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1. Lleyton Hewitt: He has won in New York and at Wimbledon. We're hard-pressed to come up with a reason he can't do it on home soil. Potential third-round match against Gustavo Kuerten ought to be a good one.

2. Andre Agassi: No one is quite sure of the state of Agassi's game. If he's on, he could win his third A.O. title in four years. If not, a worker bee like Guillermo Cañas could sting him.

3. Marat Safin: If the balky shoulder weren't enough of a concern, a deceptively icky draw -- a healthy-for-the-time-being Richard Krajicek looms in Round 3 -- spells an early demise. We just hopes he brings his "family" to the players' box again.

4. Juan Carlos Ferrero: Has yet to distinguish himself Down Under. This could be the year to change that, particularly since his draw is softer than goose down.

5. Carlos Moya: On the short list of legitimate threats to win the whole jug of sangria. Potential fourth-rounder against Paradorn Srichaphan should be a good one.

6. Roger Federer: All the talent in the world, but his confidence has been playing hide-and-seek for the better part of a year. A Grand Slam disappointment at three events and counting. Draw looks nice, but don't be surprised if Stefan Koubek upsets him in Round 3.

7. Jiri Novak: Won't win seven matches, but Cheery Jiri does awfully well for himself under the radar.

8. Albert Costa: Essentially M.I.A. since his Roland Garros triumph. If the courts are fast, his exit will be, too.

9. Andy Roddick: Year started inauspiciously with a loss to Hyung-Taik Lee, but Mandy's Man is always a threat. The faster the court plays, the farther he'll go.

10. David Nalbandian: Haven't heard much from Nalbandian the Andean since Wimbledon.

11. Paradorn Srichaphan: All aboard the Paradorn bandwagon. A genuine threat to win the whole shebang, but can he handle the skyrocketing expectations?

12. Sebastien Grosjean: A player to watch. Former semifinalist (and should-have-been finalist) had a disappointing 2002, but he's back to full health.

13. Fernando Gonzalez: Particularly if Safin goes out early, the flayin' Chilean could reach semis. Won't get a test until James Blake in Round 3.

14. Guillermo Cañas: Better hard-court player than he's given credit for being. Grinding style should be particularly effective in the heat.

15. Alex Corretja: Has never played to his potential in Melbourne, but innocuous draw should ensure that he at least lives up to seeding.

16. Sjeng Schalken: A second-week player at the last two Slams, keep an eye on the Sjengster.


20. Xavier Malisse: Marat Lite. The talent is there, but where is his head?

22. Yevgeny Kafelnikov: In his swan song Down Under -- no, seriously -- the former champ will want to go out with more than a whimper.

23. James Blake: If he can get by Gonzalez -- in what could a hell of a match -- draw opens up.

25. Mikhail Youzhny: If he doesn't "blow a [Richard] Gasquet" in first round, Davis Cup hero could go far.

27. Jan-Michael Gambill: His play at the start of the year has been encouraging. Did he bring along enough rackets?

28. Fabrice Santoro: The master of the black arts is always dangerous.

30. Gustavo Kuerten: All eyes already are on his likely third-round showdown with Hewitt.

32. Stefan Koubek: Early leader in the Champions Race enters Australia on hot streak.


Max Mirnyi: It's all about the serve.

Mark Philippoussis: It's all about the serve.

Wayne Arthurs: It's all about the serve.

Richard Krajicek: When he's healthy -- no small conditional -- he can play with anyone.

Mardy Fish: Playing the best ball of his career.


Youzhny vs. Richard Gasquet: Don't be surprised if this matchup comes in a Grand Slam final one day

Kuerten vs. Hicham Arazi: Nirvana for fans of shotmaking

Todd Reid vs. Richard Krajicek: Big generation gap could make for an intriguing match.


Semifinals: Hewitt vs. Gonzalez, Moya vs. Agassi
Final: Hewitt vs. Moya
Champion: Hewitt :p

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lmao @ y_s!

I bet you'll have to wait for a long time, Mr. Werthheim doesn't have any seed! :D :D :D
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