Player Profiles

(1) Roger Federer

Federer: Reduced to tears last year
Age: 29
Nationality: Swiss
Became Pro: 1998
Height: 1.85

Federer is eyeing revenge and a staggering 16th Grand Slam singles title with victory in Melbourne.
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(2) Rafael Nadal

Nadal: Defending champion
Age: 24
Nationality: Spanish
Became Pro: 2001
Height: 1.85

After a 2009 season blighted by injury, the reigning champion returns Down Under with a point to prove.
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(3) Novak Djokovic

Djokovic: Winner in 2008
Age: 23
Nationality: Serbian
Became Pro: 2003
Height: 1.90

2008 champion Novak Djokovic returns Down Under as one of the most in-form players on the ATP circuit.
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(5) Andy Murray

Murray: British hope
Age: 23
Nationality: British
Became Pro: 2005
Height: 1.91

The British star will be looking to break his Grand Slam duck Down Under after a fine 2009 campaign.
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(5) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

(5) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Age: 25
Nationality: French
Became Pro: 2004
Height: 1.88

Last year's surprise runner-up is back for more after a breakthrough year in 2008.
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(6) Gilles Simon

(6) Gilles Simon
Age: 26
Nationality: French
Became Pro: 2002
Height: 1.81

Comeback kid Simon enjoyed a superb 2008 and will now look to continue in the same vein.
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(8) Juan Martin Del Potro

(8) Juan Martin Del Potro
Age: 22
Nationality: Argentinian
Became Pro: 2005
Height: 1.98

The Argentine surged up the rankings in the second half of 2008 to break into the world's top 10.
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(9) James Blake

(9) James Blake
Age: 31
Nationality: American
Became Pro: 1999
Height: 1.85

A top hardcourt performer, Blake should go well if, as expected, the plexicushion surface quickens up this year.
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(10) David Nalbandian

(10) David Nalbandian
Age: 29
Nationality: Argentinian
Became Pro: 2000
Height: 1.80

The Argentine is a renowned fighter who reached the Australian Open semi-finals back in 2006.
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(11) David Ferrer

(11) David Ferrer
Age: 28
Nationality: Spanish
Became Pro: 2000
Height: 1.75

The Spanish Davis Cup winner will be looking to put a poor end to 2008 behind him.
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(12) Gael Monfils

(12) Gael Monfils
Age: 24
Nationality: French
Became Pro: 2004
Height: 1.93

Talented Frenchman for whom consistency appears the biggest obstacle to him becoming a real star.
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(13) Fernando Gonzalez

(13) Fernando Gonzalez
Age: 30
Nationality: Chilean
Became Pro: 1999
Height: 1.83

The Chilean lit up this tournament in 2007 with his run to the final. Can he do it again?
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(14) Fernando Verdasco

(14) Fernando Verdasco
Age: 27
Nationality: Spanish
Became Pro: 2001
Height: 1.88

The Spaniard will be out to improve on an awful record at Melbourne Park - and has the form to do so.
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(15) Stanislas Wawrinka

(15) Stanislas Wawrinka
Age: 25
Nationality: Swiss
Became Pro: 2002
Height: 1.83

The Swiss won doubles gold at the Beijing Olympics, but has not done well Down Under before.
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Experts & Blogs

Barry Cowan

Barry Cowan reflects on Great Britain's Davis Cup defeat by Italy

Ultimately it has been a Davis Cup campaign with many positives for Great Britain, but one inescapable truth was again exposed - we rely too much on Andy Murray.

Barry Cowan

Davis Cup 2014: Britain will beat Italy if Fabio Fognini is ruled out

Defeating America in the Davis Cup was a real achievement – but overcoming Italy would top it.