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Newt tournament : Hambourg

Gaga
05-07-2004, 08:25 PM
Lleyton's next tournament is Hamburg in Germany. Kim will be to support him because she is failed for Rome and The open of France.

SomL.
05-08-2004, 10:38 AM
Good luck Lleyton in Hamburg in Germany.

Gaga
05-08-2004, 12:56 PM
Good luck Lleyton !

NOMAD
05-08-2004, 02:01 PM
1st round against Henman
they nerver met on the clay court before
2nd round might against Pavel again :o

Main Draw Singles

Federer, Roger (1) v Gaudio, Gaston
Volandri, Filippo v Lapentti, Nicolas
qualifier v Ginepri, Robby
Lopez, Feliciano v Gonzalez, Fernando (13)

Philippoussis, Mark (10) v Johansson, Joachim
Verdasco, Fernando v Canas, Guillermo
Martin, Alberto v Arazi, Hicham
Sanchez, David v Moya, Carlos (7)

Ferrero, Juan Carlos (3) v Bjorkman, Jonas
Spadea, Vincent v Haas, Tommy (wc)
Saretta, Flavio v Abel, Maximilian (wc)
qualifier v Schalken, Sjeng (14)

Massu, Nicolas (9) v Melzer, Jurgen
Chela, Juan Ignacio v Labadze, Irakli
Sargsian, Sargis v Davydenko, Nikolay
Safin, Marat v Grosjean, Sebastien (8)

Henman, Tim (5) v Hewitt, Lleyton
Pavel, Andrei v qualifier
Hanescu, Victor v Mirnyi, Max
Ljubicic, Ivan v Verkerk, Martin (12)

Novak, Jiri (15) v Mayer, Florian (wc)
qualifier v qualifier
Youzhny, Mikhail v Kiefer, Nicolas
Burgsmuller, Lars (wc) v Schuettler, Rainer (4)

Nalbandian, David (6) v Ferrer, David
Hrbaty, Dominik v qualifier
Costa, Albert v Malisse, Xavier
Qualifier v Srichaphan, Paradorn (11)

Robredo, Tommy (16) v Dupuis, Anthony
Soderling, Robin v Zabaleta, Mariano
Clement, Arnaud v Horna, Luis
Qualifier v Coria, Guillermo (2)

kim4eva
05-08-2004, 02:51 PM
C'mon Lleyton :clap2:

Goonergal
05-08-2004, 04:05 PM
Pavel again :o

Lley Vs Henboy :eek: I refuse to believe LL will lose this match, whether it's on clay or not. I am defiant as I cannot contemplate a loss to Tim :o

Billabong
05-08-2004, 05:26 PM
I agree Cilla:)!
GOOOOO Lleyton:D!!!

Gaga
05-08-2004, 06:17 PM
Good luck Lleyton against Henman , Remember you you beat him has Rotterdam, you can redo him, at least I believe in you!

kit
05-08-2004, 10:07 PM
Good luck Lleyton!!!! :)

I will go to Hamburg on Tuesday. I hope, he will play then. :worship: :)

tangerine_dream
05-09-2004, 02:25 AM
Good luck in Hamburg, Lleyton :)

Hewitt's surface tension - Clay play still a sticky problem

Saturday, 8 May 2004

Lleyton Hewitt bowed out of the Rome Masters yesterday, but is determined the match will help him build his confidence on clay courts.

Fellow former top five players Tim Henman and Marat Safin were also early loser as the tournament's contingent of Spanish and South American clay specialists finally came to the fore.

Former world number one Hewitt was beaten 4-6 6-3 6-4 in the second round by Romania's Andrei Pavel.

Hewitt, who has two grand slams under is belt, took the first set, but Pavel fought back to clinch a three- setter.

The Romanian kept his nerve to seal the match after heavy showers interrupted play for 90 minutes.

Pavel set up a third round match with David Sanchez of Spain which will resume today. He was leading 7-6 2-1 before play was stopped.

Despite failing to get up yesterday, Hewitt was not too disheartened by his early exit, insisting he was slowly coming to terms with Europe's slower surfaces.

"The clay court season is probably one of the toughest for me, but I'm not hitting the ball badly at the moment," said the 23-year-old.

"Hopefully Hamburg and the World Team Cup is going to prepare me well for the French Open and improve my confidence.

"If I feel confident, then I feel I can compete with the best players even on a clay court.

"I don't feel I'm far from where I want to be. In February I won in Rotterdam and probably played as well as I have ever done for a whole week."

Briton Henman, whose improvement on his least favourite surface was apparent last month when he reached the quarter-finals in Monte Carlo, was beaten 3-6 6-3 6-2 by Argentine Mariano Zabaleta in the third round.

Following the earlier exits of world number one Roger Federer and US Open champion Andy Roddick, the fourth seed's defeat only reinforced the sensation that it will be hard to prize the baseliners away from this year's title.

Zabaleta's reward for the effort is a quarter-final against eighth seed Nicolas Massu, who dispatched a weary-looking Russian Marat Safin 7-5 6-4.

The highest seed left in the draw is fifth seed Argentine David Nalbandian, who beat home favourite Filippo Volandri 7-6 3-6 6-4 and next faces American Vincent Spadea.
Former French Open winner Albert Costa also progressed to the last eight in a fashion that suggested he was another player who can legitimately lay claim to being a title contender when the battle at Roland Garros gets underway.

He produced an untroubled outing with a 6-2 6-3 victory over Peru's Luis Horna.

possie
05-09-2004, 04:15 AM
*Anne crosses fingers*

Good luck Lleyton!

I'm glad Kim will be there supporting him :angel:

Danni
05-09-2004, 10:24 AM
you can do it Lleyts! :yeah: :D

Bibi
05-09-2004, 10:42 AM
Good luck Lleyton!!
(Maybe Kim will be there to cheer on him too???)

jule
05-09-2004, 10:48 AM
Good luck Lleyton!!!! :)

I will go to Hamburg on Tuesday. I hope, he will play then. :worship: :)
you're so lucky!
viel spass!!!!!(hoffentlich muss lleyton nicht schon am montag gegen henman spielen!)

