There are so many wonderful matches! It's too bad we have this artificial divide between men's and women's matches in this format. But..... oh well.
Robin Soderling (SWE) vs. Rainer Schuettler (GER) I am pulling hard for Robin in this one. I like Rainer, but he's not Swedish now is he? I think Robin has a great chance to get by Rainer if Rainer continues to struggle as he has so far this year.
Andy Roddick (USA) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) This is going to be fantastic. Gonzo always has a chance to win against any player if he is playing in the zone. Here's hoping he hits a few too many wild and wacky shots and Andy gets past this dangerous first round.
Gustavo Kuerten (BRA) vs. John van Lottum (NED) Guga might survive the first round in Melbourne. Makes me feel like having a party.
James Blake (USA) vs. Carlos Moya (ESP) This is the sad match. Normally I would be cheering for James like mad, but now I feel like a meanie for doing that.
Chris Guccione (AUS) vs. Alun Jones (AUS) This is the cruel match. Maybe Jelena should take a look at this before talking about how the AO normally rigs the draw for its own. But I'm pulling for Chris in this one. A big serving lefthanded redhead. What's not to like?
Marat Safin (RUS) vs. Brian Vahaly (USA) This one might be interesting.
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs. Taylor Dent (USA) I find myself rooting for a Spaniard.
Younes El Aynaoui (MAR) vs. Galo Blanco (ESP) The magical Morrocan fights cheap white wine. I think Younes might be able to get the win here even though he is subpar.
Nicolas Massu (CHI) vs. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) I have hopes for Jarkko here, but he was a little unlucky in his draw.
Gaston Gaudio (ARG) vs. Tommy Robredo (ESP) I like them both about the same. It could be a good match. Just don't make Gaston mad, Tommy.
Irakli Labadze (GEO) vs. Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) Another potentially interesting match.
Kenneth Carlsen (DEN) vs. Sjeng Schalken (NED) Two favorites.
But then Sjeng isn't Danish so....... GO KEN!!!
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs. Mardy Fish (USA) This might be a fabulous match way out there on Court 17. GO FISH
Thomas Enqvist (SWE) vs. Vincent Spadea (USA) Tompa!! Please win this one. Do it for tennis!!
Anthony Dupuis (FRA) vs. Todd Martin (USA) Gentleman Todd. Playing until his last quiver.
Oscar Hernandez (ESP) vs. Nicolas Lapentti (ECU) NICO!!!!!