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Euhm.... Go Belgium!!

Hewitt and Clijsters arrive as rivals

By Dave Hughes and AAP
January 2, 2004

Lleyton Hewitt will arrive in Perth today with Belgian fiancee Kim Clijsters to begin his summer campaign at the Hopman Cup ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne later this month.

Hewitt will team with fellow South Australian Alicia Molik for the third time in the competition. He and Molik proved a surprise success in last year's tournament in making the final, only to be beaten by the US.

Molik, in particular, showed outstanding form in the 2003 tournament with impressive wins over Silvia Farina Elia, Daniela Hantuchova and Daja Bedanova, her only loss being to Serena Williams in the final.

Former US Open champion Marat Safin is also due in today, the mercurial Russian paired with world No.7 Anastasia Myskina.

For France, world No.4 Amelie Mauresmo teams with noted doubles player Fabrice Santoro, while the US outfit is different from last summer's winning one, Lindsay Davenport replacing Williams next to James Blake.

Despite having foot surgery in mid-October, Davenport is still ranked world No.5. And fans sometimes underestimate the statuesque American because she is not one of the sport's glamour girls benefiting from multimillion-dollar marketing campaigns.

But what she is, is good. What she does, she does well. The 198-centimetre, 80-kilogram Californian has a thumping serve, a powerful double-handed backhand and a formidable return of serve. Indeed, Serena Williams said recently that Davenport was one of the few players who could still trouble her consistently, not only because of her relentless baseline power but her crafty placement.

Although Davenport seems the grand old lady of the WTA Tour, she's just 27, having turned professional in 1993 and wining her first significant tournament three years later: the Atlanta Olympic singles.

Two years later she won the first of her three major titles, the US Open, and within a month was world No.1. In 1999 she won Wimbledon and in 2000 the Australian Open. However, as success came, so did injuries to her back, wrist and knee.

Perhaps the Hopman will be the first step in reclaiming her pre-eminence.

This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/...908852279.html
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Clijsters-Hewitt love match takes centre stage at Hopman Cup
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PERTH, Australia (AFP) - A first-round showdown between newly-engaged tennis stars Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters will grab centre-stage in the 1 million dollar (752,000 US) Hopman Cup starting here Saturday.

Australian favourite Hewitt and Belgian world number two Clijsters go head-to-head in doubles of the prestigious mixed team event next Wednesday, barely a fortnight after revealing plans to tie the knot.

The match is already a sell-out and will be one of the highlights of a tournament which kicks off a series of events building up to the Jan 19-Feb 1 Australian Open (news - web sites), the first Grand Slam of 2004.

"We're calling it the love match around here," tournament director Paul McNamee said of the eagerly anticipated contest between Clijsters and Hewitt.

"Tickets for it sold out almost immediately. Everyone wants to see it. Kim is very popular with Australian crowds."

McNamee said the match would also be pivotal for the competition with the winning mixed doubles team likely to secure a place in the final.

Clijsters is using the Hopman Cup, played on a medium-pace Rebound Ace surface similar to that used in the Australian Open, as a springboard for the Open as she continues her quest for a first Grand Slam singles tournament win.

McNamee said it was impossible to split the top five of the eight countries in the tournament, which starts at the Burswood Dome on Saturday and includes four-seeded nations, with reigning champions the United States ranked top.

"I think it's wide open. There is absolutely nothing between the top five teams," McNamee said.

The US pairing of Lindsay Davenport and James Blake will start as slight favourites with the Australian combination of Alicia Molik and Hewitt seeded second, Clijsters and Xavier Malisse of Belgium third, and Anastasia Myskina and Marat Safin of Russia fourth.

But McNamee said the unseeded French duo of Amelie Mauresmo, currently ranked fourth in the world, and Fabrice Santoro were strong contenders.

"There's no doubt they are the dark horse. They are the a very strong nation," McNamee said.

"Amelie is a very, very hard player to beat and even if Fabrice loses his singles matches, there is absolutely no doubt he is the best doubles player in the tournament," McNamee said.

