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Hewitt's speed, lobs, and passing shots...

were quite simply awesome today against Goran. admit it.

i am no fan of the contentious Potato but the truth must be admitted. especially when i am at home on a Friday night nursing a tennis (knee) injury which has made me much more empathetic towards previously injured/sick players who are fighting their way back in.

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Re: Hewitt's speed, lobs, and passing shots...

At this time of a possible Federer domination of non claycourt tennis I feel it is really important that tennis has a fully fit Hewitt whos at his best. We need some sort of Sampras-Agassi rivalry between aroudn 5 or 6 top players and I feel Hewitt has to try and break back into that group.
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Re: Hewitt's speed, lobs, and passing shots...

I have yet to see any Wimbledon tennis. That'll change tomorrow. NBC will probably show Serena/Magui and not Fed

I've always liked Hewitt's game and heart...well, most of the time. Guys remember he was the defending champion when he got bounced last year to Ivo??? He's quieted down considerably from last years continuous tirades (Marat has taken over the grumpy slumpy tude).

Still, like to see Moya overcome his own fear of grass.
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Re: Hewitt's speed, lobs, and passing shots...

my heart wants sexy Moya to win...

my head sez it's the Potato's chance to equalize their rivalry...

Q. When you've played as few matches as you have over the last two, three months, did you ever lack motivation to go out and practice?

ANDY RODDICK: Motivation? No. I enjoy what I do. I enjoy what I do. You know, I've never been one to, you know, blow off practice or, you know, do anything like that.

You know, I'd be lying if I said I'm looking forward to practicing the next two days as opposed to playing here. That part is gonna suck...(2010 Aegon Championships)
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Re: Hewitt's speed, lobs, and passing shots...

I don't doubt Hewitt is close to his best form on grass of 2002, which is why I have to hope Federer can take him out in the QF's. It'll be interesting to see how he handles playing a right-hander for a change in the 4th round, but I reckon he's got too much grass-court experience for Moya and can actually boss the points on this surface since he has a flatter hit. Federer will have to be selective in coming forward if he gets to play Hewitt in the quarters, the passes and lobs are as good as ever and can defeat even the best volleyers out there.

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Re: Hewitt's speed, lobs, and passing shots...

Yes, but dont forget Federer has the big serve, and forehand he can come in on, forcing weak replies, resulting in easier volleys. Moya will overpower Hewitt no doubt, so i expect him to come through though. And rarely does Hewitt boss his opponent around, thats what Moya will do to hewitt with His serve and forehand. He'll have to counterpunch very well if he wants to win. And i think Roger is smarter when to come forward now. He's not just rushing the net behind every serve. He rarely comes in against Nalbandian now, which has proven to be a succesful tactic, so he approach the net with caution. But then again Hewitt cant overpower Federer, like Nalbandian can, so i expect Federer will stay at the baseline, and bully him around with his groundstrokes. Even if people think hewitt is in great form (02 form), he wont have much of a chance of beating Federer and Roddick near their best on grass.

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If Hewitt and Fed play, and plat to their potential, then it'll be a great one!

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If Hewitt and Fed play, and plat to their potential, then it'll be a great one!
Yep, a great 3 set blowout

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Yep, a great 3 set blowout
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I doubt Hewitt will beat Moya let alone Federer
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Re: Hewitt's speed, lobs, and passing shots...

Lleyton has a lot of respect for Carlos (see Hewitt interview on wimby website) ... so maybe he will be a bit worried about this match. Carlos is enjoying himself, gotten further than anyone thought at Wimbledon, despite not having played here for 3 years. But check Moya's ace count over the last 3 matches, if he serves well, Lleyton SHOULD be worried! I would love to see Carlos win (and get that 'clay-court-specialist' tag ripped off him), but Lleyton can often get inside his opponent's head, and sometimes Carlos has lost important matches only in his mind ... so whoever is stronger mentally will win this ... hope it's a match worth watching! Vamos Carlos!

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Hewitt is the best counter-puncher in the game, and you will always see the best of him when he plays an opponent who comes to the net alot. I actually thought that Goran should of stayed back a bit as Hewitt must of won 80% of the points when Goran was at the net.

Hewitt's problem is that he doesnt have the technique or pure ball striking ability that today's top players have. Moya will beat him if he is just content to get the ball back in play (which is normally what he does), so he needs to attack from the start to stand a chance, which could work against him as it isnt his natural style. Im still tipping Hewitt over Moya, just on grass-court savvy alone...
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Re: Hewitt's speed, lobs, and passing shots...

really hoping Lleyton can grab a win over Moya.....as long as he gets his many tools of the trade firing, I think he should be able to advance

So far this year both of Lleytons grand slam defeats have been at the hands of the eventual winners of the slams....he needs some better draws
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Yes, mi chiquito Carlitos can win this. I think that Lleyton kind of overused the whole lob formula in the match with Goran. Players should pick this up because once you use a lob, it can be a sign of a last shot choice, so players should be prepared to do an overhead off one of his lobs. Anticipate that.

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once you use a lob, it can be a sign of a last shot choice
you really think that with Lleyton though?.....his lob isnt a last choice shot, its a pretty valuable weapon
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