Gaga
05-09-2004, 02:30 PM
You see one believes all in you then go there!!! Rome it is a bad recollection with the leaders, please, go you can make him, gain him this tournament!!! Good luck!

star
05-09-2004, 02:44 PM
The weather in Hamburg is going to be BRUTAL.

It's so damm cold in Hamburg. They don't really have summer there.

Sunday
60įF (16įC) | 45įF (7įC)
Monday
69įF (21įC) | 45įF (7įC)
Tuesday
64įF (18įC) | 44įF (7įC)
Wednesday
64įF (18įC) | 42įF (6įC)
Thursday
64įF (18įC) | 38įF (3įC)

Gaga
05-09-2004, 03:05 PM
thit's good !

star
05-09-2004, 03:36 PM
It's good?????

It seems very cold to me.

Gaga
05-09-2004, 04:26 PM
Yes I agree but you know I live can be in Australia but with my pere in France from time to time then the temperature I finds not ca bad, seen or I live in France!

Angele
05-09-2004, 05:53 PM
The highs there seem fine ( 16, 18 and 21) but 7 degrees is cold. If it can stay above 15 all week though they should be fine!

star
05-09-2004, 05:55 PM
I think it isn't warm until it is 80. :)

I froze the whole time I was in Hamburg except for one beautiful 2 week period where it was lovely and they closed the schools because of the heat wave. :lol:

Angele
05-09-2004, 05:57 PM
Well we had snow/freezing rain here two days ago so right now I'd settle for anything above 0 degrees lol But in the high teens is warm enough I'd say... definetly warm enough to go outside in shorts and a t-shirt!

kit
05-09-2004, 08:27 PM
you're so lucky!
viel spass!!!!!(hoffentlich muss lleyton nicht schon am montag gegen henman spielen!)
Danke!
Ja, dass hoffe ich auch, dass wšre echt blŲd, wenn das passiert.

Aleksa's Laydee
05-09-2004, 09:20 PM
hewitt doesnt play henman he plays bjorkman. go easy on jonas! please :angel: lol :D

NOMAD
05-10-2004, 12:14 AM
Federer, Roger (1) v Gaudio, Gaston
Volandri, Filippo v Lapentti, Nicolas
Q Knowle, Julian v Ginepri, Robby
Lopez, Feliciano v Gonzalez, Fernando (13)

Philippoussis, Mark (10) v Johansson, Joachim
Verdasco, Fernando v Canas, Guillermo
Martin, Alberto v Arazi, Hicham
Sanchez, David v Moya, Carlos (7)

Hewitt, Lleyton (17) v Bjorkman, Jonas
Spadea, Vincent v Haas, Tommy (wc)
Saretta, Flavio v Abel, Maximilian (wc)
LL Hernandez, Oscar v Schalken, Sjeng (14)

Massu, Nicolas (9) v Melzer, Jurgen
Chela, Juan Ignacio v Labadze, Irakli
Sargsian, Sargis v Davydenko, Nikolay
Safin, Marat v Grosjean, Sebastien (8)

Henman, Tim (5) v Q Seppi, Andreas
Pavel, Andrei v Q Saulnier, Cyril
Hanescu, Victor v Mirnyi, Max
Ljubicic, Ivan v Verkerk, Martin (12)

Novak, Jiri (15) v Mayer, Florian (wc)
Q Portas, Albert v Q Corretja, Alex
Youzhny, Mikhail v Kiefer, Nicolas
Burgsmuller, Lars (wc) v Schuettler, Rainer (4)

Nalbandian, David (6) v Ferrer, David
Hrbaty, Dominik v Q Ascione, Thierry
Costa, Albert v Malisse, Xavier
Q Rochus, Olivier v Srichaphan, Paradorn (11)

Robredo, Tommy (16) v Dupuis, Anthony
Soderling, Robin v Zabaleta, Mariano
Clement, Arnaud v Horna, Luis
Q Almagro, Nicolas v Coria, Guillermo (2)

Angele
05-10-2004, 12:35 AM
Did J.C.F pull out?? In any case, good luck Lleyton :kiss:

Lisbeth
05-10-2004, 07:41 AM
I guess Bjorkman in the first round is better than an in-form Henman ... marginally! Haas in the second round is far from an easy draw though ... good luck Lleyton!

kim4eva
05-10-2004, 10:10 AM
Good luck Lleyts :)

SomL.
05-10-2004, 10:56 AM
Good luck Lleyton in Hamburg in Germany !!!!!!!! I believe in You.

Heleen
05-10-2004, 01:51 PM
Did henman pull out of the tournament???

Socket
05-10-2004, 02:48 PM
Henman did not pull out, but Ferrero did. Lleyton then became the 17th seed, and took Ferrero's place in the draw. So, he got the No. 3 seed slot. He's 5-0 against Bjorkman (1 clay match), as opposed to 7-0 against Henman (no clay matches).

jule
05-10-2004, 03:23 PM
Danke!
Ja, dass hoffe ich auch, dass wšre echt blŲd, wenn das passiert.
du hast glŁck!
tommy Haas next round!(if he wins against bjŲrkman :p )that would mean that i definately would be able to see that match because german television (NDR) only shows the germans like haas, mayer, schuettler etc :)

Heleen
05-11-2004, 08:06 AM
Thanx for the info!!

SomL.
05-11-2004, 12:17 PM
Lleyton won the match 6-0 / 7-6 ( 7-5 ) . Good luck Lleyton in the second round. Come on Lleyton come on !!!!!!!!!!!!

Danni
05-11-2004, 12:21 PM
yessssss!! well done lleyts :worship:

Jess
05-11-2004, 12:29 PM
A seemingly easy non heart-attack inducing win! At last! Please repeat in the second round ;)

kim4eva
05-11-2004, 01:21 PM
Great job Lleyton :yeah: :worship:

Good luck next round :bounce:

NOMAD
05-11-2004, 01:59 PM
Hamburg, 11 May 2004

Press Conference with LLEYTON HEWIT

Hewitt Ė Bjorkman 6:, 7:6 (5)



Q: That first set must be one of the best on clay youíve played.

