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US Open Thread

Even though Lleyton's playing in another tournament now, thought I would start this thread now!!

The draw comes out later today I believe.

I've got really good hopes about Lleyton for this tournament, I dunno why just think something big is gonna happen soon

Good luck to Lleyton!!
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Re: US Open Thread

This tournament has really just sort of come out of nowhere, at least for me Can't believe it's already close enough for the draw to be made today

Good luck Lleyton
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GO Lley!

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Don't really like this draw, kind of tricky....
Lleyt's quarter:

David Nalbandian ARG (8)
v.
Dennis van Scheppingen NED

Albert Montanes ESP
v.
Mikhail Youzhny RUS





Jeff Morrison USA
v.
Qualifier

Tomas Berdych CZE
v.
Jonas Bjorkman SWE (32)



Juan Ignacio Chela ARG (17)
v.
Qualifier

Wayne Odesnik USA
v.
David Sanchez ESP





Tommy Haas GER
v.
Davide Sanguinetti ITA

Olivier Patience FRA
v.
Sebastien Grosjean FRA (12)



Fernando Gonzalez CHI (14)
v.
Robin Soderling SWE

Nikolay Davydenko RUS
v.
Mark Philippoussis AUS





Karol Beck SVK
v.
Thierry Ascione FRA

Kristian Pless DEN
v.
Gustavo Kuerten BRA (20)



Feliciano Lopez ESP (30)
v.
Arnaud Di Pasquale FRA

Qualifier
v.
Julien Benneteau FRA





Hicham Arazi MAR
v.
Kenneth Carlsen DEN

Wayne Ferreira RSA
v.
Lleyton Hewitt AUS (4)
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Not the best draw one could of imagined, but we'll see. It just seems as if Lleyts is setting up for something big *no jinxing though!*
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Just a stupid question, but since Lleyton is playing a tournament this week => and might be in the final of this tournament (which will be played on Sunday). Does he then start at the US Open on Tuesday, or is there still a possibility that he has to play on Monday???

(Does this sentence make sence???)
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Hewitt admits 'another love'
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SPECULATION had Lleyton Hewitt missing the Olympic Games to marry longtime sweetheart Kim Clijsters.







In reality Hewitt was eyeing another of his great loves – Flushing Meadows.

Many of Hewitt's fondest days and nights have come at the US Open and his unconditional commitment to the last Grand Slam of the year has already proven fruitful for the former world No.1.

Hewitt today claimed his second title in as many weeks and his fourth of the year when he tuned-up for the New York Major with an emphatic 6-3 6-1 win over outclassed Peruvian Luis Horna in the final of the TD Waterhouse Cup at Long Island.

Hewitt's 10th straight win and 15th from his last 16 matches sounded another warning to Flushing Meadows favourites Roger Federer and Andy Roddick.

Apart from another tremendous shot of confidence, Hewitt's latest success made him the inaugural US Open Series Bonus Challenge winner, further confirming the 23-year-old as the biggest threat to a repeat of Wimbledon's Federer-Roddick title decider.

Hewitt will be rewarded for his tour-best 17-2 record from the American hardcourt with a 50 per cent bonus on top of whatever he earns in prize money at the US Open.

It could be a big pay day as he already had high hopes of receiving the $US1 million ($1.43m) cheque on offer in two weeks.

So much so, the patriotic South Australian sacrificed a rare opportunity to represent his beloved country at the Athens Games in order to be in prime condition for Flushing Meadows.

Boasting an enviable 23-4 record in New York, which easily rates as his best of the four Slams, Hewitt said he didn't want to jeopardise his obvious affinity with the tournament by flying to Europe from Toronto, less than a fortnight after travelling from Australia, and then return the following week to the US.

"I've had viruses in the past, over the last few years, after long flights from Australia and I just didn't want to risk that before the US Open," he said after joining fellow Flushing Meadows champions Ivan Lendl, Stefan Edberg, Andre Agassi and "my good mate Pat Rafter" on the Long Island honour board.

"It's one of the Majors where I have a good shot at every year. I enjoy playing it and I just didn't want to jeopardise that.

"And that's why I opted to stay over here in America for a few extra weeks and really prepare in the same conditions and (with) the same balls and courts that I'm going to get at Flushing Meadows.

"So far it's paying off."

The demonstrative Hewitt said the New York crowd, which at worst is boisterous and parochial and at best noisy, tended to amplify his game to great heights, rather than work against him.

"There's no doubt the atmosphere there suits me. It gets pretty electrifying and there's a lot of emotion out there when you're playing and I enjoy playing in stadiums like that," he said, offering other reasons why he'd had so much success at the tournament.

