Hewitt def. Baghdatis 4-6 7-5 7-5 6-7(4) 6-3 at 4.32am local time [Archive] - MensTennisForums.com

Hewitt def. Baghdatis 4-6 7-5 7-5 6-7(4) 6-3 at 4.32am local time

Bilbo
01-19-2008, 05:33 PM
for a new world record of the latest match in history of tennis :eek:

you gotta change it to 4.34am

Tom Paulman
01-19-2008, 05:34 PM
What a shame Marcos

Fee
01-19-2008, 05:34 PM
Next person who tells me tennis sucks gets slapped upside the head with these matches.

onewoman74
01-19-2008, 05:34 PM
Nice moment at the net!!

Viken01
01-19-2008, 05:34 PM
awesome match

your_valentine
01-19-2008, 05:34 PM
Lleyton :woohoo: I love you despite all those chokes and all wasted chances :hearts:
Too bad Novak will kill him :sad:

Allegretto
01-19-2008, 05:34 PM
Novak Djokovic is the happiest man in Melbourne right now.

Stensland
01-19-2008, 05:34 PM
brilliant match. much better than the roddick crap last night, even if it's "just" hewitt.

marcos is one hell of a guy.

dijus
01-19-2008, 05:35 PM
another thriller :D
shame Marcos couldn't confirm a huge comeback in this match

jes_021
01-19-2008, 05:35 PM
Pure madness this match and love the embrace between the two at the end of it.
Marcos really emotional when he left the court.

FedererSlam
01-19-2008, 05:35 PM
Amazing that this happened lol..unfortunately Hewitt won though.

Norrage
01-19-2008, 05:35 PM
Hewitt is the 5-set man!!! but he should have won in 4 :(

onewoman74
01-19-2008, 05:35 PM
Marcos is crying leaving the court...he gave everything he had.

mivco
01-19-2008, 05:36 PM
feel bad for you, marcos :(
lleyton is crap

TheBoiledEgg
01-19-2008, 05:36 PM
what a mugdatis !!!!!!!!

love Djoke as always
expect Hewitt vs Djoke to be Monday night match

fhiriburu
01-19-2008, 05:36 PM
Baggy rocks!

KoOlMaNsEaN
01-19-2008, 05:36 PM
Way too late of a match. should have been stopped

2moretogo
01-19-2008, 05:36 PM
Baggy is in tears... so sad, he just can't get these late night 5 setters v. the hometown heroes. Reminescent of USO 1st round v. Agassi.

What fighters!!! Incredible...

Guevara01
01-19-2008, 05:36 PM
That was a fantastic match. I'm so impressed with both players, but Lleyton's determination just leaves me in awe. He just keeps running, every point matters.

Both players deserve cheer after this match. Glad I was watching it from the UK where it's a more comfortable half five in the evening!

Naide
01-19-2008, 05:36 PM
Lleyton :worship:

Marcos crying :awww:

akosiirwyn
01-19-2008, 05:37 PM
amazing match.:hatoff: to lleyton and marcos

Blue Heart24
01-19-2008, 05:37 PM
Lleyton :worship: :yeah:

Marcos :sad:

Great match.

ishiphonehome
01-19-2008, 05:37 PM
just wow, what a match. was so incredable. but yes the match shouldn't have been played at such a late time. well done to both players.

SwiSha
01-19-2008, 05:37 PM
hewiit is toast

straight sets for nole

The Freak
01-19-2008, 05:38 PM
Gotta love Marcos, what an effort. :worship:

2moretogo
01-19-2008, 05:38 PM
Novak Djokovic is the happiest man in Melbourne right now.

:lol: but true. Look for Djoko to find a way to take an injury timeout though.

Goonergal
01-19-2008, 05:38 PM
Lleyton & Baggy :worship: The hug at the end :hug: Poor Marcos when he started to cry :awww:

zethand
01-19-2008, 05:39 PM
despite the nausea Hewitt causes on me.. literally, not kidding. I saw all the match. I hate Hewitt more.. I think I hate him more than I hate Roddick.

Yappa
01-19-2008, 05:39 PM
I really felt for Marcos. From smiling to sadness. But well done, Lleyton. The Fh return winner DTL sealed it.

Would have loved to see the oncourt interview. :(

tangerine_dream
01-19-2008, 05:39 PM
This may go down as my favorite match of the tournament. Both players showed so much heart and fight (and a little bit of gamesmanship :devil: ). They were both in tears at the end of the match. Bravo! :worship:

Scotso
01-19-2008, 05:40 PM
Llegs :D

NyGeL
01-19-2008, 05:40 PM
Awesome thrilling match!

Djoko will be happy :p

PS: What about closing the other topic?

rhinooooo
01-19-2008, 05:40 PM
Incredible. Not necessarily the quality. Just an amazing spectacle...

