French flourishing in Australia

Updated: January 20, 2012, 5:18 PM ET
By Ravi Ubha | ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Glancing at the top half of the men's draw, we could be forgiven for thinking that Melbourne is a small town somewhere in France. OK, that's after ignoring the names of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and a few others.

Of the eight third-round matches, six featured Frenchman. But no, this is, of course, the Australian Open, not Loire Valley.

"We always have good players," said Frenchman Sam Sumyk, the coach of Victoria Azarenka. "But at the moment, we're lucky ...

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