"I enjoy the surface at Flushing Meadows and it was my breakthrough grand slam, when I made the semis there for the first time in 2000.

"Then obviously it was my breakthrough grand slam win in 2001. I won the doubles there in 2000 (with Max Mirnyi) as well.

"But then again, you've got to go out there and do it all again this week.

"It's not easy. It's tough conditions. It can be steamy and it's best-of-five sets and you've got to get the job done.

"So you've got to stay mentally focused for two weeks. You never know if you're going to have to back up matches some days, especially the semi and the final.

"You've got to be prepared for everything."

Hewitt wasn't due to play his first-round match against South African Wayne Ferreira until at least Wednesday (Australian time).

Alicia Molik is the only Australian scheduled for first-day action.

The women's 17th seed has an opening encounter with Stephanie Cohen-Aloro of France.

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Just a stupid question, but since Lleyton is playing a tournament this week => and might be in the final of this tournament (which will be played on Sunday). Does he then start at the US Open on Tuesday, or is there still a possibility that he has to play on Monday???

(Does this sentence make sence???)
The US Open plays the first round over 3 days, so Lleyton will play no earlier than Tuesday, and probably will ask for a Wednesday time.
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Hewitt thirsts for another US title
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Lleyton Hewitt takes a break before defeating Argentinian Juan Chela at the Long Island Cup in Commack, New York, on Friday.

Lleyton Hewitt and coach Roger Rasheed are starting to look like master strategists after concentrating on an American hardcourt build-up and avoiding what turned into an Athens Olympic debacle for the Australian's main rivals.

While highly touted gold medal favourites Roger Federer and Andy Roddick were crashing out early at the Olympic Games, Hewitt was kicking on last week in steamy Washington, with Andre Agassi joining him as a drawcard in a low-key field.

Hewitt had time to join fiancee Kim Clijsters for a private tour of the White House during a week that culminated in a third title of the season after a six-month trophy drought.

The hard slog on the cement in humid Washington was followed up by an appearance at last week's tune-up on Long Island near New York City. That's the sort of scheduling that should give the eager Hewitt a running start when the US Open begins tomorrow.

Rested and refreshed, 2001 US Open winner Hewitt has become a force in the game again, his steady performances over the northern summer earning him a fourth seeding at the final grand slam of the season.

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Hewitt could become the man who ends the grand slam career of South African Wayne Ferreira - who is planning to retire after the Davis Cup tie in September - when the pair meet in the first round of the Open.

Slumping Mark Philippoussis will aim to win his first match since Wimbledon. He plays Russian Nikolay Davydenko while Wayne Arthurs opens against Arnaud Clement of France.

With a record-low 13 tournaments played last season, Hewitt admits that a lack of play was responsible for his fall to 17th in the world last year, a ranking that was only just counter-balanced by December's Davis Cup triumph over Spain in Melbourne.

Now, the man who held the top ranking for 75 consecutive weeks between November 2001 and April 2003 has found renewed motivation, typified by a Masters series final against Agassi at Cincinnati this month and the Washington title. "I'm trying to continue the good form I've had over most of this year," said Hewitt, beaten at the other three majors this year.

"These last weeks, I've sharpened up everything. I just want to be 100 per cent ready to go next Monday or Tuesday.

"I'm confident at how I'm hitting the ball. I'm consistent again. I may have the fourth seeding, but you still have to win seven matches at a slam and that's not an easy job for anyone."

While Hewitt's focus is obvious, the same cannot be said for four-time Australian Open champion Agassi, although he remains a solid threat at age 34, with the New York grand slam again his top priority. On the women's side, Alicia Molik, seeded 17th, will ride the wave of an Olympic bronze medal into her first-round encounter with Stephanie Cohen-Aloro of France. Other Australians in the field are Samantha Stosur and Nicole Pratt.

Hewitt maintained his comeback mode against Argentinian Juan Chela at the Long Island Cup in Commack, hammering out a 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 6-1 win and a place in the semi-finals of the event.

The Australian faces Russian Dmitry Tursunov, a 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 winner over 10th seed Jurgen Melzer, of Austria.

In the US Open qualifying tournament, Melbourne teenager Chris Guccione dipped out on day four, beaten 7-6, 6-4 by Ricardo Mello of Brazil
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Elke..Hewitt admits another love Give Ange a heart attack why don't you
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Elke..Hewitt admits another love Give Ange a heart attack why don't you
Yeah, what she said, minus the ... I only freaked out for about half a second, no worries

edit: Ok so maybe it was like a full second but only because the first thing that sprang to mind was omg, Kim wasn't in the box yesterday
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Angele, Cappy is losing

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On a more superficial note, I think Chladkova's hair is worse than Myskina's.

