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Hewitt's days as a Grand Slam contender look over

Anyone see his match today? One of the most pathetic performances I've seen from him, along with the Davis Cup match where he lost in straight sets to Nalbandian last year. He choked like a mother, like never before
5-3 up in the 2nd set serving for the match, then 5-3 in the 3rd with 2 match points but blew them all with weak errors and double faults

Family life has finished him off it seems

Losses to Kohlschreiber and Seppi within 2 weeks. No one would ever have thought that a couple of years ago. Sad to see him fall
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Re: Hewitt's days as a Grand Slam contender look over

Give him a break, he's also pretty sick.

Not to mention hasn't played since the Thailand Open, where he had to retire.
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Re: Hewitt's days as a Grand Slam contender look over

I think you might be writing him off a just a little too soon
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No I don't think it was his sickness. He was actually playing quite well in the first set, some traditional Hewitt style. But he seemed to really lack confidence to finish the match off in the 2nd set, maybe from a lack of matches. It's just very unusual to watch Hewitt collapse and choke with no confidence, usually it's him making others collapse and taking advantage. Sad to watch him double fault away important service games and then basically put the ball in play very safely, hoping Seppi would make errors. Give credit to Seppi, there was no way he was going to beat himself and Hewitt didn't seem to have the confidence to finish him off.

A very un-Hewitt like performance and a worrying sign. He looks finished as a major player.
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Re: Hewitt's days as a Grand Slam contender look over

Can you wait until the end of the year to say that? Hewitt is rusty and has been sick. Just because he starts out well doesn't mean he has enough energy yet to keep it going.

As for his Oz goes, he could be finished in the first week. That much I will give you.
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Re: Hewitt's days as a Grand Slam contender look over

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Can you wait until the end of the year to say that? Hewitt is rusty and has been sick. Just because he starts out well doesn't mean he has enough energy yet to keep it going.

As for his Oz goes, he could be finished in the first week. That much I will give you.
I'm not so sure. Hewitt said before this year started he had been training very strongly and felt fitter than ever, it sure isn't showing on court.

I would have laughed/cried if you told me last year he would be beaten by Kohlschreiber and Seppi in back to back weeks on home soil. Very sad indeed.
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I'm not so sure. Hewitt said before this year started he had been training very strongly and felt fitter than ever, it sure isn't showing on court.

I would have laughed/cried if you told me last year he would be beaten by Kohlschreiber and Seppi in back to back weeks on home soil. Very sad indeed.

Just give him some time that is all. He will fire himself up but probably won't be great again until after Oz.
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What's Hewitt sick with?
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What's Hewitt sick with?
He had a stomach bug during his first round match against Spadea but seemed ok yesterday after a day off against Melzer. now he loses and people are saying he's sick again/still?

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Anyone see his match today? One of the most pathetic performances I've seen from him, along with the Davis Cup match where he lost in straight sets to Nalbandian last year. He choked like a mother, like never before
5-3 up in the 2nd set serving for the match, then 5-3 in the 3rd with 2 match points but blew them all with weak errors and double faults

Family life has finished him off it seems

Losses to Kohlschreiber and Seppi within 2 weeks. No one would ever have thought that a couple of years ago. Sad to see him fall
when was he ever a slam contender to begin with?

Sure he was gifted a couple slams - the weakest Wimbledon in Open era history, and a US Open in which the linespeople conspired against their own for once (talk about a change of tune)...

but besides those, he has never really had any shot at a slam in this sport.
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I'm not so sure. Hewitt said before this year started he had been training very strongly and felt fitter than ever, it sure isn't showing on court.
What else are you expecting him to say? He's not going to admit that he's been changing diapers/ singing lullabies for a month or so.
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Hewitt and other Aussies hate that Rebound Ace surface...he won't wins Oz Open but he will have a great season...

get a clue
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Re: Hewitt's days as a Grand Slam contender look over

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when was he ever a slam contender to begin with?

Sure he was gifted a couple slams - the weakest Wimbledon in Open era history, and a US Open in which the linespeople conspired against their own for once (talk about a change of tune)...

but besides those, he has never really had any shot at a slam in this sport.
He also happens to play in the same era as Federer. He's reached 2 finals in the past 2 years and lost in the semis of 2 others to Federer. If that doesn't qualify as being a slam contender, pray tell, what does?
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what a load of shite

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Re: Hewitt's days as a Grand Slam contender look over

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when was he ever a slam contender to begin with?

Sure he was gifted a couple slams - the weakest Wimbledon in Open era history, and a US Open in which the linespeople conspired against their own for once (talk about a change of tune)...

but besides those, he has never really had any shot at a slam in this sport.
And you are a multiple Grand Slam winner yourself I guess to be in such a position as to run down Lleyton's record.
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