Originally Posted by Purple Rainbow
I think a turning point for Hewitt was the US Open final in 2004.
Hewitt was making a strong comeback after a horrible 2003.
Hewitt was playing as strong as ever and very tenacious. He was having the eye of the tiger if you will, playing the way that made him become the youngest number 1 ever.
Unfortunately for Hewitt, he ran into a flawless Federer, who humiliated him 6-0 7-6 6-0. I think tis match seriously dented Hewitt's confidence. To play as well as you can and then to have absolutely no chance against your opponent has got to leave a serious scar on a player who is used to winning.
I would have agreed with you except it was not the first time that Roger had ever beaten him nor the first time he beat him since Lleyton's domination of him.
If Roger had anything to do with the decline of Lleyton I think it was just the realization that Roger had found an answer for him. By USO 2004 Roger had already beaten him at OZ, with a bagel, and also beat him at Hamburg as well. If anything that USO final loss could have been the final straw, but singly, I don't agree with that.
And I agree to a large extent, with CmonAussie, that the DC loss was a huge wake-up call for Roger. It was a devastating loss which, IMO, made a man out of him.