This tournament is going down as one of the best.

Krikry
01-19-2008, 05:40 PM
Marcos :sad::sad::sad::sad::sad:
When he started to cry :sad::sad:

Adler
01-19-2008, 05:40 PM
What a match. Not as great in terms of quality, but dramatic as hell
Organizers will now manipulate a bit with the draw to give Lleyton some chance

Oh, finally this Lleyton big mouth talking means something

luzkoz
01-19-2008, 05:40 PM
Too bad Marcos, you fought so well :sad:
But congrats too Hewitt in the end...:)

Xristos
01-19-2008, 05:40 PM
What a shame...

I love you Marcos.

GO NOLE!

*snowflake*
01-19-2008, 05:41 PM
It was about damn time! Good job :yeah:

Damn you Eurosport!!!

Jimnik
01-19-2008, 05:41 PM
On a day like today I get reminded why I love tennis so much.

cris1085
01-19-2008, 05:41 PM
It's been a long day in the AO. But there is no rule to stop tennis when they are playing so long? I'm happy for Hewitt but even if Marc would have won I would be very glad indeed because he's truly a good character for tennis.

*Ljubica*
01-19-2008, 05:41 PM
Awesome :worship: Kudos to both players. I'm sad for Marcos, but he fought back so well, and well done to Hewitt for putting the disappointment of that 4th set choke behind him to win.

As Fee said - how can anyone doubt the excitement and life in the great sport of tennis after being lucky enough to witness a match like that. Amazing!

TennisPlayingFox
01-19-2008, 05:42 PM
It was an amazing match! So much heart and fight from both players! I'm sad that Marcos couldn't quite come back but congrats to Lleyton.

scoobs
01-19-2008, 05:43 PM
That was a little bit special.

Huge respect to both players and big hugs to Marcos - seeing him leave in tears was a real "awww" moment that'll stick in the mind.

The tennis was patchy at times, the hour was late, but who cares.

What drama, what spectacle, what fantastic efforts from them both.

From the tournament's perspective I suspect it hardly matters - I doubt Hewitt will go all the way having to recover from a match like that, at that hour. But then, so what. It was incredible.

Bilbo
01-19-2008, 05:44 PM
Both players showed so much heart and fight (and a little bit of gamesmanship :devil: ).

Something Roddick don't has

Loremaster
01-19-2008, 05:44 PM
I really felt for Marcos. From smiling to sadness. But well done, Lleyton. The Fh return winner DTL sealed it.

Would have loved to see the oncourt interview. :(

heh that matched fucked Roger a bit also cos he will have to play day sessions in high tempratures against 100% fresh Berdych.

Oh I don't agree that Lleyton is toast I still remember that 2005 AO when he had like 3 back to back 5setters + some four setters and still was fresh as new against Roddick in semis and won set against Safin. He will be 99.9% against Djoke.

The hugg at the end almost as Younes - Andy 5 years ago in QF.

Hewitt showed how big fighter he is , it would be hard for everyone to came back after losing that 4th set but he just went out and played his best cluth tennis in the end ,
the game at 4-3 he played lights out, enormous Forehand winner awesome volley winner and Ace after 4h of running

RickDaStick
01-19-2008, 05:45 PM
epic choke by rusty in the 4th

GonzoFan
01-19-2008, 05:45 PM
Best match of the tournament so far! :worship:

Lleyton!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :banana: :worship: :woohoo: :bigclap: :woohoo: :banana: :bigclap:

dhm
01-19-2008, 05:45 PM
I'm just happy the lawnmover made its long awaited return!

Adler
01-19-2008, 05:46 PM
You may like or dislike the guy, but noone can admit that Hewitt is a hell of a fighter

Jimnik
01-19-2008, 05:47 PM
Something Roddick don't has
Wrong.

Go back 5 years same event, there was a match that beat even this one.

Adler
01-19-2008, 05:47 PM
heh that matched fucked Roger a bit also cos he will have to play day sessions in high tempratures against 100% fresh Berdych
Tomas played quite a 4-setter and after Roger, so I don't think tiredness will be that important factor

*bunny*
01-19-2008, 05:48 PM
Phew! That was a scare!
Congrats to Lleyton :yeah: , although he should have closed it in the 4th set.
Good fight from Marcos too. Shame one of them had to lose...!

onewoman74
01-19-2008, 05:48 PM
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44367000/jpg/_44367299_ballgirl.jpg

:lol:

Can I go to bed now?

Bilbo
01-19-2008, 05:48 PM
Wrong.

Go back 5 years same event, there was a match that beat even this one.

this roddick is good

oh wait he beat a 30+ years old one with his fresh legs back in 2003

rocketassist
01-19-2008, 05:49 PM
Way too late of a match. should have been stopped

No, tennis is a form of entertainment. Let them go on.

