At the Australian Open today
Roger Federer was asked by Jim Courier, who is working for an Australian TV station, who his main competition is at the Australian Open. Ever diplomatic, Federer listed the top three seeds -- and four-time champion Andre Agassi. When pressed, though, Federer admitted that it's Hewitt. Yep, he skipped right past No. 2 Andy Roddick and picked No. 3 Lleyton Hewitt. (Marat Safin is the fourth seed for those of you counting at home.)
It's not surprising since Hewitt came close to overtaking Roddick for the No. 2 spot before the tournament started. Not to mention that Federer once again defeated Roddick in an exhibition final last week. Officially, Federer holds an 8-1 record against Roddick, who himself said after their Wimbledon final that he'd have to start winning before you could call it a rivalry between them. Still, Hewitt didn't fare much better in the final of the U.S. Open.
Hewitt begins his quest to become the first Australian man to win the title at home since 1976 in the last match of the night. Hewitt faces Frenchman Arnaud Clement, who -- just like Hewitt -- enjoys chasing down balls. Expect a lot of running. Roddick, who has a new coach, plays Irakli Labadze, who has never gotten out of the first round of the Australian Open. Labadze also hasn't won a match since July. Labadze says his forehand is his best shot; unfortunately, it's also Roddick's best ground stroke.
Potential show stoppers
Blake plays young German Florian Mayer, who reached the second round of the Australian Open last year before falling to David Nalbandian.
Dementieva's weak serve is offset by seemingly reaching any ball as she races side-to-side. Sometimes players find it difficult to get into a rhythm against Dementieva because there's so little pace coming off her serve and then she hammers a groundstroke past them.
Cynthia Faulkner is the tennis editor for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this preview.