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Hewitt has the advantage of the home crowd

Updated: January 25, 2005, 9:25 AM ET
By Patrick McEnroe | Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Aussie Lleyton Hewitt reached his first quarterfinal at the Australian Open after a five-set battle with Spanish teen Rafael Nadal.

He'll face an Argentine, No. 9 seed David Nalbandian, with a lingering injury that could be a factor. Still, he should ultimately overcome Nalbandian -- especially with the help of the home crowd -- a la Alicia Molik and Venus Williams.

But the ATP trainer better make sure Hewitt can go the distance, as well. It could be a long ...

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