They can spend a day in bed tomorrow.

Loremaster
01-19-2008, 05:49 PM
yeah but 4 setter isn't os mentally and psychically draining as 5 setter and Roger match was much much longer I think it will be a factor of course Berdych is Berdych he can lose it 6-1 6-3 6-0 , but if his coach gives him advice and it is bloody hot in AO Roger could be in big shit

Loremaster
01-19-2008, 05:50 PM
this roddick is good

oh wait he beat a 30+ years old one with his fresh legs back in 2002

5 years ago was 2003 :wavey:

Bilbo
01-19-2008, 05:51 PM
yeah but 4 setter isn't os mentally and psychically draining as 5 setter and Roger match was much much longer I think it will be a factor of course Berdych is Berdych he can lose it 6-1 6-3 6-0 , but if his coach gives him advice and it is bloody hot in AO Roger could be in big shit

Berdych is a shit player. Quickie for Roger even with 1 leg.

Loremaster
01-19-2008, 05:52 PM
Hewitt have about 40hours to recover he will be fresh against Djoke , he isn't Gasquet or Murray his stamina his the best in tennis

mickymouse
01-19-2008, 05:52 PM
yeah but 4 setter isn't os mentally and psychically draining as 5 setter and Roger match was much much longer I think it will be a factor of course Berdych is Berdych he can lose it 6-1 6-3 6-0 , but if his coach gives him advice and it is bloody hot in AO Roger could be in big shit
You do know that Berdych once withdrew from AO because of a heat stroke right?

freeandlonely
01-19-2008, 05:52 PM
1st set :D
2nd & 3rd :mad:
4th set :eek:
5th set :sad:

Loremaster
01-19-2008, 05:53 PM
Berdych is a shit player. Quickie for Roger even with 1 leg.

heh so tell me why Roger lost to that shit player playing 100% fit with 2 legs and 2 hands and even with head :haha:

Jimnik
01-19-2008, 05:53 PM
Something Roddick don't has

this roddick is good

oh wait he beat a 30+ years old one with his fresh legs back in 2003
Berdych is a shit player. Quickie for Roger even with 1 leg.
This is what you post in a thread about a match that just finished at 4:30am local time.

This Bilbo is good.

Burrow
01-19-2008, 05:54 PM
Now watch Hewitt beat this Djokovic.

Burrow
01-19-2008, 05:55 PM
This is what you post in a thread about a match that just finished at 4:30am local time. :retard:

This Bilbo is good.

That is all bilbo ever says.

mickymouse
01-19-2008, 05:55 PM
Hewitt really should have closed it out in 4. It's hard to see him beating Djokovic with or without this 5 setter. His serve just isn't effective in winning free points and he'll have to work hard at holding all his games unlike Djokovic.

Bilbo
01-19-2008, 05:56 PM
This is what you post in a thread about a match that just finished at 4:30am local time.

This Bilbo is good.

nearly as good as your avatar and location with a German flag :retard:

what a tool :retard:

Mateya
01-19-2008, 05:56 PM
:haha: :retard:

tangerine_dream
01-19-2008, 05:56 PM
This is what you post in a thread about a match that just finished at 4:30am local time. :retard:
Would you really expect any deep thoughts to emanate from the likes of Bilbo? He's still reading Bart Simpson's version of "Mein Kampf".

I understand that Andy has a lot of obsessed closet fans here and they want to keep talking about him, but it would be great if we could get back to talking about the Hewitt-Baghdatis tennis.

Now watch Hewitt beat this Djokovic.
I don't know about that but I'd love to see another five set classic before the inevitably disappointing semifinals arrive.

mylessa
01-19-2008, 05:57 PM
Marcos :sad:

I so wanted him to win this one :sad:

Adler
01-19-2008, 05:58 PM
You do know that Berdych once withdrew from AO because of a heat stroke right?
And he's the one wearing hat :)

scoobs
01-19-2008, 05:58 PM
I don't get that after a match like this, some people would rather spend their time trying to score cheap points over Andy fucking Roddick against people they don't know and don't give a shit about.

I don't get some people.

Jimnik
01-19-2008, 05:58 PM
nearly as good as your avatar and location with a German flag :retard:

what a tool :retard:
After starting an argument about Roddick you now want to argue about my nationality and football team. All in a thread about Baggy-Hewitt.

This Bilbo is very good.

Bilbo
01-19-2008, 05:59 PM
but it would be great if we could get back to talking about the Hewitt-Baghdatis tennis

since when do you follow foreign tennis players? :lol:

I♥PsY@Mus!c
01-19-2008, 06:00 PM
Have a nice sleep,Come on! :lol:

2moretogo
01-19-2008, 06:01 PM
^^^ neither do I. Especially when a) that player is no longer in the draw and b) could give a flying fu%k about what some tool has to say on a messageboard.

