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Gaga
06-13-2004, 10:16 AM
I think lleyton's next tournament is Wimbledon !!!
I think that he can make a good course if he has a good table, semi finale in Of Queen proves him!! Thus good luck!!

thalle
06-13-2004, 02:15 PM
:bounce: Good luck Lley! Show them your back in 02-shape:bounce::kiss::D

NOMAD
06-14-2004, 02:03 AM
Interview: Lleyton Hewitt

The Australian firebrand breaks a long silence to tell Donald McRae about his running war with the men who run tennis, his fears over drugs, and why he is desperate to win Wimbledon again

Monday June 14, 2004
The Guardian

'When I was a kid in Adelaide," Lleyton Hewitt says in an unusually reflective moment for a 23-year-old streetfighter of the court, "I dreamed of becoming No1 in the world, winning a grand slam and the Davis Cup for Australia." Hewitt looks thoughtfully at his right thumb and two fingers, having watched them count off those three soaring ambitions one by one. They soon fold back into the palm of his hand, each digit having made its point.

"I was lucky enough to win the Davis Cup in my first year in 1999. I won my first slam at the US Open in 2001 and became world No1 later that year. By the age of 20 I'd done it all."

Hewitt pauses meaningfully. He does not need to embellish his glittering record. For 75 weeks, from November 2001 to April 2003, he led the world rankings as the youngest-ever player to reach that exalted position in men's tennis. In the middle of that streak he won Wimbledon in 2002, crushing Tim Henman even more imperiously than Pete Sampras had done before him. Hewitt's desire, and the sheer force of character he exerted over bigger and stronger opponents, seemed unquenchable. His feisty willingness to speak his mind also made him, after Andre Agassi, the most recognisable personality on an anodyne circuit. His contrastingly sweet and understated relationship with Kim Clijsters, rising towards the peak of women's tennis at the same time, brought further attention.

Now, after 15 months of trouble and strife countered only by Hewitt's stubborn gumption and cheery happiness away from the court, the picture is more complex - and much more intriguing. Hewitt laughs knowingly when it is suggested that the older he gets the more interesting he becomes. He slipped 16 places in the rankings last year, ending 2003 in the near-anonymous slot of world No17. Yet his current struggle to fight his way back to the top, while continuing a bitter legal battle against the sport's governing body, the ATP, has become a compelling saga.

Hewitt is already on a little roll as he prepares for Wimbledon next Monday. He began the month by reaching the quarter-finals of the French Open, on clay, the surface he likes least, an achievement overshadowed by Henman's extraordinary run to the semis in Paris. Last week, while an exhausted Henman got dumped in his first match at Queen's, Hewitt cruised through to the last four where he eventually lost to Andy Roddick. He has climbed back to No8 in the world. Asked if he relishes the prospect of ramming even better results down the gullets of his critics, Hewitt shakes his head. "I don't think of it like that. When I go out to play I still believe I'm as good as anyone out there. I don't have to prove anyone wrong. I know what I've done and how well I can play."

This time last year, however, the cracks opened. At the French he had lost early to the unheralded Tommy Robredo after blowing a 6-4, 6-1, 3-0 lead, the kind of advantage he normally executes mercilessly. His former idol Pat Cash remarked that Hewitt "wins a lot of matches on his speed and determination and guts" - implying that without those attributes he was just "an average player".


Hewitt dropped his coach Jason Stoltenberg, who accused him of being "stressed out". He then walked on to Centre Court for the first match of Wimbledon against an unknown 6ft 10in Croatian qualifier, Ivo Karlovic. He began exactly like a defending champion, racing away with the first set 6-1 and closing in on the second, when suddenly his "wheels", which Sampras called the best in tennis, simply fell off. It was a humiliating defeat for a proud champion.

From the outside it was easy to assume that Cash was right and that Hewitt's limitations had been rumbled. It was just as simple to imagine another scenario - Hewitt, having fulfilled all his courtside fantasies, had lost the intensity which once made him so formidable. How long, after all, could he keep burning with such furious resolve? The truth, again, was more complicated.

Hewitt made a calculated withdrawal from the ATP tour. While he claimed, and still does, that his absence from the circuit for so many months last year was motivated by a desire to concentrate on the Davis Cup, and to heal a small injury to his foot, his disdain for the governing body was plain. Hewitt had instigated a $1.5m (£850,000) lawsuit against the ATP in Australia last year after they attempted to fine him $100,000 - later reduced to $20,000 - for failing to attend a television interview in 2002.

"Their whole case was built on a lot of lies," Hewitt says. "Apart from the TV interview there've been other situations. A lot of things need to come out."

He suggests that, in 1999, the ATP had attempted to "blackmail" him by threatening to withhold a wildcard to their Lipton tournament in Miami. "They were trying to make me have a physical the day before. The tournament director had already given me a wildcard and said that if I didn't do it then they were going to take it back."

While the blackmail accusation is driven more by youthful spleen than lasting substance, Hewitt insists that "I want to stand my ground [against the ATP]. It's not about the money. I think they've done a few [wrong] things and I want them to apologise." His running war will not just disappear. "It's going to be a long battle," he smiles grimly. "These are murky waters, mate."

When Hewitt returned to the tour at the start of the year, in Australia, the murk became a little thicker after it was revealed that Greg Rusedski had tested positive for nandrolone - only to be eventually exonerated once it was shown again that the ATP could have issued tainted supplements to its own players. "It's weird the amount of stuff that's come out over the last few years. Before Rusedski there was [Guillermo] Coria and [Juan Ignacio] Chela and a lot of guys who said the tablets were contaminated - and some of it was being dished out by the ATP. I don't really know what to think."

Hewitt says that "when you see guys in the fifth set looking even stronger than they did in the first it does make you wonder a little bit how clean the sport is. The thought does go through your mind - you're not human if it doesn't. I don't know what the whole deal is with the ATP supplements; I just know that something's going on."

Hewitt's trust in his own game, at least, is absolute. He helped Australia win the Davis Cup last year with monumental victories over Switzerland's Roger Federer, the current world No1 and reigning Wimbledon champion, and Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero. Against Federer he came back from two sets down and 3-5 in the third. "What he did today," said John Fitzgerald, his Davis Cup captain, "I'll never forget for the rest of my life."

"I played as well as I've ever played," Hewitt agrees. "Federer was producing great stuff but I started attacking more and just kept running for balls. I ran over him in the fifth."

Federer exacted revenge at the Australian Open, beating Hewitt with some magical tennis which illustrated why John McEnroe regards the Swiss player as possibly "the most talented player I've ever seen". Hewitt shrugs nonchalantly as he is entitled to do with a 7-4 record over Federer. "At the Australian I had to hold my hand up - 'too good, mate'. But he won't have forgotten the Davis Cup." :devil:

Hewitt is amusingly laconic when asked if Federer is the world's best player. "He's up there. But [Marat] Safin, on his game, is as hard to beat. And Andy Roddick has that huge serve. A lot of guys can beat you if you're slightly off your game."

Having beaten Henman in all seven of their matches, Hewitt cannot be expected to be anything more than polite about Tiger Tim. While he showed startling conviction in Paris, Henman will now endure even greater expectation. Hewitt's warning that the French is "the toughest of all the slams" might haunt Henman as fatigue takes hold of him in Wimbledon's fevered atmosphere.

"Tim's coped well at Wimbledon but it's hard. I know how he feels because I've been trying to win the Australian for ages - the pressure keeps building. But I don't believe any hoodoo's stopping me in Melbourne. Tim will be just as positive he can win Wimbledon."

Since winning the tournament Hewitt's passion for Wimbledon has deepened. "The more you go back the more you love it. At first it was weird. You can't see it on TV, but the aura gets you, seeing all the names of past champions and especially that walk to Centre Court. I struggled initially. People said I wasn't big enough to do well on grass or that I should serve and volley more. After a while I just said: 'Stuff it, I'm going to play my game and make it work.' :cool:

"Wimbledon became my whole focus in 2002 but I got a tough first-round draw. I played Jonas Bjorkman and he'd won Nottingham the week before. But I got through in straight sets and some of the bigger names dropped out. Then came that semi against Henman. I think Tim would agree he'd have been a big favourite for the title if he'd got past me. But I never thought I was going to lose."

Hewitt has had a year to become more philosophical about his doomed defence. "I'd heard of him," he says of Karlovic, "and seen him practice. I also prepared with my sister's boyfriend, Jochaim Johannsen, who has as big a serve as that guy. For a set and a half I returned beautifully and had set points to go 2-0 up. I wasn't able to take them and the whole match turned. He got real confident and I had few opportunities to break his serve. It was horrible. :hug:

"I had to hang around until the very end because Kim made it through to the semis and she was in the doubles as well. So I ended up watching the men's final on TV in London - only because Mark Philippoussis was playing. I didn't enjoy it."

There will be no such torture this year. The injured Clijsters will be a mere spectator rather than a contender. She will also come to Wimbledon as Hewitt's fiancée after he proposed to her just before Christmas "on a boat in Sydney Harbour. I kinda knew she was going to say yes but it was very cool." :angel: :angel: :angel:

Hewitt's candour and unexpected warmth envelopes his conversation, whether he is addressing the flaws in his tennis ("not enough cheap points on my serve, mate") or celebrating the wonder of the Adelaide Crows and Aussie rules football ("best sport in the world, mate"). Yet he is at his most endearing when talking about Clijsters. "I first spoke to Kim at the Australian Open in 2000. I don't want to sound like I was hunting her down but I really liked her. At the Open we ended up at the same table with a girl I knew from the juniors. We started talking and, boy, that was it." :angel: :lol:

While Hewitt is entertaining when describing their fantastically ostentatious new house in Adelaide - featuring an indoor cinema and an outdoor waterfall - he is positively earnest when stressing that, "at home we just like chilling together. We'd love a little more privacy but, apart from being recognised all over Australia, we're kinda big news in Belgium! But we don't like the limelight like most famous couples. We prefer to be normal because attention should only be on us when we're out on the court. That's where we shine in public. The rest belongs to us." :angel:

Socket
06-14-2004, 03:11 AM
Really nice article, Nomad! Thanks for posting it.

Danni
06-14-2004, 06:43 AM
omg- thanks sooo much! :hug: the Lleyki quotes....:hearts: :angel:

Lisbeth
06-14-2004, 07:20 AM
Good luck Lleyton at Wimbledon!

Even though I don't really believe in rigging the seeds I'm hoping they see the light and give Lleyts the #8 seed! I think they're announcing the seeds later today, according to the site anyway!

tournesol
06-14-2004, 07:43 AM
great article, thanks for posting

kim4eva
06-14-2004, 09:06 AM
Lovely article..those Lleyki quotes :hearts:
Thanks :kiss:

SomL.
06-14-2004, 09:58 AM
Good luck Lleyton in Wimbledon !!!!!!!!! Lleyton is the Champion in Wimbledon. ^_^ I believe in you ^_^

Ashie_87
06-14-2004, 09:59 AM
great article:hug: thanks:kiss:

Angele
06-14-2004, 10:33 AM
That's such a lovely article :hearts: :hearts: Lleyton is rarely so candid about Kim, they must have caught him on a good day lol He's so sweet though, I love the way he talks about her :angel:

ally_014
06-14-2004, 11:02 AM
That article is great! It's so positive about his personality and everything :yeah: and he seems really quite open :)

And, of course, the Lleyki quotes are :hearts: :hearts:

Good luck Lleyts at Wimby - hopefully the draw won't throw up any 'huge' surprises this year! :p

star
06-14-2004, 12:12 PM
I love the Guardian Interviews. :)

The grand thing about this one was that it wasn't out to trash Lleyton but let his personality shine through in a positive way.

tournesol
06-14-2004, 01:45 PM
I love the Guardian Interviews. :)



very 'healthy' reading :cool:

Raquel
06-14-2004, 02:22 PM
Good Luck Lleyton at Wimbledon :bounce:

I love those Lleyki quotes too :) :hearts:

Lleyton sounds confident going into Wimbledon :yeah:

jule
06-14-2004, 05:07 PM
omg that's sooooooo sweet :hearts:
thak you so much for posting that articel! :kiss:

Gaga
06-14-2004, 06:42 PM
thanks for the articles !!!:nerner:

possie
06-15-2004, 12:35 AM
Ah, solace for my study-induced psychosis :p

I adore that article :hearts: :hearts: Great quotes, not just because of their gooberish nature, but because I believe this is the 'true' Lleyton, the Lleyton he only allows the world to see on rare ocassions and that's what makes it a lovely, genuinely appealing article.

Thankyou :kiss:

Gaga
06-15-2004, 03:19 PM
cool !!!! thanks for the info !

tangerine_dream
06-15-2004, 04:34 PM
Found this on tennis-x.com ....

"He's up there. But (Marat) Safin, on his game, is as hard to beat. And Andy Roddick has that huge serve. A lot of guys can beat you if you're slightly off your game." -- Lleyton Hewitt, refusing to acknowledge Roger Federer as the best in the game.

I think Lleyton is smart to downplay Roger's capabilities. Mentally, it's a huge disadvantage to allow himself to be awed by another player; by doing so, you've already let the other guy beat you before you even get to the court.

The press, IMO, has gone overboard on their premature proclomations that Federer is the next Sampras and some even say that he will be greater than Sampras. Look, I love Roger, but I think that's hogwash. It's way too soon to say such things. Get back to me when Roger wins his 15th Grand Slam title. ;)

Good luck to Lleyton at Wimby! :banana:

Gaga
06-15-2004, 04:45 PM
the tables the June17th

Socket
06-15-2004, 04:47 PM
I don't actually think that Lleyton is downplaying Federer's abilities as much as he's complimenting Roddick and Safin as some of the best in the world. The guy who runs the tennis-x.com site seems to specialize in snide comments (not limited to Lleyton, although he's a frequent target), so I wouldn't take too seriously that editorial comment about Lleyton "refusing" to acknowledge Federer as the best in the world.

Having said all that, I do agree that Federer has a way to go until he's up there in Sampras territory. A lot could go wrong between now and then, including injuries. The same is true of Roddick, whose huge serve might well land him in the Ivanisevic/Rafter/Krajicek category of players with chronic shoulder and arm problems.

Lisbeth
06-16-2004, 08:10 AM
I think it's too early to say a lot of things but the media seems to specialise in ridiculously premature assertions. Remember John McEnroe? "Hewitt will never win a slam .... um, Hewitt is a one slam wonder, um ... OK maybe he will win a whole swag ... um, no I've changed my mind again he's going to overpowered and never win a[nother] slam ... (until he does, that is)" :lol: those may not have been the exact words but pretty much. You've just got to read them all for the amusement value :)

Good luck Lleyton!

And I'm STILL waiting for those seeds to be announced [taps foot impatiently] ;)

Socket
06-16-2004, 02:01 PM
Lleyton has been seeded No. 7 for Wimbledon (3 places above his entry ranking of 10). Flip is No. 11, 8 places above his ranking.

keredster
06-16-2004, 02:54 PM
sorry to interrupt. I wanna anyone's opinion that from your experiences which quarters do you think Hewitt will draw to? Federer? Roddick? Coria? Nalbandian?

I hope that Hewitt will draw to either Coria's or Nalbandian's quarters!!!
Hope that Hewitt will do real well in Wimbly and remember how he won it in 2002!!!

tournesol
06-16-2004, 03:10 PM
sorry to interrupt. I wanna anyone's opinion that from your experiences which quarters do you think Hewitt will draw to? Federer? Roddick? Coria? Nalbandian?

I hope that Hewitt will draw to either Coria's or Nalbandian's quarters!!!
Hope that Hewitt will do real well in Wimbly and remember how he won it in 2002!!!