HEWITT: Yes, I played well. I felt like I dictated play right from the start. Itís probably one of my better serving sets as well. I played all my service games pretty convincingly out there. I didnít feel I played that badly in the second set. I think he just picked up his game a lot more. Itís a awkward situation when you are playing a guy, who is struggling in the first set and then comes out with sort of nothing to lose. His first serve really picked up and made things a lot tougher.

Q: Is it fair to say you donít expect too much of yourself on clay compared to other surfaces?

HEWITT: Not necessarily. I feel Iíve played well enough to expect to play well every time I go out there. I think Iíve been hitting the ball well. I think I have to give myself a little more time to adjust to clay than probably grass and hardcourt. Purely because I havenít grown up sliding and in that frame of mind. So, maybe it takes me a few more weeks, a few more matches than a lot of the other guys. But, I still think the results that Iíve had, I can match it with the best guys in the world. I feel confident about it.

Q: What about the heavy conditions here?

HEWITT: The heavy conditions might be a little harder. But the actual court surface I think is nice. Probably today it was heavy because of the weather. It was so cold out there, so it made the balls even heavier. The clay is pretty damp, there is a lot of moisture in the air. The actual court, for me, I feel I can slide pretty well on the court. Movementwise I like the court. Iíve played well here in the past. Probably I prefer this type of court to a lot of other ones. Itís a little bit of positive and negative with the court and the conditions here.

Q: What do you think about the next match against Haas?

HEWITT: Itís going to be a tough match. Not only because of Germany, but heís a tough player. He plays well on clay. Obviously he didnít really get tested yesterday, but he has played well. He beat Roddick and heís getting confident coming back from an injury. He is a class player and I donít think anyone looks of him and thinks where he is in the rankings, thatís where he should be. Heís a lot better player than that. Itís going to be tough.

Q: Letís talk a bit about Philippoussis. He seems to be struggling. What do you think?

HEWITT: I donít know. I watched a bit of his game last week. I thought he is hitting the ball better. I watched the first set last night and I thought he was playing pretty good. He hit some good shots. It was an awkward match for everyone; theyíve both got very similar games. I didnít see the second set. He obviously lost a bit of confidence after losing the first set. But, I think heís hitting the ball well. Heís trying to get that breakthrough, get a few matches under his belt. I think DŁsseldorf next week will be good for him. Obviously heís looking forward to the grass season.

Q: Does all this stem from the Australian Open? Are you surprised heís hitting the ball that hard?

HEWITT: I donít know whether itís just that. I spend a lot of time with him. Off the court, I canít tell that anything has really changed. Maybe the Davis Cup took a little bit out of him. He took a few weeks off after that. Iíve got no doubt that heís going to start playing as well as in the past. Itís sort of a matter of time.

Q: Have you changed anything compared over the last year?

HEWITT: Probably Iíve done a lot more weight work than before. Since I started with Roger which is a year and a half ago, Iíve been building up; a lot more fitness work. I feel stronger because of that. It can help me especially on clay. Whether itís this year or in the years to come.

Q: Some people admired when you peaked a year or two ago. Since then youíve been struggling to win another tournament.

HEWITT: Everyone has got opinions.

Q: Do you think you can get back to that level?

HEWITT: I think Iíve played enough good matches. I can compete with the best players in the world

kim-fan
05-11-2004, 02:05 PM
well done lleyton! :kiss:


Australian former world number one Lleyton Hewitt was back to his 'do or die' form when he clobbered Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman 6-0 7-6 (7-5) on Tuesday at the Hamburg Masters Series.

Hewitt, seeded 17th in the claycourt tournament, was in a class of his own in the first set, which he took in 22 minutes with an acrobatic backhand volley on set point.

The second set was tight and both players held serve until a tiebreak which Hewitt took 7-5.

A service winner earned the former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion a match point and Bjorkman hit his backhand wide.

"I played really well in the first set and dictated play from the start," said Hewitt, who goes on to meet local favourite Tommy Haas.

"I didn't feel I played badly at all in the second set. Jonas just picked up his game.

Bron: www.eurosport.com

Gaga
05-11-2004, 05:35 PM
Feleliciation Lleyton ! Godd luck for tomorrow !

jule
05-11-2004, 06:56 PM
well done lleyts!
:bounce: i will be able to watch him play against tommy ! :bounce:

NOMAD
05-11-2004, 06:57 PM
video of the interview (http://dtb-tennis.de/rothenbaum/hewitt1105.ram)

NOMAD
05-11-2004, 07:14 PM
Tennis Masters Series 2004
Mittwoch, 12. Mai 2004
Centre Court Spielbeginn: 11:00

Luis HORNA (PER) - Guillermo CORIA (ARG) [2]
Lleyton HEWITT (AUS) [17] - Tommy HAAS (GER)[W]
() - Lars BURGSMUELLER (GER)[W]
Florian MAYER (GER)[W] - Albert PORTAS (ESP)[Q]
Roger FEDERER (SUI) [1] - Nicolas LAPENTTI (ECU)

Gaga
05-11-2004, 07:25 PM
Tommy Haas !!!! come on lley ! good luck !

Socket
05-11-2004, 07:39 PM
I'm glad it's not the late night match . . . and I'm also glad I won't have to wake up before dawn to check the scores. Good luck, Lleyton!

Angele
05-11-2004, 09:56 PM
Thanks for the interview Tara :kiss:

Lleyton looks like he could burst into tears at any minute? :scratch: You'd think he'd just lost a tough matchin or something :shrug:

SomL.
05-12-2004, 09:57 AM
Come on Lleyton. I believe in You !!!!!!!!!!!!

SomL.
05-12-2004, 10:39 AM
Why I can't watch Lleyton 's interview ?

Gaga
05-12-2004, 01:12 PM
3-1 for lleyton against Haas

Gaga
05-12-2004, 01:19 PM
5-2 for lley !! :-)

Gaga
05-12-2004, 01:20 PM
5-3

Gaga
05-12-2004, 01:24 PM
fist set for lley 6-4 !!come on lleyton !

