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AO R1: Gonzalez d Hewitt 5-7 6-2 6-2 3-6 6-3

kyleskywalker007
01-20-2009, 05:34 AM
So sad for Hewitt. He is truly done. Predictably, the match went to 5 sets, and, at least for me, Hewitt lost as predicted.
Nice for Gonzalez though. If Lleyton can't win in Australia with everyone on his side, then .... he is finished.

+alonso
01-20-2009, 05:37 AM
It wasn't the best quality nor the best passionate match either.
Both players looked rusty, esp. Hewitt. It is such a pity to see that the only apparent problem that Lleyton has is lack of confidence. That plays against him basically all time nowadays!

Fea did well enough to win, had moments of brightness during the 2nd and 3rd but nothing too awesome.

Fair enough

Congrats Fea.

Steelq
01-20-2009, 05:46 AM
8 threads about this match,lol.New record?

rafa_maniac
01-20-2009, 05:49 AM
:sobbing: Painful loss for Hewitt, and proof he just isn't the same player anymore. In the past this is exactly the kind of match he'd have dug out, today he just got so horribly tentative on big points, hitting too many DFs and all but gifted breaks of serve to an "inujured" Gonzalez. Gonzo looked very good... for stretches, not AO 07 form, but dangerous nonetheless.

~*BGT*~
01-20-2009, 05:50 AM
8 threads. :haha:

But what a sad loss for Hewitt. I used to dislike him, but lately, I can't. I thought he was gonna pull it out. :hug:

Sparko1030
01-20-2009, 05:54 AM
:rolls: enough threads?

:yippee: Fernando! He looked pretty sharp in the 2nd and 3rd set then lost his edge. Hewitt tenacious as always but not the player he used to be. Happy Fena lasted this out but :hatoff: to Hewitt.

ChinoRios4Ever
01-20-2009, 05:56 AM
MTF :smash:

Key win for Feña, hope he can build some form once again. :rocker2:

Too bad for Lleyton, i always liked him, it's so sad to see him with that ranking and losing in 1st rd of the AO. Hope he makes a comeback this season. :sad:

leng jai
01-20-2009, 05:57 AM
Hewitt played a technically inept match. Hit to the backhand you mug, its not quantum physics. Especially loving that genius approach shot to Gonzo's forehand on BP in the fifth.

My eyes are still bleeding from Gonzo's garbage technique on the backhand.

Bjrki
01-20-2009, 05:57 AM
Fena :yeah:

Lleyton :awww:

HeretiC
01-20-2009, 05:59 AM
Tough loss, but in the other hand he might to consider switching to mini tennis. His shots were so short in the most part of the match and they were screaming to Gonzo - hit me, hit me harder as you can. And he was doing just that. And plus 11 DFs. I wonder how this went to 5 sets, with even a chance for Lleyton to win at the start of the 5th. Looks like Rusty is still rusty and he needs to practice his ground strokes and hit with biger depth on them.

KarlyM
01-20-2009, 06:00 AM
Lleyton, this is sad... :awww:

For the Aussies :hug:

:lol: @ the 8 threads!

lleytonfan!
01-20-2009, 06:01 AM
Heartbreaking. What can I say?! I'm shattered. 1st, 4th and 5th stes were close, 2nd and 3rd Gonzo was just way too good. Well done Gonzo, and good luck for the rest of the tournament.

Lleyton, you hit way too much to the forehand, but you tried. You're a great champion, a bad way to end your last Australian Open, but thanks for the memories.

pkubik
01-20-2009, 06:01 AM
time to retire?

crude oil
01-20-2009, 06:03 AM
hewitt is too predictable.

gonzo's slice was too much for hewitt :lol:

Tankman
01-20-2009, 06:06 AM
What a frustrating match :smash:

First set was quite competitive, then Gonzo stepped up 3 gears and just hit Hewitt off the court in the 2nd and 3rd sets while Hewitt just fed balls back to his forehand :retard: 4th set Gonzo slipped a bit and the 5th set was just :smash:

Hewitt just wasted so many chances, played ineffectually for too much of the time and made no consistent attempt to attack the Gonzo backhand. Hewitt's fortune's rose and fell based on Gonzo's game, except for that 5th set... but he just made way too many errors and that first serve percentage was terrible :tape:

Oh and two perfectly timed injury timeouts by Gonzo in that 5th set :worship:

Rumour
01-20-2009, 06:40 AM
All these threads still unmerged - and I wondered why the board was suddenly, to quote, slow as ass :scratch:

Congrats to Gonzo and commiserations to Hewitt, who has never really been a fave of mine but have not really minded either. It's a little sad the Aussie seems to be steadily running out of steam on the court and doesn't even show his characteristic fire as much.