:wavey: you're welcome to interrupt (isn't it in the nature of a forum ;) )unfortunately wimbly seeding system remains a mystery to me, so wait and see the draw should come out tomorrow

Jess
06-16-2004, 03:30 PM
I hope he gets put in a quarter with Coria, who is not a great grass court player. I'd rather he avoids Federer and Roddick for as long as possible.

I have to say I think Safin could be pretty dangerous as a low seed. I hope he stays well away!

FanOfHewitt
06-16-2004, 03:40 PM
I hope Lleyton gets this draw:

rd1: Escude
rd2: Karlovic
rd3: Arazi
rd4: Mirnyi
QF: Grosjean
SF: Roddick
F: Federer

And I hope he whips them all! :)

Jess
06-16-2004, 03:55 PM
I hope Lleyton gets this draw:

rd1: Escude
rd2: Karlovic
rd3: Arazi
rd4: Mirnyi
QF: Grosjean
SF: Roddick
F: Federer

And I hope he whips them all! :)


I really hope he doesn't! He does not have a good record against Escude (although admittedly he's probably past his best now). I want Karlovic to stay as far away as humanly possible (withdrawing would be good) Don't know much about Arazi, but Mirnyi has a big serve, and Grosjean is a brilliant grass court player!

FanOfHewitt
06-16-2004, 04:34 PM
hehehehe, yeah I picked the hardest draw I could think of. I would love for Lleyton to get the upper hand on all these players becuase they have all troubled him in the past.

I would also love to see him win Wimbledon doing it the hard way and answering all his critics.

Jess
06-16-2004, 04:38 PM
lol - Personally I'd rather see him win it ;) I'm not so bothered about how he does it!

FanOfHewitt
06-16-2004, 04:43 PM
I'd love to see Lleyton beat all those players I listed but since he would probably lose to all of them I suppose I'd rather he just won it too, with a draw that sees him play Tim Henman right after Tim has taken out Federer lol.

Angele
06-16-2004, 04:47 PM
Glad to see Lleyton get a top 8 seeding :yeah: I was pretty sure he would but there was always a chance that he wouldn't! Being placed in Coria's quarter would be great. Federer's quarter would definetly be the worse, closely followed by Roddick's. Nalbandian's quarter would be better than Andy or Fed but he'd be more dangerous than Coria imo! I guess we'll just have to wait and see though!

MissPovaFan
06-16-2004, 05:06 PM
I'd love to see Lleyton beat all those players I listed but since he would probably lose to all of them I suppose I'd rather he just won it too, with a draw that sees him play Tim Henman right after Tim has taken out Federer lol.

Hewitt actually beat Henman today in a practice match at Wimbledon :devil: 6-1 1-6 1-1 and then something like 8-6 on a tie break.

FanOfHewitt
06-16-2004, 05:09 PM
Coria's or Nalbandian's side of the draw would definitely be favourable!

But he'll still likely have to face Roddick and Federer if he is to win it. Those matches will be tough. But I think Lleyton can beat them if a few things go his way. E.g. those two don't have good serving days and Lleyton has a day where he doesn't make many unforced errors.

FanOfHewitt
06-16-2004, 05:11 PM
Hewitt actually beat Henman today in a practice match at Wimbledon :devil: 6-1 1-6 1-1 and then something like 8-6 on a tie break.

lmfaooo, really Paul? poor Tim...

Wasn't Lleyton meant to be playing Robby Ginepri or something?

MissPovaFan
06-16-2004, 05:14 PM
Match Report by here...

Tim Looking Good as draws near (http://www.timhenman.org/NEWS/fullstory.sps?iNewsid=72367&itype=5883)

Tim looking good as Wimbledon draws near

British number one Tim Henman was put through his paces by former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) at the All England Club on Wednesday and said afterwards he is delighted with his form.
“The weather’s been great so I’ve been able to pretty much pick and choose my practice times,” explained the 29-year-old.

“I had a very light session yesterday but today was full-on and I was pleased with the quality of all areas of my game.

“Practising with Lleyton is always challenging and very enjoyable as he puts 100 per cent into everything and his competitiveness is obvious so it always makes for a great session.”

When the two men began their practice match, Hewitt was quick out of the blocks on an immaculate court seven, winning the first set 6-1 with a flurry of effective groundstrokes.

Henman countered by improving his first serve percentage and taking advantage of any opportunity that arose from the Australian missing his first serve.

The majority of play in the second set was superb, Henman eventually drawing level courtesy of a 6-1 scoreline.

Having been on court for just over an hour and 15 minutes, Henman and Hewitt decided on two more service games each, which both players managed to hold without incident.

The friendly match was then decided by a tie-break, and Hewitt looked odds-on favourite after storming into a 3-0 lead.

Henman fought back by winning six of the next seven points, however, to stand at match point, only to net a backhand volley.

Hewitt readily accepted the invitation back into the tie-break and promptly won the next three points to seal victory.

Afterwards, the Australian quickly took the opportunity to rub salt into the wound by joking: “That was just like the football the other night!” referring to the 2-1 defeat England suffered at the hands of the French in the opening match of their European Championship campaign after leading 1-0 with just seconds remaining.

The session finished with smiles all round, but the steely determination from both players was obvious throughout.

Henman will no doubt be hoping that if the two meet during The Championships proper, the quality of play will be the same, but the outcome decidedly different.

FanOfHewitt
06-16-2004, 05:23 PM
Thanks for the article mate, sounds like a great match. Should be good preparation for both heading into next week.

Sounds like Tim had Lleyton on toast in the tie breaker. So close to getting a win...

Socket
06-16-2004, 08:27 PM
lmfaooo, really Paul? poor Tim...

Wasn't Lleyton meant to be playing Robby Ginepri or something?

I believe he's playing Ginepri in an exho at Roehampton on Thursday.

Lisbeth
06-16-2004, 11:51 PM
Yay! Lleyton seeded 7th!

I wouldn't place all that much store on draws. In 2002 he supposedly had the worst draw imaginable, but they all lost early! Now people accuse him of having had a "cakewalk" (full of no name top 10 players like Henman and Nalbandian, as it turned out ;) )

Still, I'd prefer he didn't have Feds in his quarter. I think he has at least a 50% chance of beating Roddick in a 5 set match - longer match means less consistency for players that depend on a serve, and also benefits the fitter player, which is, ahem, not Roddick.

Jess
06-16-2004, 11:57 PM
Still, I'd prefer he didn't have Feds in his quarter. I think he has at least a 50% chance of beating Roddick in a 5 set match - longer match means less consistency for players that depend on a serve, and also benefits the fitter player, which is, ahem, not Roddick.

Yeah he probably has a reasonable shot at Roddick over 5 sets. Federer's more scary as on his day he can be fantastic. I'm just hoping Karlovic stays well away - I reckon Lleyts would be pretty fired up and beat him convincingly but I do not want to take chances like that again!

Lisbeth
06-17-2004, 01:09 AM
Yeah, attention tennis gods .... NO KARLOVIC

Hagar
06-17-2004, 08:40 AM
Yeah, attention tennis gods .... NO KARLOVIC

I second that.

In general, please organize a seperate tournament for guys bigger than 1,95m.

Danni
06-17-2004, 09:16 AM
I second that.

In general, please organize a seperate tournament for guys bigger than 1,95m.
:lol: good idea ;)

NOMAD
06-17-2004, 11:09 AM
1-Roger Federer (Sui) v Alex Bogdanovic (Gbr)
Qualifier v Qualifier
Alberto Martin (Esp) v Fabrice Santoro (Fra)
Thomas Johansson (Swe) v 29-Nicolas Kiefer (Ger)
18-Feliciano Lopez (Esp) v Richard Bloomfield (Gbr)
Cyril Saulnier (Fra) v Michael Llodra (Fra)
Gilles Elseneer (Bel) v Arvind Parmar (Gbr)
Ivo Karlovic (Cro) v 13-Paradorn Srichaphan (Tha)
9-Carlos Moya (Esp) v Qualifier
Alex Corretja (Esp) v Radek Stepanek (Cze)
Sargis Sargsian (Arm) v Marc Lopez (Esp)
Dmitry Tursunov (Rus) v 19-Marat Safin (Rus)
31-Mikhail Youzhny (Rus) v Goran Ivanisevic (Cro)
Qualifier v Filippo Volandri (Ita)
Irakli Labadze (Geo) v Kristof Vliegen (Bel)
Jurgen Melzer (Aut) v 7-Lleyton Hewitt (Aus)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
3-Guillermo Coria (Arg) v Wesley Moodie (Rsa)
Florian Mayer (Ger) Wayne Arthurs (Aus)
Karol Kucera (Svk) v Oscar Hernandez (Esp)
Wayne Ferreira (Rsa) v 28-Ivan Ljubicic (Cro)
17-Jonas Bjorkman (Swe) v Raemon Sluiter (Ned)
Jan Vacek (Cze) v Lu Yen-Hsun (Tpe)
Arnaud Clement (Fra) v Joachim Johansson (Sewden)
Qualifier v 14-Mardy Fish (USA)
10-Sebastien Grosjean (Fra) v Thierry Ascione (Fra)
Olivier Rochus (Bel) v Gregory Carraz (Fra)
Qualifier v Qualifier
Jan Michael Gambill (USA) v 23-Max Mirnyi (Blr)
27-Robby Ginepri (USA) v Qualifier
Fernando Verdasco (Esp) v Qualifier
Stefan Koubek (Aut) v Jose Acasuso (Arg)
Julien Boutter (Fra) v 6-Juan Carlos Ferrero (Esp)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
5-Tim Henman (Gbr) v Ruben Ramierez Hidalgo (Esp)
Flavio Saretta (Bra) v Qualifier
David Ferrer (Esp) v Victor Hanescu (Rom)
Qualifier v 32-Hicham Arazi (Mar)
24-Fernando Gonzalez (Chi) v Martin Vassallo Arguello (Ita)
Igor Andreev (Rus) v John van Lottum (Ned)
Martin Verkerk (Ned) v Nikolay Davydenko (Rus)
Qualifier v 11-Mark Philippoussis (Aus)
16-Jiri Novak (Cze) v Xavier Malisse (Bel)
Antony Dupuis (Fra) v Tommy Haas (Ger)
Karol Beck (Svk) v Jonathan Marray (Gbr)
James Blake (USA) v 20-Tommy Robredo (Esp)
25-Dominik Hrbaty (Svk) v David Sanchez (Esp)
Mark Hilton (Gbr) v Albert Costa (Esp)
Qualifier v Tomas Berdych (Cze)
Mario Ancic (Cro) v 4-David Nalbandian (Arg)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
8-Rainer Schuettler (Ger) v Robin Soderling (Swe)
Greg Rusedski (Gbr) v Qualifier
Felix Mantilla (Esp) v Kristian Pless (Den)
Todd Reid (Aus) v 30-Vincent Spadea (USA)
21-Juan Ignacio Chela (Arg) v Lars Burgsmueller (Ger)
Thomas Enqvist (Swe) v Galo Blanco (Esp)
Todd Martin (USA) v Guillermo Canas (Arg)
Lee Childs (Gbr) v 12-Sjeng Schalken (Ned)
15-Nicolas Massu (Chi) v Alexander Popp (Ger)
Bohdan Ulihrach (Cze) v Albert Montanes (Esp)
Kenneth Carlsen (Den) v Qualifier
Qualifier v 22-Andrei Pavel (Rom)
26-Taylor Dent (USA) v Qualfier
Luis Horna (Per) v Dennis van Scheppingen (Ned)
Rafael Nadal (Esp) v Jeff Salzenstein (USA)
Qualifier v 2-Andy Roddick (USA)

Auscon
06-17-2004, 11:20 AM
what a crap draw for Lleyton....as I said in another thread, he's beaten Melzer twice already this year, but Melzer has beaten Henman and Safin this year

And then theres Moya/Safin, Federer......what a shocker

NOMAD
06-17-2004, 11:26 AM
a crap draw indeed :mad: :fiery:

kim4eva
06-17-2004, 11:37 AM
C'MON Lleyton! You better kick ass or else :devil:

keredster
06-17-2004, 12:14 PM
i wanna ask u guys that i thought hewitt have participate in the club med cup, so how is it now?

SomL.
06-17-2004, 01:03 PM
Good luck Lleyton in Wimbledon !!!!!!!!! Go Lleyton against Melzer !!!!!!

Goonergal
06-17-2004, 01:07 PM
Top Half

1 [1] FEDERER, Roger SUI
2 (W) BOGDANOVIC, Alex GBR

3 (Q) QUALIFIER,
4 (Q) QUALIFIER,

5 MARTIN, Alberto ESP
6 SANTORO, Fabrice FRA

7 JOHANSSON, Thomas SWE
8 [29] KIEFER, Nicolas GER

9 [18] LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP
10 (W) BLOOMFIELD, Richard GBR

11 SAULNIER, Cyril FRA
12 LLODRA, Michael FRA

13 ELSENEER, Gilles BEL
14 (W) PARMAR, Arvind GBR

15 KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO
16 [13] SRICHAPHAN, Paradorn THA

17 [9] MOYA, Carlos ESP
18 (Q) QUALIFIER,

19 CORRETJA, Alex ESP
20 STEPANEK, Radek CZE

21 SARGSIAN, Sargis ARM
22 LOPEZ, Marc ESP

23 TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS
24 [19] SAFIN, Marat RUS

25 [31] YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS
26 IVANISEVIC, Goran CRO

27 (Q) QUALIFIER,
28 VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA

29 LABADZE, Irakli GEO
30 VLIEGEN, Kristof BEL

31 MELZER, Jurgen AUT
32 [7] HEWITT, Lleyton AUS

33 [3] CORIA, Guillermo ARG
34 MOODIE, Wesley RSA

35 MAYER, Florian GER
36 ARTHURS, Wayne AUS

37 KUCERA, Karol SVK
38 HERNANDEZ, Oscar ESP

39 FERREIRA, Wayne RSA
40 [28] LJUBICIC, Ivan CRO

41 [17] BJORKMAN, Jonas SWE
42 SLUITER, Raemon NED

43 VACEK, Jan CZE
44 LU, Yen-Hsun TPE

45 CLEMENT, Arnaud FRA
46 JOHANSSON, Joachim SWE

47 (Q) QUALIFIER,
48 [14] FISH, Mardy USA

49 [10] GROSJEAN, Sebastien FRA
50 ASCIONE, Thierry FRA

51 ROCHUS, Olivier BEL
52 CARRAZ, Gregory FRA

53 (Q) QUALIFIER,
54 (Q) QUALIFIER,

55 GAMBILL, Jan-Michael USA
56 [23] MIRNYI, Max BLR

57 [27] GINEPRI, Robby USA
58 (Q) QUALIFIER,

59 VERDASCO, Fernando ESP
60 (Q) QUALIFIER,

61 KOUBEK, Stefan AUT
62 ACASUSO, Jose ARG

63 BOUTTER, Julien FRA
64 [6] FERRERO, Juan Carlos ESP

:rolleyes: @ this draw, what the hell? Oh, well Lleyts will just have to do it the hard way. Meltzer is a tough opener, what is it with Lleyton always getting Melzer lately :scratch: Moya on grass is obviously a much better prospect than on clay, and a possible match with Marat :mad: so early :fiery: but I'd give Lleyton the edge as Marat is pretty flaky on grass. Anyway, enough speculating, I just hope he comes through his 1st round match unscathed! Good Luck luck Lleyts :kiss:

Knockers LaBroad
06-17-2004, 02:42 PM
f*cking draw...:fiery:

And don't underestimate Vliegen on grass, tall very big serve.....

CRAP CRAP CRAP.....

jule
06-17-2004, 06:19 PM
And don't underestimate Vliegen on grass, tall very big serve.....

