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Hewitt most heavily favored to contend

Updated: January 21, 2005, 4:57 AM ET
By Patrick McEnroe | Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Roger Federer comes into the Australian Open after a year that was the greatest single performance since Rod Laver won the Grand Slam in 1969.

Although my brother John McEnroe had a great year in '84, and Mats Wilander also won three Slams in '88, Federer was just so dominant (last season against the top 10 players he went 18-0 and did not lose one final). He's taken the game to another level. He's put the old school in a modern game. Everyone else is just trying ...

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