(4) Robin Soderling
- DOB: 14/08/1984
- Nationality: SWE
- Became Pro: 2001
- Height: 1.91
Strange as it sounds, the new world number four has never gone beyond the second round at the Australian Open.
Soderling seems most at home on clay these days - hence his two final appearances at Roland Garros - but there have been some recent improvements on hardcourts where his big-serving game would appear to be well suited.
He beat Gael Monfils indoors to win the Paris Masters in November before opening his 2011 campaign with victory at the Brisbane International, held outdoors on the same Plexicushion surface that will be on show in Melbourne.
The latter title vaulted him above Andy Murray in the ATP rankings as the powerful hitter continues his impressive rise from the fringes of the top 20 to one of the world's very best players.
However, a string of early exits here since his first Australian Open appearance seven years ago may make some wary to include him among the favourites for the tournament.
There is no doubting he is now a formidable opponent for anyone, though, and with his stock on the rise, Soderling cannot be discounted.
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