:unsure: :bolt:


:p

Gaga
06-17-2004, 06:51 PM
good luck lley in the first round against Melzer !!! good luck for the tournament !! go semis !!!!! ;)

Lisbeth
06-18-2004, 12:07 AM
Go Lleyton! One match at a time mate, that's the only way to do it.

Actually I never think beyond the first 4 matches at Wimbledon. It's such a weird tournament that the last 8 are never who you expect!

Lisbeth
06-18-2004, 12:10 AM
I second that.

In general, please organize a seperate tournament for guys bigger than 1,95m.

:lol: I've long been as advocate of height and/or weight divisions, but on the other hand watching a little blighter like Lleyon or Coria beat the giants is so much fun ;)

star
06-18-2004, 01:20 AM
Ditto!

It's like Sir Francis Drake against the Spanish Armada! :)

ally_014
06-18-2004, 05:49 AM
Oh well, that draw is horrendous but it might fire Lleyts up to 'overcome adversity' again, but anything can happen right? *hoping like crazy* :)

Good luck to him anyway - it'd be great to see him beating up all the guys that are taller/stronger/wider etc ;)

Ashie_87
06-18-2004, 06:18 AM
what a crap draw:rolleyes: How depressing *sob*...although Ally has a point-it might fire him up a bit more? *prays*
Good Luck Lleyton!!!!:bounce:

Yasmine
06-18-2004, 04:39 PM
Good Luck Lleyton!!! :cool:
I'm sure he'll do great and kick everyone's butt!!!
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

NOMAD
06-19-2004, 06:41 AM
Wimbledon no tougher now: Hewitt
From correspondents in London
June 19, 2004

EVEN with the prospect of facing top seed Roger Federer in the quarter finals, Lleyton Hewitt rejects the notion that this year's Wimbledon will be much tougher than when he won the title in 2002.

When Hewitt claimed his second grand slam title two years ago, he sat alone at the top of world tennis as a 21-year-old while Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras were on the way down.

But he denies tennis was in a lull at the time while it was awaiting the emergence of the likes of current world No.1 and defending Wimbledon champion Federer and No.2 Andy Roddick.

Hewitt, now ranked No.10, acknowledged Federer and Roddick add ingredients which weren't at the All England Club in 2002, but he pointed to Sampras and Agassi who were there and still good enough to win the 2002 US Open and 2003 Australian Open respectively.

"Yeah, but I guess Sampras and Agassi were at their best or close to their best back then as well," he said.

"Mark Philippoussis was another guy, there was always dangerous floaters in the draw.

"It's always going to be a tough tournament to win.

"There's always going to be upsets at Wimbledon probably more so than any other grand slam because in the past you've had so many clay court specialists come as high seeds and get knocked out early and that leaves openings in the draw."

The second round exits of Sampras and Agassi in 2002 left a couple of big holes in the draw which allowed Hewitt to march into the final without facing a top 10 player until he beat Tim Henman in the semis.

No such luxury has been afforded the seventh seed this year, with a scheduled quarter final against Federer.

Hewitt has a 7-4 career record over Federer, but although he has lost both matches against the Swiss this year, the potential quarter final is shaping as a massive meeting of the tournament's last two champions.

"That's if he gets there, if they both get there," said Hewitt's coach Roger Rasheed.

"They've had good matches against each other and tough matches. If we get to that situation, fantastic, we'll be pretty happy.

"Lleyton's form's very good, he's in a good spot at the moment, so his form's good so we'll have to wait and see how the first week pans out and especially Monday.

"He's done the hard work and the preparation, so he feels good."

Hewitt opens his tournament on Monday against Austrian world No.42 Jurgen Melzer whom he beat in four sets in the second round at the French Open last month.

He heads a slim four-man Australian contingent in the men's singles, completed by the badly out of touch 11th seed Philippoussis, Wayne Arthurs and 2002 Wimbledon boys champion Todd Reid.

Philippoussis comes into the tournament as last year's finalist but on the back of eight successive first round losses in ATP tour events this year.

He was handed a great chance to break his duck when he drew a qualifier for his opening match on Tuesday, but Belgian world No.117 Christophe Rochus won't be easy, especially given the Victorian's form.

Arthurs' form has not been much better with four consecutive first round losses and he faces up and coming German Florian Mayer on Monday.

Wildcard Reid starts his first senior Wimbledon campaign on Tuesday against 30th seed Vince Spadea.

AAP

SomL.
06-19-2004, 08:22 AM
Come on Lleyton !!!!!!!!!!!!

Gaga
06-19-2004, 09:45 AM
go lleyton ! he plays monday or tuesday ?

NOMAD
06-19-2004, 01:58 PM
Hewitt primed for Wimbledon renaissance, says Masur
By Linda Pearce, in London
June 20, 2004
The Sun-Herald


Lleyton Hewitt's third grand slam title would make a more than acceptable year an exceptional one, says Davis Cup coach Wally Masur, who believes the former world No.1 has been playing some career-best tennis in the lead-up to Wimbledon.

The 2002 All England Club champion has been seeded seventh this year, and his campaign opens against 42nd-ranked Austrian Jurgen Melzer, a tricky opponent, but not one noted for his grasscourt expertise.

The major cloud on the Australian's horizon is titleholder Roger Federer, whom Hewitt would meet in the quarter-finals should both advance that far.

"Lleyton's had a good year," Masur said. "All he needs is a major, and that'll be a great year, and he can do it, he can do it.

"We have to temper our enthusiasm with the fact that Federer is lighting it up at the moment, but any player finds it hard to sustain that type of level all year . . . and I'm quite certain Lleyton is playing some of the best tennis of his career."


Hewitt is seeded three places above his world ranking of 10th, but is eighth in the ATP Champions Race, the measure of calendar-year success, and has won titles in Sydney and Rotterdam.

Hewitt was eliminated in the semi-finals at Queen's Club by Andy Roddick.

The 23-year-old's ranking dropped to the edge of the top 20 late last year, when he took a break to have a wart removed from his foot and concentrate on helping Australia regain the Davis Cup.

Still, he has not reached a grand slam semi-final since 2002.

"I just think he got tired," Masur said.

"If you look at his three, four years, his involvement with Davis Cup, winning the Masters Cup [twice], then straight away he's back at the Hopman Cup, then he got chickenpox, he was just physically tired, and every time you step up and play a match, it's like another physical and mental confrontation.

"He'd done it so well, for so long, on so many different surfaces, in so many big matches, that I think the kid just hit the wall physically.

"He's not like [Pete] Sampras, who gets 40 free points with his serve every match; he's a guy who has to work hard for his wins."

Also on court tomorrow will be Wayne Arthurs (against Florian Mayer), 27th seed Alicia Molik (against Melinda Czink), Nicole Pratt (against Anna Keothavong) and Samantha Stosur (against 12th seed Vera Zvonareva).

Mark Philippoussis and Todd Reid play on Tuesday.

Lisbeth
06-19-2004, 02:10 PM
Thanks for the articles! Nice to see some positive press!

But I have to laugh at "not afforded the luxury of not meeting a top 10 player" as if he knew that would be the case before Wimb 2002 started ... does this person completely not understand the structure of a draw?!

NOMAD
06-19-2004, 03:56 PM
Hewitt can do it: Rafter
By Leo Schlink
20jun04
PAT RAFTER believes Australia can defy a worrying lack of depth and continue its excellent Wimbledon strike rate through Lleyton Hewitt and Mark Philippoussis.







The dual All-England Club finalist and former world No. 1 senses Hewitt and Philippoussis can provide Australia's fifth men's singles finalist in as many years.

Hewitt, the 2002 champion, and Philippoussis, overwhelmed in last season's final by Roger Federer, followed Rafter on to the most famous stage in tennis after the Queenslander lost heartbreaking deciders to Pete Sampras in 2000 and Goran Ivanisevic a year later.

Rafter predicts seventh-seed Hewitt will rebound sharply after failing last season to reach the semi-finals or better of a grand slam for the first time since he exploded into major tennis five years ago.

"I've made the mistake of writing off a mate before and I won't be doing that again," Rafter said.

"Lleyton's an amazing competitor and he's done some freaky things in the past - and he can do it again.

"He's definitely among the top four guys who stand out as the main chances. He's up there with Roger Federer, Tim Henman and Andy Roddick.

"He probably hasn't been hitting the ball as well as he could, but he'll get stuck in and work really hard because he knows that's what he has to do to be successful.

"The game has changed since I retired (2001) and it's incredible how guys are able to generate the power they do when they are wide out on the court. I think it must be the (new) strings.

"Some of the guys have caught up to Lleyton and gone past him a bit because of the strings, but he's always going to be a threat because he's such a great competitor."

Shocked in the first round 12 months ago by giant Croat qualifier Ivo Karlovic, Hewitt is seeded to play Federer in the quarter-finals.

At his best, Hewitt is capable of upsetting the defending champion and world No. 1 as borne out by a 7-4 record against the Swiss.

Rafter said Hewitt would use the Karlovic experience as a spur to greater heights tomorrow as he opened his campaign against Austrian Jurgen Melzer, who has lost two matches to the Australian over the past five weeks.

"Lleyton won't let what happened last year affect him," Rafter said.

"He'll be going out there to play his best and he won't be worrying about last year."

Philippoussis faces Belgian qualifier Christophe Rochus, who has won only one match at Wimbledon in five attempts.

The Victorian regained vital confidence with a low-key victory at a Stoke Park exhibition on Friday and, said Rafter, the man he defeated in the 1998 US Open final was capable of quickly hitting his straps.

"Mark's probably not going into the tournament with a lot of confidence," Rafter said. "But he has the ability of playing good tennis out of nowhere.

"I would put him in a group of guys behind the main four, along with guys like Taylor Dent and (Greg) Rusedski.

"On grass, the big servers are always dangerous and unpredictable. Mark falls into the category and he's done well at Wimbledon in the past."

Philippoussis, seeded 11th, has not won a rankings-point match since defeating Croat Mario Ancic in the third round of the Australian Open on January 24.

Australia has only four men in singles contention after - for the first time in memory - not having a sole entrant in qualifying.

Sydneysider Todd Reid, the 2002 boy's singles champion, has been included as a wildcard contender and will challenge American 30th-seed Vince Spadea.

Spadea needed three sets to roll Reid in Adelaide last year and will be wary of the 20-year-old from NSW.

Victorian Wayne Arthurs, strangely unable to have an impact on English grass in outings at Nottingham and Queen's Club, meets German Florian Mayer.

If successful against Mayer, Arthurs will play either South African net-rusher Wesley Moodie or Argentine third-seed Guillermo Coria.

Despite French Open finalist Coria's encouraging showing at Rosmalen this week, the tennis caravan was awash with tips Coria would be the first senior seed to topple.

Defending champion Federer begins his quest for a third major against 307th-ranked British wildcard Alex Bogdanovich.

Queen's Club winner and second seed Roddick faces qualifier Yeu-Tzuoo Wang.

Gaga
06-19-2004, 05:11 PM
thanks for the articles ! lleyton plays against melzer monday !

Jess
06-19-2004, 11:39 PM
Thank you for the articles Tara :kiss: You're always so quick getting them up! :hug:

NOMAD
06-20-2004, 02:44 AM
Shaping up for Wimbledon Hewitt beats the pain, now for the title
Tennis By Paul Mulvey
Sunday, 20 June 2004

LLEYTON Hewitt hung around Wimbledon last year out of loyalty to fiancee Kim Clijsters, but it hurt him to watch the tournament unfold from the stands.

The 2002 champion winced as he watched on television while Roger Federer took his title - dismantling Mark Philippoussis in the final.

"I didn't enjoy it," Hewitt admitted. "It was tough at the time." Hewitt was only the second Wimbledon men's champion in 126 years to lose in the first round when the top seed was toppled in four sets on the opening day by Croatia's world No203 Ivo Karlovic.

Hewitt spent the rest of the fortnight at his rented house in Wimbledon, playing golf, kicking the footy and going to the courts to support Clijsters as she reached the semi-finals.

"You try and take out as many positives as possible from the loss, which was very hard at the time. It's not the easiest thing to do when the tournament's being played," he said. "But one of the main positives about tennis is you have another big tournament to look forward to a few weeks later."

He began his recovery by reaching the quarters of the US Open and then recorded two victories, which he considers among the greatest achievements of his career - a pair of five-set wins on grass over Federer and Juan Carlos Ferrero in the semi-final and final of the Davis Cup to secure Australia victory.

But, by taking nine weeks off the tour to concentrate on the Davis Cup, he slumped to a ranking of 17 at the end of the year and many were questioning whether the man who was No1 for 75 weeks could get back to the top.

This year, an Australian Open fourth round loss to Federer, his best clay court season, a semi-final at Queen's Club and a return to the top 10 has Hewitt in the shape and frame of mind to once again enjoy Wimbledon.

The seventh seed starts his campaign with renewed confidence and a first round match against Austrian Jurgen Melzer tomorrow. But the world No10 admitted it took a while to get over the 1-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 loss to Karlovic.

"It was one of those matches I didn't feel I played a bad match. I just played a guy who got extremely confident and served massive and I still should have been up two sets to love," he said.

After the loss, the tightknit Hewitt camp came under scrutiny. The role of his parents, who continue to travel with him to every match, was questioned but the biggest criticism was reserved for Hewitt's decision to take on his fitness adviser Roger Rasheed as his fulltime coach. Rasheed replaced Jason Stoltenberg after the French Open and got off to the worst possible start three weeks into the job at Wimbledon.

Many pundits questioned the coaching credentials of a former player who reached no great heights on the tour.

"I think it was a joke," Hewitt said. "That's the media, they're going to try to hop on something and look for a negative aspect, they saw that as an easy target I guess."

While Hewitt, 23, won Wimbledon and the 2001 US Open with Stoltenberg, but has yet to get past the quarter finals under Rasheed, he has stuck with his long time mate from Adelaide and credits him with orchestrating his fightback toward the top.

"He's been great. Obviously it was a bit rough at the start but we put a lot of work in after I lost at Wimbledon and after I won the semi-final tie against Federer at the Davis Cup," Hewitt said. "A lot of that work was purely for that one match against Ferrero in the Davis Cup final which Roger doesn't get a lot of credit for. And that stood me in good stead for this year."

Hewitt will need to be on top of his game if he is to regain the Wimbledon title against Federer and Andy Roddick, who have leapfrogged him and taken his role as the standard bearers of men's tennis.

kim4eva
06-20-2004, 02:48 AM
Thanks for the articles Tara! A lot of positive comments there :)
GO Lleyton!! :bounce:

ally_014
06-20-2004, 06:47 AM
Thanks for all the articles! :kiss: :)

NOMAD
06-20-2004, 08:23 AM
Karlovic still niggles at Hewitt
14:03 AEST Sun Jun 20 2004


Lleyton Hewitt comes into Wimbledon with no fear, apart from a little niggle inside his head by the name of Ivo Karlovic.

Hewitt admits memories of last year's shock first round loss to the world No.203 will be hard to shake when he opens his Wimbledon offensive on Monday against Austrian No.42 Jurgen Melzer.

"It will probably always be in the back of my mind, especially when I go out there again to play my first round match," the seventh seed said.

But, those nerves and a potential quarter-final against top seed and defending champion Roger Federer aside, Hewitt has every right to go into the tournament as confident as he was when he won the title in 2002.

Back in the top 10 - at No.10 - after slipping from one to 17 following his implosion against Karlovic, Hewitt spearheads Australia's sparse four-man contingent in the men's singles.




Last year's finalist Mark Philippoussis goes into his opening match on Tuesday against Belgian qualifier Christophe Rochus in the worst slump of his life, losing in the first round of his last eight ATP tournaments.