"You would have to say they would start favourite in just about any doubles match they play and that means they are well in contention, there's no doubt at all about that."

Davenport, defeated by Clijsters in the semi-finals of last year's US Open when she was hampered by a niggling left foot injury that later required surgery, is returning to form, rising to number five in the rankings.

The 27-year-old Californian was called in as a late replacement for world number three Serena Williams (news - web sites) who ruled herself out of the event saying she was not quite prepared.

Williams and Blake paired to win the tournament last year beating Australians Hewitt and Molik 3-0 in the final. It was the US' second win in the 15-year history of the event.

The tournament, played in a round-robin format, includes two groups of four teams each with two players per team to face each other in women's and then men's singles followed by a mixed doubles contest.

Group A consists of the US, Russia, France and the Czech Republic represented by Barbora Strycova and Jiri Novak.

Group B is made up of Australia, Belgium, the Slovak Republic team of Daniela Hantuchova and Karol Kucera and either Canada or Hungary who play-off for the fourth berth on Saturday.

All matches are the best of three sets with the exception of the mixed doubles which uses a tie-break system if scores are locked at one-set all.

The winning teams from each group will meet in the final on Saturday, January 10
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I can't wait for Wednesday!
I'm still not sure what I'll do cos I want both teams to win!
But I'll cheer for Aust. or my sis will kill me!
So may the best team win...

I'm proud to be an Aussie!!

Good Luck to all my aussie boys - Lleyton Hewitt, Todd Reid, Mark Philippoussis, Chris Guccione, Todd Woodbridge & Wayne Arthurs. And my aussie girls Alicia Molik, Christine Wheeler, Casey Dellaqua, Nicole Pratt & Evie Dominikovic.Also Good Luck to Kim Clijsters, Elke Clijsters (the 'other sisters' ) & Kirsten Flipkens.

Although God demands a whole heart, He will accept a broken one if he gets all the pieces!!!
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Hewitt out to play himself into Open form

Lleyton Hewitt hopes extra matches in the lead up to this month's Australian Open will give him the form he needs to win his first home Grand Slam title.

Hewitt has been knocked out in the early rounds of the Australian Open in recent years, and admits his decision to take a week off after last year's Hopman Cup was a mistake.

"This year I'm playing the Hopman Cup and Sydney because I took that end of season off last year," Hewitt said.

"[If] I get a few more matches going into the Australian Open, I feel that I can go through playing three tournaments in a row, and hopefully I'll be fit enough."

Hewitt and fiancee Kim Clijsters arrived in Perth on Friday ahead of their Hopman Cup campaigns.

Canada will play Hungary today in Perth in a qualfiying tie, with the winner playing Australia in Sunday's opening match.
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I know how you were looking forward to pictures of them together in Perth.

Did you notice how the article said, "Hewitt and fiancee, Clijsters" ?
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WEDNESDAY is D-day for Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters.

Not an early wedding, but an early showdown at the Hopman Cup in Perth.

When Australia and Belgium lock horns at the Burswood Dome, the way Hewitt and Clijsters play against each other is likely to shape the outcome of the tournament.

The winner of the Australia-Belgium Group B clash will almost certainly advance to the final to play either defending champion the US, France, Russia or the Czech Republic.

Hewitt will again be partnered by rising star Alicia Molik, while Clijsters' teammate will be enigmatic right-hander Xavier Malisse.

Molik was a revelation in Perth last year, eclipsing world No. 8 Daniela Hantuchova, No. 17 Silvia Farina-Elia and No. 37 Daja Bedanova, before falling to Serena Williams in the final.

She then ventured to Hobart and became the first Australian female in eight years to win a WTA Tour event.

Molik hits off in Perth with a career-high world ranking of 36.

Clijsters and Malisse, joining forces for the third consecutive time, will be seeking a change of fortune after having lost 2-1 to the US in their final pool encounters in the past two years, which allowed the Americans to advance to the final.

Hewitt, 22, and Clijsters, 20, have been the leading love match since declaring they were an item at the French Open more than three years ago.

