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Hewitt fires out Nadal warning


LONDON –– Lleyton Hewitt has written off Rafael Nadal's chances at Wimbledon and insisted that he can himself put three months of injury hell behind him and mount a serious bid to win a second crown at the All England club.

Hewitt, the 2002 Wimbledon champion, is playing in the traditional warm-up event at Queen's club this week in his first tournament since March.

But he is confident that he can bounce back quickly from the lay-off enforced by surgery on a troublesome toenail and a subsequent fall that left him with cracked ribs.

Those setbacks forced the Australian to miss the French Open, where Nadal's form on his way to victory sparked suggestions he could become the first player since Bjorn Borg to win back-to-back titles at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

Hewitt however believes he will still have the edge on the young Spaniard on grass.

"We're on grass now, so the game changes a little bit," Hewitt said.

"He is obviously a hell of a player and his clay court record is amazing. On the grass court he is going to be competitive but he is definitely not one of the favourites."

The 24-year-old added: "I've been looking forward to this part of the season for a while.

"It will be a bonus if I can get some matches under my belt at Queen's but even if I bombed out I still think I've got a good chance of getting through to the second week at Wimbledon and then anything can happen."

Hewitt's opening match at Queen's provided him with a solid workout, the Australian being pushed all the way by Belgian Xavier Malisse before coming through 6-7 (3/7), 7-5, 7-5 on Tuesday.

He next faces the winner of the clash between Davide Sanguinetti of Italy and giant Belarussian Max Mirnyi. –– AFP

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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Re: Article: Hewitt fires out Nadal warning

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Poor Nadal, now he faces the same thing that Roger does. Thats what you get for winning a GS and playing some really hot tennis kiddo.

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"He is obviously a hell of a player and his clay court record is amazing. On the grass court he is going to be competitive but he is definitely not one of the favourites."

Sounds fair to me
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Re: Article: Hewitt fires out Nadal warning

I don't think Hewitt really has said anything out of the ordinary there.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: Article: Hewitt fires out Nadal warning

Yeah. He's gotten to the final in the last 2 Grand Slams he has played. Morever, he's really at home on grass. Nothing wrong with what he said about getting to the 2nd week.
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I dont think he said anything radical there

Rafa definitely isnt one of the favs for Wimbledon...

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Re: Article: Hewitt fires out Nadal warning

Hewitt is right, he didn't say anything... "arrogant"... oh My God...the "A" word !!

To be honest here, Hewitt doesn't have to worry about Nadal (and obviously he doesn't), he needs to worry about Federer, cause I don't think he'll ever beat Federer again.

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Re: Article: Hewitt fires out Nadal warning

I also think Hewitt was correct with what he said

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... the French Open, where Nadal's form on his way to victory sparked suggestions he could become the first player since Bjorn Borg to win back-to-back titles at Roland Garros and Wimbledon ...
Did Borg do it after his 1st win of RG? I think, if I am not mistaken, that he won his 1st Wimbledon a year or two after his 1st RG.

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"He is obviously a hell of a player and his clay court record is amazing. On the grass court he is going to be competitive but he is definitely not one of the favourites." ...
I think he is right there. So, as Deivid said, it's fair by me too.

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Re: Article: Hewitt fires out Nadal warning

who knows? hopefully Lleyton will have enough time to get back into it at Queens. It's nice to see he's very confident, but I don't know. Rafa's a threat on hard courts but I don't know about grass, he could surprise us, you never know.
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Did Borg do it after his 1st win of RG? I think, if I am not mistaken, that he won his 1st Wimbledon a year or two after his 1st RG.
He did 3 times in a row 78, 79 and 80.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: Article: Hewitt fires out Nadal warning

Mandoura, you are right about Bjorn Borg having to wait a couple of years to win Wimbledon after he won his first French Open. Borg won his first French Open in 1974 and his first Wimbledon in 1976. And to me Borg is the greatest tennis player I have ever seen play.

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He did 3 times in a row 78, 79 and 80.
Yes I know. But did he go win Wimbledon right after his 1st RG win? i.e. the first year he won RG did he win Wimbledon too? I will check it.

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Yes I know. But did he go win Wimbledon right after his 1st RG win? i.e. the first year he won RG did he win Wimbledon too? I will check it.
No, he didn't.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: Article: Hewitt fires out Nadal warning

Mandoura, please read my previous post and that will fill you in on Borg and the French Open and Wimbledon.

GWH, Borg also won the 1981 French Open over Ivan Lendl in a thrilling 5 set final. And that was Borg's 11th career and last grand slam singles title.

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