Wimbledon R1: Hewitt def. Nishikori 6-1 7-6(4) 6-7(7) 6-3 [Archive] - MensTennisForums.com

Wimbledon R1: Hewitt def. Nishikori 6-1 7-6(4) 6-7(7) 6-3

Filo V.
06-21-2011, 08:08 PM
The mentally tougher player with the more solid game won. That's really all it came down to. In all of the sets there were a lot of good rallies, but Lleyton was the one who dictated more efficiently, made less errors, used the net better and simply was the better player. Kei is still more flash than substance.

All heart at the end for Lleyton, even when he was ultra tight and doubled faulted back to back to start final the game. Great serve to set up the match point and a forehand winner to finish it off. Courageous.

star
06-21-2011, 08:11 PM
:bigclap:

Filo V.
06-21-2011, 08:13 PM
Lleyton deserves so much credit here. Nishikori was really putting his patterns together and hitting the ball hard, especially when he was down two sets. But Lleyton just kept fighting and counter-punching. He's such an intelligent player, and especially on grass he knows how to use the surface to his advantage. Kei could learn a lot from Hewitt.

n3gative
06-21-2011, 08:14 PM
gutsy win for rusty

StevoTG
06-21-2011, 08:14 PM
How the hell does Lleyton do it?! What a warrior! :worship:

Doc14
06-21-2011, 08:18 PM
Excellent!!! Bravoooooo Lleyton now come on and take out soderling:worship:

rhinooooo
06-21-2011, 08:21 PM
Wish someone would rip his voicebox out, but ol' Rusty really knows how to play on grass. Good to watch on this surface, knows how to use all the court.

*bunny*
06-21-2011, 08:22 PM
Kei had a major choke in the second set when he served for the match. He had 2 SPs and then DF'ed twice, and eventually lost the set on TB. :sad:

He has a lot to learn from Lleyton's fight, consistency and great court coverage.

I was torn as I wanted both of them to win if possible.
Good luck to Lleyton vs Soderling!

out_here_grindin
06-21-2011, 08:24 PM
It's not like Kei lacks fight though. He has pulled out big 5 setters in his short career but I agree that he can learn from Hewitt, Kei could get grittier and tougher. I expected him to win this, but Hewitt played well and this win did mean a lot to him.

MaxPower
06-21-2011, 08:24 PM
Good fight from Hewitt. He showed so much heart in the end that rumours of retirement must be greatly exaggerated.

Setting up an encounter with Soderling. Got the potential to be a great match

tangerine_dream
06-21-2011, 08:27 PM
Rusty :rocker2:

Mountaindewslave
06-21-2011, 08:29 PM
actually really surprised about this result, could've sworn Hewitt was still semi-injured and Nishikori hasn't looked too bad lately. great win for ourr love the Aussie

Saint jimmy
06-21-2011, 08:30 PM
C`moon !

*bunny*
06-21-2011, 08:34 PM
It's not like Kei lacks fight though. He has pulled out big 5 setters in his short career but I agree that he can learn from Hewitt, Kei could get grittier and tougher. I expected him to win this, but Hewitt played well and this win did mean a lot to him.
Sure I didn't mean Kei is a mental midget, and the third set is a good example that he can fight his way through when he chooses too. It's just that it looks like he sometimes loses focus and make easy errors on important points, making things easier for the opponent. And Lleyton is a prime example of making things uncomfortable for the opponent through sheer guts, determination and intelligence. And players who don't have the benefit of being tall need these assets to be really successful I think. Kei must be disappointed now but I think he's learned a lot from today's match.
Hope he'll fix whatever problem he has on his left leg and foot too.

Silver.
06-21-2011, 08:41 PM
Yes lion heart Lleyton! Entertaining match, some great rallies. He needed this win so bad, you could see how much it meant to him. Soderling next. COME ON!!!

Snowwy
06-21-2011, 08:44 PM
Hope Lleyton could have one more good run to the QF or SF stage. Unlikely though.

mystic ice cube
06-21-2011, 08:44 PM
Go Lleyton, keep the doubters quiet. :)

Filo V.
06-21-2011, 09:10 PM
Kei is a good fighter but he's got bad focus and he doesn't apply himself well mentally.

chewy
06-21-2011, 09:38 PM
Even though I was wary of Hewitt, I though with Kei's prep on grass he should have a clear edge.

It shows Hewitt's champion qualities...and Kei's lacking something

Sham Kay
06-21-2011, 09:41 PM
For the first time ever, I was happy to hear the come ons. In complete contrast to last week, Hewitt walked off court a confident, victorious man. Brings a smile to this haters face, truly and sincerely.

Ad Wim
06-21-2011, 09:42 PM
How was he physically? Really thought he wouldn't last 4 sets.

misty1
06-21-2011, 09:43 PM
really unfortunate lleyton has soderling in the 2nd round

bad gambler
06-21-2011, 09:44 PM
Lleyton on one leg :rocker2:

KarlyM
06-21-2011, 10:15 PM
Great fight, Lleyton! :rocker:

Acer
06-21-2011, 10:23 PM
Kei had a major choke in the second set when he served for the match.
Surely this doesn't make sense?

star
06-21-2011, 10:44 PM
Did people notice Rafter at the match? He looked yummy.

thalle
06-21-2011, 10:52 PM
:hearts: Well done Lleyton. Wish I'd seen this match...

Brick Top
06-21-2011, 11:25 PM
Two my favs, but Lleyton consistency and mental toughness in crucial moments and experience got him this one.
Kei :hug:

Sauletekis
06-21-2011, 11:40 PM
"I wanted to kill Hewitt for not taking that set point in the third" By Ana Ivanovic. HAHA!