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What will Lleyton Hewitt's 2004 year-end rank be?

What do you predict will be Lleyton Hewitt's year-end rank in 2004?
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Re: What will Lleyton Hewitt's 2004 year-end rank be?

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Re: What will Lleyton Hewitt's 2004 year-end rank be?

I'm thinking in the 5 to 9 range.
He can make points any time during the year since he has little to defend.
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Re: What will Lleyton Hewitt's 2004 year-end rank be?

I voted for lower than five, but I think he'll be in the top ten.
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Re: What will Lleyton Hewitt's 2004 year-end rank be?

I voted for lower than 5 as well. I think he'll definitely be in top 10 and I wouldn't be shocked if he were to be in top 5.

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If Hewitt decides to play a full year (and has no injuries) he will walk into the top 5 by virtue of having hardly any points to defend.

I am a little surprised that people have written him off so quickly after being back to back No.1 in 2001-2002.

His last three competitve matches (2 against Ferrero and 1 against Federer) indicate to me that if he wants it bad enough, he can still compete with and even top the best of them. He is still the mentally strongest player on tour when engaged in a dog fight.

Barring injuries or a less than full schedule, I have little doubt that he will be top 5. Whereabouts in the top 5 depends on how focused he remains and how much he wants it.
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Re: What will Lleyton Hewitt's 2004 year-end rank be?

I lean more toward seeing Lleyton in the top 5 by year-end because of the same thing FanOfHewitt said. He has so little to defend, meaning he has everything to win. And I do think he has the mentality of a top 5 player, he just lost that last year. In my opinion, last season was more of a cycle. He was injured - he played poorly - he lost ranking - he became demotivated - so he played even more poorly. But in light of what has happened concerning the Davis Cup, I see him getting back into the game. He's proved to himself and to the world that he can do anything he commits himself to.

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Re: What will Lleyton Hewitt's 2004 year-end rank be?

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?
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Re: What will Lleyton Hewitt's 2004 year-end rank be?

Probably lower than 5.
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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.
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Re: What will Lleyton Hewitt's 2004 year-end rank be?

I say he'll be worse than Ferrero, Federer, and Roddick, so I voted for #4, but it could be 5 or lower (never 1,2 o 3)
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well said fanofhewitt

top 5 is gonna be difficult but top 10 easily
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Top 5 or close to it. he's too good a player NOT to make fun of again so we need the PPCT alive and kicking for 2004
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Re: What will Lleyton Hewitt's 2004 year-end rank be?

Hewitt: #6

After Federer, Roddick, Coria, Ferrero and Nalbandian.
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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.
I know Ferrero is a all court player but he is not one of the elite players on grass and is far better on clay. Hewitt would certainly have an advantage of grass as he has been practicing on it for more then 2 months.

Not playing for a while is no disadvantage for professional tennis players (unless they were injured). Look at Agassi, had 2/3 months off and made the finals of Houston.

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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.
Federer is a mentally weak player, as soon as he choked away the third set he lost his confidence and did not play that well. In the 5th set he got plain tired although that is no excuse.

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If you are waiting for Hewitt to blow someone off the court before you give him credit well that's never going to happen.
Actually I am waiting for Hewitt to win another slam before I gave him credit. Something I predicted would not happen again after the year 2002.
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