They are regular practice partners and have played in mixed-doubles tournaments Ė the highlight being finishing runner-up at Wimbledon in 2000.

But this time loyalty will be tested when they are on opposite sides of the net.

"Australia-Belgium is already a sell-out and the mixed match is the one everyone is talking about," Hopman Cup tournament director Paul McNamee said.

"This tie is going to be very interesting because I think the result will come down to the mixed match and that one of those teams will go through to the final.

"Kim is really looking forward to this one because she was a bit disappointed Australia and Belgium were not in the same half of the draw last year.

"I spoke to Lleyton about it and he told me it was going to be really tough. He wasn't 100 per cent sure what to expect and not certain Australia could win.

"Both Lleyton and Kim know one another's game well but they'll be out there to win . . . I think whoever wins this tie will go on to the final."

Hewitt is making his third Hopman Cup appearance, his previous two ending in disappointment for entirely different reasons.

Two years ago, Hewitt was forced to withdraw after contracting chicken pox, while earlier this year he and Molik were eclipsed in the final by James Blake and Williams.

Williams, who was pencilled in to play in Perth for a second time, has withdrawn, but Blake is back and will be joined by former world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport, the hard-hitting Californian who has been to Perth twice and is on the comeback from foot surgery.

Not surprisingly, the US has been seeded No. 1, although Pool A appears tougher than Pool B.

Fourth-seeded Russia, despite having a weakness in doubles, is the wild card. Former world No. 1, volatile Marat Safin, is returning after a previous stint at the Hopman Cup and will be playing alongside current world No. 7 Anastasia Myskina.

Another talent from the Russian production line, Myskina has stormed into the top 10 on the back of victories at Doha, Sarasota, Leipzig and Moscow last year.
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Yay, an interview, and he even talks about Frank Dancevic..although, sadly, it is only Savolt he has to worry about. Sort of a weird answer to the happy parents question...was only mum happy and dad sort of neutral?

Transcript - Lleyton Hewitt
2 January 2004


Lleyton, how does it feel to be officially spoken for. I suppose it must have been an exciting few weeks, the last few weeks.

Yeah, itís been good. Everything went well and Iím really enjoying it at the moment.

And I suppose it was just very important that she said yes, but you never doubted it.

Oh, I hope not. I hope there wasnít too much of a problem. You know, everything has been going well for the last four years and weíve both been able to help each other out a lot, both on and off the court.

How have you spent the last week?

Just training mate Ė the same as always.

So you donít get to have fun just because you do something like that.

No, not at all mate. The Australian Open is coming up.

Lleyton, how good is it to have Kim, another elite athlete, as your partner Ė especially during the lows?

Yeah, you know, itís good I guess. We both know what each other is going through. Obviously I got to the pinnacle of tennis, I guess, just before she did, and now sheís up there and we both understand the pressures. And we donít talk about tennis that much, but if it does come up and we do have issues then sure, we can sort it out or help each other I guess.

And your parents were thrilled aboutÖ

Yeah, Mum was happy Ė it was good.

Youíve both got fairly hectic schedules, any thoughts on when the wedding might be? Can we expect it in the next 12 months?

Oh, donít know mate. You wonít be the first to find out!

How do you go into Wednesday though Lleyton, when obviously thatís one that people want to talk about, considering youíre up against your fiancť, how do you approach that game?

Iím not up against her yet. Iíve got to beat Xavier.

In the mixed doubles though?

Well, weíll wait and see if itís live.

On the tennis front, what are your goals for this season?

You know, see what happens. I havenít passed the round of 16 at the Aussie Open before. Obviously the Hopman Cup and Sydney for me is working towards the Aussie Open and getting as much match preparation as possible. Apart from the last two Davis Cup ties which were obviously a couple of the biggest highs for me in my career, I havenít played that many matches. So for me itís just good to get out there on one of my favourite surfaces, the Rebound Ace, and try to get some good hard matches under my belt. You know, I give myself a real good fighting outside chance, I guess.

Is that one of the things you aim for, to reclaim the world number one? I know you cut down on the amount of tournaments you played.

