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Some interesting openers in store

Originally Published: January 14, 2005
By Howie Schwab | Special to ESPN.com

The first Grand Slam tournament of the tennis season is upon us already. The Australian Open is wide open on the women's side with the absence of last year's two finalists, Justine Henin-Hardenne and Kim Clijsters, in addition to Jennifer Capriati. The men's draw has a simple question: Can anybody beat Roger Federer?

The first round has a number of intriguing matchups. Federer did not get the easiest opening-round opponent in Fabrice Santoro, and he easily moved ahead.

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