Five dark horses you'd better watch

Juan Martin del Potro leads a pack of players trying to break through in Oz

Updated: January 14, 2014, 9:55 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

There was a time in the dark, distant past when predicting the Australian Open was truly open to suggestion.

In the 1998 final, No. 6-seeded Petr Korda beat No. 9 Marcelo Rios for the only Grand Slam singles title of his career. A year later, No. 10 seed Yevgeny Kafelnikov and unseeded Thomas Enqvist met in a final that went to Kafelnikov, one of the two majors on his résumé.

One-hit wonder Thomas Johansson (2002), 32-year-old Andre Agassi (2003) and the mercurial Marat ...

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