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August 31, 2004

LLEYTON HEWITT is ready, perhaps as ready as he has ever been, to win a Grand Slam.

The 23-year-old South Australian completed a magical lead-up to the season's final major by claiming his fourth title of the year, the TD Waterhouse Cup, on Sunday. The location was about an hour's drive - or, in his case, a short helicopter ride - from Flushing Meadows, where he opens his campaign tonight against South African Wayne Ferreira.

Hewitt outclassed Peru's Luis Horna, 6-3 6-1, to win his second straight championship in his third consecutive finals appearance, the only blemish being a wrenching three-set loss to an irrepressible Andre Agassi in Cincinnati.

The former world No.1, whose breakthrough came in New York three years ago, has won 10 straight matches and taken 15 of his past 16, making him the hottest player in the sport. Beyond the results, he seems much more at peace and comfortable within his own skin.

"My game has come together well, and I'm ready for the Open," he said yesterday. "I know what it takes since I already won it. It's going to be incredible. Seven five-set matches. I am anxious to get going."

His remarkable run vindicates the decision not to compete in the Olympics and shows that he may not only be back to the player he was when he held the top ranking two years ago but, perhaps, an even better version.

In demolishing Horna, who had beaten Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan - the two-time defending champion at the TD Waterhouse Cup - to get to the final, Hewitt once again revealed that his serve, for so long inconsistent and sometimes even a liability, has developed into a real weapon.

It will never be a Sampras-like missile, but, much like Agassi, Hewitt has evolved into a consistent and accurate server with surprising speed, which now guarantees him more cheap points than he enjoyed in the past. Yesterday, he won an astonishing 20 of 22 first-serve points.

As Horna will testify, Hewitt is a handful when he serves well and makes opponents play so many extra balls, getting to shots few even try to retrieve.

Many of Horna's 32 unforced errors yesterday were born out of the frustration of thinking he needed to smack a winner for fear that anything short of that would come right back at him.

Spain's Tommy Robredo, who has had success against the Australian, was blown away with Hewitt's serve while being beaten in Cincinnati. "He's serving unbelievable," Robredo said. "And I didn't (expect) that serve from him."

When Hewitt missed with the first serve, the Spaniard said he had no chance to make rallies with his second serve.

"I think that's sort of my game just developing over time," Hewitt said. "I came on the tour at a young age. Even when I was No.1 in the world, I still feel like there was a lot of areas in my game that I can improve on - obviously, you know, serve more consistently, trying to get more cheap points off it.

"I think I'm serving better at the moment than I've probably ever served."

And not coincidentally, the fourth seed at Flushing Meadows is a viable proposition to add a third Grand Slam title to his resume.

"Hewitt is always tough," said Marat Safin of why most players don't like seeing Hewitt across the net. He's always running, he's always fighting, and he's going to be there for as many hours as he needs to be there.

"I mean, against Hewitt it's a little bit difficult just because he's all the time fighting, and you have to be there for 100 per cent every game, every point, even though if you are winning he can come back from out of nowhere."

Agassi said that Hewitt was also an underestimated tactician who made opponents question their game plans.

"Against a guy like Lleyton, he's going to get his racquet on a lot of serves, he's going to get a lot of balls back in play," said the 34-year-old American, who is seeded sixth in what might be his last real chance to win a ninth major.

"If you play too aggressive, he uses your pace and counter-punches better than anybody.

"If you then lay off too much, he has the ability to step up. There's a lot more decision-making going on out there between the points."

Hewitt, who won the inaugural US Open series with his victory on Sunday - meaning a possible $US500,000 ($716,000) bonus if he wins the US Open - is in a section of the draw that would be daunting if this was a clay-court tournament in South America.

Assuming he gets past a quarter featuring Argentine's David Nalbandian and Juan Ignacio Chela, Chilean Fernando Gonzalez and Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten - and the unseeded Mark Philippoussis - Hewitt may face reigning champion Andy Roddick in a semi-final.

Hewitt has a 3-1 edge in their meetings, the most memorable of those being the 2001 US Open quarter-final which the Australian took in five dramatic sets, although Roddick won in straight sets on grass at Queen's Club this year.

But before such tantalising thoughts can be visited, Hewitt first needs to deal with Ferreira, who will be playing his last Grand Slam tournament before retiring.

"That makes the match even tougher," Hewitt said. "Wayne certainly doesn't want to end his career that early."
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Thanks for all the articles Good luck Lleyts

He's playing really well at the moment - I just hope he hasn't 'overplayed' in the run up to it. He doesn't normally get tired that easily though...
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