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Entire nation riding Hewitt's run

Updated: January 30, 2005, 1:43 AM ET
Reuters

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Sunday's centenary Australian Open final between local hero Lleyton Hewitt and Russian Marat Safin is more than just a promoter's dream -- it is a classic battle between one man's destiny and another's determination.

Hewitt has fantasized about winning the Australian Open since his parents introduced him to tennis as a small child.

He wasn't even born when Mark Edmondson, the last Australian to win the championship, beat John Newcombe in the 1976 final but he ...

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