Bilbo
01-19-2008, 06:01 PM
I don't expect Lleyton to be training today :lol:

The Pro
01-19-2008, 06:01 PM
Poor Baggy. He has such a big heart. Sometimes it just bursts with emotion. Good and bad emotion. :sad:

Stensland
01-19-2008, 06:02 PM
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2008-01-20/200801201200765023375.html

tangerine_dream
01-19-2008, 06:02 PM
since when do you follow foreign tennis players? :lol:
Since before you were born, Shaggy. :lol:

Bilbo
01-19-2008, 06:03 PM
Poor Baggy. He has such a big heart. Sometimes it just bursts with emotion. Good and bad emotion. :sad:

it's definately a very tough loss for baggy especially after losing a match early in the morning giving his all

Marek.
01-19-2008, 06:04 PM
I woke up right after this match ended. :sad: Congrats to Hewitt and a great effort by Baggy. :yeah: Hopefully Hewitt can give Djoko something to think about.

Deea
01-19-2008, 06:05 PM
This AO edition is fantastic! :worship: so many high quality and exciting matches in just the first week :eek: AO :inlove: :bowdown:

charlie666
01-19-2008, 06:07 PM
:hatoff::hatoff::hatoff: to both players

azmad_88
01-19-2008, 06:08 PM
why did hewitt had to do it the hard way!

MariaV
01-19-2008, 06:09 PM
Awwww poor Marcos, he cried after the match! :awww: :awww: :hug: :hug:
But he sounds so positive at the presser already. :hug: :D

Clara Bow
01-19-2008, 06:11 PM
What a great match. Both players showed some real heart. There was some good tennis on the way too- but sometimes the whole story of the match is what makes it great. This was one of those times. And to top it off...there was a stumbly yob (that's Aussie slang, correct?) who had to be ejected for heckling.

This is such a good win for Hewitt- he was more like the terrier of old. And I was happy to see the lawnmower return. I hope he can recover well for the next match- I would not mind seeing him in the quarters - it could add even more excitement to the Aussie Open. :)

Marcos showed such heart and guts. Way to come back in the fourth. He should really leave with his head held high. I do have to admit I was touched when I saw him walking off with tears in his eyes.

Marcos' presser is already up- I imagine they are trying to get the guys out as fast as possible

Q. How tough is that to swallow?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: It is tough, but it's a positive thing. I love the game. It's another time that I went out there, I had ‑‑ I lost the match, but I came out with so many good emotions. I had really so much fun, and the crowd was great.

I'm really happy. I mean, the way I'm playing, the way I deal with things, and that's all I have to say. It's tough losing a match. I'm a bit disappointed, that's for sure. But I worked hard with my coaches and it's nice to come out and, I mean, have so many good emotions like today.

I'm just really happy the way I'm playing, and I'm ready for the season. That's a positive thing, for sure. I'm disappointed. I don't know what to say. It's tough to swallow, but that's life. Life is hard to have to accept it and try to follow.

Q. What about that turn? I mean, 5‑1. You were going for all the money. What happened? Did you just sort of go for broke?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: No, I just, you know, I start smiling, I start to forget the result. I was a bit stressed out even from the beginning of the match. It was a bit tough, and I just tried to deal with things, and just tried to find a solution to win, even, by relaxing, by trying to change the rhythm of Lleyton, just playing drop shot. I start changing everything. And it worked.

The fifth set I got a bit tired. I had my chances to break him first. I didn't, and he did. I mean, he deserves to win. He was better than me today, and that's all I have to say. He played better than me in the important points.

Q. You must be exhausted. Can he recover?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Oh, for sure. We're exhausted at the match, but I think we work hard. I mean, he works out, also. And I was ‑‑ if I was in his place I would recover, so I think he would.

Q. Your fans again tonight, it's 5:00 in the morning and they were still cheering as loud as ever.

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: I want to thank them a lot for the support. It's really great to have them around. Not really just my fans, also my country. They were really supportive the last couple of days. And I want to thank them very much.

Q. You leave Melbourne with some great memories again?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Of course. I love Melbourne. I love the tournament. I'm very happy to be here. Like I said before, that's why I live, for matches like this. That's why I work hard. That's why I dream: For matches like this. And it's a pleasure to ‑‑ even losing it. That's not the most important thing, you know.

It's just a game, and I'm just very, very happy that I'm playing this way and having so many good emotions.

Q. Congratulations.

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: Thanks, mate.