Wayne Arthurs has lost four in a row and 2002 boys champion Todd Reid is in his first seniors draw courtesy of a wildcard.

Hewitt, however, is back on grass after his best clay court season in which he reached the Hamburg Masters semis and French Open quarters and with the confidence earned from big match results on the turf.

The 23-year-old didn't care about his rankings dive late last year while he ignored the tour to concentrate on Australia's Davis Cup semi-final and final.

What he did during that period cost him ranking points but will steel him for any contest he will encounter at the All England Club over the next fortnight.

"I think one of the greatest achievements I've had in my career was winning those Davis Cup matches against Federer and Ferrero both in five sets," he said.

Coming from behind in both highly pressurised matches in Melbourne, against Switzerland and Federer in the semi and Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final, was vintage Hewitt.

"That gave me a lot of confidence at the start of this year," he said.

"I feel pretty confident in myself. I feel like I'm hitting the ball well, I've been getting better and better each day.

"I like playing on grass, I enjoy playing big matches on grass as I had to in the Davis Cup final against Ferrero.

"I feel in the main I've played pretty well this year."

Hewitt rates Federer and second seed Andy Roddick the Wimbledon favourites, while many pundits, including three-time champion Boris Becker, reckon Hewitt and Britain's perennial hope Tim Henman are the only other serious contenders.

Hewitt knows how to beat them all, and is building toward the form to do it.

He has a 7-4 career record over Federer, but has lost both matches to the Swiss this year, had a 3-0 edge over Roddick until Queen's and has a 7-0 spell over Henman.

Federer and Roddick are in commanding form, winning their Wimbledon build-up tournaments at Halle and Queen's respectively, while Henman's momentum from his run to the French Open semis slowed abruptly with a first round exit at Queen's.

But Hewitt knows if he can reinforce his serve and, after last year's lesson, remain wary of the unexpected, he can win another Wimbledon crown.

"There's only a couple of areas I feel like I can tweak," he said.

"I've got get a higher percentage of first serves but I felt I did it a lot better at my quarters and semi at Queen's.

"I'm hitting the ball a little better that I was this time last year.

"So in a lot of ways, I'm probably feeling a little better than I was last year with my whole game coming together. But then again, anything can happen and I know that as well as anyone."

World No.90 Arthurs plays up and coming German Florian Mayer on Monday while Reid meets 30th seed Vince Spadea on Tuesday.

SomL.
06-20-2004, 08:55 AM
Go Lleyton againt Melzer.

NOMAD
06-20-2004, 09:18 AM
Lleyton Hewitt

Thursday June 17, 2004
The Guardian

Nationality: Australian
Age: 23
Lives: Adelaide
Height: 5ft 11in
Weight: 10st 10lb
Turned pro: 1999
Tournaments won: 21 (2 grand slams)
Wimbledons: 5 since 1999
Best performance: Winner 2002
Career prize money: £6,763,446
World ranking: 11

Baselines

View from the locker room
Despite his on-court rages he remains basically a shy guy. Never very far from his coach and friend Roger Rasheed, he is most comfortable around Australians. And Belgians.

Bet you didn't know ...
Has just shelled out £2m on a new home in Adelaide complete with waterfalls, a cinema and a beat up old "ute" in the back yard.

On court

Wimbledon wiz or wuss?
Won in 2002 but was dumped in the first round last year by the Croatian Ivo Karlovic. Can always bank on support of the capital's army of ex-pat bar staff pulling a collective sickie.

Annoying tic
The constant plucking of his racket strings makes him look like a shuffling madman playing a tiny magic harp that only he can hear.

In form or in tatters
"Rusty" felt the pressure at the Australian Open but returned to form in Rotterdam this year: "I thought I was back to my best." Went out in the quarters in France, so perhaps not then.

McEnroe moments
A constant snarler, swearer, umpire-basher and wisher of ill to line judges, Hewitt is a regular enfant terrible but, according to fellow Aussie Todd Woodbridge, everyone loves him for it. "I don't know of any player who doesn't wish he had some of Lleyton's mongrel." What a compliment.

Off court

Love game
Met fiancee Kim Clijsters at the Australian Open players' party in 2000 - which, legend has it, she went to only because she thought she might meet Pat Rafter.

Home hero?
Despite being dubbed "Satan Hewitt" by the press, was Young Australian of the Year in 2003 and appeared on a postage stamp before 2002 Aussie Open. Liked (or perhaps licked) more than he was but Mark Philippoussis is still No1 down under.

Private passions
Wearing a beer-stained singlet, holding a tinnie and watching the Adelaide Crows footy team.

Championship points

Expert prediction
Semi-final. Hewitt will be better prepared this year but is still behind Roddick and Federer.

Don't rule out ...Starts wearing his cap in "crazy" right-way-round fashion.

Danni
06-20-2004, 10:22 AM
Thanks Tara :kiss:
:D

Gaga
06-20-2004, 01:30 PM
thanks tara !! go lleyton for tomorrow !

Gaga
06-20-2004, 01:32 PM
Court 1 1.00 pm Start
1. Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) v. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)[7]
followed by:
2. Ladies' Singles - 1st Rnd.
Marie-Gayanay Mikaelian (SUI) v. Venus Williams (USA)[3]
3. Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Guillermo Coria (ARG)[3] v. Wesley Moodie (RSA)

NOMAD
06-20-2004, 03:07 PM
One match at a time for Hewitt
By Leo Schlink in London
June 21, 2004

LLEYTON HEWITT begins his Wimbledon campaign late tonight intent on averting a repeat of last year's first-round loss to Croat Ivo Karlovic.

The dual grand slam winner yesterday completed his preparations, polishing his returns against the Spaniard Feliciano Lopez and Davis Cup teammate Wayne Arthurs.

Both are big-serving left-handers - just like Austrian Jurgen Melzer, Hewitt's first-round opponent this year.

It's the third time in four tournaments Hewitt has played Melzer, who has yet to beat him.

"When I go out to play, I still believe I am as good as anyone out there," Hewitt said. "I don't have to prove anyone wrong.

"I know what I have done and I know how well I can play."

Having deftly handled Melzer in both Hamburg and Paris on his least-favoured clay, Hewitt will be confident of moving one step closer to a possible grand slam rematch with defending champion Roger Federer.

Hewitt's practice form has been stunning, and his 6-2 7-5 win over Sebastien Grosjean on Friday has the South Australian as third favourite among the players, behind Federer - who Hewitt may face in the quarter-finals - and Andy Roddick.

"I believe Lleyton is in good shape," said his coach Roger Rasheed. "He's hitting the ball very clean and he's in a good frame of mind."

Hewitt's grand slam losses this year both came in quarter-finals against the eventual champions - Federer in Australia and Gaston Gaudio at the French.

But Rasheed thinks Hewitt's form on clay is instructive.

"Winning matches, regardless of where they are or what the surface is, that's the formula," he said.

Rasheed contends Hewitt is a better player than when he held the world No.1 ranking for almost two years.

But he expects Melzer will stretch Hewitt because of his unorthodox style and the fact he is a southpaw.

"That will be a tough match. He's a tough player, Melzer, because he lashes away," Rasheed said.

"He's a left-handed server and he doesn't mind coming to net. He'll take balls early and try to hit winners off the first hit.

"Those sorts of players are dangerous. They're hit and miss. They give you a lot of free points but on the other hand they can hurt you suddenly when you think you're going quite well."

After last year's early exit, Hewitt will not allow his thoughts to drift beyond today's assignment.

"If you take every round as if potentially it's a finals match, you can get the job done," Rasheed said.

"It's all about knocking off the matches one by one and getting through the first week. If we get to the second week, then we can start looking a bit further."

Federer and Hewitt are destined to play in the quarter-finals next week and the Hewitt camp wants nothing less.

"If it all pans out well, let's hope for the sake of tennis fans, it is Lleyton Hewitt and Roger Federer," Rasheed said.

Hewitt leads Federer 7-4, but has lost their past two matches.

Herald Sun

Gaga
06-20-2004, 06:47 PM
thanks ! ;)

Goonergal
06-20-2004, 09:31 PM
LL's up first on Court 1 eh? Oooh, I have to prepare myself to watch him. I really don't feel like Wimbledon is here yet :scratch:

Raquel
06-21-2004, 10:16 AM
LL's up first on Court 1 eh? Oooh, I have to prepare myself to watch him. I really don't feel like Wimbledon is here yet :scratch:

In about 2 hours you will when Lleyton is on :)

Good Luck Lleyton! :hug:

kim4eva
06-21-2004, 10:55 AM
C'MON Lleyton :bounce:

Gaga
06-21-2004, 11:14 AM
good luck lley !! ;)

Gaga
06-21-2004, 12:25 PM
4-1 for lley ! ;)

Gaga
06-21-2004, 12:27 PM
5-1

Gaga
06-21-2004, 12:30 PM
5-2

Gaga
06-21-2004, 12:32 PM
first set 6-2 for lley !! good !

Gaga
06-21-2004, 12:45 PM
1-2

Gaga
06-21-2004, 12:49 PM
2-2

Gaga
06-21-2004, 12:55 PM
2-3

Gaga
06-21-2004, 12:59 PM
3-3

SomL.
06-21-2004, 01:00 PM
Come on Lleyton !!!!!!

Gaga
06-21-2004, 01:05 PM
4-4

MissPovaFan
06-21-2004, 01:06 PM
Lleyton Hewitt v Jurgen Melzer 6-2 4-4 (Melzer Serving)

Gaga
06-21-2004, 01:08 PM
5-4

Gaga
06-21-2004, 01:12 PM
6-4 yess!!

SomL.
06-21-2004, 01:13 PM
Go Lleyton !!!!!!!

Gaga
06-21-2004, 01:21 PM
1-1

Gaga
06-21-2004, 01:24 PM
2-1

MissPovaFan
06-21-2004, 01:24 PM
Lleyton Hewitt v Jurgen Melzer 6-2 6-4 2-1 (Hewitt Serving)

Gaga
06-21-2004, 01:27 PM
3-1

Gaga
06-21-2004, 01:28 PM
3-2

SomL.
06-21-2004, 01:29 PM
Come on Lleyton !!!!!!!!

Gaga
06-21-2004, 01:32 PM
4-2

Gaga
06-21-2004, 01:35 PM
5-2
lley serving for the match

Gaga
06-21-2004, 01:38 PM
6-2
good job !!!! congratulations !!!!
;)

SomL.
06-21-2004, 01:43 PM
Well done Lleyton !!!!!! Good luck Lleyton in next round !!!!!!!!! Lleyton hit Uf 9 . I's very good.

kim4eva
06-21-2004, 01:50 PM
J.Melzer L.Hewitt

Elapsed Time 24 minutes
1st Serve % 60% 52%
Aces 2 0
Double Faults 1 1
Winning % on 1st serve 6 / 12 = 50% 10 / 14 = 71%
Winning % on 2nd serve 3 / 8 = 38% 9 / 13 = 69%
Winners (incl. Service) 7 7
Unforced Errors 8 2
Receiving Points Won 8 / 16 = 50% 11 / 29 = 38%
Break Point Conversions 0 / 4 = 0% 2 / 2 = 100%
Net Approaches 5 / 9 = 56% 3 / 4 = 75%
Total Points Won 16 29

J.Melzer L.Hewitt

Elapsed Time 40 minutes
1st Serve % 67% 48%
Aces 2 2
Double Faults 1 2
Winning % on 1st serve 18 / 28 = 64% 12 / 15 = 80%
Winning % on 2nd serve 5 / 14 = 36% 9 / 16 = 56%
Winners (incl. Service) 11 10
Unforced Errors 13 5
Receiving Points Won 10 / 31 = 32% 19 / 39 = 49%
Break Point Conversions 0 / 0 = N/A 1 / 3 = 33%
Net Approaches 9 / 16 = 56% 8 / 15 = 53%
Total Points Won 31 39

J.Melzer L.Hewitt

Elapsed Time 26 minutes
1st Serve % 52% 72%
Aces 1 3
Double Faults 2 0
Winning % on 1st serve 7 / 13 = 54% 12 / 13 = 92%
Winning % on 2nd serve 5 / 12 = 42% 4 / 5 = 80%
Winners (incl. Service) 4 13
Unforced Errors 7 2
Receiving Points Won 2 / 14 = 14% 13 / 27 = 48%
Break Point Conversions 0 / 0 = N/A 2 / 5 = 40%
Net Approaches 6 / 13 = 46% 4 / 4 = 100%
Total Points Won 14 27

SomL.
06-21-2004, 01:58 PM
:angel: :angel: :p :angel: Go Lleyton in second round !!!!!!!!!!!! :angel: :angel: :cool: :angel:

HybridTheory
06-21-2004, 01:58 PM
well done Lleyton:yeah:

kim4eva
06-21-2004, 02:47 PM
Hewitt eases past Melzer


Hewitt stretches for a forehand volley
Lleyton Hewitt put last year's shock first-round exit behind him with an assured 6-2 6-4 6-2 win over Austria's Jurgen Melzer.

The seventh seed saved three break points in the fourth game of the opener but it was soon business as usual.

The Australian broke Melzer twice to wrap up the first, and though he had to wait until the 10th game to break in the second, he never look troubled.

The 2002 champion sealed the match and his place in the second round draw with a rasping forehand down the line.

"He's a tough opponent," said Hewitt afterwards.

"He could have beaten a lot of players, but I went out there and got the job done.

"I've still got high expectations of how I can play here. I feel confident in my game at the moment.

"I'm just focusing on my next match now - you can't look too far ahead."

Gaga
06-21-2004, 03:07 PM
in 90minutes !

tournesol
06-21-2004, 03:30 PM
:yeah: well done Ll

NOMAD
06-21-2004, 06:44 PM
L. Hewitt - Interview
Monday, June 21, 2004


THE MODERATOR: Questions for Lleyton.

Q. You must be very happy with that start.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I felt good out there. You know, I felt like I played the first set pretty well, got out of the blocks well. Obviously, yeah, the second set was a little bit tougher, even though I felt I had the better of him the whole second set. I had a lot of opportunities to break. He came up with some good points at the right time, then he played a bit of a slack game at 4‑All, you know. Once I went two‑sets‑to‑love up, I think from then it was going to be pretty hard for him to come back.

Q. What do you think was the most pleasing thing for you today?

LLEYTON HEWITT: That I got off before that rain probably, I don't know. Felt like I, you know, hit the ball well, moved well. Yeah, the court's always going to be a little bit more slippery at the start of the tournament. Skid through probably a little bit more, as well. I felt like I handled the conditions, you know, a lot better than probably he did out there.

And, yeah, to get through in straight sets, yeah, he's a tough opponent. He would have beaten, you know, a lot of players I think in the tournament. So, you know, I had a lot of respect for his game and, you know, I went out there and got the job done.

Q. Not as much pressure this year compared to last year when you came in as defending champion?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, probably obviously not, I guess, in the media or the public, I guess. But, you know, for me I've still obviously got high expectations of how I can play here and how I'm hitting the ball at the moment.

Yeah, I don't think I put any added pressure on myself this year or even last year when I came back at No. 1 seed. Yeah, I feel confident where my game is at at the moment. Just take it one match at a time and hopefully I keep getting through like I did today.

Q. He got very frustrated at times, hit the ball on the roof, tossed down his racquet, went to the bathroom, things like that. For you, it must have been encouraging to see how upset he was getting at times?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, he shows a bit of emotion I think out there. And, you know, I guess, you know, if you get some dodgey bounces, you've got to be able to deal with those situations, I think. He was frustrated ‑ a couple of lets didn't get called, a couple of bad calls. I'm not sure.