Gaga
05-12-2004, 02:33 PM
Lleyton win the match against Haas 6-4/7-5

kim4eva
05-12-2004, 02:35 PM
Congratulations Lleyton! :worship:
The match was great stuff, great fighting... just amazing :worship:

SomL.
05-12-2004, 02:40 PM
Wow !!!!!!! Fantastic Tennis for Lleyton.Come on Lleyton come on !!!!!!!! Good luck Lleyton in third round ^_^

kim4eva
05-12-2004, 03:10 PM
Thanks for the interview Tara :kiss:

Lleyton looks like he could burst into tears at any minute? :scratch: You'd think he'd just lost a tough matchin or something :shrug:

Yeah that's what I thought too. Kinda weird... :scratch:

NOMAD
05-12-2004, 03:15 PM
video of the interview (http://dtb-tennis.de/rothenbaum/hewitt1205.ram)

kim4eva
05-12-2004, 03:22 PM
Thanks so much for the interview :kiss:

Again Lleyton looks like he'd cry :confused:

Gaga
05-12-2004, 03:59 PM
thanks for the interview

kim-fan
05-12-2004, 05:14 PM
Hamburg, 12 May 2004

Press Conference with LLEYTON HEWIT

Hewitt Ė Haas 6:4, 7:5



Q: Did you think you could come back after being down 5:1?

HEWITT: Youíre not too confident about coming back in that situation. I felt like I had a lot of chances after that point. I wasnít quite able to take him in the second set. Obviously I broke the first game. Yeah, I just hung in there. I thought if can get that first break back and then he starts thinking about it. Heís got to serve again at 5:3 and I think thatís what happened. He started thinking ĎI let it slip awayí. And all of a sudden I get it back. I had to get out of the 5:4 game on my serve. And from them, I played good to get back in the match.

Q: You had a similar match against him in Melbourne once. Does this come back to your mind that you can win matches in a situation like this?

HEWITT: Yes, it came back. I think when you are in a situation like that and you start working your way back, itís always a positive thought. Youíve been in the same situation against the same guy before and got out of it. I am sure it was probably on his mind a bit too.

Q: What was your tactics before the match?

HEWITT: I was more worried about my game than his. At the moment, this is a good preparation for the French Open obviously and I just tried to work the ball out there, not to make a lot of unforced errors. Tommy is the kind of guy who can go out there and hit winners. Also today, he played some unbelievable tennis and then he can also play some slight games as well. Thatís his style of game and itís tough, when youíre playing that style of game is tough to play every point perfect. I felt I played a great first set. Then he started to play as well as he could. I just had to take my chances when they came.

Q: Your game is more or less a counter attack game from my point of view. Is that very tricky for your health, because you play long matches with that tactic?
HEWITT: Yeah, I have to deal with it right through my career. Itís not going to change much now.

Angele
05-12-2004, 07:50 PM
Lleyton still looks kinda down in his interview... I know Lleyton isn't really bubbly like Kim or anything but he's usually more upbeat than that in his interviews, especially after a win. I hope everything is ok!

proteus
05-12-2004, 07:59 PM
kim-fan,
Thanks for posting the interview. :)
Can you please post the link for that interview, I've been trying to find the interiews on the website. Thanks.
:wavey:

proteus
05-12-2004, 08:01 PM
:wavey: Angele! :)

kit
05-12-2004, 09:33 PM
Congrats Lleyts!!! :kiss: :kiss:
10 setpoints from Haas and Lleyton won the match!!! :worship: :worship: :worship:

Jess
05-12-2004, 11:05 PM
I think he looks kind of odd in that interview. The fact that he's in urgent need of a hairbrush/cut doesn't really help ;) but he looks kind of pale and almost ill. Maybe he's just tired but he looks very off colour. :shrug:

Sunshine1
05-12-2004, 11:08 PM
I think last week he was sick. When I was watching his match last week he kept on coughing. Also during one of the videos he was coughing.

Jess
05-12-2004, 11:09 PM
Ah if he was ill last week that would probably explain it. He just looks really pale.

Lisbeth
05-13-2004, 01:25 AM
YEEEEEEE-HA!

Lleyton remembered how to play tennis, apparently! I turned on the match briefly at one point last night and the commentator was saying "you can see from the statistics that it's Hewitt's serve that got him out of that first set". I nearly died from happiness!

ally_014
05-13-2004, 08:31 AM
Yay Lleyton!!

Now you guys have got me worried about him though, apparently I don't have the right program to see those interviews so I'm imagining all sorts of things! :o

But good luck for his next match! :)

SomL.
05-13-2004, 09:29 AM
Good luvk Lleyton in third round. Come on Lleyton come on !!!!!!!!!

Danni
05-13-2004, 12:14 PM
Yay Lleyton!!

Now you guys have got me worried about him though, apparently I don't have the right program to see those interviews so I'm imagining all sorts of things! :o

But good luck for his next match! :)
lol, me too :( anyways, awesome win Lleyts :worship: and good luck for whenever you play next... :kiss:

kim4eva
05-13-2004, 01:19 PM
Good luck Lleyts :bounce:

NOMAD
05-13-2004, 06:17 PM
LL won :bounce:
order of play tomorrow

Spielplan - Order Of Play Stand: Donnerstag, 13. Mai 2004 19:06:54

Seite 1 von 1
Tennis Masters Series 2004
Freitag, 14. Mai 2004 Centre Court Spielbeginn: 13:00

Singles Roger FEDERER (SUI) [1] - Carlos MOYA (ESP) [7]

Singles Lleyton HEWITT (AUS) [17] - JŁrgen MELZER (AUT)

Singles David FERRER (ESP) - ()

Singles Ivan LJUBICIC (CRO) - Mikhail YOUZHNY (RUS)

kim-fan
05-13-2004, 06:37 PM
Can you please post the link for that interview, I've been trying to find the interiews on the website. Thanks.
:wavey:

yup, you have to go to this website:http://www.root3dtb.de/live/live.htm, and then you have to click on Press-Conference

Goonergal
05-13-2004, 07:49 PM
:bounce: Lleyton! A bit nervy towards the end where he had a blip, but he's through and with every chance against Meltzer :D You could tell this win really meant a lot to him by his reaction at the end :D Isn't this Lleyton's best performance in a TMS this year?

