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This is from the Pacific life open site:

Hewitt Hurries Into Fourth Round

Lleyton Hewitt came out smoking when he played Michael Llodra. The second seed opened up a 4-0 lead in next to no time in conditions that were far better than the previous two days when strong winds constantly frustrated players. In fact Hewitt said "it was perfect conditions to play tennis".

Hewitt took the initiative from the start and kept the pressure on the French player and kept his error rate low during the one hour 29 minute match. The 6-2, 7-6 score line put Hewitt into the last 16 of the Pacific Life Open.

"I was in total control in the first set so there wasn't a whole heap of pressure, you know, serving out the first set," said Hewitt, who made only
twelve errors in the match. " The second set, obviously I played a good
tiebreak. I got off to a good start and didn't really look back from there.

"He's a flashy kind of player. He's awkward to play because you really don't know what's coming. It's more just trying to get some rhythm out there, make him play a lot of balls. He definitely picked up his game, though, in the second set."
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Thanks for the articles!

And congrats Lleyton!!
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and he's playing another frenchie next, pfff had enough of that

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interview from http://www.asapsports.com
there are few more questions than the one posted at Pacific Life website

PACIFIC LIFE OPEN
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

March 15, 2005

L. HEWITT/M. Llodra
6-2, 7-6

LLEYTON HEWITT

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Lleyton.

Q. Most of us haven't seen you since Melbourne. How have you been? What have you been working on in that period of time? I know you played Davis Cup.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, didn't do a whole heap.

Q. No?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No. I just tried to get my body right more than anything. I just took probably nearly three weeks off I reckon afterwards and slowly built it up in the gym, fitness work first before getting on the court. You know, obviously starting on grass, as well, for the Davis Cup tie in Sydney. That was always going to take, you know, a week and a half to get used to that, I guess. It was more just trying to get the motivation back as well, I guess. You know, two nights ago when I played here, it was totally different with, you know, not quite the same atmosphere and crowd that I was playing in front of throughout the Australian Open and in the Davis Cup tie, as well.

Q. You sort of kept yourself amused by doing other things, like getting engaged. But how bad was the kickback after the Aussie Open?

LLEYTON HEWITT: What do you mean? Disappointment?

Q. Yes.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, any time you lose a tournament, it's disappointing, especially to lose, you know -- or to come so close, to be in that final match. But, you know, I can look in the mirror and know I gave absolutely everything I had. So from that point of view, I got no regrets whatsoever. I know throughout December I trained as hard as I could ever train for it. You know, my body kept pulling out something special every match. You know, it took Marat to play a hell of a match and a hell of a few games there late in the third set to really turn the match on its head. From that standpoint, I wasn't that disappointed. It's only the fact that you realize that you got through six tough matches and you only had one to go more than anything.

Q. How beat up was the body after all?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I couldn't walk for a few days.

Q. Seriously?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I was struggling.

Q. There were a number of stories comparing you to Jimmy Connors in Australia. What do you make of that, comparing you as the next Jimmy Connors, as a player?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know. I think ever since I came on tour, people have always, you know, said I'm similar to Connors in the way that I use the crowd to my advantage and get fired up on the court and play with a lot of emotion, you know, that never-say-die attitude that I guess Jimmy had. I don't know Jimmy that well anyway. But, you know, in that standpoint, if you're to be put in the same category as a guy like Jimmy Connors, you know, tennis-wise, you know, something to be pretty proud of, I think.

Q. How well do you know him?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know him that well, yeah. Only from an outsider.

Q. I'm from Argentina. What do you think of the next match between Argentina and Australia for the Davis Cup?

LLEYTON HEWITT: It will be a tough match. Argentina's one of the strongest nations going around. But we look forward to the challenge. You know, Australia has a rich tradition in Davis Cup. Yeah, we played in Australia, as well. We'll be waiting for it in July.

Q. How do you think the players are doing right now?

LLEYTON HEWITT: They're not doing too much wrong.

Q. Do you have a favorite player?

LLEYTON HEWITT: None of them are easy to play. You know, they're all top players. I think Coria on clay is as good as anyone going around. Gaudio, I get on probably best with Gaudio I think off the court. Nalbandian, he's just got a great game on any surface.

Q. Where is it going to be played?

LLEYTON HEWITT: In Australia, but I'm not sure where yet.

Q. That's right in the middle of your winter?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah. We'll probably put a clay court down, real slow (smiling).

Q. Would it be a gamble to play on grass that time of the year?

LLEYTON HEWITT: A little bit. I'm pretty sure it will be happening.

