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Before the Australian Open had opened to strike a single tennis ball, writers and fans scrutinized the tennis draw, opining which quarter was toughest and comparing the unfairness of it all.
A week later, there's a very different picture, and the Cinderella stories have nearly vanished. While would-be contenders like Juan Martin del Potro, Ernests Gulbis and Jerzy Janowicz bow out, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic keep winning.
Correction, Nadal and Djokovic are destroying their opponents. Ask Gael Monfils, who before his third round match with Nadal had somehow been considered the stiffest test of the third round.
Uh, no. Unless Nadal's 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 pasting of Monfils was an aberration.
Djokovic has also treated his opponents like sparring partners, jabbing and dancing his way to victory with plenty of energy in the tank for a possible quarterfinals match with Stanislas Wawrinka.
If players are going to defeat Nadal, it may only get tougher with each successive round.
Djokovic has been the most automatic semifinal entry the past four years.
It's possible somebody could defeat them with a Herculean effort. It's possible either player could roll an ankle ("Careful, Rafa!") or succumb to injury. But in case anyone needs a reminder that they are the top two players in the world, they are dishing out demonstrations at the 2014 Australian Open.