2nd round loss to Chela in IW
3rd Round to Pavel in Miami
3rd Round Monte Carlo to Schuttler
2nd Round Pavel in Rome
QF Hamburg :yeah: :bounce: And, on his weakest surface. Contionuos small steps in the right direction :yeah:

Jess
05-13-2004, 09:47 PM
Interview:

Hamburg, 13 May 2004

Press Conference with LLEYTON HEWIT

Hewitt Ė Saretta 6:4, 2:6, 6:4



Q: Not an easy day today, with tough conditions.

HEWITT: Iíve never known it to be warm in Hamburg. But I played extremely well during the first set and the third set, and there were parts of the second set where I also played well. But he bounced back. So it was important for me to have a good start into the third set. At the end he started to be playing good tennis again, from 5:1 to 5:4.

Q: Marat complained about the balls and the other conditions. What do you think about that?

HEWITT: We have the same balls in Rome, Monte Carlo and here. They are not so bad here on this kind of court, purely because there are a lot heavier conditions here. They are flopping off a little bit more here than they did in Rome and Monte Carlo. I donít actually have a problem with the balls, the only problem is that they are so different from the ones we use in Indian Wells and Miami. Personally I didnít like the balls in Indian Wells and Miami. Maybe they could find something in the middle which would suit everyone a bit more, now there are two extremes.

Q: Yesterday it was the same against Tommy, he also came back in the second set. You are such a constant player, why do you lose your concentration at times like that?

HEWITT: I think in both matches the two guys went for it to stay in the match, especially Tommy yesterday. He played really well yesterday, there wasnít that much I could do during a couple of games in the second set, I just had to hang in and wait for my breaks. Today, Saretta is a much more typical clay court player than Tommy is. He picked up his whole game as well, because if you lose the first set, you realize that you have to change things.

Q: What are your goals for the French Open?

HEWITT: First of all, just to get there.

Billabong
05-13-2004, 10:31 PM
Thanks Jess:)! Well done Lley:yeah:!

star
05-14-2004, 12:38 AM
:bigclap: Nice interview. :)

star
05-14-2004, 12:40 AM
YEEEEEEE-HA!

Lleyton remembered how to play tennis, apparently! I turned on the match briefly at one point last night and the commentator was saying "you can see from the statistics that it's Hewitt's serve that got him out of that first set". I nearly died from happiness!


That's great news.

Neely
05-14-2004, 01:53 AM
Lleyton also says that balls are very different, but obviously they are still good enough to play great tennis as Lleyton himself showed. ;) :)
And Federer and Gonzalez also didn't have too many problems hitting great shots. Gonzo had lots of power forehands and Federer hit also well.

Lisbeth
05-14-2004, 02:04 AM
Hooray! Great job Lleyton and now he's up to #14! Nice for the RG seedings!

I think it's a bit dumb that they can have such different balls. They should at least be similar everywhere if not the same. It's as silly as if they had slightly different sized courts everywhere! Still, Ll seems to have risen to the occasion!

NOMAD
05-14-2004, 03:16 AM
I think last week he was sick. When I was watching his match last week he kept on coughing. Also during one of the videos he was coughing.

LL :hug:
Hope he's all right
I think he loooked better in this interview
(though he's a bit low,but he is still :hearts: in those interview)
love the smile after the last question

in case someone who doesn't find the interview link
here is the link
interview video (http://dtb-tennis.de/rothenbaum/hewitt1305t.ram)

Danni
05-14-2004, 07:35 AM
nice work Lleyts!! :clap2: :D

kim4eva
05-14-2004, 09:02 AM
Congrats Lleyton :kiss:
Great job :yeah: :worship:

Good luck in the next round :bounce:

SomL.
05-14-2004, 10:02 AM
Good luck Lleyton in Quarters final. Come on Lleyton come on !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Raquel
05-14-2004, 12:58 PM
Good Luck today Lleyton! :bounce: :hug:

SomL.
05-14-2004, 03:19 PM
Lleyton won Melzer 6-4/6-3.Good luck Lleyton sami-final. Come on Lleyton come on !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NOMAD
05-14-2004, 03:35 PM
interview video (http://dtb-tennis.de/rothenbaum/hewitt1405.ram)

kim-fan
05-14-2004, 03:44 PM
interview video (http://dtb-tennis.de/rothenbaum/hewitt1405.ram)

damn, I can't watch the interview. what is he saying?

NOMAD
05-14-2004, 04:20 PM
Hamburg, 14 May 2004

Press Conference with LLEYTON HEWITT

Hewitt Ė Melzer 6:4, 6:3



Q: He can be brilliant at times, but you handled him very well.

HEWITT: Yes. He is a strange kind of player. I never played him before and have never really seen him play a lot. And I havenít played a lefthander for a while. So, it took a few games to adjust to that. I was happy just going out there to play my game. I made him play a lot of balls early. He doesnít give you a lot of rhythm out there.

Q: Are you happy with the way your are playing? You look pretty lively, much like your own self.

F: Nothingís changed.

Q: If you compare yourself with the player you were 2 or 3 years ago on clay. Do you feel stronger and in which ways?

HEWITT: Back then a couple of Davis Cup matches stand out. But I think day in and day out, I am a better player on clay than I was back then. I was able to produce a big match now and then on clay. Now movingwise, tacticwise I worked out a lot of things. And just from playing against the best clay court players in the world, I will get better and better on clay just from the experience.

Q: You also have more power in your shots.

HEWITT: Yes, I think so. When I need to be, I can. I put on a couple of kilos in the last year and a half. I think for my game thatís only going to help.

Q: Boris Becker said that this was your best match so far here in Hamburg. Do you agree?

