thanks for the info,Socket
Did you take some pics of Lley?
I'd love to see that.
article about today's match
LEGG MASON TENNIS CLASSIC
Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
August 16, 2004
Hewitt in Cruise Control in Washington
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Australian Lleyton Hewitt cruised through to the second round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington Monday with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Danish veteran Kenneth Carlsen.
The 23-year-old No. 2 seed, playing in Washington for the first time since 1998 when he ranked No. 157 at the time, needed only 66 minutes to record his third win in three meetings against the Dane.
Hewitt, who reached the final at ATP Masters Series Cincinnati eight days ago, saved three break points in the match while breaking Carlsen twice in each set. Hewitt, who takes on Colombian Alejandro Failla in the second round on Wednesday, improved to 44-13 on the season, including 24-5 on hard courts.
Raemon Sluiter rallied to defeat Todd Martin 6-7(5), 7-6(3), 7-6(5) in the longest match on opening day (2:41). Martin was playing in his first tournament since a second round loss at Wimbledon. He had been sidelined this summer with a knee injury. Both players won 129 points each and Sluiter fired 19 aces and Martin 17. The Dutchman saved eight of 10 break points and the American 10 of 12 break points. Both players exchanged breaks in the first set and Martin won the last three points in the tie-break to win the opening set 7-5.
In the second set, Sluiter won the tie-break 7-3 to even the match. In the final set, Martin led 4-2 but was broken two games later. In the tie-break, Martin was serving at 5-4 but lost the next two points on his serve before Sluiter ended the match with a 130 mph ace.
Elsewhere in first round action, No. 3 seed and 2001 Legg Mason finalist Sjeng Schalken retired against Gilles Muller, trailing 1-6, 1-0. Schalken, who retired for the second time in three tournaments, stopped due to fatigue.
Schalken has failed to advance past the second round in four hard court tournaments this summer since reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the third straight year. Muller, making his first appearance in Washington, will now await the winner of the first round match between Jan-Michael Gambill and Stefan Koubek.
No. 4 seed Robby Ginepri dropped the second set against 2000 Legg Mason champion Alex Corretja before coming through 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3. Corretja, who was appearing in his first hard court tournament since Indian Wells in March, was playing for the first time since his first round loss at Wimbledon on June 21.
WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID:
Hewitt: "I was happy to get the break in the second set (at two all) because I felt like he raised his game. I kind of jumped him at the start of the first set. He's the kind of guy that could get into a lot of tie-breaks and make life difficult for you out there. I was happy to save a couple of break points the game before I broke him.
"I had a week off last week after Cincinnati and it gave me a lot of confidence coming in here. Coming here this year fits into my schedule, then having a week off before the US Open works out well."
Sluiter: "This is nice to play a tough match with the US Open coming up in a couple of weeks. He's a great player and he knows his way around the court. He's dangerous on hard courts especially."
First round action at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic continues on Tuesday, with five-time champion Andre Agassi and 2002 winner James Blake among those taking center stage.
In the first match of the day on Center Court, American wild card Brian Baker takes on Denmark's Kristian Pless for the first time. Baker, the 19-year-old from Nashville, Tennessee, arrives in Washington for the second time having captured the Challenger title in Denver two weeks ago. The American began the year by winning the Futures title in Tampa, and reached another Futures final there later in the year in May. The 23-year-old Pless made his first and only previous appearance in Washington in 1999, losing in the second round against Todd Martin. Pless is looking to claim his first match win on the ATP circuit this year (0-3).
Following them onto court will be American Jan-Michael Gambill and Austrian Stefan Koubek. This will be the sixth meeting between the two, with Gambill leading their head-to-head series 3-2. This is their first encounter since the first round of the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami in 2003, when Koubek won in three sets. This will be their fifth meeting on U.S. soil. Gambill, a quarterfinalist in Washington in 2000 (l. to Kiefer), has an 11-17 record in 2004, having reached quarterfinals in San Jose, Memphis and Scottsdale. He has lost his last three first round matches in Newport, Indianapolis and Cincinnati since reaching the third round at Wimbledon (l. to Grosjean). Koubek, playing in Washington for the first time, has a 12-18 record so far this year and is making his first appearance on hard courts since the NASDAQ-100 Open in March.
Next up on Center Court, top seed Andre Agassi makes his 15th consecutive appearance in Washington as he takes on fellow American Paul Goldstein. Agassi, who made his Washington debut in 1987 and has played every year since 1990, is looking to claim his sixth title. The 34-year-old, who captured his 17th ATP Masters Series shield at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati, has won both of his previous meetings against Goldstein - including in Washington in 2000, when they met in the third round. Agassi has won the title five times (1990-91, '95, '98-99) and reached the final in 2000. He has a 41-10 record in the tournament and has reached the semifinal or better every year since '98 - reaching three straight finals between 98-2000. Goldstein is making his ninth appearance in Washington since 1995. His best performance came in 1999, when he advanced to the quarterfinals (d. Corretja in 3rd RD, l. to Todd Martin).
In the final match of the day, 2002 champion James Blake faces Chilean Adrian Garcia. Blake is making just his second appearance on the ATP circuit since slipping into a netpost during a practice session at the Telecom Italia Masters in Rome. Blake returned to action in Newport after a two-month injury lay-off, but has not played since losing in the second round to Alex Bogomolov Jr. Garcia arrives in Washington having reached the quarterfinals in Sopot on clay last week (l. to Mantilla). This is his first ATP appearance on hard courts this year and only the second of his career on the surface. His only previous hard court appearance came in the Davis Cup tie against the Bahamas in April 2001, when he defeated Marvin Rolle in straight sets.