But, you know, obviously I just felt like things were rolling along nicely for me and I didn't really have to change a helluva lot out there throughout the whole three sets.

Q. Did last year's loss enter your head going into the match?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Probably a little bit, I think, going out there. The good thing was, you got to have a positive. Only had one point to defend, so I wasn't worried about my ranking taking a dive anyway.

Q. Everyone says one match at a time. How much do you think ahead to a week on Sunday?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, not at all. I think, you know, obviously what happened in 2002 and then what happened in 2003, that's a great example. You just can't get ahead of yourself at all. You know, there's too many tough players out there. Yeah, everyone can have a good day, especially on a grass court I think even more so purely because that service aspect. Only one or two points sometimes in a set, and it can change the whole momentum of a match, as it did in my match against Karlovic last year. I'm pretty much focusing on my next match now.

Q. What do you know about the two guys?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Labadze, I never played before, another left‑hander. A little bit like Melzer, very flashy, I think. Probably hits it a bit flatter off his forehand, probably got a little more power I think in his game. You know, I don't know what his results have been like on grass.

Vliegen, I've hit with him quite a bit in Belgium, and he's a very talented player. He probably should have done a lot better than he has, you know, since he made the final of Adelaide a couple years ago when he qualified. He didn't quite go on with it then. But he's got a good game. I think he's well‑suited to grass, as well.

Yeah, there's both big hitters, I think. I've just got to go out there and worry about my game, see how it pans out early on in the match.

Q. Was today the best start you could have dreamt of?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it was ‑‑ I think any time you get through, especially in straight sets, I was happy with where my game was at today. So, you know, I can be confident going into the second round now.

Q. People are talking about you as being one of the main three or four contenders at here. Do you feel that's where you're at as well?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I feel like I'm capable of beating anyone on any given day. But, you know, there's a lot of tough players, you know, ahead of possibly playing in a final or holding up a trophy.

Yeah, as I say, you keep saying one match at a time, but it pretty much is that. You can't look too far ahead. I think I don't know how many guys there are actually capable of winning the tournament, but there's a lot of guys who are capable of causing upsets throughout the tournament.

Q. Any comment on Gary Ayres today?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I found out before this morning before my match. I don't know the full bit about it. You know, what can you say?

Socket
06-21-2004, 07:12 PM
Thanks for posting the interview, Nomad! I was looking for it on the Wimbledon website, but I couldn't find it. Did you find it someplace else?

Socket
06-21-2004, 07:15 PM
Never mind, I found it. It was under news, not interviews. I guess putting it under interviews was too easy!

Raquel
06-21-2004, 10:42 PM
Well done Lleyton! :bounce:

Lisbeth
06-21-2004, 11:40 PM
:woohoo: keep up the good work!

Gaga
06-22-2004, 07:29 AM
he playing the next round agains the winner match :
Irakli Labadze
v.
Kristof Vliegen

Alisa
06-22-2004, 07:44 AM
Great job Lleyton!! wish u luck in 2nd round!!

SomL.
06-22-2004, 09:43 AM
:angel: :angel: Hewitt dispels demons :angel: :angel:
By Leo Schlink
The Daily Telegraph
June 22, 2004

LLEYTON Hewitt last night exorcised the Wimbledon first-round demons of 2003 with an excellent All-England Club pipe-opener against Austrian Jurgen Melzer.

In control from the outset against 42nd-ranked Melzer, the 2002 champion roared to a 6-2 6-4 6-2 victory to bury ghosts of his shock loss on the first day here last year to Croat qualifier Ivo Karlovic.

Intent on reclaiming the Wimbledon crown, Hewitt next faces either Belgian Kristof Vliegen or Georgian Irakli Labadze for a place in the third round.

Hewitt could scarcely have been more impressive, displaying much of the aggression and instinctively brilliant shotmaking selection which typified his two-year reign as world No.1.

Hewitt's triumph came soon after defending champion and arch-rival Roger Federer majestically advanced to a 6-3 6-3 6-0 centre court success over outclassed British wild card Alex Bogdanovich.

Hewitt, armed with a 7-4 record over the Swiss stylist, could play his friend and former doubles partner Federer in what looms as a titanic quarter-final next week.

The dual grand slam winner needed just 90 minutes to destroy Melzer, winning 87 points to 57 and - most important of all - not dropping serve once in the contest, while breaking Melzer's serve five times.

In all, it was a comprehensive display.

Hewitt opened supremely, fashioning a confidence-boosting service break as his forehand found the mark with a clean winner before drawing a volleying error from Melzer.

The South Australian survived a minor crisis in the fourth game on serve before again punishing Melzer with monstrous forehands to forge a second break and a 4-1 lead.

Hewitt pocketed the first set after only 24 minutes and immediately sought to crush Melzer's spirit.

But the Austrian defiantly resisted, signalling his intentions by needlessly jamming an overhead backhand into Hewitt's leg when an open court beckoned.

Unable to take advantage of the increasingly rare break points, Hewitt was suddenly in a dogfight.

Delighted after earning a deserved service break in the ninth game of the second set, Hewitt brought up set point with an ace before Melzer obliged with an unlikely forehand which appeared to catch the baseline.

As Hewitt strode to his courtside chair with justifiable satisfaction, Melzer stood on the baseline glaring with disbelief at American umpire Steve Ullrich.

The Austrian argued briefly before stalking out of court one for a toilet break.

Hewitt turned the screws with a service break to lead 3-1 in the third set, prompting Melzer to crudely swipe a ball high into the stands.

Seeded seventh, Hewitt was comfortable both at the net and on the baseline, where he is most at home.

Melzer simply imploded, plunging to his third defeat in as many clashes with Hewitt. Attempting to stall as rain threatened to halt what had become a rout, Melzer complained bitterly to Ullrich.

He accused the official of "not seeing anything" - but he could easily have been talking about himself.

Hewitt delivered only three double faults and won 81 per cent of his first serves to vindicate the work he has been doing with coach Roger Rasheed on the practice court.

The Adelaide right-hander cut a vastly different figure to that of last year when he was shocked by Karlovic's bold serve-volleying.

He has used the disappointment of that loss to steel himself for another run at the title and his victory last night would have sent tremors of fear through the field - even to Federer. :angel: :angel:

Socket
06-22-2004, 01:50 PM
thanks for posting that, SomL

Gaga
06-22-2004, 02:25 PM
thanks ;)

Sunshine1
06-22-2004, 07:04 PM
Centre Court 1.00 pm Start
1. Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Andy Roddick (USA)[2] leads Yeu-Tzuoo Wang (TPE) T/F 4-2
followed by:
2. Ladies' Singles - 1st Rnd.
Amelie Mauresmo (FRA)[4] v. Jelena Kostanic (CRO)
3. Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Irakli Labadze (GEO) v. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)[7]
4. Ladies' Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Karolina Sprem (CRO) v. Venus Williams (USA)[3]

Gaga
06-22-2004, 07:53 PM
good luck lley against labadze !!! you win !!! ;)

Jess
06-22-2004, 08:20 PM
He's got a good place in the OOP tomorrow - reasonable chance of his match being completed.
Forecast is for light rain so probably like it has been today again. :rolleyes:

Jess
06-22-2004, 10:55 PM
Article: From The Times (UK) 22/6/04

Hewitt takes huge step to banshing the nightmare of 2003 by Julian Muscat

Much would have been happening in Lleyton Hewitts mind when he walked from the bowels of court No1 and on to the Wimbledon grass. Things such as; he is oneof only two former champions in the draw; his return from an extended break last year is gathering momentum; Kim Clijsters, his fiancee was on hand to lend moral support.

Of course the one aspect that he would have tired desperately to ignroe was his previous visit to the manicured lawns, when he was condemned to mind-numbing defeat by Ivo Karlovic. The free swiniging croat carved up the champion in brutal style and for serial winners such as Hewitt, those demons are not easy to expel.

So fair play to the Australian, who admitted as much after his own clinical 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 dismissal of Jurgen Meltzer yesterday. Asked if the Karlovic nightmare recurred before the start, Hewitt said, "Probably a little bit, when I went out there. But you've got to have a positive. At least I wasn't worried about my ranking taking a dive."

The defeat was not just humbling for Hewitt, it preceded his ranking taking a dive. He had been toppled as the world No1 an accolade he had held for 75 consecutive weeks. He would end the year all but inactive with a world ranking of No16. Although he helped Australia to the Davis Cup in December, it was within the supportive embrace of a team environment. Now he must complete his rehabilitation with only himself for company.

The signs are encouraging, Hewitt's ranking is rising; so is his confidence. He took his first serious kick in the proverbials manfully. He no longer inspires the awe of 2002 when he eyeballed away defeat in the quarter finals and outclassed Tim Henman in the semi-finals before crushing David Nalbandian to claim the title.

He was the heir apparent to Sampras back then; now he's a danger to all, but not someone for Britain to worry about for the time being because he is not in Henman's half of the draw. Which is almost certainly the way Hewitt prefers it. "Obviously there's not much pressure on me in the media or with the public," he reflected a touch grudginly, "but obviously I've got high expectations of myself."

Meltzer felt the force of them yesterday but Hewitt knows there will be sterner tests than this 90 minute triumph. But when players of Hewitt's calibre start to volunteer a self-assessment you can be sure they like where they are.

Most important, he has cleared the first-round hurdle the one that saw him become the only defending men's champion to fall flat on his face since the dawn of the Open era. He did so in signature style, although those who recall him overwhelming allcomers two years ago will attest to a less aggressive game plan now.

Hewit always was a baseline masster but he would counter punch with venom at every opportunity. He will require that weapon if he is to contend depp into the second week. For now he is just plesed to have reached first base, "You just can't get ahead of yourself." he said, "It's one match at a time. Sometimes one or two points in a set can change the whole momentum of a match as it did against Karlovic last year."

Karlovic is stilla round after taking out Paradorn Srichapan the No13 seed, in four sets yesterday. Even if Hewitt will not be entirely comfortable until Karlovic finally meets his match, he can reflect that many more will be uncomfortable - Henman among them - for as long as he survives."

Lisbeth
06-23-2004, 08:59 AM
But you've got to have a positive. At least I wasn't worried about my ranking taking a dive.

:eek: that sounds remarkably like Lleyton joking with the press :eek: what do you suppose they've done with the real Lleyton ;)

Actually, he did a great little interview with Wally Masur on TV too.

Gaga
06-23-2004, 09:06 AM
good luck chouchou !!lol ;)

SomL.
06-23-2004, 09:26 AM
:angel: :angel: Good luck Lleyton in second round !!!!!!!!! Go Lleyton against Labadze ^_^ :angel: :angel:

possie
06-23-2004, 11:13 AM
Very glad the first round demons are now behind ;)

I watched the match and I'm pleased to report he is looking good :yeah: :yippee:

kim4eva
06-23-2004, 11:25 AM
Good luck Lleyton! :bounce:
Hopefully the rain would stop for ya! ;)

Bibi
06-24-2004, 04:41 PM
:bounce: Lleyton just won, 6-4; 6-4; 6-1 :bounce:

Good luck in the next round!!!

Gaga
06-24-2004, 05:05 PM
cool !! good lley !

NOMAD
06-24-2004, 06:25 PM
L. Hewitt Interview
Thursday, June 24, 2004


THE MODERATOR: Questions.

Q. Obviously Goran has just pulled out a hugely emotional five‑setter. You've got him next. Can you talk a bit about it, maybe even where you were when you watched him play Patrick a couple years ago.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's ‑‑ it doesn't get any easier, you know, third left‑hander in a row. Yeah, he's going to be the toughest out of the two guys I played so far.

I think he saves his best for this tournament. Obviously, this is his last time coming here and he's going to throw everything he's got at it.

Yeah, he obviously played extremely well. I watched a little bit of the match. Volandri I thought was playing very well from the back of the court. So I'm going to have to, you know, step it up a notch and, you know, hopefully I can get over.

Q. Everyone knows the fantastic serve. The two guys you faced so far, does that help at all?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Helps I think in the fact, you know, I played a lefty at least. You know, I've been fortunate enough to play two, now I get Goran. So at least, you know, returning‑wise I've seen what lefties ‑‑ Goran is obviously a better server than both those guys. But, you know, I feel like I've been returning, you know, well enough. You know, I've just got to try to make him play as many balls as possible.

Q. You played him before, the surfaces?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I played him on grass I think twice. I won both.

Q. When he played that final against Patrick, did you watch it? Where were you? What were you feeling?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I was somewhere in another country, you know, watching on TV. You know, obviously it was weird because I felt Pat was probably the better player for most of the match. He was the one, you know, fought steady, got on top of Goran. You know, I felt like he ‑‑ I just felt that he was going to have, you know, more opportunities to break Goran than Goran was having to break Pat.

As it turned out, yeah, Goran played a great game to break, and then Pat had chances to break back. It's a tough match to watch, I guess.

Q. Did you have some emotion for Patrick?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, for sure. You know, I've known Pat, yeah, so long and looked up to him. You know, and I think I knew how much he wanted to win this title here, you know, and lost in the final the year before to Pete.

Yeah, it was awkward watching the whole match.

Q. Goran is a huge favorite here, and he'll have enormous support against you. Is that the sort of atmosphere you revel in?

LLEYTON HEWITT: You know, it doesn't worry me too much. I go out there, just going to focus on my game. You know, hopefully I'm going to go out there, you know, the crowds have been great. There's a lot of Australian support here in London. You know, it's been great every time I stepped out on the court here in London.

Q. Do you like it when there's a big crowd making a lot of noise, most of it for your opponent?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, doesn't worry me, mate.

Q. You haven't dropped serve yet in two matches. Today early on you served really well. Has that been a bit of a positive for you?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I served well today, yeah, especially early on. It's a good sign. I faced a couple of break points out there today. Faced a few against Melzer in the first round, but I was able to come up with, you know, good serving at the right time, I think.

You know, in the first couple of sets, probably set and a half, I felt like I had great rhythm on my serve out there today. It wasn't like I was having to, you know, serve that hard. I was just hitting the corners and served extremely well ‑ more placement than power I guess out there.

You know, the third set my serve probably went off a bit, but, you know, I won it 6‑1.

Q. Hard guy to play against being that he's so hit‑and‑miss. Good one to pull out?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah. You know, he's up and down. You know, I felt like the first set could have been 6‑Love. But he saved a lot of breakpoints, you know, with good serves, you know, a couple of big forehands on the line. You know, I just felt like I had a lot of opportunities.

Second set he played probably his best tennis for the match.

Then, you know, once I got that second set under my belt, I felt like I was under control of the match.

Q. In terms of your play, you're playing quite well, especially your footwork seems to be quite good. Is it something you've been working on or does it just come naturally?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really. You know, I haven't been working on that particularly. You know, I'd like to think my footwork's pretty good most of the time.

You know, I feel like I'm (inaudible) the ball well, though, at the moment.

Q. Are you hoping for a little warmer weather to maybe quicken up the grass surface, take the moisture out of it?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I think the longer you stay in the tournament, you know, the harder the courts are going to get. You know, I could even tell today from my first match, you know, the first match on Court 1. Obviously very lush out there at the time. It was pretty slow conditions out there.

You know, I'd like it to get a little bit quicker, but that's going to come with, you know, the grass getting lower, there's going to be more dirt patches out there. It's not going to be so lush, you know, towards the end of this week and all of next week.

Q. What makes Goran's serve so exceptional?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Good variety, I think. You know, he's got all the serves that, you know, a good left‑hander's got, like a Wayne Arthurs or a guy like that. He obviously backs it up pretty well, though. He's got good groundstrokes. I don't think a lot of people give him credit for, you know, his return of serve and groundstrokes.

Yeah, he's good from the back of the court, as well.