Oh, not really. I think if I put myself in a position early in the year then I might have a crack at it. But, you know, it was awesome taking those last three months off before the Davis Cup final. I know a lot of people questioned it, and the people closest to me didnít question it at all and they knew what was best for me. And it won us the Davis Cup in a lot of ways, I guess, winning that first match against Ferrero. I feel like Iíve got a lot of energy in the tank at the moment and if the chance comes around to have another crack at number one, then Iíll be happy to take that chance.

Having won the Davis Cup, do you think you might scale up your tournament schedule this year?

Iíll wait and see how the summer goes and play it by ear.

Lleyton, you look like youíve bulked up a bit in the off-season, or in your three months off and I know Roger (Rasheed) was saying youíre the fittest youíve ever been, do you feel that way?

Oh, not really. Nah, Iím alright.

Youíre wearing the muscle T Lleyton, come on!

Oh, itís so hot here in Perth. Donít you have air conditioning over here if Iím gonna come over from the east? Nah, Iím a little bit stronger I think. Iíve been doing a lot of work off court. You know, even leading up to the Davis Cup final I was probably the fittest Iíd ever been going into that match against Ferrero, and in the end I think I wore him down. To wear a guy like that down, whoís probably in the top two or three in the world of the fittest guys out there, and to do that in those conditions on a very hot day in Melbourne Ė I was pretty pleased with that and hopefully Iíve gotten stronger since then.

Since the start of your career youíve just jumped up, up, up and up and last year you had a bit of a climb backwards, have you learnt anything from last year?

Not really.

Because everyone, obviously, is trying to beat the number one all the time.

Yeah, I still feel like some of the matches that I played were as good as Iíve ever played. Coming back against Federer in those last three sets, was probably the best tennis Iíve played in my life. Against Ferrero Ė exactly the same. Against Enqvist in Sweden in the Davis CupÖit seems to always happen in the Davis Cup, but I had some pretty good matches last year. Even at the US Open I felt like, before I actually hurt my hip in that match against Ferrero, I was playing as well as Iíve probably ever played. I think a lot of the other guys have probably improved a little bit as well. Thereís a lot of young guys out there who are playing extremely well and who believe now that theyíre capable of taking that extra step and getting to the top of the game and winning Grand Slams.

So the Australian Open obviously would be the most important thing that you have yet to achieve, because youíve achieved so much.

Yeah, pretty much. To win your own national tournament, I think. Iíve been going to Melbourne Park ever since it opened and I get goosebumps just walking in the place. Iíve never really played probably my best matches there. I know it was only Davis Cup Ė itís not the Australian Open, but Iíve now played two of my greatest matches ever in there. So those memories are going to flash back as soon as I get in there, and Iíll really go out there and try and attack it right from the start. Grand Slams are weird though Ė youíve just got to take it one match at a time.

Just one more question about Wednesdayís match, you and Kim never have played each other competitively, have you?

No, just practice.

So it will be a fun sort of day, I suppose.

Yeah, it will be fun if I win my singles. Obviously Kim is a red-hot favourite against Alicia, so Aliciaís going to go out there and try her butt off like she always does, but itís going to be a tough one for her. And Iím going to go out there and try and beat Xavier, and make it a live rubber for everyone.

Lleyton, youíve got Jimmy on board for training this yearÖ

Oh, no just helping me out more than anything.

Was that your coachís idea?

No, well Roger (Rasheed) is still my trainer more than anything.

So will that help you, having him here?

Oh, itís more travelling with a mate along the place and he was someone I grew up with and played the Satellites and Challenger circuit together with and someone I get along really well with. He knows a lot about tennis and heís very motivational as well. Hopefully he can add a little bit to my team.

How much do you know about your first opponent Ė itís either Canada or Hungary.

Not a lot about the Canadian kid, Frank Dancevic. Iíve seen him play a little bit in the Canadian Open Ė I think he got a wildcard and might have won a round or lost close and heís pretty talented from what Iíve heard. Heís only 19 or 20 years old I think. Savolt Iíve played once before on clay. He likes to attack a lot and he had his best year, I think, last year. But if I go out there and play as well as I canÖitís always going to be tough first match of the next year on a new surfaceÖbut if I can go out there, Iím sure I can hopefully wrap it up.

