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 Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) – Rafa’s draw is pretty soft after this match, but I think Rafa is low on confidence and is not yet grooved. I give Youzhny a 40% chance at the upset despite one of my loyal readers telling me that I am crazy.
 Roger Federer (SUI) vs Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) – I like Federer here. I also think Fed will benefit from night matches.
 Andy Murray (GBR) vs. [Q] Yuki Bhambri (IND) – The qualifier should be match tough, but Murray is a new level of opponent.
Federico Delbonis (ARG) vs. Nick Kyrgios (AUS) – The Aussie crowd should help their big hitting hope for the future advance.
Tobias Kamke (GER) vs. Bernard Tomic (AUS) – Tomic is hard to predict.
Sam Groth (AUS) vs. Filip Krajinovic (SRB)
 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) vs Dustin Brown (GER) – I wish I was in Melbourne to see this one on sight. This should be a treat for the fans.
 Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs. Alejandro Falla (COL) – This is not the easiest first round match for the Big Czech, but I think Berdych wins in 3 or 4.
[Q] Alexander Kudryavtsev (RUS) vs. Marinko Matosevic (AUS)
 Ernests Gulbis (LAT) vs [WC] Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) – Perhaps against my better judgment, I am taking Gulbis.
Blaz Kavcic (SLO) vs. [WC] James Duckworth (AUS)
Juan Monaco (ARG) vs. Simone Bolelli (ITA) – If ticket holders want to see good hard fought tennis, find this match on the grounds and watch it.
 David Goffin (BEL) vs. [Q] Michael Russell (USA) – This is another fun match in my mind. Russell never makes anything easy and Goffin of the Shire is a rising star.
Jiri Vesely (CZE) vs. Viktor Troicki (SRB) – A 50-50 match
 Martin Klizan (SVK) vs Tatsuma Ito (JPN)
 Leonardo Mayer (ARG) vs [WC] John Millman (AUS) – I love Mayer’s game and mentality.
 Lukas Rosol (CZE) vs. Kenny De Schepper (FRA)
Malek Jaziri (TUN) vs. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) – Kukushkin is a talent.
Maximo Gonzalez (ARG) vs. Lukas Lacko (SVK)
[Q] Jurgen Melzer (AUT) vs. Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) – Melzer is crafty and tough.
Ricardas Berankis (LTU) vs. Igor Sijsling (NED)
 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) – This could be quite good if one can get court side and watch.
[WC] Jordan Thompson (AUS) vs. Joao Sousa (POR) – Can some of Spain’s successes from 1989-present spill over to Portugal?
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) vs. Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) - I wanted to pick Baghdatis, but I fear his best days were years ago.
 Jérémy Chardy (FRA) vs. Borna Coric (CRO)
 Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs [Q] Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) – Good news is that Ruben qualified – Bad news is that he has to face Ivo’s serve for anywhere from 3-5 sets
 Kevin Anderson (RSA) vs. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) – Big man tennis takes this one.
 Tommy Robredo (ESP) vs. Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) – This is another match that ticket holders should be sure to see.
 Richard Gasquet (FRA) vs Carlos Berlocq (ARG) – I can’t pick Gulbis and Gasquet on the same day. Berlocq is entertaining, but he will have to dig in to pull an upset here.
[WC] Luke Saville (AUS) vs. [Q] Tim Smyczek (USA) – I’ll take the guy who is match tough from the qualifying rounds.
Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs. Denis Istomin (UZB)
Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) vs. Dudi Sela (ISR)