Huntress555
01-20-2009, 06:49 AM
Lleyton :sad:

Puschkin
01-20-2009, 07:00 AM
I can't say that this makes me cry. ;) Well done, Gonzo!

FairWeatherFan
01-20-2009, 07:01 AM
Hewitt's losing to Gonzalez when he's barely played for the past year is no reason to write him off.
What Hewitt needs is match play to get back to his best. I'm convinced that he will get there...but injuries and commitment to family life may be too much for him I'm afraid.

Byrd
01-20-2009, 07:08 AM
Fuckin Hewitt cost me some money, and why wasn't this night match???

Tankman
01-20-2009, 07:17 AM
according to the commentators, Hewitt asked for a day match... hoping that it'd get to 40+ degrees and destroy Gonzo's game

of course after the first few games it dropped to 27 degrees and Gonzo was fine for the rest of the match......

ballbasher101
01-20-2009, 07:51 AM
This was a 50/50 match so Hewitt losing is not the end of the world or his career.

finishingmove
01-20-2009, 08:34 AM
too bad for hewitt

bandabou
01-20-2009, 09:16 AM
Yeah...never understood the idea of Lleyton always hitting to the FOREHAND of Gonzalez. Was a bit foolish..so this is the end for Lleyton? Well..it was quite a ride then no?!

BaselineSmash
01-20-2009, 09:42 AM
Is Hewitt entered in the doubles draw? Or, better yet, the mixed doubles? Otherwise I'm struggling to comprehend what he meant about making a meaningful title push in AO '09.

And as for hitting repeatedly to Gonzo's forehand, I don't think Roche's tactical nouse has plummeted so much as Hewitt's hip injury might be lingering, making it easier to hit certain shots than others.

federernadalfan
01-20-2009, 10:20 AM
gonzo :woohoo: congrats on the win

ORGASMATRON
01-20-2009, 10:28 AM
Expected result

martine2
01-20-2009, 11:19 AM
I can't say that this makes me cry. ;) Well done, Gonzo!

I second that...it even makes me :bounce:

Angle Queen
01-20-2009, 11:43 AM
:banghead: Lleyton.

Venle
01-20-2009, 11:46 AM
Shame that Hewitt lost so early

Bobby
01-20-2009, 11:55 AM
I only saw the third and fourth set before leaving for work, but it never looked good for Hewitt. Shots landing constantly at the service line was frustrating. He made it quite easy for Gonzalez to control the points. Hewitt has no clear weapons and even when he should have put pressure on Gonzalez, he wasn't doing very good job. Should have put more pressure on Gonzalez's backhand, but it probably wouldn't have made any difference.

Hola Mr. SK
01-20-2009, 12:08 PM
Pity for Lleyton. Gonzo's also a big fighter, not surprised by the result though.

GlennMirnyi
01-20-2009, 01:53 PM
Gonzalez just got himself into the cheater blacklist.

sheeter
01-20-2009, 01:58 PM
I never realized how big Gonzalez's serve was

Dougie
01-20-2009, 02:04 PM
I only saw the third and fourth set before leaving for work, but it never looked good for Hewitt. Shots landing constantly at the service line was frustrating. He made it quite easy for Gonzalez to control the points. Hewitt has no clear weapons and even when he should have put pressure on Gonzalez, he wasn't doing very good job. Should have put more pressure on Gonzalez's backhand, but it probably wouldn't have made any difference.

I was wondering the same thing. Gonzales was making some great forehands, so why did Lleyton continue to feed him by serving to the forehand side? Also, his short groundstrokes gave Gonzales plenty of opportunities to run around the ball and blast that forehand. Like you said, Hewitt has no real weapons and when he hits short groundies like that, hes a sitting duck. Anyone with a decent backhand would have demolished Lleyton 3-0.

Gonzalez88
01-20-2009, 02:15 PM
VAMOS VAMOS!!!

Gonzo Super!!!

Davydenkon
01-20-2009, 02:37 PM
Gonzo :worship:

lurker
01-20-2009, 03:10 PM
Gonzalez just got himself into the cheater blacklist.

