Originally Posted by TenHound
CmonAussie, what were their faces like? We had to stay up all night even to see the ceremony - it was Not rebroadcast on the daytime show when all sane people watched. Happily I have it on tape.
Doesn't the fact that he's virtually all Aussie coached, and now by Tony factor into Aussie's appreciation. I also think that Aussie's in general are far more tennis knowledgeable than Americans.
What's their view of Hewitt - not only the local, but the kid w/the Aussie macho stuff?
Yeah the Tony Roche factor definitely doesn`t hurt Federer`s popularity factor Down Under. Honestly I think Federer`s fan base has just built up gradually.1st He won the Hopman Cup in 2001 with Martina Hingis, even though it`s only an exibition I still reckon Roger took it seriously at the time,as it was the only time he`s been able to win a trophy for Switzerland [Davis Cup would be preferable of course
].Also I reckon he probably gained mentally from playing with Hingis, who was No.1 at the time despite the power revolution of the Williams sisters,Davenport,Mauresmo etc.
Ironically the thing that probably turned more people into Federer fans was his defeat in 5-sets to Hewitt in the Davis Cup Semi 2003. As it was Roger had to endure to heartbreaking losses in consecutive days [also lost a 5-setter in the doubles vs Woodbridge & Arthurs]. Then he was quite tearful after those consecutive 5-set defeats, yet he still made the trip to play outdoor in Melbourne in September[effectively our winter
at that time] & put it all on the line & nearly single-handedly got Switzerland into the Davis Cup Final. Lucky for us Hewitt still had his warrior mentality back then & managed to sneak us a win
.Many Federer analysts have said that Davis Cup semi defeat was a turning point for Roger^ & it proved to be as he has since beaten Hewitt 9-times straight,plus won nearly every pressurised match since. Also it was the last time I think Federer cried from losing a match
,naturally we`ve all seen him cry a few times since but for winning instead
About Rocky Llegs Hewitt
! I`m not sure if I can give you an unbiased opinion
. Anyway I think he`s much more respected than the media, either in Australia or America, would have people believe. Simply for the way Lleyton plays the game many people respect that fighting quality
.Though sadly in recent months he`s playing tennis as if he doesn`t care about the result. Anyway, if you go to any local tennis club in Australia I`m sure you`ll find dozens of little kids battling away in rallies & doing the fist-pumps & lawn-mower motions a la Rocky Hewitt
.For the little kids[ie.not tall in stature] Hewitt is still their HERO [I honestly believe that]
.Of course if we were all as talented & gifted as Federer
then it would be preferable to be able to hit so many winners, rather than grinding out every point.
Aussies, especially Melbournian`s are sports mad, so if a World-class athlete makes the trip to AUS then they`ll usually get a warm reception. Unlike America, where many people assume they`re living in the most important nation- so top sportsmen should come & then be defeated by the locals. It`s hard to explain. Anyway Australia`s geographical isolation & small population make us appreciate things more, even if they`re not home-grown talents. Well that`s my opinion mate...