(10) Nicolas Almagro

  • Last Updated: June 9 2013, 19:41 BST

The Spanish baseliner continues to threaten the world's top 10 but still seems unlikely to do much on the hardcourts in Melbourne.

Almagro: More suited to clay

His best results have always come on clay. Indeed, all 12 of his ATP titles have come on the dirt, including two last year - in Nice and Sao Paulo.

Possessing a big forehand, Almagro has admittedly also had some decent hardcourt wins, results which have taken him to the brink of a return to the top 10.

However, Almagro has never got through to the quarter-finals in eight visits to Australia.

His game is not suited to the slicker, faster surfaces. His long wind-up backhand is a joy to watch but probably not the best technique for the hardcourts.

He'll do well to produce a career-best effort in 2013.