If you think you can wait until the later rounds to start watching the Australian Open, you are wrong. It only took one day of matches for there to be some serious surprises.
American Steve Johnson gave No. 10 seed Nicolas Almagro everything he had before falling in five sets. Meanwhile, No. 11 seed Juan Monaco was not as fortunate. He lost in straight sets in his first match to Andrey Kuznetsov.
Who knows what will happen when some of the biggest stars begin their tournament run on Day 2?
Matches to Watch
Robin Haase vs. Andy Murray (3)
Until the end of last season, Andy Murray was "the other guy" after Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. He was the best player who had never won a Grand Slam, but he could not be put in that elite group until he accomplished the feat.
Fortunately, he broke through last summer with a gold medal at the London Olympics and then finally a victory at the U.S. Open.
He will be one of the top contenders to win this tournament, but needs to make sure he takes things one match at a time.
Robin Haase reached the third round of the Australian Open in 2011, so he will provide Murray with at least a challenge in the first round.
Victoria Azarenka (1) vs. Monica Niculescu
Monica Niculescu will not be a pushover after reaching the third round of the Australian Open in back-to-back years, but Victoria Azarenka clearly has the upper hand.
The defending champion of this event should be able to cruise at least until the quarterfinals.
Things get tougher after that with either Sara Errani or Caroline Wozniacki expected to reach that point and Serena Williams looming in the semifinals. However, this will be a good tune-up in the first big tournament of the year.
Benoit Paire vs. Roger Federer (2)
Roger Federer has one of the toughest roads to the championship that a No. 2 seed should ever face.
He is on the same side of the bracket as Andy Murray, but before that he will likely run into tough opponents like Bernard Tomic, Milos Raonic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Benoit Paire has little experience playing at the top level, but Federer is under a lot of pressure to finish these early matches in a hurry. Otherwise, he might not have anything left in the tank for the later rounds against the top competition.
Serena Williams (3) vs. Edina Gallovits-Hall
This might be one of the biggest mismatches of the entire tournament.
Edina Gallovits-Hall has been around the sport for a long time, but never really accomplished much at the upper levels. She will have to go up against the 15-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams.
The star power of Williams should make this an entertaining match, but her serve alone should cause a 6-0, 6-0 result as she eases past her opening-round opponent.
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Day 2 TV Schedule
|First Round||2 - 5 p.m.||ESPN2|
|9 p.m. - 7 a.m.||ESPN2|
*Coverage begins Monday, continues into Tuesday
You can watch every match on ESPN3.
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