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Roddick has a 7-6 edge in their head-to-head record _ and he has won the last six times they’ve played dating to 2005. He’s also ranked 16th and Hewitt has slumped to 181st.

“I’ve won the most recent meetings, but I think out of the six that I’ve won, four or five have gone the distance,” Roddick says. “We always have a bit of a war.”

For that reason, the match could well be scheduled during the evening session on Rod Laver Arena. Hewitt was part of the latest finish in Australian Open history four years ago, closing out a victory over Marcos Baghdatis at 4:33 a.m.

“I don’t really want to have too many of the Baghdatis matches again,” Hewitt said. “Go home and McDonald’s is already open on the way home for breakfast.”


AP Sports Writer Caroline Cheese contributed to this report.