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post #16 of (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 11:57 AM
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Re: WWW Tommy Hass or Leyton Hewitt in GS Final?

There's no way Haas could win a slam final under ordinary circumstances (take away the big 4 and the fact remains). He simply doesn't have the mentality to, which is why he never made a single final despite his huge natural ability, decent top scalps and versatile game.

He blew three of his four opportunities to advance to a slam final against Kafelnikov, Safin and Gonzalez (the other being Federer). His slam QFs were lost to Davydenko and Hewitt. These are not bad losses, but he certainly had the talent to win at least one of those semis. And in his entire career, he won 1 Masters 1000. There's a good reason for a number 2 player only having these credentials, and that's him not having the mental fortitude to close out equally or less physically able players when it matters most.

In this way, Hewitt spent the earlier part of his career as the polar opposite. But having said all of that, Hewitt's body probably couldn't hold up over 5 sets if he somehow made it into a final anyway.

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