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Who Will Win: Hewitt or Blake?

Leo7
08-30-2002, 12:50 AM
who do you think will win this rematch in the US Open 3rd round?

Leo7
08-30-2002, 12:54 AM
James was cramping in the 4th set of his 1st round match against Vahaly and i question his fitness and endurance. we all know that Hewitt can do all day long in the heat. he hasn't lost a set in his 1st 2 rounds, so i give Lleyton the edge.

but i'll be cheering for James!;)

Goonergal
08-30-2002, 01:00 AM
James is hitting the ball hella hard :eek: But I have to agree with Leo7 I think his fitness will be a factor. I think it'll be 5 sets with Lleyton coming out on top purely for the endurance factor.

Scotso
08-30-2002, 01:15 AM
Hewitt in three.

Jackie
08-30-2002, 01:21 AM
Previous results:
2001 U.S. Open Hard (O) 64 Lleyton HEWITT 6-4 3-6 2-6 6-3 6-0
2001 Tokyo Outdoor Hard (O) SF Lleyton HEWITT 6-4 6-0
2002 Miami Hard (O) 16 Lleyton HEWITT 6-4 6-1

Dissident
08-30-2002, 03:27 AM
Hewitt should win.
I wish James did, though. :p

AdriRob
08-30-2002, 03:33 AM
I wish James wins the match against Hewitt....but you know we have to be realistic and face that Leyton is the best player at the moment, besides it is very tough and stresfull for James to be playing at home.
Leyton is going to beat him 6/3 6/4 7/5 6/3
you'll see
Go James ....lol:bounce:

Jorge
08-30-2002, 03:37 AM
Hewitt in three easy sets. Lleyton is even better than the last year, and James....nahhhhhh.:p

Lleytn without probs:cool:

kazblah
08-30-2002, 07:23 AM
Go James!
I think Lleyton will win though.

harry_potter
08-30-2002, 10:20 AM
Hewitt in 4. :fiery:

GOOD LUCK, JAMES!!! :bounce: :bounce:

Magnus's #1 Fan
08-30-2002, 10:39 AM
JAMES WILL WIN THE MATCH!! :D

Jackie
08-30-2002, 11:13 AM
You say that with such conviction!

Nina
08-30-2002, 11:22 AM
Hewitt in 4

karenrac
08-30-2002, 01:59 PM
Hewitt in three!

Scotso
08-30-2002, 02:41 PM
I'm curious why the people that thought James would win in straights didn't speak up?

ikke
08-30-2002, 03:30 PM
lleyton will win, in four

Angele
08-30-2002, 04:00 PM
Lleyton in 4!

renatoal
08-30-2002, 04:26 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:


Blake will win in five thriller sets ...

ILR
08-30-2002, 04:30 PM
I think it will b Lleyton in 4

bonkers186
08-30-2002, 04:43 PM
I say james will win in three!!! Come on James...prove all the disbelievers wrong...go James!!!!.

:bounce: :D :bounce: :D :fiery: :bounce: :D :fiery: :bounce: :fiery: :bounce: :D

Lily
08-30-2002, 05:02 PM
Blake in 5

nikita771
08-30-2002, 10:08 PM
I think that it will probably go to 5 sets. It was a great matchup last year and James didn't have near as much experience and confidence that he has now. No matter what the final score is, I think that this is going to be an interesting match.

luvbadboys
08-30-2002, 10:26 PM
Well I'm in tears and depressed over Marat and I really could not care less at the moment about any other player but I thought this might help the discussion.

NICK BOLLETTIERI'S CORNER Aug. 27, 2002

Lleyton Hewitt




© Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The Australian meets Nicolas Coutelot in his first round match at the US Open.
All over the world each and every country plays sports, and for the most part the entire world becomes familiar with certain names for specific sports:
Basketball - Michael Jordan
Boxing - Muhammed Ali
Baseball - Barry Bonds
Golf - Tiger Woods
Tennis - Pete Sampras
Andre Agassi
Williams Sisters

A few years ago, a young boy from down Under began to win matches even thought he was not a big boy, but somehow he found a way to win.

As time began to roll on, the majority of the people forecasted that this kid was special but lacked the size and weapons to join the ranks of challenging the very best of the world.

The early part of 2002 I questioned the ability of Hewitt to truly become the world number 1. In my mind I questioned his size and whether or not he could maintain the intensity needed to play all out all the time. One year later, Lleyton Hewitt is truly the number one tennis player in the world.

In general, the big powerful girls like Venus, Serena and Lindsay Davenport have a distinct advantage except for a few occasions. The smaller girls cannot offset size & strength as well as men can as displayed by Hewitt, Agassi and others.

I have watched and studied Lleyton with so much curiosity to find why this kid is so special. Here's what I want to share with all tennis players of the game.

Foundation Techniques
There is not another player on the tour that has total control and balance of his body and mind as Lleyton Hewitt. Because of this he can hit all the shots the same way to the same place almost all the time. Consistency is a direct result of your foundation on contact.

NOTE: Tiger Woods sets up the same way all the time and he works closely with his coach to maintain this very basic fundamental of the game.

Grip's will influence each and every shot you hit. Also how you hold the racket will influence the angle of the racket face and placement of the point of contact in relation to your body. Lleyton's forehand grip is a semi western grip but for a few special shots, he'll make little adjustments. NOTE he can hit heavy spin but the majority of times he hits a flat ball with a little spin for control.

