Originally Posted by WyverN
Hewitt has done nothing phenomenal.
A scrape through against JC on grass is not very impressive and the Federer match happens once in a decade.
Fancy Hewitt continuing winning matches this way regularly?
WyverN did you actually see the matches against JCF and RF? I don't believe you'd continue to hold your opinion if you did.
Ferrero played one hell of a match in the Davis Cup agaisnt Hewitt. This wasn't the disinterested JCF that showed up to the Masters Cup. He was mentally jacked up for this one. It was one of his best matches for the year.
I also think you are discrediting both Ferrero and Hewitt by sighting the surface (grass) as being an issue. Firstly, Ferrero is not just a stereotypical claycourter. He can play on all surfaces. Secondly Hewitt does not really have an advantage on grass. He doesn't volley and his serve is pretty shithouse. If anyone exploited the surface it was JCF with his tremendous kick serves.
Oh, and by the way, Hewitt beat Ferrero having had only 1 competitve match in the last 3 months!
As for the Federer match, anybody who can claw his way back from the brink of extinction and topple a class act like Federer must be doing something right. And it wasn't as if Federer piked it. Federer remained competitive even in the last set where he got starched, and he was still pulling out winners all throughout the set. Hewitt just beat him with his mind, an asset of his which I think is being underestimated.
If you are waiting for Hewitt to blow someone off the court before you give him credit well that's never going to happen. That's not the nature of the beast. Hewitt thrives on adversity and reveals his greatness in dire circumstances. Put Hewitt in a closely contested match against any of the top players and I know who I'd be backing to win.