Yes, Baggy is going through adjustment problems being a Nobody from Nowhere w/World Class talent... . If he needs help emotionally, I hope those around him insure that he gets it. In the meantime lets hope that the Aussi Baggy shows up in time for late Wimby fun. If he does, he could make the Final...Hewitt's off form & not playing w/confidence & RN hasn't played anyone who has won a grass court match in the last 2 yrs...It's yours to lose, Baggy
This just in from Australian Press:
Hewitt wary of Cypriot cyclone
[I}From Valkerie Mangnall in London
July 4, 2006
LLEYTON Hewitt says he and the rest of the Wimbledon men's draw, if they know what's good for them, have heeded the warning issued by Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis.
Hewitt, the No.6 seed at Wimbledon, will meet the 21-year-old from Cyprus for the first time in the quarter-finals at the All England Club on Wednesday.
"Everyone's been put on notice of the kind of talent and flair he possesses out there when he plays his best," Hewitt said of Baghdatis, who lost the Australian Open final to world No.1 Roger Federer in four sets in January after a fairytale run to the Melbourne Park final.
"He's capable of producing those big shots when he wants to . . . that's obviously something that he did extremely well in Melbourne for two weeks. "He came through in a lot of tough situations . . . that's something I've got to be wary of."
On his only previous visit to Wimbledon, Baghdatis lost in the first round last year but he has clearly stepped up since then.
Baghdatis's best was in evidence this morning (AEST), when he swept aside Briton Andy Murray 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-2) in a fourth-round match lasting 1hr 53min, two days after Murray had eliminated two-time finalist Andy Roddick.
Hewitt, the 2002 Wimbledon champion, had a tougher time in the round of 16, taking 2hr 49min to dispose of Spain's David Ferrer 6-4 6-4 4-6 7-5 in a tense match.
The South Australian admits his beloved AFL team, ladder leader Adelaide, is "doing it easier" than he is right now.
"So far, I'm still here," Hewitt said with a circumspect tone after his win.
"Ferrer didn't let me play my best tennis but I had to find a way to win. "I want to try and step it up, though, a couple of notches against Baghdatis."
Hewitt watched the end of Baghdatis's match with Murray and saw similarities between them. "He is similar to Murray in many ways," Hewitt said. "He'll play the percentages for a bit and then just pull the trigger on a big one."
With world No.9 Hewitt in front of him, Baghdatis refused to entertain thoughts of a re-match against Federer in the final.
"After Melbourne, I had a lot of doubts in my head," the affable 21-year-old, ranked No.16 in the world, said. "Was I there because I deserved it or because it was just one time?"
Baghdatis's confidence crisis was exacerbated by injury and illness, but there was no hint of any problems during his win over Murray in front of a partisan British crowd on Centre Court. "I just love playing in front of a big crowd, and I just relax more when there is so many people watching than when there are not," Baghdatis said.
He may lack Hewitt's grass-court experience but Baghdatis has a secret weapon at Wimbledon he did not have at the Australian Open: a mother who spends her time in the players' box praying on behalf of her son.
"It means a lot to have her here watching me because she did not see so much of me when I was a kid,' Baghdatis, who left Cyprus as a 13-year-old to pursue his tennis apprenticeship in France, said.
"She's proud of her son and I feel proud of her also. And she prays, she prays a lot."
Baghdatis's best grand slam performance to date in Melbourne propelled him into the spotlight back home. "I'm a famous guy now in my country and maybe worldwide, so a lot of responsibilities to take," he said. "It's not like you don't have a personal life, but you cannot do what you want to do sometimes because of people watching."
Fame and the ability to perform on the big stage aside, perhaps the key to Baghdatis's success lies in his level-headed approach.
"For me, it's just a game," Baghdatis said. "I'm very happy to play this game because I love this game. "If I lose this game, it doesn't matter for me. There are things more important in life than this."