With the quarterfinals underway in Melbourne, it's time to give credit to the breakout performers at the 2013 Australian Open.
Melbourne has seen its share of thrilling victories and upsets over the course of the last week and a half.
Let's highlight the best breakout performances from the 2013 Aussie Open:
Even though South Africa's Kevin Anderson is no longer competing at the 2013 Australian Open, he still qualifies as a breakout performer.
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Heading into the match with the Spaniard, Anderson wasn't given much of a chance, but ultimately proved his worth to the tennis world when he outlasted Verdasco, 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2.
This was Anderson's deepest run at the Aussie Open, making him a breakout performer in 2013.
So what makes Kuznetsova a breakout performer?
How about a victory over a former No. 1-ranked player.
Kuznetsova ousted Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 in the fourth round in what was one of the biggest upsets in Melbourne.
If the Russian defeats Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals, it'll mark Kuznetsova's deepest run at the Australian Open in her career.
Despite a 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 loss in the quarterfinals to David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro had a nice showing at the Australian Open.
While Almagro may have shot himself in the foot against Ferrer, he had a string of convincing wins leading up to the quarterfinals and certainly gave Ferrer a run for his money with a trip to the semifinals on the line.
ESPN Tennis points out how close the match was:
The 2013 Aussie Open was the 27-year-old's deepest run in Melbourne, easily making him one of the best surprises in the tournament.
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