Australian Open 2014: Must-See Early-Round Matches

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Australian Open 2014: Must-See Early-Round Matches
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Maybe the 2014 Australian Open did no favors to its native sons, but Bernard Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt will be front and center with their opening-round matches.

Melbourne's tennis fans will pack Rod Laver Arena when Tomic looks to wave some Aussie magic in upsetting World No. 1 Rafael Nadal. Hewitt's first-round challenge will be 24th-seeded Andreas Seppi.

These are two of the most enticing matches in the men's draw, which is packed with compelling showdowns and potential upsets.

The women's draw also has its share of intriguing pairings. Who wouldn't want to watch unseeded Venus Williams challenge 22nd-seeded Ekaterina Makarova?

This is your guide to the most interesting matchups and stories of the first round.

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