Muller, and an on-the-rise Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria. Question marks hang over Poland's Jerzy Janowicz, who enters his first Grand Slam as a seeded player, and Nicolas Almagro who has a low-percentage but potential highlight-reel-game on hard courts.
This could be the quarter of the draw with the most surprise results.