Q. Is it pretty amazing for you, you know what it's like at this level, for a guy basically in two years win two matches, trying to make a run at Wimbledon? Does that seem pretty amazing?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it is. I saw him play a couple of weeks ago against Hanescu; he lost first round at Queen's. You know, you could sense, though, being on grass, getting towards Wimbledon, he was starting to play better than he probably played all year in the few tournaments that he had played.

You know, he's got nothing to lose. He goes out there. He's fortunate that he's got that kind of game that suits a grass court so well. So he can go out there and win off his serve, you know, a lot of cheap points. He's only got to play a few good games on the other guy's serve and he's got, you know,a set here and there.

Q. Will the need to convert breakpoints be crucial for you, considering you left one out of 11, you didn't manage to?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah. You got to take your opportunities against a guy like that. You know, it's like playing a guy like Flip or any of those big servers, Pete in the past. You know, you don't get that many opportunities to look at breakpoints. Especially if you're getting second serves or opportunities, you've got to take advantage of them.

Q. How comfortable are you where your game's at right now?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I feel good at the moment. But, you know, I'm not getting too far ahead of myself.

Q. He doesn't look nearly like a hundred percent fit, looks a little huffy‑puffy when it gets towards the end of a long match. Will that be in the back of your mind if things are tough in the early part of the match?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not that much, I don't think. You know, purely because, you know, it's a grass court, and he can get so many cheap points, you know, with his serve. You know, there's not going to be long rallies out there. It's going to be very hit‑and‑miss I guess out there, and he's going to be charging the net after his serve. I'm going to have to, you know, make him play a lot of tough volleys and hopefully, you know, get a few past him as well.

Q. How important is a lob when you're playing him or is he too tall?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's important against guys that come into the net, I think, because it just gives me more variety. You know, I think I hit it probably as well as anyone out there. So, you know, I have confidence in that shot. You know, if all things are going well, I'm passing well and lobbing well, yeah, he can't sort of, you know, crouch over the net so much. He's got to hang back a little bit.

Q. Have you ever played a Grand Slam where there were so many quality players in your quadrant of the draw? You have Moya, Federer, Johansson, Ivanisevic, four or five guys that could win the tournament in your quadrant.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, haven't really looked too far ahead. I'm sort of just worrying about Goran right now. But, you know, there's always going to be tough guys I think in the draw. Especially if you get ‑‑ you know, if I pass Goran, you put yourself in position in the last 16, there's going to be no easy matches. You know, you expect the best guys to come through, you know, the high‑ranked seeds to get through in those situations. So you're expecting to play the tough matches, you know, from the Round of 16 onwards.

Q. How would you like to see the match against Goran go in terms of strategy?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I'd just like to win.

Q. Is there anything you'd like to see happen?

LLEYTON HEWITT: You won't find out.

Q. Wayne Carey, what's going on with the Crows?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know. I might be lacing them up soon.

Socket
06-24-2004, 06:47 PM
Thanks, Nomad. Well, it'll be a tough match, but Lleyton's played well against two lefties already, so hopefully, he'll continue doing well. And Goran might be drained after today's long match. Are they playing tomorrow or Saturday?

Jess
06-24-2004, 10:32 PM
Lleyton/Goran is third on centre court tomorrow (Friday) they play after second round matches of Henman and Baltacha/Capriati.

Federer isn't scheduled until Saturday which is a bit odd :scratch: Also I'm not quite sure why they're playing 3rd round matches when they still have a backlog of 2nd round ones.

Lisbeth
06-24-2004, 11:03 PM
:bounce: Lleyton! Didn't see the match but scoreline looks great!

Good luck against Goran!

The scheduling does look weird. But this IS Wimbledon!

possie
06-25-2004, 12:47 AM
Well done Lleyton. Another match behind him. I watched the whole match, so here's a little match report for you...

Lleyton did play well. Good, solid and smart tennis. Labadze was quite clumsy and Lley took advantage of this, wrong footing him often and winning points.

My only criticism (or shall I say 'area to improve on', as that's a nicer euphemism :p ) is that Labadze gave Lleyton multiple game point, break point, set point opportunities and Lley didn't capitalise promplty on them, often taking all 3 break points to win the break. The Andy Roddick's and Roger Federer's of the world are only going to give Lley one of these opportunities and if Lleyton can't grab it as soon as it comes along he may miss out.

Of course, we are only up to day 4 so I am well aware that there are certain 'levels' that all players rise to as the weeks progress ;)

Watching Lleyton was Mum, Dad, Roger, Hayden and Fitzy. I thought it was really nice for Lleyton to have Fitzy watching as I know they have a good relationship. No Kim to be seen courtside ( :( ) which I was dissapointed about, as 'apparently' she is in London with Lley. I'm hoping she'll be there next match :)

The commentators were funny, often referring to "vintage" Lleyton upon a great shot of his, as if he was a 33 year old not a 23 year old! I guess that just reinforces the long list of accomplishments Lley has achieved already :)

Next opponent: Goran!

Lisbeth
06-25-2004, 01:05 AM
Wow, you must have stayed up late for that Anne! I couldn't quite manage it with work and all ;) Thanks for the report though, it's sounding positive. I think with the backlog quick matches count for a lot.

possie
06-25-2004, 01:12 AM
Wow, you must have stayed up late for that Anne! I couldn't quite manage it with work and all ;) Thanks for the report though, it's sounding positive. I think with the backlog quick matches count for a lot.

I cheated a little Jane :o I was up late for my sister's music festival, then as the tennis was about to start stayed up to watch but I did put the VCR tape in after the 1st set and watched the last 2 sets this morning!

Lisbeth
06-25-2004, 02:23 AM
aha ;) Never mind, cheating's allowed as long as you come in here and tell me all about Lleyton's matches!

Raquel
06-25-2004, 09:37 AM
Well done yesterday Lleyton :) :D

Good luck today against Goran. I like Goran, but no question that I want Lleyton to win this match. It will be tough, but good luck Lley :hug:

Danni
06-25-2004, 10:00 AM
good luck lleyts :bounce:

SomL.
06-25-2004, 10:53 AM
Good luck Lleyton in third round !!!!!! Go Lleyton against Ivanisevic !!!!! Come on Lleyton ^_^

Gaga
06-25-2004, 02:57 PM
hewitt-ivanisevic
1-1

Gaga
06-25-2004, 02:58 PM
2-1

Gaga
06-25-2004, 03:06 PM
3-1
lleyton to serve

Gaga
06-25-2004, 03:10 PM
4-1

Gaga
06-25-2004, 03:14 PM
4-2

Gaga
06-25-2004, 03:17 PM
5-2 :)

Gaga
06-25-2004, 03:22 PM
6-2

Gaga
06-25-2004, 03:30 PM
2-1

Jess
06-25-2004, 04:58 PM
Hewitt ends Ivanisevic dream

By Nick Crowther
BBC Sport at Wimbledon


Goran Ivanisevic has played his last match at Wimbledon after losing to Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets.

The 32-year-old, who won here in 2001 but had to delay his return because of injury, was cheered on by the Centre Court crowd from the moment he walked out.

But ultimately the Croat veteran just could not match the devastating returns of the 2002 winner.

Ivanisevic saved 11 of the 13 break points against him in the first set but, after losing a crucial third game, was always up against it.


He struggled and slipped as Hewitt, 23, sent him scrabbling around the court.

And Ivanisevic looked on in despair as the Australian sent two perfectly-delivered topspin lobs over his head, one to break for the second time and take the first set 6-2.

The second set went with serve and there were always touches of the Ivanisevic brilliance with his booming serve and delicate volleys.

But a single break put Hewitt 5-3 up and he served out for a 2-0 lead.

The third was another tight tussle but the Australian used another lob and sent Ivanisevic diving for a volley before sending a forehand into an unguarded court to break for 5-4.

Hewitt was unsentimental as he closed out a 6-2 6-3 6-4 victory but then spoke with the Croat over the net for some time before Ivanisevic walked off to a standing ovation, wearing his beloved Croatian football top.

Socket
06-25-2004, 05:05 PM
Fantastic match -- Lleyton played great! He's got another tough one coming up in Moya, but after today, it's clear he's playing with a great deal of confidence.

kim-fan
06-25-2004, 05:09 PM
well done lleyton! :worship:

L.Hewitt

Elapsed Time 86 minutes :)
1st Serve % 55%
Aces 12
Double Faults 4
Winning % on 1st serve 39 / 42 = 93%
Winning % on 2nd serve 19 / 34 = 56%
Winners (incl. Service) 47 :eek:
Unforced Errors 8 :eek:
Receiving Points Won 49 / 98 = 50%
Break Point Conversions 4 / 17 = 24%
Net Approaches 6 / 10 = 60%
Total Points Won 98

G.Ivanisevic

Elapsed Time 86 minutes
1st Serve % 59%
Aces 15
Double Faults 9
Winning % on 1st serve 45 / 62 = 73%
Winning % on 2nd serve 11 / 43 = 26%
Winners (incl. Service) 33
Unforced Errors 18
Receiving Points Won 18 / 70 = 26%
Break Point Conversions 0 / 0 = N/A
Net Approaches 21 / 52 = 40%
Total Points Won 70

kim-fan
06-25-2004, 05:57 PM
L.Hewitt Interview
Friday, June 25, 2004


THE MODERATOR: Lleyton Hewitt.

Q. How is that as an occasion, apart from the fact you won in straight sets, but Goran's last match?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's a weird feeling, I guess, walking out onto Centre Court knowing that if you win against one of the probably the most likable guys out there on the tour. Obviously, he's got the crowd support and that. It sort of puts an end to his career. You know how much Wimbledon means to him, as well.

So it's an awkward situation, but, you know, I think I blocked it out as well as I could going out there today and just figuring that, you know, I've got an opportunity to get myself into the second week here at Wimbledon. That was my mindset right from the word go.

Q. What was the exchange at the net afterwards? What did you say to each other?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, I think he said something like, "You killed me out there today," or something. You know, I just said, you know, "You're a great champion. It's been an honor playing against you out here on Centre Court."

Q. Were you more pleased by the way you returned his serve and dealt with his serve or the way you served, which was impressive today?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, both, I think. There's no doubt it helped playing two left‑handers in the first round. You know, Goran serves a lot better than both those two guys I played in the first two matches. But, you know, I was used to that left‑handed swinging serve, you know, the awkward body serves.

You know, I felt, you know, like I had a lot of opportunities out there even today, you know, to break even more out there. I just felt like I was seeing the ball really well right from the start of the match. I knew right from the start that it was going to be important to hold my service games, you know, as easily as possible. I felt like I served really well out there today.

Q. Your game is pretty much where you want it to be at this point of the tournament?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I'm happy with it at the moment.

Q. Moya on Monday, Carlos. How do you approach that one?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, just gets easier, so... (Smiling).

No, another classy Grand Slam winner. You know, it's going to be an extremely tough match. Obviously, grass isn't his favorite surface, but he's the kind of guy, as we saw at the Davis Cup final when he beat Mark on the first day, he can adapt because, you know, he's got so much class. I got a lot of respect for his game. You know, I just got to go out there and try and worry about my game, you know, at the start of the match at least. I feel like I'm hitting the ball well enough to do well.

Q. What's he done well against you in the past? Obviously not your best head‑to‑head record.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I feel those matches were on clay, you know, those two or three in a row, that we played on clay. You know, I probably didn't play as well as I did, could have in those matches, and he was just sort of coming back. One of them was in Monte‑Carlo, first round, when I was seeded No. 1. His ranking had dropped a bit. He went on to make the final of that particular tournament. The next week was in Rome on clay, as well.

Apart from that, we've had some very tough matches in the past on other surfaces. We've never played on grass.

Q. What's the footing like out there, especially along the baselines? He fell several times, you at least once slipped.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I just ‑‑ there were just one or two games where I slipped a little bit. He was obviously slipping and sliding a bit more, I guess. Yeah, it was ‑‑ I don't know if it was that slippery, though. It wasn't like a lush court anymore, obviously, at the back of the court. It's been chopped up a bit. You know, there's some dirt around the back of the court.

But, you know, I'm not complaining about that.

Q. How do you compare where your form is this year as 2002?

LLEYTON HEWITT: It's hard to say. But, you know, I don't think I've put a foot wrong so far. I feel like I've done everything I wanted to do so far. You know, you can't win a Grand Slam in the first week. But, you know, I've put myself in a good position to have a crack at it next week.

So, you know, just take it one match at a time. You know, every match you sort of treat as a final out there. You know, I'll be looking forward to the challenge that Carlos presents.

Q. A lot of players say they get themselves up especially for a tournament like this. Is that the case for you? Obviously doesn't get much bigger than here.

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, it's a huge tournament. I enjoy coming back here and playing every type I step out there at Wimbledon ‑ even more so when you've won at a tournament like this, as well. Such great memories of two years ago, coming back and playing on such a great court out there with so much tradition.

Yeah, you get goosebumps walking out there. But, you know, it's really enjoyable being out there.

Q. If you happen to win the title, would you put on an Adelaide Crows jumper for us?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, mate, if you want me to, I'd be happy to if I win the tournament.

Q. Could you expand for us a little on how you do keep that crowd stuff out? There was that moment, I'm sure, well, we were all aware when a single voice said, "We love you, Goran," and suddenly the whole atmosphere changed. How do you, first of all, keep the focus and, second of all, keep that away from you?

LLEYTON HEWITT: You know, I just try to block it out as much as possible. I've played in arenas where I've felt like I've had to do it. It really wasn't that tough to do today. I felt the crowd was great. It was a good atmosphere out there. It definitely wasn't a hostile crowd out there at all. It was enjoyable to play out there.

But I think I've played in a lot of hostile places in the past and I've been able to just focus on what I've got to do. You know, sometimes it's tough when obviously Goran was talking back to the crowd there, you know, in one game. Really, you've just got to, you know, focus as much as possible, maybe step, you know, back to the back of the court, take your time, take a couple of deep breaths and get on with it.

You know, I guess I'm just used to being in that situation. It's sort of second nature for me out there.

Q. Knowing what Goran is like, the way he behaves on court, were you expecting a little more outlandish at the end of the match?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I wasn't ‑‑ I was more concentrating on holding my serve after I broke.

Q. When the match ended, were you watching him at all?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, I was watching ‑‑ I more wanted him to have, you know, a walk off the court last. You know, for the crowd, his last time out there on Centre Court obviously, for the crowd really to embrace him as such a great champion that he's been out there.

I was more trying to get out of his way more than anything.

Q. Moya on grass for the first time. What influence do you think the surface will have on the outcome?

LLEYTON HEWITT: You know, I don't know. Obviously movement. You know, the ball is going to skid through a lot more than it's going ‑‑ you know, he's not going to have the time that he'd like on a clay court.

But he's got such a good all‑around game, he volleys well, a lot of people don't give him credit for. He's good around the net. He moves extremely well. He's got a very underrated first serve. He's got a big first serve. I think that caused Mark the problem. He served extremely well against Mark in the Davis Cup on that first day.

So, you know, if I can get enough balls back and get myself into rallies, then I'm going to put a lot of pressure on him.

Q. Not that many players you go into matches against with a losing record. Does that impact on your preparation at all or your mindset going into Monday?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, not at all. It's a Grand Slam, it's Wimbledon. I won't be worrying about it too much.

Gaga
06-25-2004, 05:59 PM
thanks for the interview et congratulations to Lleyton !!

Jess
06-25-2004, 11:15 PM
LONDON, June 25 (Reuters) - In tennis parlance "love" means, quite literally, nothing. Try telling that to Goran Ivanisevic.

The big man with the easy smile and twinkling eyes said goodbye to Wimbledon on Friday amid scenes of heart-warming adoration and generosity from all except his opponent Lleyton Hewitt.

