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After enjoying a remarkable comeback season in 2013, Nadal is now looking for his second Australian Open title.
The defending champion is chasing a fourth straight title in Melbourne and goes into the event as the man to beat.
Ferrer reached a career-high ranking at the end of 2013 but is not considered a major threat in Melbourne.
Murray will be looking to go one step further after finishing as the runner-up three times at the Australian Open.
Del Potro is one of the world's most talented players and has recently shown signs of fulfilling his huge potential.
Federer struggled immensely in 2013 but his pedigree of four Australian Open titles must be taken seriously.
Berdych will go into the tournament full of confidence after leading the Czech Republic to Davis Cup glory.
Switzerland's No 2 enjoyed a breakout year in 2013 and will hope to carry the form over into the new season.
Gasquet will be hoping to improve his relatively modest record in Melbourne after an encouraging 2013 campaign.
The Frenchman returns to the scene of his finest hour hoping to rebound from a disappointing end to 2013.
The Canadian is one of the hottest young properties in tennis but will want to make a step up during 2014.
The three-time semi-finalist is still going strong on the ATP Tour despite nearing the end of his 36th year.
The towering American will be hoping to make a bigger impact after two years of indifferent results at grand slams.
Russian veteran Youzhny won two ATP titles last year and has now climbed back into the world's top 16.
Fiery Italian Fognini enjoyed his best season yet in 2013 but is thoroughly unproven at grand slam level.
Rising Japanese star Nishikori is now feeling the pressure to make an impact at one of tennis' major tournaments.