Q. Were you affected at all by the ankle injury?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: No, just in the beginning, I had pain, but they gave me four painkillers, so I guess ‑‑ I guess that made the job. No, I mean, at the end I was a bit tired, but not because of the ankle, because of all the stress I had, and that's all.And I'm, like I said before, I'm happy the way I'm playing. I'm ready for the year, and I guess I'll just go back, have some holidays, and just focus on the rest of the year.

SwiSha
01-19-2008, 06:12 PM
marcos is a pussy , stop fucking crying and get in shape and then u would not have lost this

HeretiC
01-19-2008, 06:12 PM
Another suspense thriller. I don't remember any days like this at past slams with so much 5 setters and so much suspense and turnovers. Simply amazing.
Well, as much as I am happy for Lleyton I can't say he was the better player on field. Literally Baggy did all the job in first 4 sets, winning or loosing points. I am still totally stunned from that 4th set. What happened there , 5:1, 2 breaks up even a MP against opponent who basically already gave up ? How the fuck Hewitt couldn't clinch it ?
But Kudos to Hewitt for 5th set, even with that slight injury Baggy had a huge mental advantage going into the final set. Llegs managed to clutch it on occasions and finally did it. Those are virtues of a true champ (former but still a hell of a fighter).
Too bad that Nole will literally dismantle him in 3 sets. I would have loved to see a QF with Nalbandian (those 2 are very interesting match up).
Feel bad for Marcos, he is such a great person but he needs to fix his weight problem which causes such an ankle twisting being so hurtful.

Ivanatis
01-19-2008, 06:14 PM
Hewitt had to win this twice

really disappointed he did:sad:

Bilbo
01-19-2008, 06:14 PM
marcos is a pussy , stop fucking crying and get in shape and then u would not have lost this

agree

he's eating too much imo

*Ljubica*
01-19-2008, 06:14 PM
Awwww poor Marcos, he cried after the match! :awww: :awww: :hug: :hug:
But he sounds so positive at the presser already. :hug: :D

Marcos is one hell of a classy guy. He really has a great attitude on court. His smiles today in such tough situations were incredible - they lit up the whole stadium! His fans should be proud of him tonight - he fought his hardest, he has nothing to be ashamed of.

MariaV
01-19-2008, 06:15 PM
Best match of the tournament so far! :worship:

Lleyton!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :banana: :worship: :woohoo: :bigclap: :woohoo: :banana: :bigclap:

IMO quality-wise wise the TMF thriller today was much better. Emotion-wise Marcos vs Lleyton was better indeed. :hatoff:

nsidhan
01-19-2008, 06:16 PM
Lets Go Rusty! Now bounce Djoker :).

SwiSha
01-19-2008, 06:16 PM
agree

he's eating too much imo

all that crying bs and oh gosh great game bla bla bla and losing is not the most important thing ... lmao

true losing like this is great marcos... choking... try the atkins diet

MariaV
01-19-2008, 06:19 PM
Marcos is one hell of a classy guy. He really has a great attitude on court. His smiles today in such tough situations were incredible - they lit up the whole stadium! His fans should be proud of him tonight - he fought his hardest, he has nothing to be ashamed of.

:hatoff: Yes, that he managed to smile on court is wonderful, he lost his smile for a while last year and that was very sad.
Marcos seems to be one of the best fighters and mentally toughest guys out there atm. His fans can sure be so proud of him. :hatoff: Most of the guys would've given up at 1-5 in the 4th set already.

MariaV
01-19-2008, 06:20 PM
agree

he's eating too much imo

And you're certainly super slim and mega fit. :worship: :bowdown:

SwiSha
01-19-2008, 06:22 PM
so marcos goal is to smile and bring joy to the spectators ... not to win

ChinoRios4Ever
01-19-2008, 06:25 PM
tennis won :D

Cmon :woohoo:

Marcos :yeah:

blueskye
01-19-2008, 06:26 PM
Wow, what a match :worship: They both suffered melt downs at different points though, Marcos should have had that second set and Hewitt should have had the fourth ;) I was rooting for Marcos though, and I hope Novak beats Hewitt in the next round :angel:

HeretiC
01-19-2008, 06:27 PM
so marcos goal is to smile and bring joy to the spectators ... not to win


Nope, thats why almost everyone likes him, and your sentence makes you ...err you know yourself, right ? :wavey:

Schu
01-19-2008, 06:31 PM
marcos is a pussy , stop fucking crying and get in shape and then u would not have lost this

Guess the reason no one with any sense has replied to this absurb comment is that it's not worth wasting time to do so. So I won't...

What a display of guts, heart and strength (yes strength, playing that type of tennis for over 4 and 1/2 hours in the middle of the night is anything but out of shape).

