AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Roddick does acknowledge having idle thoughts about Federer when he’s practicing, but only because Federer’s the world’s best player. “You think about it just because you’re trying to shoot for the best,” Roddick explained. “Obviously, he’s established himself as that in the last couple of years. But, “am I obsessed with it? Do I have pictures on my wall or something? No.” Roddick lost his opening match at the U.S. Open last August to Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, who was making his debut in the tournament. The upset, on his 23rd birthday, stung Roddick and fueled some intense offseason workouts. MELBOURNE, Australia — Andy Roddick is taking the Australian Open one Swiss at a time. The second-seeded Roddick opens the season’s first major against Michael Lammer, a 23-year-old qualifier from Switzerland. If the men’s draw plays out according to seedings, Roddick will meet top-ranked Roger Federer, the 24-year-old Swiss star and overwhelming favorite, in the final. But after a shocking first-round exit at the U.S. Open, Roddick is not planning any further ahead than tonight’s encounter with Lammer on Rod Laver Arena. “We get asked about possible matchups down the road all the time, but I’m only worried about Lammer right now that’s the honest truth,” said Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion. “I want to get through that one and then just keep going.” “To be completely frank, it really (ticked) me off, put a little bit of a chip on my shoulder,” Roddick said. “But I think I work better like that. It gave me something to prove. “I feel more motivated for this than I ever have been.” In other men’s matches today, Masters Cup champion David Nalbandian is against Udomchoke Danai of Thailand and Sydney International winner James Blake faces Jose Acasuso of Argentina. On the women’s side, top-ranked Lindsay Davenport faces Australian wild-card entry Casey Dellacqua and defending champion Serena Williams is against China’s Li Na. Venus Williams, seeded 10th, faces Tszvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria and 2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova plays Germany’s Sandra Kloesel. Justine Henin-Hardenne, the 2004 Australian Open winner and reigning French Open champion, won the Sydney International on Saturday in her comeback from a right hamstring strain. The 23-year-old Belgian faces Marta Domachowska of Poland in the first round. Henin-Hardenne’s compatriot, U.S. Open winner Kim Clijsters, said she’s still no certainty to be fit for her first-round match against Cho Yoon-jeong of South Korea. Clijsters injured her left hip and withdrew from the Sydney tournament last Wednesday and still is not confident it’s 100 percent. “Hopefully it will get better. It’s a lot better than what it was when it happened,” said Clijsters, who sought and was granted a Tuesday start. She was able to practice on Sunday morning and hoped to build up the intensity, leaving a decision on her fitness for as long as she can. As of Sunday evening, all of the top 20 ranked women and 46 of the top 50 were entered in the draw. It is only the second time in 30 years that all of the top 10 ranked women are entered in the main draw at the Australian Open. Martina Hingis, making a comeback to the majors after three years off the tour, is among the eight women in the draw who have held the No. 1 ranking. She won three straight titles at Melbourne Park from 1997-99, then lost three finals in a row from 2000-02. Hingis isn’t ranked and relied on a wild-card entry from organizers to make the main draw. “It feels different definitely from coming here playing in ’95 when I was 15, (as a) fearless rookie,” she said Sunday. “Ten years later, definitely you have some butterflies in your stomach.” She lost to Henin-Hardenne in the first round at Sydney last week, but said it helped her work out where she fits into the scene. “I don’t think it was too bad to lose to the eventual champion,” Hingis said. “Playing her definitely showed me what it’s all about now, being a top-10 player and winning Slams.” She can take a lead from fellow Swiss, Federer. Federer lost an exhibition match to Tommy Haas at Kooyong on Wednesday, but said it didn’t hurt his preparation. And he doesn’t mind his status as the favorite in Melbourne to pick up his seventh Grand Slam title. “I enjoy being the big favorite, you know, not just the favorite but the big one,” Federer said. “I always prefer the situation to be the favorite than the contender because I always feel the contender needs to do their work and all this, where the favorite, he can see what the other guys do. “I obviously have to make sure that I win my matches, but mentally I’m that tough that I don’t have a problem with that.” For results of early Monday matches, see Scoreboard/B7. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!