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The names might not be Davenport and Federer, but Howie Schwab writes that there are several worthwhile first-round matches to pay attention to at the Australian Open.

Updated: January 13, 2006, 5:21 PM ET
By Howie Schwab | Special to ESPN.com

Hard to believe but the first Grand Slam of 2006 begins Monday (Sunday, 7 p.m. ET). Once again, there are a number of intriguing story lines when looking at first-round matches. Some players will be unhappy with their draw; others will be tested by unsung challengers.

Notable First-Round Matchups: Men

Nikolay Davydenko (5), Russia vs. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia Davydenko made the quarterfinals at last year's Australian Open before losing to another hard server, Andy Roddick. Expect ...

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