Do you feel youíve got a bit of unfinished business here after last year? You havenít quite gotten over the line here at the Hopman Cup.

Oh yeah, well last year I think Williams and Blake were definitely the best team in the competition, thereís no doubt about that Ė they deserved to win it. The year before I actually thought we were playing as well as anyone. I hadnít lost a match and Alicia was starting to play well Ė she actually beat Sanchez that last match. I would have liked to say that I probably would have beaten Tommy Robredo on that day and we probably would have won it after that. So it was a little bit disappointing that year, but apart from that we just go out there and have a bit of fun Ė and try to get over the line. Alicia, I think, surprised everyone last year, how well she played, so hopefully she can back it up this year.

Just one last one, I know youíve touched on it, but do you genuinely feel that this is the best way to prepare for the Australian Open, coming on this surface?

I think so. Nothing has really been quite right yet for me in my preparation. Last year I felt like I played really well in Melbourne. I lost to El Aynaoui in a very tough match and didnít really have a lot that I didnít do in that match Ė he was too good. I played the Hopman Cup and had a week off last year. This year Iím playing the Hopman Cup and Sydney, purely more because I probably took that end of season off last year so I get a few more matches going into the Australian Open. I feel like physically I can go through playing three tournaments in a row and hopefully Iíll be fit enough.

Lleyton, how did you propose?

Oh, it was just on the Sydney Harbour Ė like youíve probably read. Thatís all youíre finding out.

Thank you.
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Partners head for clash
By Linda Pearce
January 4, 2004

Regular practice partners Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters will officially oppose each other for the first time in their four-year romance in Perth this week.

For the first time in the pair's three visits to the international mixed teams event, Australia and Belgium have been drawn in the same group, B, and will face each other in the mixed doubles match in which the former No. 1s meet in a sold-out session at the Burswood Dome on Wednesday morning.

World No. 2 Clijsters will partner Xavier Malisse in the third-seeded Belgian team in the event that started with yesterday's 2-1 play-off win by Hungary over Canada, while Hewitt will combine with Alicia Molik for second-seeded Australia.

The first couple of tennis share Clijsters' new home in the Flemish-speaking town of Bree, as well as Hewitt's recently purchased waterside mansion in west Adelaide, but Clijsters remains unsure whether she will finish her career as a resident of her native country or her semi-adopted one.

"It's tough. Belgium is still home for me; it would be tough for me to leave it," Clijsters told US magazine Tennis Week recently. "I love Australia ... Lleyton bought a house and we are living there now and that's fun.



"As long as I'm playing, I don't really want to be thinking about it or worrying about it.

"You never know what can happen. Who knows? In a few years, I might be living here or have a change of residency. At the moment, it's not something I want to worry about."

The couple's main worry at the moment, apart from their scheduled clash, will be the United States, which remains the top Hopman Cup seed, despite the replacement of Serena Williams with Lindsay Davenport, while Russians Marat Safin and Anastasia Myskina form the other recognised team in group B. Australia opens the event this morning against Hungary.

Hewitt will play world No. 175 Attila Savolt after Hungary clinched the last berth in the eight-nation event by winning the mixed doubles 3-6, 6-1 (10-3) in a match tie-breaker.

World No. 40 Petra Mandula will provide a stern opening test for South Australian Molik, ranked 36th.

Hewitt defeated Savolt in their only meeting in the third round of the 2000 French Open, but said yesterday it would take a little while to find his form after a five-week break from competition.

"I have played Savolt once before on clay," Hewitt said. "He likes to attack a lot and he had his best year, I think, last year. But if I go out there and play as well as I can ... it's always going to be a tough first match of the next year on a new surface."

Savolt said he was carrying a foot injury but was confident of being able to play. He was defeated by world No. 201 Frank Dancevic 6-4, 6-3 yesterday as the Canadian forced the deciding rubber.