Note to Gonzo: If you are trying to make people forget the Olympics fiasco, taking an 'injury' time out when your opponent fights back to even the match early in the fifth set is NOT the way to do it!:lol:

Ok, jokes aside, what was the idea of feeding short balls to Gonzo's forehand? Roche need to retire too? :rolleyes

Sadly, there was many a time during the match I found myself thinking, Hewitt could have gotten that ball a few years ago. He is definitely more than a step slower. Only one time, when he rushed forward to hit a seemingly winning crosscourt volley from Gonzo to his backhand, and poked it up the line last minute, did I see any of the old Hewitt. Oh, and first game hitting two serve winners to get out of break point down. Other than that, who was that guy I saw playing last night?

GlennMirnyi
01-20-2009, 05:37 PM
Taking a timeout after being broken, when the opponent is about to serve = cheating.

Disgraceful nothing is done.

Pathetic also that Hewitt went to Flukezalez's forehand when approaching in a break point.

alfonsojose
01-20-2009, 05:50 PM
Always a cheater :shrug:

sawan66278
01-20-2009, 06:18 PM
Gonzo is simply that: a cheater. He will NEVER, in my mind, live down the pathetic cheat at the Olympics...and this match again simply showed: the man will do WHATEVER it takes to win. Except learn to hit a backhand.

What a wonderful representative of Chile? Whom were almost banned from international tennis competition (according to Cahill).

And hitting and serving to the forehand by Hewitt (at one point, he was serving 90% of his first serves in the deuce court to the forehand:eek:)...showed that the sun must have baked his brain.

Where were the "lawnmower" and "come-ons"?

meihaditalab
01-20-2009, 08:37 PM
Gonzalez just got himself into the cheater blacklist.

What are you talking about?! :confused:

meihaditalab
01-20-2009, 09:01 PM
Its sooo funny reading from these Hewitt fans insulting Gonzo for his backhand and his "cheating". He won the tennis match and his backhand is obviously affective to be able to beat other good players and he's #13 in the world... LOL

FedFan_2007
01-20-2009, 09:21 PM
Gonzalez is a cheater! Hewitt would have won except for the blatant cheating. :mad:

crude oil
01-20-2009, 09:43 PM
:lol: funny to see all these sore gonzo haters.
hewitt is a pro. should be able to deal with these tactics.

Gonzalez88
01-20-2009, 09:50 PM
If Gonzo a cheater, Hewitt is a clown!

jeremda01
01-21-2009, 02:06 AM
THAT was the best match i have seen between Hewitt and Gonzalez.

GlennMirnyi
01-21-2009, 02:12 AM
What are you talking about?! :confused:

Taking a fake injury timeout just after you get broken = cheating.

Corey Feldman
01-21-2009, 02:56 AM
utterly retarded serving from Hewitt in that fifth set

guy cannot make a 1st serve to save his life in a pressure moment anymore - even when he tries to push it in at 40MPH

Psichogauchovna
01-21-2009, 11:28 AM
:woohoo: glad Gonzo won and even more glad Hewitt lost :)

Psichogauchovna
01-21-2009, 11:34 AM
Gonzalez just got himself into the cheater blacklist.

:awww: i bet he is upset by this fact :p

meihaditalab
01-21-2009, 04:00 PM
Taking a fake injury timeout just after you get broken = cheating.

didn't Hewitt change their night match into a day match to try to wear down Gonzo with the heat? isn't that cheating? :angel:

Dougie
01-21-2009, 04:30 PM
didn't Hewitt change their night match into a day match to try to wear down Gonzo with the heat? isn't that cheating? :angel:

Over the years the tournament directors have done everything imaginable to make it easier for Hewitt. Changing schedules, surface, etc. to suit the local hero.
And he didnt lose this match because of some "cheating". He lost because he cant hit his groundies past the service line and because his every serve was like saying to Gonzales: "Im slow, short and soft. Take your time and hit another winner!".

GlennMirnyi
01-21-2009, 05:37 PM
:awww: i bet he is upset by this fact :p

He should.

didn't Hewitt change their night match into a day match to try to wear down Gonzo with the heat? isn't that cheating? :angel:

No. When Chile gets a GS, they can put Flukezalez to play at the time he wants.

Hewitt has all the rights to ask for his match to start at a time that would give him advantage.