If ever Hewitt has felt like a villain, this was the day. He beat the Croatian 6-2 6-3 6-4 to end the tennis career of one of the most popular champions in Wimbledon history.

There were flashes of brilliance but the old warhorse, patched up for one final appearance on his beloved Centre Court, could coax no more magic from his weary bones.

Three-times a losing finalist in the 1990s, to Andre Agassi in 1992 and Pete Sampras in 1994 and 1998, Ivanisevic became the first wildcard to win the world's most prestigious tournament in 2001 following a fortnight of magic.

Few players can boast such a colourful romance with the small patch of grass in southwest London.

When the moment came for him to say goodbye he stood, hands on hips, blinking back tears and surveying the scene of so many triumphs and disasters.

It was a difficult moment after 16 years but the Croatian managed it in his own unique style.

The big man with the easy smile and twinkling eyes donned a Croatian soccer shirt and waved to all corners of the court.


WIMBLEDON DEBUT

Hewitt knew his place on this day, walking back to his seat and leaving his vanquished victim on centre stage.

When Ivanisevic made his debut at the All England Club in 1988, Swede Mats Wilander was world number one.

The tennis world was a different place. Things have changed since then. Not even Ivanisevic, no stranger to Wimbledon miracles, could bridge the years on Friday.

Hewitt's speed confounded him and the Australian's legs out-lasted him.

Still capable of the set-saving ace or the flying forehand pass to pull the crowd to its feet, the bread and butter of tennis is harder to come by for Ivanisevic these days and it is in that department that Hewitt excels.

The man who inherited the injured Ivanisevic's Wimbledon crown in 2002 withstood some withering blows on Friday and waited for the cracks to appear in the Croatian's rusty game.

He did not have to wait long. Hewitt's fan club -- girlfriend Kim Clijsters and his agent -- yelled encouragement from the stands.

The rest of the crowd, including Formula One maestro Bernie Ecclestone, willed the Croatian on.

It was never going to be enough.

Some exquisite lobbing drained the energy from Ivanisevic's legs and Hewitt grabbed a break in the fourth and eighth games of the opening set to seal it 6-2.

A scream of "Come on Goran" solicited a "Yeah, yeah, yeah" from the brooding showman but he struggled to comply.


CONQUER ALL

A whipped backhand return past the advancing Ivanisevic on set point in the second set put the match beyond him.

Hewitt sensed it and broke the hushed atmosphere with a roar of encouragement before trotting to his seat.

Ivanisevic sat in his seat remonstrating with himself, sensing the end was nigh.

Another scream of "we love you Goran" from a woman high in the stands put a smile on his face and was followed by a "we love you too" from the other side of the stands. He answered with a punched forehand volley and a grin in the direction of his admirers.

If love could conquer all, Ivanisevic would have walked away with victory at a canter. Screams of delight greeted his bare chest as he changed his shirt at the change of ends, Chants of "Goran, Goran" echoed round the court, soccer stadium style.

But Hewitt was having none of it. He walloped a 112 miles per hour (180.2 kph) serve -- Ivanisevic's last in tennis -- back past the Croatian for a break for 5-4 and served out with ease.

SomL.
06-26-2004, 09:07 AM
:angel: :angel: Well done Lleyton !!!!!!!! Good luck Lleyton in forth round !!!!!!!!! Come on Lleyton !!!!! Go Lleyton against Moya ^_^ :angel: :angel:

Sunshine1
06-27-2004, 08:25 PM
The OOP for tomorrow on Centre Court
Centre Court 1.00 pm Start
1. Ladies' Singles - 4th Rnd.
Lindsay Davenport (USA)[5] v. Vera Zvonareva (RUS)[12]
followed by:
2. Gentlemen's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Carlos Moya (ESP)[9] v. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)[7]
3. Gentlemen's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Tim Henman (GBR)[5] v. Mark Philippoussis (AUS)[11]

kim4eva
06-28-2004, 03:19 AM
Good luck Lleyton! :clap2:

NOMAD
06-28-2004, 08:55 AM
nice quotes from Todd :)

It's Hewitt's tournament...if he can get past Moya and Federer
By Paul Mulvey
Monday, 28 June 2004

Lleyton Hewitt has no time to ease into the second week at Wimbledon with a fourth-round match of semi-final intensity against world No7 Carlos Moya tonight.

Despite being the seventh seed, Hewitt has an extremely demanding draw and if he can get past Moya he'll likely face defending champion and world No1 Roger Federer in the quarter-finals.

Davis Cup teammate Todd Woodbridge believes if Hewitt can clear those hurdles, the South Australian will be set to repeat his 2002 triumph at the All England Club.

"If he gets through the next two, then he's the favourite to win the tournament," Woodbridge said. "These two matches are almost like a semi and final. He's got a tough draw, probably the toughest draw of anyone in the tournament.

"But he's very keen and very focussed and when that guy's like that, gee he's so hard to beat." :D

Hewitt's better grass court record lifted him from his world ranking of 10 to seventh seed while Moya, who has never gone beyond the second round at Wimbledon, went the other way from No7 to ninth seed.

As the numbers indicate, little separates the two, with the Spaniard holding a 5-4 career edge although the pair has never met on grass, which should give Hewitt an advantage.

But Moya proved he can perform on turf when he beat Mark Philippoussis in four sets in the second rubber of the Davis Cup final in Melbourne last November, which Hewitt remembers well.

"Obviously, grass isn't his favourite surface, but he's the kind of guy, as we saw at the Davis Cup final when he beat Mark on the first day, he can adapt because he's got so much class," Hewitt said.

"The ball is going to skid through a lot more. He's not going to have the time that he'd like on a clay court.

"But he's got such a good all-round game, he volleys well, which a lot of people don't give him credit for. He's good around the net.

"He moves extremely well. He's got a very underrated first serve. He's got a big first serve. I think that caused Mark the problem.

"So if I can get enough balls back and get myself into rallies, then I'm going to put a lot of pressure on him."

Hewitt, 23, and Moya did not play each other in the Davis Cup final as Philippoussis beat Juan Carlos Ferrero in the first of the reverse singles to wrap up the tie.

So Moya, 28, said he was treating Monday's match like the decisive rubber in a Davis Cup final he didn't get to play. The 1998 French Open champion has warmed into Wimbledon, starting with a five-set win over Olivier Patience in the first round, a four setter with Radek Stepanek in the second and then a straight-sets romp against Dmitry Tursunov.

But Hewitt hasn't dropped a set or serve in his clinical progress through the first three rounds, disposing of Jurgen Melzer, Irakli Labadze and 2001 champion Goran Ivanisevic in increasingly impressive fashion.

He has gone about his matches with an impeccable serve, an array of groundstrokes - and a steely attitude which Woodbridge has detected in the change rooms.

"My locker's under his, so I've seen him quite a bit," said Woodbridge, who came into Wimbledon chasing his 22nd grand slam title.

"Even in the locker room he's going about his business very quietly. He's on a mission. He's very businesslike. You sense in the locker room who's focussed and who's looking in good form and he's one of those guys right now.

"His form's coming back to what it was when he was at his best. I think his match against Ivanisevic was vintage Hewitt."

SomL.
06-28-2004, 09:43 AM
:angel: :angel: Go Lleyton against Moya !!!!!!!!!!!! :angel: :angel:

Gaga
06-28-2004, 10:11 AM
Good luck lleyton against moya !! go ! ;)

Gaga
06-28-2004, 01:45 PM
1-1

Gaga
06-28-2004, 01:55 PM
2-1

Gaga
06-28-2004, 01:57 PM
2-2

Gaga
06-28-2004, 02:00 PM
3-2

Gaga
06-28-2004, 02:06 PM
3-3

Gaga
06-28-2004, 02:08 PM
4-3

Gaga
06-28-2004, 02:16 PM
5-4

Gaga
06-28-2004, 02:25 PM
6-4/1-0

Gaga
06-28-2004, 02:29 PM
2-1

Gaga
06-28-2004, 02:41 PM
5-2

kim4eva
06-28-2004, 02:42 PM
:woohoo: Keep it up Lleyton!

Gaga
06-28-2004, 02:51 PM
6-2

Gaga
06-28-2004, 03:14 PM
3-3

Gaga
06-28-2004, 03:16 PM
4-3

Gaga
06-28-2004, 03:18 PM
4-4

Gaga
06-28-2004, 03:21 PM
4-5

Gaga
06-28-2004, 03:27 PM
4-6 :(

Gaga
06-28-2004, 03:42 PM
2-1

Gaga
06-28-2004, 03:45 PM
2-2

Gaga
06-28-2004, 03:51 PM
3-2

Gaga
06-28-2004, 03:54 PM
4-2

Gaga
06-28-2004, 04:04 PM
4-4

Gaga
06-28-2004, 04:05 PM
5-4

Gaga
06-28-2004, 04:13 PM
5-5

Gaga
06-28-2004, 04:16 PM
6-5

Gaga
06-28-2004, 04:21 PM
6-6

Gaga
06-28-2004, 04:21 PM
2-0

Gaga
06-28-2004, 04:22 PM
2-1

Gaga
06-28-2004, 04:23 PM
3-1

Gaga
06-28-2004, 04:23 PM
4-1

Gaga
06-28-2004, 04:25 PM
5-2

Gaga
06-28-2004, 04:26 PM
6-2

Gaga
06-28-2004, 04:27 PM
6-4/6-2/4-6/7-6....good !!! :kiss:

NOMAD
06-28-2004, 07:38 PM
L. Hewitt - Interview
Monday, June 28, 2004


THE MODERATOR: Questions for Lleyton.

Q. After last year's early exit, does this sort of feel like the way it should have been last year, moving through, defending the title? Do you feel comfortable?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, but I learned a lot I guess from last year's loss, as well. You know, I'd like to think that I'm a better player because of it. There weren't too many positives at the time. But, you know, when I come back a year later ‑‑ I think, you know, the memory's obviously there in the first round particularly. Once I got past that hurdle, I felt like, you know, really I got it out of my mind.

Yeah, now I've just been focusing on the guys I've got to play.

Q. Someone mentioned to me earlier that you look as if you've got your freshness back. Did it go anywhere in that period of time?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, it's hard to say. I guess, you know, I had two years there where I, you know, played so many matches, I guess. When you throw Davis Cup into that equation, as well, you know, I had the chickenpox straight after I got No. 1 in The Masters Cup in Sydney, you know, played a Davis Cup final. You know, I guess, you know, maybe that wore me out a little bit at the time.

You know, it was extremely important, I think, you know, to win that Davis Cup final against Spain at the end of last year that I took those two months off. Not a lot of people questioned whether I'd be able to come out and, you know, beat those guys who were top five in the world, you know, fresh out.

You know, I believed in my ability. I think that held me in good stead as well for this whole year, as well. You know, just staying at home, you know, training extremely hard, but then again, you know, getting a break from, you know, the grind week in and week out.

Q. Do you believe you can beat Roger on Wednesday?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I believe I can beat him. You know, it's going to be an extremely tough match. He's the best player out there at the moment. Yeah, he's No. 1 in the world for a reason. And, you know, he's going through the draw pretty convincingly at the moment.

So, yeah, I'm the underdog for sure. But, you know, I believe in my ability, and, you know, I've played well enough against him in the past.

Q. Different surfaces this time from the last two. Is there anything you have to do differently that's obvious to you?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I don't know. You know, the Australian Open, I felt like I had a lot of chances. I felt like really the first set and a half, I was a better player. Yeah, I could have very easily been up a set and a break there.

He's an extremely good player. When he gets on that run, he's very hard to stop, when he gets confident. And he's a shot‑maker. Yeah, I'll try and get off to a good start. But then again in the Davis Cup, in the semifinal, I came back from two sets and a break down.

You know, I'll try and hang in there anyway.

Q. Do you see these championships as a stage, you clearly have a lot of faith in your own ability, but just to show everybody you do have it in yourself to get back to the very top?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I'm not trying to prove anything to anyone. I'm trying to win Wimbledon, for myself more than anything. Yeah, doesn't worry me what people think. You know, I go out there and, you know, I believe I'm still good enough to beat any given player on any given day.

You know, but then again, you know, it's not that easy to go out there and win every match you play either, so...

Q. You've had criticism, sort of, over the last year, maybe since you won Wimbledon. You've maybe not gone as far in Grand Slam events. Maybe you've had some criticism. How do you kind of handle it? Is it just sort of whatever kind of thing? How do you sort of cope with that?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, you know, go out there, the same as any other tournament, I give my hundred percent. If I'm not good enough on the day, then I'm not good enough.

You know, I can look back on the match and know that I did everything possible that, you know, put me ‑‑ both preparing myself for the tournaments and the Grand Slams that I've played. Yeah, you look at the guys I've lost to in the Grand Slams the last couple years, you know, there's no average players. Obviously, this year is Federer and Gaudio, the quarterfinals. You know, last year was Ferrero, who beat Agassi the next day. You know, I've lost some tough matches I think to some very in‑form players at the time.

Q. How much will you draw on that Davis Cup win over Roger?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not that much I don't think. You know, we played since then a couple of times and he's won both those. And, you know, he won a big one obviously at the Australian Open in the fourth round against me. So, you know, it's on a totally different surface. You know, if I was going to draw anything, you know, from the Australian Open, I might draw something from playing on the same court that I came back in the Davis Cup.

Q. The fact you came back from two sets and a break down, will that not enter into your thinking?>

LLEYTON HEWITT: I won't be trying to get in that position. It's not my game plan (smiling).

Q. Carlos said the other day he wanted to make this the match he never played in the Davis Cup final. He wanted to come in because he wanted to play you that day in the fifth rubber. There were times when he looked like he was really playing like that, like everything was on the line. Did you feel any of that? What happens to you when you hear somebody talk like that? Does that fire you up even more?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really. Well, I didn't hear him say it, anything about it. But, you know, I prepared myself as if, you know, it was a Davis Cup fifth rubber as well in the final. I was extremely focused out there today.

I seen the way he played against Flip, you know, that first day in Melbourne, on the Friday. He played extremely well. You know, he's the kind of guy that I think can adapt to a grass court very easily purely because he is got so much firepower out there. So if his serves going, he's going to hold his service games, then he's going to ‑‑ he's a good enough player that he's always going to get opportunities to break now and then throughout a set, as well.

But, you know, it was a big match. You know, it's Wimbledon anyway for me.

Q. You have a winning record against both the No. 1 and the No. 2 seeds here. Can you describe Roger and Andy respectively and what the key to beating each of those guys is?>

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, you know, Roger's more finesse, I think. You know, he's a real shot‑maker out there. Andy's more brut power. You know, the power he gets is incredible out there. You know, his serve and his forehand are his main strengths. Roger is more of an all‑court player.

Yeah, they're both not easy guys to beat.

Q. What is the key?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know. You won't be finding out anyway (smiling).

Q. Why is grass so suited for Roger's game, do you think?

LLEYTON HEWITT: He's an all court player. He's very capable ‑‑ he'll mix up the serve‑volley, he'll stay back, he's got great groundstrokes, you know, he moves extremely well. He's not the biggest guy, but he's not short out there either. He really does move well.

Q. What have you seen in the last year since Andy had his grass court coming out last summer in the way his game has developed?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, I didn't play him last year on grass. You know, I played him obviously a few weeks ago at Queen's. Yeah, he's not a typical grass court player. I'd say Roger's more of a typical grass court player. Andy relies obviously on his big serve and then, yeah, he's staying back most of the time. Roger will venture to the net a lot more than Andy would. I think that's why Roger won the semifinal they played last year here.

Q. How taxing was that match out there today?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I felt pretty good out there. I think my body should pull up fine for a couple of days.

