Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
One respect in which Murray certainly is Hewitt-like....
....his playing style is a complete break from the tradition of his countrymen, just as Hewitt is from the Aussie tradition. After seeing plenty of struggling wildcards during the grass-court season over the last few years, it is amazing to watch a British player who can cope when his serve comes back, who has margin for error on his shots, who can make great defensive saves and passing shots, who can hold his nerve at the big moments, who can grind down fellow baseliners from the back of the court.
And importantly, although the press here will now immediately declare him this year's Wimbledon champion in waiting, they mustn't be allowed to use him as a smokescreen to cover up the failings of British tennis as they have done with Henman and Rusedski. Just like Henman, Murray is not a product of the LTA system, and it shows - as well as his gameplan against most opponents, the technique on his strokes tells you a lot about his claycourt training and upbringing in Spain. Not that I'm complaining, mind you; that may be the first time I've seen someone wear Hewitt down and beat him at his own game in a match of this importance, certainly outside clay.
The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.
Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?
ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.