Third Seed Looks to Build on Recent Success Down Under
New world number three J.I. Chela has enjoyed a new found form in the preceding Australian Open warm-up events as he enters this week's tournament in Adelaide. However, if he wishes to proceed further than the second round, he may have to take down a familiar nemesis, hometown hero Lleyton Hewitt. When faced with the prospect of once again facing Hewitt, with whom Chela has had a rocky at best past, he gave these words.
"Yeah, I mean, eveyone knows there's been some bad feelings between us, especially down here in front of his fans, but I think it's mainly behind us. I'd say we've both matured the past couple of years, no? You know, I feel I've settled down a bit, and he seems to be happy with his family so I don't think it will be much of an issue. I don't think we'll ever be best mates, as he would say, but I'm sure we'll both just go out there wanting to win, if he gets by his first round match."
Chela is in the top portion of the draw, meaning if he were to reach the semifinals and the seeds play out, he could have a meeting with world number one, J-M Gambill.