HEWITT: Yes, probably. It was a different match in the sense that he didnít give me a lot of rhythm out there. Against Tommy there were patches where I played pretty good tennis. Tommy is a totally different player. That were probably my best matches of the week.

Q: Are you relieved that the roof was open?

HEWITT: Enjoymentwise it was nicer to play with the roof up. Yesterday, I was absolutely freezing out there. I think for everyone, the spectators, it was more enjoyable out there.

Q: Is Federer going to be a challenge for you?

HEWITT: Yes, itís going to be a tough one. Roger is playing extremely well, not matter what surface itís on. He beat Carlos pretty convincingly today. Itís going to be a tough match. Iíll go down there and see what happen.



Q: The fact that heís No. 1 does it make it even more exciting?

HEWITT: Not really. Itís a good chance though to see where my game is. Heís probably the best player in the world and heís definitely up there with the best players on clay. Hopefully Iíve got the game and go out there and produce a good match and see what happens in the end.

Q: You won 7 out of 10 matches against him. What role could the surface play?

HEWITT: I not sure. I donít think itís either of our best surfaces. Heís going to be looking to use his serve to get cheap points. He doesnít play a traditional clay court game and I donít either. Heís going to be aggressive and use his serve and forehand as much as possible.

Q: Becker said that you donít have enough self-confidence after not winning a tournament for such a long time.

HEWITT: I won a couple this year. I donít know where you got your facts from. You can look it up.

KaseyL
05-14-2004, 04:24 PM
Thanks for the interview!

LMAO re the Becker comment by Lleyton. :D

Neely
05-14-2004, 04:31 PM
Q: Becker said that you donít have enough self-confidence after not winning a tournament for such a long time.

HEWITT: I won a couple this year. I donít know where you got your facts from. You can look it up.
that's right... on German TV Becker analyzed Lleyton's match afterwards and I also reported about that in the live scores thread of today.

I saw that interview with Becker and he really said this and was first saying that "Lleyton didn't win a tournament for quite a long time"... but in the next senctence Becker immediately corrected himself, noticing his error and said "Lleyton didn't win a big tournament for a long time now", probably meaning Lleyton had to endure a dry spell without going far in a Grand Slam last year which was indeed uncommon for Lleyton after his great achievement in Wimbledon, Masters Cups, US Open and many others.

Gaga
05-14-2004, 05:01 PM
nice work Lley !! Congrats Lley !!!
Good luck against Roger Federer !

Danni
05-15-2004, 01:38 AM
yayness~~ :woohoo:well done Lleyts!! :yippee: good luck against federer :kiss: :yeah:

ally_014
05-15-2004, 03:52 AM
YAY! GO LLEYTS! :yippee: :yippee: good luck for the semis :yeah:

SomL.
05-15-2004, 09:14 AM
Good luck Lleyton to sami final round !!!!!!!!! Come on Lleyton come on !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kim4eva
05-15-2004, 10:19 AM
Good luck against Federer :bounce: :bounce:

Ashie_87
05-15-2004, 10:32 AM
:kiss: thanks for all the videos :hug:

Gaga
05-15-2004, 01:10 PM
Lleyton love 6-0/6-4 against Roger Federer ! poor Lleyton ! :'-(

kim-fan
05-15-2004, 01:14 PM
Federer humbles Hewitt

All the action as Roger Federer beats Lleyton Hewitt in the semi-final of the Hamburg Masters.
Result: Federer 6-0 6-4 Hewitt



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Second set

Federer 6-0 6-4 Hewitt
The previous game is just a blip as Federer races to three match points with three forehand winners. A weak backhand into the net seals Hewitt's fate.

Federer 6-0 5-4 Hewitt
Hewitt finally breaks the Federer serve. After saving a match point, the Australian hangs on in a long rally and Federer finally sends a backhand long.

Federer 6-0 5-3 Hewitt
Federer's level dips briefly with four mistakes on the backhand side which give Hewitt faint hope of survival.

Federer 6-0 5-2 Hewitt
The Federer serve continues to look unbreakable and he moves to within a game of victory without losing a point.

Federer 6-0 4-2 Hewitt
A string of booming groundstrokes gives Federer three break points. The world number one clinches the game with a brilliant forehand pass.

Federer 6-0 3-2 Hewitt
Federer sends down two aces to race to 40-15, and a misplaced Hewitt forehand gives him the game in double-quick time.

Federer 6-0 2-2 Hewitt
Hewitt produces his best game so far, forcing Federer into some rare errors and closing it out to love.

Federer 6-0 2-1 Hewitt
Federer is again untroubled and an unreturnable serve puts him back ahead in the set.

Federer 6-0 1-1 Hewitt
Hewitt wins a brilliant point with superb half-volley at deuce and a forehand down the line finally puts him on the scoreboard.

Federer 6-0 1-0 Hewitt
Hewitt strikes a rare blow with a backhand winner but it is his only point as Federer remains in cruise control.

First set

Federer 6-0 Hewitt
The unforced errors continue to plague Hewitt and a loose forehand gives Federer two set points. A dropshot from the Swiss clinches the first of them.

Federer 5-0 Hewitt
Federer's power is stopping Hewitt getting any foothold in the match and the Australian's agony continues as he sees a forehand called just out.

Federer 4-0 Hewitt
Federer maintains the pressure on the Hewitt serve and finally converts a third break point when the Australian sends a backhand long.

Federer 3-0 Hewitt
Federer effortlessly extends his lead with a dominant service game which includes a superb deep backhand winner.

Federer 2-0 Hewitt
Federer makes an early breakthrough as he pressures Hewitt into giving up two break points and seals the game with a crosscourt forehand winner.

Federer 1-0 Hewitt
An easy opener for Federer as Hewitt fails to get into his stride and the world number one wins it to love.


too bad lleyton. but you reached the semi-final and that is great too :)

SomL.
05-15-2004, 01:19 PM
:mad: :mad: :mad: >>>>> Federer. Good luck Lleyton in WTC and RO.

