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Despite playing a Frenchman yesterday, Kuerten was cheered on by most in the crowd — complete with several Brazilian flags waving in the stands and a group of people with giant gold-colored letters spelling out G-U-G-A, his nickname.

Djokovic survived a rough start to his quest for a second straight Grand Slam title, holding off Denis Gremelmayr 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2.

Djokovic is trying to become the first man since Jim Courier in 1992 to win the Australian and French Opens in the same year.