And how much fun does Marcos have on the tennis court? He certainly deals with the pressure a lot differently than Hewitt but both were very impressive today/night. This tournament can't get any better than the last 24-36 hours - Roddick's match, Roger's match and this one to top it off.

Allez
01-19-2008, 06:34 PM
Love Hewitt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:bounce::bounce::bounce:
But damn why couldn't you win it in 4 ??? :rolleyes:

Marcos :smash: for saying stupid things and associating yourself with questionable characters. :rolleyes:

scarecrows
01-19-2008, 06:35 PM
why this perfect day had to be ruined :(

SwiSha
01-19-2008, 07:17 PM
Guess the reason no one with any sense has replied to this absurb comment is that it's not worth wasting time to do so. So I won't...

.

u just did newbie

Schu
01-19-2008, 07:48 PM
u just did newbie

How astute you are - can't get anything past you - DUHHH.

SwiSha
01-19-2008, 07:56 PM
How astute you are - can't get anything past you - DUHHH.

astute rofl..

Tennis-Chick
01-19-2008, 08:00 PM
Marcos! :sad: Great match though.

safinalium
01-19-2008, 08:03 PM
Great match. Marcos is such a lovely guy on and off court. I wish him a nice 2008 season. :)

Castafiore
01-19-2008, 08:05 PM
:hatoff: Hewitt! He should have won this in 4, though. :(

I hope that he has something left for the next match.

Merton
01-19-2008, 08:09 PM
Sad loss for Marcos but I am positive about his prospects this year.

FiBeR
01-19-2008, 08:10 PM
a classic momentum rollercoaster :rolls:

:bigclap:

Vass
01-19-2008, 08:12 PM
WHAT THE???!! :speakles:
they should really limit the number of night matches, or at least adopt a 'too-late-at-night policy", to stop matches and continue the next day.

Allegretto
01-19-2008, 08:15 PM
Marcos is one hell of a classy guy. He really has a great attitude on court. His smiles today in such tough situations were incredible - they lit up the whole stadium! His fans should be proud of him tonight - he fought his hardest, he has nothing to be ashamed of.
John Lloyd was slating him for it. He said that Baghdatis walking around the court smiling and looking like he was having fun at 1-5 down was showing no respect to Hewitt, saying that players in the locker room would lose respect for him because of it and it just wasn't on. He was saying all this after Baghdatis had just broken Hewitt twice in a row to mount a comeback.

I'd never had anything against Lloyd before that, but those comments were disgraceful in my opinion. Maybe Baghdatis should have just broken down crying and lost or something. :o

R.Federer
01-19-2008, 08:19 PM
Once again, a pity someone had to lose. Congratulations to Hewitt. So many of us correctly predicted a tight 4 or 5 setter. Congratulations also to Marcos. I like to see him win just to see him dissolve into his infectious smile. But he probably ran out of gas.

embellish
01-19-2008, 08:28 PM
John Lloyd was slating him for it. He said that Baghdatis walking around the court smiling and looking like he was having fun at 1-5 down was showing no respect to Hewitt, saying that players in the locker room would lose respect for him because of it and it just wasn't on. He was saying all this after Baghdatis had just broken Hewitt twice in a row to mount a comeback.

I'd never had anything against Lloyd before that, but those comments were disgraceful in my opinion. Maybe Baghdatis should have just broken down crying and lost or something. :o

I was suprised to hear him say that too. It didn't seem particularly disrespectful toward Hewitt, it just seemed to help him relax. In fact I thought it was a good response to Hewitt's intensity :lol:

Fantastic match though, loved the drama in it and both players did amazingly well. I couldn't believe they played on though. I left for work whilst the Federer match was on and they were still playing tennis when I got back 7 hours later. Crazy!

R.Federer
01-19-2008, 08:32 PM
heh that matched fucked Roger a bit also cos he will have to play day sessions in high tempratures against 100% fresh Berdych.

How do you figure that? Federer has spent 422 minutes on court, and Berdych 375 -- a difference of 47 minutes. I don't think that leaves "a 100% Berdych".

DavyNavy
01-19-2008, 08:43 PM
marcos such a pity you lost!

Kitty de Sade
01-19-2008, 08:48 PM
What a way to end it- was hoping for a Baggy win, but still an exciting match to see. :)

Fitz
01-19-2008, 09:23 PM
Both of these guys won last night and it was good for tennis, but there are too many hardheaded people who just want to bash both of them. Go figure.

Voo de Mar
01-19-2008, 09:24 PM
I didn't watch this match :awww: Tennis is amazing thanks to matches like this one :yeah:
The previous latest match finished at 3.24 a.m (Becker def. Novak 6-3 3-6 7-6 in Tokyo 2006).

