Player Profiles

(1) Rafael Nadal

Nadal: On the verge of history
Age: 24
Nationality: Spanish
Became Pro: 2001
Height: 1.85
Odds: 11/8

Nadal can claim a historic fourth consecutive Grand Slam title by securing the Australian Open crown.
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(2) Roger Federer

Federer: Defending champion
Age: 29
Nationality: Swiss
Became Pro: 1998
Height: 1.85
Odds: 2/1

Defending champion Federer is looking to end his worst Grand Slam run since 2003.
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(3) Novak Djokovic

Djokovic: Champion in 2008
Age: 23
Nationality: Serbian
Became Pro: 2003
Height: 1.90
Odds: 13/2

Djokovic returns to the scene of his finest hour as he tries to end the wait for a second Grand Slam title.
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(4) Robin Soderling

Soderling: Rising star
Age: 26
Nationality: Swedish
Became Pro: 2001
Height: 1.91

The Swede has shot up the rankings over the last the last two years but owns a poor record in Melbourne.
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(5) Andy Murray

Murray: Runner-up last year
Age: 23
Nationality: British
Became Pro: 2005
Height: 1.91
Odds: 4/1

Last year's beaten finalist hopes to go one better this time after enduring an up-and-down 2010 season.
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(6) Tomas Berdych

Berdych: Struggled to find consistency
Age: 25
Nationality: Czech
Became Pro: 2002
Height: 1.96
Odds: 33/1

Berdych has just enjoyed a breakthrough year, but comes into the Australian Open in poor form.
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(7) David Ferrer

Ferrer: Consistent if unspectacular
Age: 28
Nationality: Spanish
Became Pro: 2000
Height: 1.75
Odds: 50/1

He is not exactly the most glamorous name in tennis but Ferrer may have a point to prove in Melbourne.
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(8) Andy Roddick

Roddick: Big-hitting threat
Age: 28
Nationality: American
Became Pro: 2000
Height: 1.88

So often the nearly man, Roddick will be looking to improve on his four semi-final appearances.
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(9) Fernando Verdasco

Verdasco - semi-finalist two years ago.
Age: 27
Nationality: Spanish
Became Pro: 2001
Height: 1.88

The Spanish left-hander is best known in Melbourne for his run to the semi-finals back in 2009.
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(10) Mikhail Youzhny

Youzhny - impressive end to 2010.
Age: 28
Nationality: Russian
Became Pro: 1999
Height: 1.83

A strong finish to 2010 means Youzhny arrives in Melbourne on a high.
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(12) Gael Monfils

Monfils - knows how to celebrate.
Age: 24
Nationality: French
Became Pro: 2004
Height: 1.93

A hugely-talented player who has yet to make the most of the skills at his disposal.
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(11) Jurgen Melzer

Melzer - fine season in 2010.
Age: 29
Nationality: Austrian
Became Pro: 1999
Height: 1.83

One of the big improvers on the tour in 2010, Melzer will look to continue his progress in Melbourne.
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(13) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Tsonga - finalist here in 2008.
Age: 25
Nationality: French
Became Pro: 2004
Height: 1.88

Tsonga announced himself to the world in Melbourne three years ago with a sensational run to the final.
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(14) Nicolas Almagro

Almagro - made quarter-finals last season.
Age: 25
Nationality: Spanish
Became Pro: 2003
Height: 1.83

Better known for his claycourt results, Almagro will do well to repeat last year's run to the last 16.
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(15) Marin Cilic

Cilic - semi-finalist in 2010.
Age: 22
Nationality: Croatian
Became Pro: 2005
Height: 1.98

Last year's semi-finalist has failed to live up to higher expectations over the past 12 months.
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(16) Mardy Fish

Fish - best-ever season in 2010.
Age: 29
Nationality: American
Became Pro: 2000
Height: 1.88

Surged up the rankings to a career-high position during the second half of 2010 so hopes will be high.
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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.