Stroke Patterns
The backswings are rather long on both the forehand and backhand, but he is so quick, that his movement offsets this. When he has to he can cut the backswing down, especially on the return of serve.

Follow Through
Each and every time he starts the forward part of the swing, there is no doubt in his mind that his racket will not only make contact but follow through.

Movement
He is fast, he is swift, he is low to the ground, and:
1) He becomes even faster because of his animal instinct, knowing where the ball will go each time.
2) He has unbelievable lower body strength.
3) He can make split second adjustments, including changing directions without loss of speed.
4) He utilizes the open stance to the maximum.
5) His recovery doesn't start after the follow through, but during the forward part of the stroke. He feels and refuses to say that there is not one ball he can't reach.



P.S. Lleyton Hewitt has built in a thought process only a few have: He goes all out on everything he does, including wanting to hit more and more balls, that started with his father at the old age of " FOUR".

It's absolutely fascinating for me to watch this F-18 work with both jet engines in afterburner, but with absolute harmony as sweet as music at its best. He puts his body through all types of maneuvers the same way as a fighter pilot who must do the following:
- Anticipate the moves and thoughts of the enemy.
- Cannot fear your own decisions
- Will do whatever it takes to beat the enemy.
- If he loses a point , even when far ahead it hurts him inside with pain, that gives him more energy for the next point.

Identifyng Factors with Hewitt
1) He is so damn good anywhere on the court (no weakness)
2) He has a heart as big as a lion
3) He is as fast, maybe even faster than all opponents and he also is very flexible
4) Hewitt is very dangerous when stretched out wide because he can create returns that no one else can do on a constant basis.
5) Hewitt hits lots of clean, outright winners
6) Hewitt is one of the few that does not create all sorts of shots but be careful, when you create, he will put you to sleep with a return only players dream of.
7) He never gives up when he's down 0-5 - within himself he feels he can still win and that's exactly what he does, and when he is up 5 - 0 he plays as if he were down.
8) Hewitt does not come out of the gate with a gigantic burst of speed but he carefully builds the momentum. If he drops behind a break it does not cause panic.
9) Hewitt concentrates better then any player, especially when you see him adjusting his strings after each point. That moment is his calm down stage and that prepares him for the next point.
10) Hewitt does not believe in Christmas & Birthday's - he is very selective giving away presents and quite often is an Indian giving and tries to get his present back.
11) Lleyton must have read the Michael Johnson book "Killing the Dragon". He does not wound his players he puts them away.
12) Not easy to challenge his 2nd serve
13) The only tournament he will have trouble winning is the French Open especially if he is faced against players with heavy spin & depth.
P.S. The French is important but do not change too much of your game.
14) Hewitt is the best in the world especially when he is in trouble.
15) Hewitt adjusts his mentality very quickly and accepts the fact that when playing Andre especially in the U.S. the fans will favor Agassi. When he needs support, he can always look to the stands and see his coach, supportive parents and when possible, a female tennis player. He does not need the world or the crowd at the match to win: He relies solely on him.
16) You can talk about Jim Courier, Michael Chang, Andre Agassi etc., etc. No one can recover quicker when out of position and the hit the right shot selection to stay in the point.
17) Look at his set up, movement and total body control when hitting the inside out killer forehand.
18) He has improved his first serve and also gets more out of his serve because of lower body strength.
19) Hewitt forces his opponents into many unforced errors because he gets back your best shots forcing you to hit above your level of consistency and power.

I can write and write more and more about this phenomenon especially when watching him play every type of player and under all types of conditions. Let me end this article by saying a few key factors:
1) He is an inspiration to the smaller players, showing there is always a chance to beat the big boys.
2) He is off the wall in so many ways and tennis in general needs this type of player.
3) He can step it up or step it down - it makes no difference because the single most important key to his success comes early on from his parents always supporting him. Lleyton believes he can do anything & without this, you can't become the very best.

It all starts out, not with your talent, but what is in your head. I pick Lleyton Hewitt as a favorite to win the U.S. Open !

P.S.Andre Agassi is truly a champion of champions and said the following about Lleyton Hewitt himself:

"You must raise your standards of play everyday because you are forcing players to play better."

Be careful Lleyton, you play a lot of tournaments. You practice as if you were playing a tournament. You play every point with every ounce of energy you have and sometimes try to do even more.

Even the best thoroughbred horse needs time to refuel and you are pushing your tank close to empty.

SanTaureau Fan
08-30-2002, 11:55 PM
James :D

Elske
08-31-2002, 02:51 PM
Hewitt in 4 sets :bounce:

Goonergal
08-31-2002, 11:57 PM
Originally posted by Lleyton's_Chick
James is hitting the ball hella hard :eek: But I have to agree with Leo7 I think his fitness will be a factor. I think it'll be 5 sets with Lleyton coming out on top purely for the endurance factor.

:D ;)

Leo7
09-01-2002, 04:12 AM
well i don't think it came down to fitness, but instead experience. Blake started hitting way too many unforced errors at the end of the 5th set. in the 6th game of the final set he lost his serve at love and Hewitt took charge.

Jackie
09-01-2002, 10:13 AM
Congratulations to the 3 people who said Hewitt in 5...great match