Q. Has what happened to you in Melbourne intensified your desire to do better, to win things?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know right at the moment. You know, I think you come from playing, you know, big matches day in, day out throughout those two weeks. The expectation and the pressure building up, you know, a month and a half or something leading into it. And then you come here and it just feels awfully relaxed. I don't know, it doesn't quite feel the same as playing in the Australian Open for me right at the moment.

Q. You're having to motivate yourself?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Probably a little bit more at the moment than I definitely have to in Australia. Yeah, obviously the adrenaline and motivation's there the whole time in Australia. I think, yeah, after having such a big run during January, you know, it's probably going to take a little bit to build it up again, I think.

Q. In the first set today you got up 40-15, then you won the set, then the second set in the tiebreaker you got up 6-3, closed it out. Are you pleased with the way you're playing on big points?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, well, the first set I wasn't -- you know, I was in total control so there wasn't a whole heap of pressure, you know, serving out the first set. The second set, obviously I played a good tiebreak. I got off to a good start and didn't really look back from there. You know, he's a flashy kind of player. He's awkward to play because you really don't know what's coming. It's more just trying to, yeah, get some rhythm out there, make him play a lot of balls. Yeah, he definitely picked up his game, though, in the second set.

Q. Conditions were far better today?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, nice out there. Nearly perfect day to play tennis out there today.

Q. You only had 12 errors. That's a pretty commendable effort against him, isn't it?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, you know, he's the one trying to pull the trigger all the time, though. As I said, you know, he's a very flashy player. He comes up with some great winners and then he's going to make, you know, a lot of unforced errors as well. You just got to try to weather the storm out there against a guy like Llodra.

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Thanks for the interview, articles, and pics!
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Re: Indian Wells 2005

Hewitt advances with easy straight sets win

Patti Myers
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March 16, 2005

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INDIAN WELLS - Lleyton Hewitt produces some of his best tennis in the relaxed atmosphere of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and Tuesday he kicked back with newcomer Michael Llodra, then gave him the boot with a 6-2, 7-6 (3) victory.
After winning his first two rounds, Llodra exited his first Pacific Life Open and Hewitt rolled into the final 16 with a shot at his third title here.

Hewitt, who is 20-5 at Indian Wells, played big on the big points, but admitted he wasn't under pressure playing in ideal conditions.

"In the first set, I was in total control so there wasn't a whole heap of pressure serving out the first set," said Hewitt, No. 2 in the world and the winner here in 2002 and 2003. "In the second set, I played a good tiebreak. I got off to a good start and didn't really look back from there."

Hewitt said he needed to pick up his game in the second set because the 24-year-old left-hander from France was mixing it up well.

"He's awkward to play because you really don't know what's coming," he said. "It's more just trying to set some rhythm out there, make him play a lot of balls. He definitely picked up his game in the second set."

Hewitt did as well and finished with a mere 12 errors in the match.

Hewitt will face Paul-Henri Mathieu in the fourth round this afternoon. They play in the third match on Stadium 2.

Mathieu defeated Jan Hernych 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(6).
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I was at the Mathieu match yesterday up in the bleachers for the shade and a guy came in and sat down behind me and to the left. I noticed he was taking notes like a coach on one of those little pads the coaches take notes on. Thought it was funny a coach would sit so far away from his player. Then I noticed he had on Nike shoes. Then I noticed no one on the court had on Nike clothing. All this "noticing" took place over several games. So then I was curious, but I didn't want to stare. So when the guy started writing again, I looked. Sure enough. It was Roger Rasheed doing his job by scouting Lleyton's next opponent.
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Great story! What a shock turning around and having Lleyton's coach right next to you!
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Thanks for that story, Christina! It's too bad that you couldn't have a chat with "Rash", because he seems like a really nice, outgoing guy.



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Great Anecdote Christina ... And yes Lleyton is playing another frenchie. But hope to read more of your stories like that, keep them coming I'll go to your blog now because you always give so great reports there

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lleyton won!
his first serve % was so low (only 34%) but that didn't stop him from winning 6-1 6-0
excellent job LL!
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Wow Lleyton That was a real hammering!

Keep up the form in the QF Lleyt
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What a wordy sentence
That's not the only adjective I'd use. Sounds like Bodo's upset he wasn't asked to be an usher at Lleyton and Bec's wedding.



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lleyton won!
his first serve % was so low (only 34%) but that didn't stop him from winning 6-1 6-0
excellent job LL!
Somebody who was watching the match said that he was really going for everything on his first serve. On the bright side, he did hit 7 aces and only 1 DF.



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