The name Roger Federer has been synonymous with excellent tennis for a while now. Nothing about that has changed since last January except for the fact that he's now the No. 2 seed in the field, thanks to a dominant 2010 season from Rafael Nadal.
Regardless, Federer is the man to beat in the 2011 Australian Open. The bullseye is always squarely affixed to the back of the defending champion and this year that happens to be the Swiss Maestro.
Federer has proven to be quite adept at winning Grand Slams. He does have the career record at 16 and counting, four of which have been won in Melbourne on the Plexicushion Prestige.
The Fed Express may be derailed this year by a very strong field. Nadal, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, is bidding to become the first man since Rod Laver did so 41 years ago to hold all four Grand Slam trophies at the same time.
Without further ado, read on for the 10 players that could prevent Federer from beginning his 2010 Grand Slam season with a second-straight Australian Open title.