CyBorg
01-19-2008, 09:25 PM
What a day. Baghdatis, of course, had to go.

sawan66278
01-19-2008, 09:31 PM
What a gutsy, gutsy performance by Lleyton. I KNEW he had a few history-making moments left in him. To actually mentally pull himself together twice (when he almost down two sets to none and coming back from heartbreak in the fourth)...the sign of a champion.

And, even though he's exhausted, he's playing with "house money" against the Count of Monte Cheato. I think he has a real shot.

Sparko1030
01-19-2008, 09:35 PM
:tears: Well, Baggy was the last my favs in the AO so I'm bummed about that but...I am happy for Hewitt-its great for him to keep on winning at the AO :). (now, I hoping he'll send Djokovic home :lol: )

MusicMyst
01-19-2008, 10:24 PM
Would you really expect any deep thoughts to emanate from the likes of Bilbo? He's still reading Bart Simpson's version of "Mein Kampf".

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Congratulations to both men. Yes, Lleyton should have closed it out in the fourth, but kudos to him for not spending the rest of the match kicking himself for choking, which enabled him to actually win in the end. :worship: :worship: If you have to choke, at least, put it behind you.

DwyaneWade
01-19-2008, 10:42 PM
I didn't watch this match :awww: Tennis is amazing thanks to matches like this one :yeah:
The previous latest match finished at 3.24 a.m (Becker def. Novak 6-3 3-6 7-6 in Tokyo 2006).

The commentators said Seppi-LU finished at like 4:20 am last year or this year AO

Bibberz
01-19-2008, 10:49 PM
I was looking forward to reading more of Marcos' blog. We never got to see his post-match celebration. A shame.

MusicMyst
01-19-2008, 11:04 PM
WHAT THE???!! :speakles:
they should really limit the number of night matches, or at least adopt a 'too-late-at-night policy", to stop matches and continue the next day.

If I understood the ESPN commentators correctly, they do have such a rule, but it wasn't observed this time, for whatever reason. One of the commentators said that the players were originally told they would be on court at 9 pm, but apparently Venus Williams did not agree to move her match off RLA, so they had to wait.

Voo de Mar
01-19-2008, 11:28 PM
The commentators said Seppi-LU finished at like 4:20 am last year or this year AO

Not exactly. Seppi and Reynolds finished the match last year at 3:33 am. I forgot about it, thanks for reminder :cool:

Jaap
01-20-2008, 12:09 AM
After all these years, this Hewitt still remains the biggest fighter on tour.

HNCS
01-20-2008, 12:56 AM
Both of these guys won last night and it was good for tennis, but there are too many hardheaded people who just want to bash both of them. Go figure.


:worship: THANK YOU!! for saying that.

but i just want to :hug: marcos. :awww: this match shows me why i love marcos so much and of course why tennis is the best sport.

HNCS
01-20-2008, 12:57 AM
After all these years, this Hewitt still remains the biggest fighter on tour.

as much as i dislike him, i have to agree. :)

didadida
01-20-2008, 01:11 AM
:sad: baggy cried at the end
im so sorry for him ,but well donr baggy and good luck:smooch:

josie
01-20-2008, 01:44 AM
Is there a Video with the scene after the Matchpoint? :help:



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sheeter
01-20-2008, 01:53 AM
Impressive.

robt
01-20-2008, 02:04 AM
It is totally absurd for - not just tennis matches, but for any athletic endevour - to
start close to midnight the way the Baghdatis/Hewitt match had. If Venus did indeed object to having her match postponed to, ( there's an unconfirmed rumour that she even threatened to abandon the tournament if her match was changed) or moved to the adjacent Margaret Court arena, then that
was extremely selfish on her part and also disrespectful to both the players that followed
her match as well as the A.O tournament organisers and the nightime crowds, 90 percent
of which were there to observe the Hewitt-Baghdatis match. Perhaps the tournament organisers should have called Venus bluff.

Hrastar
01-20-2008, 02:24 AM
Marcos in tears leavin' Rod Laver Arena just broke my hearth :sad:

lazyman
01-20-2008, 02:40 AM
i stayed up for it and dozzed off in the last 10min then woke up and see some stupid shopping show and was like nooooo cause i didnt know who had won even though i was fairly confident it was hewitt cause he was up a break. Im so tired now

RonE
01-20-2008, 07:13 AM
4.30 am that is insane!!!

Credit to Hewitt for gutsing it out :hatoff:

Experimentee
01-20-2008, 07:31 AM
Terrible match, Marcos played so badly and Hewitt was a huge choker. It was exciting and interesting to watch though, I stayed till the end. Even at the AO we Aussies have to stay up at ridiculous hours to watch!

