Re: Hewitt's hardcourt season 2013
I'd expect the R32 to be against Kevin Anderson instead of Mayer.. if Lleyton makes it there of course. We expect him to beat Sousa, and hopefully he does. People don't seem too confident about the Simon match, but it's tough to know what to expect from Gilles these days. Some days he's like a wall, some days he's not so good. Lleyton will probably also feel that he didn't play anywhere near his best in their previous encounters.
Either way, a match against Simon would be a good test for Lleyton. Not just in terms of the result, but in terms of how he plays the match. He would ideally look to dictate play, be the one to move the ball around the court and finish the points, rather than getting involved in too many long rallies. Of course, there will be extended rallies. Lleyton's not going to blow Simon off the court, but hopefully Simon would do most of the running. If Lleyton ends up doing most of the running, the court will be too slow for him to hit through with a counterpunching shot, especially seeing as Simon won't give Lleyton much pace to work with. Lleyton will need to be smart, find the patterns that hurt Gilles and exploit them.