2003 Australian Open Tennis Odds

January 10, 2003

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Lleyton Hewitt With no clear-cut favorite, Hewitt's the best of the bunch, although be wary as he is under the most pressure. Especially with a A QF showdown with Roddick looming. Boy, wouldn't that be tasty!
Andre Agassi In what may be their last trip Down Under, Andre and baby Jaden face a tough draw, which may pit him against formidable foes in Escude, Canas and Grosjean. All winnable matches, but losable as well.
Carlos Moya The Spaniard got back into form last year and it should carryover into a positive fortnight. Plus, he's got a nice draw and the longer he goes and the hotter it gets, the more dangerous this former Oz finalist becomes.
Sebastien Grosjean After a sub-par '02, a strong showing in Australia -- remember he reached the semifinals just a few years ago -- would set the tone for a '03 rebound. And he knows he can beat Agassi.
Roger Federer Even though he's been the biggest bust of the young season thus far, he's got the best draw of any top seed. So...Anything short of a quarterfinal will be a major disappointment.
Jiri Novak Another former Oz semifinalist returns with a better more confident game. The likable Czech should get past Roddick and with a Hewitt collapse bigger things could be in store.
Paradorn Srichaphan No one it hotter than P-Dorn, whose aggressive style continues to befuddle opponents accustomed to the baseline bombers of the current day.
Marat Safin Shoulder willing (and it will), Safin's "fly under the radar" campaign pre-tourney may work and take some of the pressure off him after last year's gag.
James Blake JB has nicely come into his own, and after a poor showing in Slams last year last year, which included a meltdown in Australia to Koubek, the time may be right for a long-awaited breakthrough.
Guillermo Canas If the Argentine can get the motor started he can win anywhere.
Andy Roddick Has he won a title since hitching with actress/pop singer Mandy Moore? Poor results in Sydney doesn't bode well for the American fireballer.
Rainer Schuettler The lone German hope plays well in January, but that's until he gets the Aussie Open. If he can find a spark and play with the big boys he's got the game and the intelligence to be a threat.
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Fernando Gonzalez No one hits it harder than Gonzo, but then again no one hits it out further than Gonzo. Just a question of which Gonzo shows up!
Yevgeny Kafelnikov Seems like whenever in the past a tournament is wide open, it becomes a Yevgeny Kafelnikov event.
Richard Krajicek If the serve's a hummin' his opponents are a runnin'.
Max Mirnyi Like Krajicek, always dangerous and a tough out.
Xavier Malisse The talented Belgian has a good looking game and a good looking draw to match.
Fabrice Santoro The "Fabulous One" is like the Rubik's Cube of tennis, and very few have the patience to solve him.
Semifinals: Hewitt d. Federer, Moya d. Agassi
Final: Hewitt d. Moya

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