Experimentee
01-20-2008, 07:34 AM
It is totally absurd for - not just tennis matches, but for any athletic endevour - to
start close to midnight the way the Baghdatis/Hewitt match had. If Venus did indeed object to having her match postponed to, ( there's an unconfirmed rumour that she even threatened to abandon the tournament if her match was changed) or moved to the adjacent Margaret Court arena, then that
was extremely selfish on her part and also disrespectful to both the players that followed
her match as well as the A.O tournament organisers and the nightime crowds, 90 percent
of which were there to observe the Hewitt-Baghdatis match. Perhaps the tournament organisers should have called Venus bluff.

Andreas Seppi had to play until about 3.30am last year, no one complained about that. It just happens sometimes that matches go longer than expected.

Venus and Sania were right to not want to be changed, that was really disrespecting their match and saying to them it isnt as important as Hewitt. The night session audience paid for two matches and its fair they should have seen two matches.

aussie_fan
01-20-2008, 08:05 AM
What a night and what a match. Just the drama with this match and the ending, can't believe it. Lleyton really should of won this in 4, it seemed like eh really wanted to choke it but he kept fighting and that final shot down the line :worship:

Felt like i was watching an away davis cup tie with the insane time they were playing at and the drama. Respect to both players here.

tangerine_dream
01-20-2008, 08:21 PM
This shows how some people feel that women's tennis is inferior to the men nowadays. Officials wanted to kick Venus-Sania off Centre Court to make room for Hewitt Baggy. Can you imagine the nerve of their asking a Williams sister to get off Centre court? :lol:
Long matches play havoc with schedule, spark criticism of Australian Open scheduling

Lleyton Hewitt reckoned his young daughter would be waking up by the time he got home.

Playing at the Australian Open had just turned into the overnight shift.

Just about everything that could go wrong with the schedule did Saturday, thanks to rain and long matches.

There was plenty of great, dramatic tennis, including a riveting near-upset of top-ranked Roger Federer.

Some thought it was just too much of a good thing.

Hewitt's match against Marcos Baghdatis didn't start until 11:47 p.m. and ended at 4:33 a.m., when the 15,000-seat Rod Laver Arena was only about one-third full and most TV sets around Australia had long been turned off. Hewitt won 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-3.

Organizers found themselves caught in the middle by conflicting demands and interests. But other than what they called a "miscommunication," which led Hewitt and Baghdatis to think the first night match between Venus Williams and Sania Mirza was getting moved or postponed, they defended their actions. Tournament director Craig Tiley said they made "absolutely the right decision."

"That is tennis," said tournament referee Wayne McEwen. "You cannot pick the length of a match."

Added Tiley: "We received texts and notes from people around the world just loving the tennis. It was a late night for everyone, but it was certainly worth it, seeing such unbelievable tennis."

The rain that forced postponement of matches on outside courts didn't really affect what happened in Rod Laver Arena, where the retractable roof was closed. Three day matches were scheduled, starting at 11 a.m., with two night matches planned to begin at 7:30 p.m.

"It was a strange night," Hewitt said. "We actually got told that the women's match was getting moved, that we were going to be on pretty much at 9. So we sort of rushed off, both Marcos and myself, and went and practiced and warmed up for about 10 minutes."

At the same time, Tiley went to talk with Williams and Mirza, asking if they were willing to move to Vodafone Arena, which also has a roof, or wait until Sunday to play. They declined, clearly unhappy at the prospect of losing the center court experience or deferring to the men.

"We felt like our match was important," Williams said. "We also felt like we wanted the schedule to go as planned. We are very good players and wanted to play."

Baghdatis and Hewitt agreed they would go ahead with their match unless Williams-Mirza went three sets, at which time they would postpone to Sunday.

Once Federer rallied to win at 9:30, arena workers began cleaning up garbage from the day session, and fans streamed out. Twenty minutes later, people with tickets for the night session started filing in and were still taking their seats when Williams opened a straight sets victory over Mirza.

Then on came Hewitt and Baghdatis.

The sun was coming up as the players and officials finally left Melbourne Park.

"When I drove home, it was just to take a shower and come back, ready for some great tennis again today," Tiley said.
Marcos in tears leavin' Rod Laver Arena just broke my hearth :sad:
Hewitt's expression as he watched Marcos leave was priceless too. He may be hypercompetitive and in-your-face on court but he's certainly not heartless.

rocketassist
01-20-2008, 08:28 PM
Andreas Seppi had to play until about 3.30am last year, no one complained about that. It just happens sometimes that matches go longer than expected.

Venus and Sania were right to not want to be changed, that was really disrespecting their match and saying to them it isnt as important as Hewitt. The night session audience paid for two matches and its fair they should have seen two matches.

It isn't as important as Hewitt.

Just as Henin-Sharapova isn't as important as Brzezicki-Hernandez.

any ATP match >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> all WTA