Molik defeated Mandula in their only previous meeting in 1999 in Kuala Lumpur in three sets. Mandula defeated Maureen Drake 6-3, 6-2.

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Alicia is really fighting in this second set after losing the first 4-6. It's 5 all now. I guess the women play first. I wish they would finish it so I could stay up for Lleyton.
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Alicia won 4-6, 7-6, 6-2!
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Australia takes the lead
January 4, 2004

LLEYTON Hewitt beat Attila Savolt 6-2, 6-2 Sunday to give Australia a winning 2-0 lead over Hungary in its opening match at the Hopman Cup mixed team tennis tournament.

Earlier, Alicia Molik beat Hungary's Petra Mandula 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 to put Australia up 1-0. Molik and Hewitt played Mandula and Savolt in a later mixed doubles match.

Mandula had Molik in trouble in the second set, leading by a set and 4-0 in the tiebreaker before Molik charged back into the match. After being outplayed for the majority of the match, Molik grew in confidence and won 16 of the last 19 points.

Belgium plays Slovakia and Russia takes on France in matches Monday. The defending champion Americans, featuring James Blake and Lindsay Davenport, play the Czech Republic in the opening match Tuesday at the indoor Burswood Dome.

The top teams in two round-robin groups play in the final next Saturday.
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Hard-working Hewitt off to Hopman Cup flier
2004-01-04 07:43:04 GMT (Reuters)

By Ossian Shine

PERTH, Australia, Jan 4 (Reuters) - Burnished after weeks of practice under the Australian sun, Lleyton Hewitt showed neither mercy nor any sign of rust as he started the new year in style, dismantling Attila Savolt 6-2 6-2 in the Hopman Cup on Sunday.

The win clinched the tournament's opening tie for Australia after Alicia Molik had earlier scraped past Hungary's Petra Mandula 4-6 7-6 6-2.

But more importantly it showed Hewitt's focus has not been blurred over a festive period during which he asked women's world number two Kim Clijsters to become his wife.

"Yeah, it's been good," he said when asked of the events of the last few weeks. "Mum was happy, it was good."

But lest anyone gets the idea the 22-year-old is going soft, the former world number one was quick to add: "Just training, mate, the same as always," when asked how he had spent the break since November's Davis Cup final.

That training was all too evident as Hewitt pummelled his opponent into submission in the ITF mixed team indoors event at the Burswood Dome.

Savolt, whose Hungarian team squeezed through the qualifiers with victory over Canada on Saturday, never stood a chance.


"Yeah, I played well, very well," Hewitt smiled. "I was really able to work him around and it is nice to come away with a win.

"I have been training really hard since the Davis Cup... I have barely had a day off since then.

"I was pretty aggressive out there today, that's something I have been working on and it was great to be able to come out here and get that win.

"I am just looking forward to a lot more matches now."

Hewitt then teamed up with Molik to crush the Hungarians 7-6 6-1 and complete a 3-0 opening day whitewash.

Next up for the host nation is Belgium on Wednesday, a match that will pit Hewitt against fiancee Clijsters in the mixed doubles.

Hewitt had no tips for Molik about how to beat his betrothed in their singles clash. "I don't know mate, she beats me too," he laughed when asked if he knew of any chinks in the Belgian's armour.

Hewitt starstruck by Shark experience
2004-01-04 07:30:38 GMT (Reuters)

PERTH, Australia, Jan 4 (Reuters) - Not even a Wimbledon crown, a Davis Cup title nor a world-famous fiancee can prevent you being starstruck, Australia's former world number one Lleyton Hewitt admitted on Sunday.

Minutes after notching up his first victory of 2004 at the Hopman Cup, the former Wimbledon and U.S Open champion spoke of his stint as caddie to golfing giant Greg Norman at last month's Australian PGA Championships.

"It was a real honour," the 22-year-old smiled. "He has got an amazing presence... I've never met anyone like him. For me it was a chance in a lifetime."

Norman finished way off the pace in Coolum but still enjoyed the experience.

"We had a great week," Norman said at the time. "I think it was as memorable for Lleyton as it was for me."

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