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Federer, injuries headline Australian Open

Roger Federer is the clear-cut favorite to win the Australian Open. But a depleted field could benefit American Andy Roddick.

Updated: January 27, 2006, 10:27 AM ET
By Brad Gilbert | Special to ESPN.com

Everything begins and ends in the same thought: Roger Federer.

He is such a dominant No. 1 right now, similar to the days when women like Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Steffi Graf or Monica Seles dominated. Every time Federer plays it's like he's a three-touchdown favorite.

We haven't seen the likes of this on the men's side in a long, long time. Pete Sampras was an incredible No. 1, but he would still lose every so often in the small tournaments. Federer is on a tremendous ...

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