"Roddick this month replaced high-profile Brad Gilbert – who earned a reported US$1.7mil during his 18 months with Roddick as he took the youngster to the 2003 US Open crown"
記事リンク先：Hewitt gets a big boost
ADELAIDE: Lleyton Hewitt could move himself into a second seeding behind Roger Federer at next month's Open as rival Andy Roddick delays his departure for Australia to the last moment.
Hewitt, third on the ATP with just 65 points separating him from the former US Open winner who has taken up with a new coach, could close that small ranking gap by reaching the semi-finals next weekend at the hometown event he won in 1998 and 2000.
Roddick's decision to stay in the US and train with new mentor Dean Goldfine could easily cost the 22-year-old the second seeding behind runaway Roger Federer in Melbourne at the Grand Slam which begins Jan 17.
Hewitt is making a nostalgic return to Adelaide after a few years away, playing at the rival Hopman Cup event in Perth.
The Australian, now linked with soap actress Bec Cartwright after his engagement to fellow player Kim Clijsters ended in the autumn, is keen to challenge superlative Swiss Federer during the upcoming season.
Roddick this month replaced high-profile Brad Gilbert – who earned a reported US$1.7mil during his 18 months with Roddick as he took the youngster to the 2003 US Open crown
– has turned down a wild card entry from Adelaide organisers.
The American begins his preparation at the eight-man Kooyong Classic in Melbourne Jan 12-15, traditional warm-up for the big guns of the game, including Federer and Andre Agassi.
That event carries no ranking points, with Hewitt in a position to surge as he plays an ATP event in Sydney where he owns three titles.
Hewitt hammered Roddick last month at the season-ending Masters Cup, winning the last 20 points of the one-way rout.
The Australian has been working hard at home over the past month, training with Swede Joachim Johansson, also playing in Adelaide and the boyfriend of Hewitt's younger sister Jaslyn.
ATP rankings due out on Jan 10 will determine the seedings in Melbourne, with a possible number 2 spot giving Hewitt the anchor at the other end of the draw from the fearful Federer.
Others in the Adelaide field include German Nicolas Kiefer, making a comeback after several months out curing a wrist problem, and Wimbledon semi-finalist Mario Ancic of Croatia. – dpa