The most decorated player of the hardcourt era of the Australian Open/Championships
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Roger Federer (SUI)  vs. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)  – I think Dimitrov has a real chance to win here because the courts in Australia play a bit slower than Roger ideally likes them to play. Grigor plays deeper in the court that Roger so a slower court may be to his liking. Grigor also had a nice set of showings at Brisbane and Sydney. Still, Roger likely wins in 3 or 4 sets. If Roger’s serve is steady, I think the pressure shifts to the Bulgarian.
Nick Kyrgios (AUS)  vs. Tomas Berdych (CZE)  – Berdych hits hard and is a steady performer on tour. Kyrgios hits hard and is somewhat of a lightening rod on tour. The difference I see is Kyrgios is a more fluid mover on court. Each guy will put the other on the defensive, but I think Kyrgios has more potential when playing defense.
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)  vs. Kei Nishikori (JPN)  – GGL is playing solid tennis, and I am just not sure what to make of Kei over the past 6 months.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)  vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) – Tsonga wins and enjoys crowd support for his previous good deed.
Novak Djokovic (SRB)  vs. Andreas Seppi (ITA)  – Novak was targeted by some reports that I deem to be reckless. I think he comes out in a mood to destroy whomever is in front of him. Andreas the bell tolls for thee.
Dominic Thiem (AUT)  vs. David Goffin (BEL)  – This should be an incredibly fun match. If I had a ticket, this is the match I circle and make sure not to miss. This is close to a 50-50 match, but I think Thiem wins a close 4 or 5 set duel.
Federico Delbonis (ARG) vs. Gilles Simon (FRA)  – Gilles is a tough out.
Marin Cilic (CRO)  vs. Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)  – Cilic did reach the Wimbledon quarters and US Open semis in 2015. I think if Cilic wins this match he is a player to watch the rest of the way. I am picking Bautista Agut based on his strong 2014 performance in Oz and his tune-up victory. His form is a known variable whereas Marin’s is a bit unknown to me.