(9) Richard Gasquet

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

Gasquet enjoyed one of his best ever seasons in 2012 as he climbed back into the world's top 10 for the first time since 2008 and the early signs this year suggest he's intent to maintain the momentum.

Richard Gasquet: Won the recent Qatar Open
Richard Gasquet: Won the recent Qatar Open

France's number two reached his third ATP Masters 1000 final - but first since 2006 - when finishing runner-up to Novak Djokovic in Toronto back in August before clinching the seventh ATP title of his career with victory over Gilles Simon in Bangkok the following month.

Gasquet also reached the fourth round in every Grand Slam last year, which contributed to his career-high prize money haul of US$1,562,677, but he may now have more than one eye on going at least one step further in Melbourne.

The 26-year-old's confidence is high having won his eighth title by defeating Nikolay Davydenko in the final of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open at the start of January so he'll no doubt be a dangerous player in the draw Down Under.

Gasquet has never gone beyond the fourth round at the Australian Open but on current form now is perhaps a better time than ever for him to venture further.