2003 Australian Open Tennis Odds

January 10, 2003

AUSTRALIAN OPEN FORECASTS
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ODDS PLAYER THE SKINNY
3-1
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!
4-1
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.
6-1
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.
7-1
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.
8-1
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.
8-1
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.
10-1
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.
10-1
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.
12-1
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.
12-1
Guillermo Canas If the Argentine can get the motor started he can win anywhere.
14-1
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.
20-1
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.
     
Keep an eye on:  
30-1
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!
35-1
Yevgeny Kafelnikov Seems like whenever in the past a tournament is wide open, it becomes a Yevgeny Kafelnikov event.
40-1
Richard Krajicek If the serve's a hummin' his opponents are a runnin'.
40-1
Max Mirnyi Like Krajicek, always dangerous and a tough out.
50-1
Xavier Malisse The talented Belgian has a good looking game and a good looking draw to match.
75-1
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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