NOMAD
05-15-2004, 01:41 PM
interview video (http://dtb-tennis.de/rothenbaum/hewitt1505.ram)

kim-fan
05-15-2004, 02:00 PM
what is he saying in the interview?


Federer/Hewitt stats

1st serve % : 68%/69%
Aces : 5/1
DF : 0/2
W : 22 /4
UE : 15/19
BPW : 5/9 / 1/1

Goonergal
05-15-2004, 03:49 PM
Lley got bagelled by Fed again :o Oh, well if anyone had said to me that Lleyt would've reached the semis of Hamburg, I would've said 'No way'. Fed was always going to eb too good for LL as he is a level above at the mo. But, I'm pleased with Lleyton's form this week :) I'm not convinced he's 100% back to his best but nonetheless a positive week :D

Gaga
05-15-2004, 05:14 PM
thanks for the interview

Hagar
05-15-2004, 07:10 PM
69% for Lleyton's serve, that's not too bad.

It seems someone asks a nasty question at the end of the interview, anyone got exactly what was said?

kim-fan
05-15-2004, 08:18 PM
69% for Lleyton's serve, that's not too bad.

It seems someone asks a nasty question at the end of the interview, anyone got exactly what was said?

they don't have released the english interview yet (on their site) but a journalist asked something about kim, if they have problems or something (I'm not sure, I don't really speak german)

>>>


HEWITT: Ich hatte nie irgendwelche Ablenkungen. Sie schreiben diesen Unsinn also?

F: Der Gerichtsprozess und Ihre persŲnlichen Umstšnde haben Sie also gar nicht abgelenkt?

HEWITT: Nein. Welche persŲnlichen Umstšnde?

F: Naja, Ihre Beziehung mit Kim?

HEWITT: Die habe ich schon seit 4 Ĺ Jahren. Ich war vor zwei Jahren die Nummer eins. Schauen Sie sich das Wimbledon und US Open Board an und dann kŲnnen Sie nochmal wiederkommen.

Jess
05-16-2004, 12:02 AM
Okay, my german is not exactly great - but roughly I'll have a go.

He seems to have been asked something about is his relationship causing some kind of diversion to his playing. To which he reponds:

LH: I never had any disruption. Why do you write this nonsense?!

Questioner: Are your on court performances distracted because of your personal circumstances?

LH: No. What personal circumstances?

Questioner: Your relationship with Kim?

LH: I've been asked that for about four and half years. In that time I've been number one and won Wimbledon and the US Open.


I think that's roughly it - but my German is not so good. Why the journalists keep coming up with this rubbish is so stupid. It's not surprising that he's getting rather annoyed with them. :rolleyes:

Sunshine1
05-16-2004, 01:46 AM
If you look on the ATP website Lleyton moved up to #6 on the Indesit ATP 2004 RACE. This is supposed to be the updated version after the semi-final.

Danni
05-16-2004, 03:46 AM
Okay, my german is not exactly great - but roughly I'll have a go.

He seems to have been asked something about is his relationship causing some kind of diversion to his playing. To which he reponds:

LH: I never had any disruption. Why do you write this nonsense?!

Questioner: Are your on court performances distracted because of your personal circumstances?

LH: No. What personal circumstances?

Questioner: Your relationship with Kim?

LH: I've been asked that for about four and half years. In that time I've been number one and won Wimbledon and the US Open.


I think that's roughly it - but my German is not so good. Why the journalists keep coming up with this rubbish is so stupid. It's not surprising that he's getting rather annoyed with them. :rolleyes:
thanks for the rough translation Jess :kiss: :D

kim4eva
05-16-2004, 05:32 AM
That's not nice. :rolleyes:

Thanks for the translation Jess :hug:

bobbele
05-16-2004, 11:07 AM
He actually says that he has had the relationship for 4.5 years.Two years ago I was nr one. Just look at the boards of the US open and Wimbledon, and then you can come back.

kim-fan
05-16-2004, 11:40 AM
ATP MASTER SERIES
Hamburg, Germany
May 15, 2004
www.atptennis.com

No. 1 Federer Breezes Past Hewitt; Coria Comes from Behind to Win

Top seed and World No. 1 Roger Federer took just one hour to move past former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in the semifinals of the Masters Series Hamburg on Saturday. Federer needed just over 20 minutes to win in a flawless first set that had him hitting only 5 unforced errors. In the second set, Federer went up a break midway through and served for the match at 5-3. But Hewitt still had some fight left in him and broke Federer after some lengthy ball exchanges to get to 4-5. Federer than broke Hewitt at love to move into the Hamburg finals for the second time in three years.

The second semifinal was a more roller-coaster affair. First time Masters Series semifinalist, Ivan Ljubicic, jumped on a sluggish Guillermo Coria early in the match and rolled to the first set 6-3. It was just the fourth set that Coria has lost at this event. But Coria turned the match around quickly and forced a third. In the final set, Coria broke midway through but faced a late challenge from Ljubicic before serving out the match at 5-4.

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Federer: ďIt was a great start to the match. Thatís what I wanted, to have a good start. I canít complain about anything in the first set. The result was good because I thought Lleyton wasnít playing too bad. Maybe once in a while he gave me a point or two. But I hit a lot of great winners today. I think that was the key.

ďWhen you get to the second set, basically everything starts from zero, just that you have one set advantage. And you know how quickly things can turn, especially against a player like Lleyton. I have had a tough experience with him at the Davis Cup and you always have that in your mind. Thatís also what made him believe that he could turn it around, even though he was down 5-3.

About Coria ďAs Iíve never played him before I have to have a few more thoughts about it than against other opponents. Iíve practiced with him a few times. He is strong on both sides, and he moves very well with his height on court, he slides cleverly. He plays very well. Therefore it will be a difficult match. Plus he probably has the biggest confidence on earth on clay. So I have to play well if itís against him.

Hewitt: ďHe played well out there. He is very confident. Just with his form and obviously beating Moya convincingly yesterday. The way he hit the ball from the back of the court. His serve. He really made no unforced errors at all. I could have served a little better and got myself on the offence a bit more, but apart from that he was just too good.Ē

ďItís been a good week. I felt like I got better throughout the week, obviously having five matches under my belt. Itís a good step for Paris. And in DŁsseldorf next week Iíll get another few matches. Hopefully, Iíll get my game to where I would like it to be in about a weekís time.Ē

ďHe especially cut out a lot of unforced errors more than anything. Heís the kind of guy who is always going to go for it. In the past, heís made a lot more unforced errors as well as winners whereas today he played pretty faultless tennis. He still hits the ball extremely hard from the back of the court and went for it, but he didnít have the unforced errors that he sometimes makes. Even now that it was on clay, I didnít get into many of his service games, purely because his first serve percentage was pretty high. He served extremely well.Ē
Coria: ďIt was a very hard match. My best match this week was probably the match against Ferrer. I know that I will have to play very good tennis to be able to beat Federer. Iíll have to use the same tactics as in the match against Ferrer: to be very concentrated and win my service games, not to make too many mistakes and just play my best tennis.Ē

About trying to become No. 1 ďMy dream is to become No. 1 in the world and Iím training to be able to that. But, itís going to be a tough match tomorrow because Federer has won a lot of matches this year. He has a lot of points at the moment.Ē

About Musterís 40-match win streak on clay ďMy primary goal is to win Hamburg and Roland Garros and not that much to beat Musterís streak. Itís not what I am thinking about at the moment.Ē

FINAL PREVIEW

Top seed and INDESIT ATP 2004 Race leader Roger Federer takes on Guillermo Coria in a dream match-up of former Hamburg champions. Federer, who won his first ATP Masters Series title here in 2002, along with Indian Wells this year, is 2-2 in Masters Series finals. Coria, who won his first ATP Masters Series shield here last year and then won his second Masters title in Monte Carlo last month, is 2-1 in ATP Masters Series finals.

Coria is riding a 31-match win streak on clay and is undefeated on the surface this year with titles in Buenos Aires and Monte Carlo. Coria is also on an 11-match win streak here in Hamburg. With a win on Sunday and 100 INDESIT Race points, Coria can overtake Spainís Carlos Moya for second place in the INDESIT ATP 2004 Race.

Coria is trying to become the first man since Andrei Medvedev in 1994-95 to win back-to-back titles here in Hamburg. Medvedev also captured the title in 1997 to win three titles in four years at the Rothenbaum club. ē In the Open Era Medvedev, Ivan Lendl, Juan Aguilera, Jose Higueras and Eddie Dibbs have won this event twice.

Federer, meanwhile, is looking for his fourth title in 2004. He has a 122-point lead on Moya in the INDESIT ATP 2004 Race and could push that to 152 points if he were to come up victorious on Sunday.

Sunshine1
05-16-2004, 11:49 AM
I found this on Lleytonland

Hewitt loses, slams media
May 16, 2004 - 4:07PM

Lleyton Hewitt left with a serve for a media questioner but positive feelings for his French Open campaign after being blown out of the Hamburg Masters semi-finals within an hour by Roger Federer.

Hewitt went into the match with a 7-3 record against the world No.1 but their first meeting on clay provided a resounding 6-0 6-4 win for the top seed.

Wimbledon and Australian Open champion Federer was dazzling in the first set as he made just five unforced errors and took it in 20 minutes.

The Australian showed fight by breaking back to get to 4-5 in the second set but Federer then broke Hewitt's serve to love to move into the final against defending champion Guillermo Coria.

Second seed Coria of Argentina rallied to beat Ivan Ljubicic 3-6 6-1 6-4 and looms as the man to beat at the French Open as he improved to 31-0 on clay since the 2003 semifinals at Roland Garros.

Hewitt acknowledged Federer was just too good on the day but was pleased to get some solid clay matches behind him before the French Open starts in nine days.

"I don't think many guys would have matched Roger playing like that, especially in the first set," said Hewitt. "But it's still been a good week for me - I'm nearer to where I want to be for the French Open."

"And in Dusseldorf (World Team Cup) next week I'll get another few matches. Hopefully, I'll get my game to where I would like it to be in about a week's time."

Hewitt bristled when asked by a reporter if he felt distractions of the past 18 months were behind him now.
"What distractions? There have been no distractions. It's just the crap that you guys write."
When it was suggested that a legal action against the ATP and his high profile relationship with fiancee Kim Clijsters might have been distractions, the 2001 US Open champion and 2002 Wimbledon champion snapped: "You had better look at the Grand Slam leader board."
Federer admitted he'd been wary of Hewitt throughout because the Australian's incredible rally to beat him from two sets and 3-5 down in the 2003 Davis Cup semi-final in Melbourne lingered in his mind.

"It would have been difficult to play better. It was a great start to the match," said Federer.

"But when you get to the second set everything starts from zero, and you know how quickly things can turn around, especially a player like him against whom I have had a difficult experience in the Davis Cup. You have that in your mind a little bit."

Federer's final clash with Coria gives the tournament the climax it most wanted.

© 2004 AAP

kim4eva
05-16-2004, 01:48 PM
thanks for the articles

Hagar
05-16-2004, 02:19 PM
Stupid reporters, that question came really out of nowhere, was completely out of the context.
Lleyton reacted as if he was stung by a bee. If looks could kill, the reporter was a dead man.
Lleyton had a good tournament, gave all credit to Federer and then some idiot comes up with such a stupid question. I mean, even if Lleyton would retire now, a lot of players would never achieve what he achieved (do you hear me, Xavier Malisse?).

Gaga
05-16-2004, 05:15 PM
I am completely ok with you Hagar !

Lisbeth
05-17-2004, 12:36 AM
What a moronic question!

As for the result, well I was a little disappointed on Saturday (especially since that turned out to be the ONLY night of the tournament I didn't have live coverage!) but at the end of the day I think Lleyton did very well to make it the semis, he's #12 for RG which (I think?) means he can't meet Fed, Ferrero or Coria until the QF, and he's had more clay practice than probably the last 2 years put together. Besides, if success meant being able to beat Federer consistently, the ATP would be looking very empty!

Have fun at WTC Lleyton and good luck for the French!