Q. Were you surprised that Roger's not dropped his serve in this tournament? I mean, he doesn't serve at 140 miles an hour. Is it surprising he's got this far and not dropped his serve?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really. He's got a great serve. He's got great rhythm. He gets great power out of very little effort that he puts in. You know, for him it's more placement than anything. You know, he sets up the point, you know, for his strengths with his serve rather than just out‑and‑out power.

Q. The last two champions here, you and Roger. You're both still very young. Do you think you could go on to have an epic rivalry here for years to come?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know. I'd like to think so. But, yeah, we'll just start by this quarterfinal match, see what happens.

Q. It could be the sort of the match of the tournament so far? Is that how you see it?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, he's the in‑form player. If I beat him, I'll be extremely confident.

Q. How confident do you feel after beating Moya? Because he gave ‑‑ he was tremendous day.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, he's a class player, as I said. You know, he's tough to beat on any surface over five sets in a Grand Slam. So, you know, if you look at probably all the guys, he was definitely going to be I think one of the toughest seeds, you know, the higher guys could have met in the Round of 16. You know, I got him put in my Round of 16. I had to try and deal with that. So, you know, I feel confident that I got through.

Q. Have you reflected a little bit on your luck in the seedings this year? You seem to get ‑‑ the two previous guys went on to win it. You seem to get them early.

LLEYTON HEWITT: What's that? What do you mean?

Q. You seem to run into the guys that go on to win the thing quite early.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I can't do much about that.

Q. You've had some not great luck in that department.

LLEYTON HEWITT: But I don't think I've been that far away either. The Australian Open I think I gave Roger nearly probably as much as he had probably the whole tournament, I think. Yeah, he was the best player in the tournament, and he won it. But whether I could have made the final if I was in the other half, it's hard to say.

NOMAD
06-28-2004, 08:00 PM
interview video from BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/default.stm#)

SomL.
06-29-2004, 10:06 AM
:angel: :angel: Good luck Lleyton in Quater final round !!!!!!!!!!! Go Lleyton against Federer !!!!!!! Come on Lleyton ^_^ :angel: :angel:

NOMAD
06-29-2004, 10:20 AM
there are some videos at http://sports.ninemsn.com.au/Page/92.asp

Day 01: The Australian men at Wimbledon

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Day 05: Lleyton after beating Goran

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Alisa
06-29-2004, 06:32 PM
good luck to ya lleyton!!! hope you'll beat federer!!!

http://wallpapers.alfcomp.ru/LH-ani.gif

zoltan83
06-29-2004, 11:21 PM
COME ON HEWITT!!!

Good luck for the quarter final! Win against Federer! You can do it!

Gaga
06-30-2004, 08:24 AM
bah decidement Zoltan on se retrouve partout ?!!! c'est gaëlle !

COME ON LLEY !!! You can do it against Federer !!!! :lol:

possie
06-30-2004, 08:42 AM
Wow Alisa, that is one very cool post! :worship:

Alisa
06-30-2004, 10:46 AM
Originally posted by possie:
Wow Alisa, that is one very cool post!

:) Thanks!

SomL.
06-30-2004, 11:47 AM
:angel: :angel: Go Lleyton against Federer !!!!!!!!!!!!!! :angel: :angel:

Gaga
06-30-2004, 03:24 PM
1-6 in the first set

Gaga
06-30-2004, 03:25 PM
1-0 , go lley !!! :lol:

Gaga
06-30-2004, 03:30 PM
1-1

Gaga
06-30-2004, 03:32 PM
rain delay ! pfffffff !

Gaga
06-30-2004, 03:33 PM
:bad:

Alisa
06-30-2004, 04:08 PM
lleyton come on!!! hope this pause could help u!!!

http://fbm.ru/LH-ani.gif

kim-fan
06-30-2004, 07:20 PM
he worked so hard .... :sad: :tears:

Jess
06-30-2004, 07:27 PM
He did work hard - but Federer played fantastic. I do think that Lleyts played as well as he can and that is all we can ask for. I think he'll be pretty satisfied with the performance overall. He had a good tournament and can hopefully carry on playing well into the hard court season in America.

Sarah
06-30-2004, 07:54 PM
Alisa, that 'banner' you put there, how do you make it?

Jess
06-30-2004, 09:41 PM
L. Hewitt Interview
Wednesday, June 30, 2004


THE MODERATOR: Lleyton Hewitt.

Q. What is your overriding emotion out of all of that?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Disappointment, I think, at the moment anyway, straight after. Losing, you know, the match. Yeah, in the fourth set I guess, you know, I felt like I had, you know, chances. I was a better player the whole fourth set, you know, have very little to show for it now.

You know, one minute you're up a break, 4‑All I had breakpoints. On a couple he came out with big serves. 5‑4, I felt like, you know, I didn't play that bad a game. He just, you know, attacked and went for it a little bit and it paid off then. Then you're in the locker room.

You know, at the moment, it's Wimbledon, you're always going to be disappointed.

Q. Did you feel like you gave it your best shot or does it feel a bit empty?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Mate, I gave everything I had. I felt like I played a good match. You know, first set, I actually didn't feel like I hit the ball that badly. You know, he just played incredible tennis. You know, I had a lot of opportunities, breakpoints here and there.

You know, even in the first set, I was the first one to have a breakpoint, wasn't able to take it, missed a return. You know, when he's got that confidence going, he's a very difficult player to beat.

Q. Did the score line actually reflect the actual game? It seemed as a viewer a lot closer than that.
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it was ‑‑ it was tough out there. You know, I felt like even at the start of the third set, after I won the tiebreak, I had tiebreaks in the first game, I think at least two breakpoints in the first game of the third set. At that stage, I felt like the momentum was starting to swing my way. You know, I just played a bit of a loose game.

But, you know, he really stepped it up, as well. You know, you got to give him credit. He's the best player in the world at the moment. He stepped it up in that second game. You know, even the breakpoint that he ended up breaking me in the second game of the third set. You know, I played a pretty good point. I don't know how long it went for, but he had to come up with an unbelievable backhand up the line to win it.

Yeah, I played well out there.

Q. Is there any satisfaction that you are playing close to your best, if not your best tennis, in a long time?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's ‑‑ not right at the moment, there's not too much satisfaction. But I'm really happy with the way I've been hitting the ball. I've done all the hard work. You know, I feel like all three majors this year, you know, that's what I focused, with the Davis Cup at the start of the year. I'm happy with how I prepared.

You know, I feel like I prepared as well as I could for all three majors so far. And, you know, at the end of the day, I've been beaten by, you know, Roger in two of them and Gaudio in the other. The guys were just too good.

Q. Those two sets, 6‑1, 6‑Love, when you were playing good tennis, is that an indication of the huge gulf between Roger and the rest?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I didn't play great, I don't think. My worst part of the match was probably halfway through the third set. You know, so, yeah, he gets very confident, though. He's a shot‑maker out there. You know, me personally, I felt like he probably played his best tennis in the first set, not the third set. He came out and was, you know, right on fire right from the start.

Q. Is he ahead of everybody else?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, I don't know. I felt like out there I had a lot of chances. You know, when he's playing that kind of tennis he played in the first set, you know, he's very tough to beat. He was seeing the ball very well. His returns are a lot better than they used to be. He really cut out a lot of those unforced errors that he used to make two or three years ago.

But then again, in a five‑set match, you're always going to get chances here and there. You know, I felt like I had those chances and I took them a couple of times. There was other times when he came up with, you know, big serves on breakpoints. There was very little I could do about it.

Q. Does the fact that you played so well and still lost mean it's even more frustrating and more disappointing?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, I think it's disappointing any time you probably lose in a Grand Slam, and especially Wimbledon. But, yeah, it's just more I guess that I had a few chances out there and just wasn't able to capitalize. You know, against the best players in the world, and especially against the best player in the world at the moment, you've got to take those chances.

Q. You're known as you're never out of a match. You're one of the best, if not the best competitor, on tour. Roger, we've heard a lot about what kind of talent he has. How would you rate him as a competitor, a fighter? He was put in certain situations and he got out. Where would you put him in that category?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, he's a good competitor. He's a lot better than he probably was a couple years ago, I think. Yeah, he gives a hundred percent out there. It's not too often I think that he goes away. I think that's why ‑‑ you know, that's a part of his game he's probably worked on over the last couple of years that's really made him be one of the best players around.

Q. What could be the solution to beat him at Wimbledon?
LLEYTON HEWITT: To beat him?

Q. Yes. What could be the solution to beat him at Wimbledon?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Believe it or not, I didn't feel like I was that far away today, as I go back to, you know, the chances that I had. You know, first game of the third set, as I said, I felt like there was a huge momentum swing then, after winning the second set tiebreak 7‑1. You know, the fourth set, if I could have gone up 5‑3 and consolidated that break, you win the fourth set, and the whole moment's with you going into the fifth set.

Yeah, he's going to be a tough player to beat on grass. You know, he's the favorite now for the next two matches, for sure. But, you know, I don't think it's impossible.

Q. Do you feel that he knows that when he comes to play you, it's never going to be three sets, it's never going to be easy, and there's going to be peaks and valleys, and at the end when it gets to five sets, it doesn't matter if he played two brilliant sets, but somehow when it gets to five sets, there's always that chance you can beat him? Do you think he knows that? He had periods where his confidence seems to have gone today.
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, he was up and down a little bit out there today. Whether he knows that or not, I'm not sure. But, you know, I'm sure he knows in the back of his mind, you know, that I'm not going to go away. I'm going to try to make it as hard as possible, as I possibly can, for him to win the match.

Yeah, as I said, you know, he played pretty incredible tennis against me in Hamburg a month or so ago. But it's over best‑of‑three sets. Best‑of‑five sets, you're always going to get those opportunities, and it's just a matter of taking them.

Q. He hasn't served and volleyed much this Wimbledon. Did that surprise you? Were you trying to draw him in?>
LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really, no. You know, I'm not sure how much he really ‑‑ I didn't see much of last year, but how much he served ad volleyed then. But he doesn't have a Roddick kind of serve with brut power. He serves to set up the point with his strengths, which is obviously his forehand.

He's got great variety out there. He can serve‑volley. That's what makes him such a great player, because he's got so much variety in his game.

Q. Would you consider Roddick to have one of the best second serves in the game, if not the best? Where would you put it?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, is got to be up there. For a guy that hits his second serve that hard, he doesn't hit a lot of double faults, and especially on big points. I think that's one area of his game that when he came on the tour, you know, at the start he served a lot more double faults going for that second serve. He's got a pretty reliable second serve for as hard as he hits it.

Q. Can you take us through the rain delays, what you think it did to you, to him, to the flow of the match?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, well the first one when we just warmed up didn't do a lot for anyone (laughter). After that, you just sit in there, relax. You try not to focus on it too much. It's pretty hard when you're in there and once the covers came off we saw on the TV, we're getting ready, and the next minute they're back on again.

I just tried to, I guess, stay sharp and be ready because, you know, as soon as they take the covers off, we're told we got about 10 minutes before we're on. You got to stay alert, stay ready, and not relax too much in those breaks.

Q. Did you think he perhaps wasn't quite as sharp in the second set when he came out as you were? You seemed maybe a ‑‑ he wasn't as sharp as he was in the 6‑1 set.
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, he played incredible tennis in that first set. But, you know, as I said, it would be awfully hard to keep that up, especially on a grass court, when you're getting some dodgey bounces. I was making him play a lot of balls out there, as well.

He'd be an incredible tennis player if he could play that standard that first set right through the whole of the match.

Q. What are your goals for the rest of the year?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, well now, you know, for me, look forward to the US Open, the last major of the year. I feel like I got a good game to play at Flushing Meadows. Every year I seem to play well there. Obviously, I like going back to somewhere that, you know, you've done well and won the tournament.

But it's not going to be easy either. There's a lot of good players, and especially on that kind of hard court.

Q. Have you had any second thoughts about the Olympics, Lleyton?
LLEYTON HEWITT: No.

Q. Will you miss them when you're at home watching the game?
LLEYTON HEWITT: No. I'll be in America getting ready for the US Open, so.

Q. One thing you did win today was the crowd support. Did that feel strange, having a largely British crowd supporting you? >
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, no, there's a lot of Aussies here, as well, I guess.

Q. You still did have a lot of British support. They seemed to be right behind you.
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's good I guess. You know, I guess it's always tough. Roger and I have both won here before. You know, I guess they more wanted to see more tennis more than anything. Especially in the fourth set, I had a lot more crowd support I think to try and get me back in the match.

Q. How bad was the quad injury?
LLEYTON HEWITT: It's very sore.

Q. Were you fit coming into the match with it?
LLEYTON HEWITT: I did it against Moya the other day, two days ago. Yeah, I've been struggling the last two days. Probably wasn't able to practice as match as I'd like to yesterday. It definitely affected me out there today.

Q. Was it something that affected your serve in terms of your kickoff?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, my serve was the worst.

Q. That's where it hurt the most?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah. It got worse and worse as the match went on.

Q. People especially in the media are quick to coronate Federer as a multiple Grand Slam winner, other than the two or three he's won. Do you think that's a legitimate posture or do you think the media is perhaps a bit quick to award him trophies before he wins them due to their hunger just to have someone kind of chosen or anointed that way?
LLEYTON HEWITT: I think, you know, personally I can't see too many guys beating him, you know, this week now. So, you know, I'd be very surprised if he doesn't win his third major on Sunday. So, you know, there's another one to him. That's two in one year, I guess.

He can play on all surfaces. You know, the way that he played in Hamburg on clay, on a very slow clay court, which really shouldn't suit his game that much. Beat Moya, Coria in the final. I think he's going to have chances at every major.

Neely
06-30-2004, 10:38 PM
thanks for the interview, enjoyed reading it :)
:worship:

Gaga
07-01-2004, 07:13 AM
i'm very sad !! but its good ! ;)

Ashie_87
07-01-2004, 09:32 AM
thanks for the interview:kiss:

possie
07-02-2004, 09:47 AM
And I hope Lleyton continues to wear funky underwear underneath his white shorts. I love it! :hearts:

I have wondered why Lleyton (and many other male players) insist on wearing dark coloured underwear under white shorts (as its something women don't make the mistake to do :p ) but then I realised that when The Sydney Morning Herald decides to print a picture of you on the front sports page, stacking it, with a lovely view right up your shorts, then you're grateful for the choice of underwear colour ;) And aside from that, it is pretty cool Tangerine!

Crazy_Fool
07-02-2004, 10:43 AM
I have wondered why Lleyton (and many other male players) insist on wearing dark coloured underwear under white shorts (as its something women don't make the mistake to do :p ) but then I realised that when The Sydney Morning Herald decides to print a picture of you on the front sports page, stacking it, with a lovely view right up your shorts, then you're grateful for the choice of underwear colour ;) And aside from that, it is pretty cool Tangerine!
It just looks so sexy under the white shorts ;)

SomL.
07-02-2004, 10:54 AM
:angel: :angel: :) Good luck Lleyton in next tournament. :angel: :angel: :cool:

NOMAD
07-02-2004, 04:38 PM
Lley looked so sad and disappointed in the interview :sad: :sad: :sad:

Day 10: Hewitt disappointed at loss

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SomL.
07-03-2004, 07:40 AM
Thank you !!!!!!

Gaga
07-03-2004, 07:53 AM
thanks ! :lol:

zoltan83
07-17-2004, 10:38 PM
bah decidement Zoltan on se retrouve partout ?!!! c'est gaëlle !
Désolé pour le retard dans la réponse... Ce n'est pas l'endroit où je vais le plus souvent :o
Et oui on se retrouve... le monde est petit :lol: