Australian Open 2013: Most Difficult Opponents in Novak Djokovic's Draw

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Australian Open 2013: Most Difficult Opponents in Novak Djokovic's Draw
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Though there is perhaps no one outside of his colleagues in the Big Four who Novak Djokovic fears, the defending Australian Open champion had to be pretty happy when he got a look at his draw for this year's opening Grand Slam. The bracket features many talented tennis players, but with few exceptions, most of the names in the draw are nowhere close to Djokovic's class and likely are happy just to be playing in Melbourne.

Yet it would be a mistake for Djokovic to get too cocky, as there are a few potential traps laying in Djokovic's path to the semifinals in the guise of players who have either shown they are capable of beating Djokovic or are just too talented to be ignored.

Here is a look at the four players in Djokovic's draw who would offer the greatest challenge to the defending champion as he seeks to claim his fourth Australian Open title and start his 2013 season with a bang.

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