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Hopman Cup: Tommy Robredo def. Lleyton Hewitt 6-2 6-4 and Spain is in the Final

serginho
01-07-2010, 08:56 AM
Robredo on fire in the begin of the season wining 3/3 matches. Spain with a strong team is in the final, with Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (very good player) they win all the matches (mixed doubles too) now waiting rival in the final.

Har-Tru
01-07-2010, 09:04 AM
The real Davis Cup.

n8
01-07-2010, 09:12 AM
Good to see Robredo taking down Hewitt (yes, I'm Australian but Patriotism can only take you so far). I hope he can take that form into the final and more importantly Auckland and Melbourne.

born_on_clay
01-07-2010, 09:22 AM
What's wrong with Hewitt ?

n8
01-07-2010, 10:07 AM
What's wrong with Hewitt ?

This is from Hewitt's Wikipedia page:

In a five set match with James Blake at the 2001 US Open, Hewitt complained to umpire Andreas Egli and asked for a black linesman to be moved after being called for two foot-faults in the third set. Hewitt approached the chair umpire and, pointing first to the offending linesman and then to Blake, said, "Look at him [the linesman] and you tell me what the similarity is."[18] Some witnesses, including Blake, had suggested that the "similarity" referred to the colour shared by Blake and the linesman.[19] Hewitt claimed he had merely pointed out that the same linesman had foot-faulted him on both occasions, while other officials had made no such calls.

During the 2001 French Open he was fined US$1000 for calling Egli (see above), a "spastic". Hewitt denied this.[20][21]

Hewitt blamed his losses at the 2005 and 2006 Australian Open on uncooperative maintenance of the courts by the tournament directors. "I don't think there's been a lot of homework done on how the balls play on this surface ... Mate, it could be slower than the French Open." Hewitt was disappointed that the organisers had ignored his concerns about the courts. "I feel like I'm fighting with people that we should be working together to try and make Australian tennis better".[22] Since then, long-time Australian Open chief executive Paul McNamee has resigned, leaving new tournament director Craig Tiley to confirm that the main aim for 2007 was to provide "uniformity and consistency" when the stadium's match and practice courts were resurfaced in November 2006. The courts will be as fast as they were in the second week of the 2006 tournament.[23]

Hewitt is disliked by some Pro Tour players. Mary Carillo said: "He makes guys crazy, they try hard to ignore him, but he's always barking on the other side of the net." In his 2005 Australian Open match against Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela, Hewitt angered his opponent by his celebration of an unforced error, to the point where Chela served directly at Hewitt, and spat at him during the changeover.[18]

In 2006 Hewitt was nominated by GQ magazine as one of the '10 Most Hated Athletes' in Sports.[18] That year, he also came under criticism from Australian child psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg for "exploiting" his child during the 2006 Logie Awards.[24] During a match at the 2005 Australian Open, David Nalbandian and Hewitt purposely bumped into each other at a change of ends. Nalbandian later remarked that "no-one on the tour is friends with Hewitt" and that Hewitt is "not a gentleman".[25]

During the 2009 Wimbledon, Hewitt said that some of the female players on tour may not be fit enough to last five sets or be able to play seven best of five sets to win a grand slam. His remarks were seized upon by the local media and sparked instant men v women debate around the tennis circuit.[26]

And there's a lot more than that. I wouldn't usually go bad-mouthing him but you asked and it's only a direct quote, nothing exaggerated. I'm especially happy for this win because Robredo seems like a very nice and genuine guy. In fact all Spanish players seem to be real gentlemen, hence I am partial to them winning (I also love their playing style).

Certinfy
01-07-2010, 10:12 AM
Yes Tommy :yeah:

Rafan
01-07-2010, 10:16 AM
VAMOS ESPANIA!!!
We are so proud of you!!!

Iván
01-07-2010, 10:23 AM
disastrous result for hewitt, losing to robredo in australia.

jonathancrane
01-07-2010, 10:42 AM
Impressive stuff Tommy

Lopez
01-07-2010, 11:07 AM
This is from Hewitt's Wikipedia page:

And there's a lot more than that. I wouldn't usually go bad-mouthing him but you asked and it's only a direct quote, nothing exaggerated. I'm especially happy for this win because Robredo seems like a very nice and genuine guy. In fact all Spanish players seem to be real gentlemen, hence I am partial to them winning (I also love their playing style).

Lol

propi
01-07-2010, 11:24 AM
The real Davis Cup.

Oh wait, we own that one too :p
Great result, vamos Tommy, keep that level for a month more at least :D

Angle Queen
01-07-2010, 01:18 PM
What's wrong with Hewitt ?

And there's a lot more than that. I wouldn't usually go bad-mouthing him but you asked and it's only a direct quote, nothing exaggerated.I think, StatRacket, that perhaps the question was more related to what's happened to Hewitt's playing and not necessarily what's wrong with him personally.

I don't think there's any arguing that Hewitt's past his prime. But I'll still give him a :hatoff: for playing/participating for his country. How many other countries got their top-ranked player to play Hopman (even if it is only an "exhibition")? Murray gets a nod from me too for the same reason, even if I'm not a fan.

tennisace
01-07-2010, 01:32 PM
Hewitt in injured (source l'Equipe) (back and hip)

JolánGagó
01-07-2010, 01:56 PM
Vamos Armada!! :rocker2:

appańa es la mejón.

StevoTG
01-07-2010, 01:59 PM
Lleyton had back spasms early in the first set. Served five double faults in two games as a result. He got a massage after the first set and moved better after that.

I think I'll give discussing Lleyton as a person a miss, some people have their minds made up.

Robredo is serving well at the moment. If he can keep that up, and gets a good draw at the AO or French then he could achieve his goal of making a Slam semi this year.

Ariel
01-07-2010, 05:18 PM
(even if it is only an "exhibition")

Why is exhibition in quotes? That's what the Hopman Cup is, no? At least that's my impression. Feel free to educate me. :)


I hope Tommy keeps right on going. Hopefully all his hard work will bring him closer to the results he's looking for.

CooCooCachoo
01-07-2010, 07:24 PM
Vamos Tommy :dance:

Arkulari
01-07-2010, 07:27 PM
Good for the guy, I'm not a fan but will root for him since he's representing Spain :yeah:

Angle Queen
01-07-2010, 07:36 PM
(even if it is only an "exhibition")

Why is exhibition in quotes? That's what the Hopman Cup is, no? At least that's my impression. Feel free to educate me. :)I put exhibition in quotes because it's kind of, well, a half-a$$ed thing. It's ITF sanctioned but the results/points don't count. There's no real prize money, per se, nor is there appearance money at least that I can find (easy) evidence of. I think because its format is so different -- round robin, team-based and mixed gender -- everyone just sees it as something other than a real tournament. But because more pride (than money) is at stake, I'm willing to give it a bit more credibility than a mere exhibition.

Not sure that those things help explain my reasons for quoting it like I did but I thought I'd take a shot at it. :)

timafi
01-07-2010, 07:39 PM
hate that racist punk with a passion so I am glad he lost to Tommy who I like:hatoff:
vamos Tommy:devil:

Dougie
01-07-2010, 07:48 PM
Losing to Robredo in 2 on hard...Nice going Lleyton.

Sommarsverige
01-07-2010, 09:11 PM
Congrats Tommy & Spain for reaching the final :bounce: :bounce: