MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (AP) - Men to watch at the Australian Open, which begins Monday:
2012 Match Record: 75-12
2012 Singles Titles: 6
Career Singles Titles: 34
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.