- Associated Press - Saturday, January 12, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (AP) - Men to watch at the Australian Open, which begins Monday:



Seeded: 1

Age: 25

Country: Serbia

2012 Match Record: 75-12

2012 Singles Titles: 6

Career Singles Titles: 34

Major Titles: 5 _ Australian Open (‘08, `11, `12), Wimbledon (‘11), U.S. Open (‘11).

Last 5 Australian Opens: `12-Won Championship, `11-W, `10-Lost in Quarterfinals, `09-QF, `08-W

Topspin: Is the two-time defending champion, and has won three of the last five Australian titles _ including the epic 5-hour, 53-minute five-set win over Rafael Nadal last year _ making Melbourne Park his most successful major venue. … Has been a finalist at six of the past eight Grand Slam tournaments, winning four of those. … Finished last season off with three late wins to give him six titles from 11 finals. … Regained the No. 1 ranking in November and finished the year atop the rankings in back-to-back years. … His 75 wins in 2012 were the second most in his career. … Had a minor stumble at the Hopman Cup mixed-teams event in Perth, losing to Australia’s Bernard Tomic in the group stage.



Seeded: 2

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