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In the land of marsupials, crocodile hunters and December summers, you take all your expectations and then you reverse it. And then you multiply it by ten. [firstpara] That’s how insane it goes in Australia, and that's pretty much the same at the Australian Open. In the first of four Grand Slam of any given year, nothing is ever what it seems.

A year ago, we saw a weepy Roger Federer watch Rafael Nadal lift his first Australian Open. Which is, again the complete opposite of what would happen throughout the year.

Rafa failed to make it to another Grand Slam, sliding to No. 2, while Federer finally took home the elusive French Open and his sixth Wimbledon—his record-breaking 15th Grand Slam.

Because we are getting tired of expecting the—yawn— unexpected, we give you a straight out reportage of what to really expect at the 2010 Australian Open:

Aussie mates everywhere
The Australian squad is set on giving glory to its country. Led by former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, the local talents are banking on the home-court advantage to boost their campaign.

Last year, Serbia-born Aussie Jelena Dokic did just that. Dokic, who had never reached the fourth round of the Australian Open, rose from No. 157 to No. 91 thanks to her 2009 Australian Open run. She reached the quarterfinals, where she was defeated by then No. 1 Dinara Safina.

Expect Aussie mates Samantha Stosur, Alicia Molik and Jessica Moore to join Jelena Dokic in the women’s game; and Bernard Tomic, Brydan Klein, along with Lleyton Hewitt to have more TV time.


WORDS BY: AIMEE MORALES
ILLUSTRATION BY: FRANTZ ARNO SALVADOR

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