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Tennis Masters Cup Draw

Lleyton4eva
11-10-2004, 10:07 PM
Here is the draw:

Red Group

Federer
Hewitt :worship:
Moya
Gaudio


Blue Group

Roddick
Safin
Coria
Henman

Hewitt is in the same group as Federer! Damm!! :eek:

Murkofan
11-10-2004, 10:21 PM
He's got PN and MM, the two players who can consistently beat him. Bummer.

Goonergal
11-10-2004, 10:29 PM
Gee, what are the odds :p all I can muster is an aww crap atm.

Murkofan
11-10-2004, 10:43 PM
I can't even muster that :p And it just occurred to me that Gaudio is a dirtballer, and therefore another player who could randomly beat Ll.

Goonergal
11-10-2004, 10:45 PM
Well let's just agree that it's going to be a torturous few matches for us :p

ally_014
11-11-2004, 12:38 AM
Bugger! Just when we were hoping for a nice end to the season. I don't mind PN so much, cos he still could of made teh final, but PN and MM :(

Lisbeth
11-11-2004, 03:14 AM
I think we should wait and see who pulls out before getting too excited or disappointed ;) There is more than one injury in that draw.

In any event, good luck Lleyton :bounce:

Billabong
11-11-2004, 03:17 AM
I agree with Jane:)! GO LLEY:D!!!

mitalidas
11-11-2004, 03:17 AM
you guys sure talk in riddles.... who are PN and MM? what are these acronyms?

Fedex
11-11-2004, 03:27 AM
Yes, I am wondering myself. I am guessing one of them is Federer?

Fedex
11-11-2004, 03:29 AM
Sure, this is not the easiest draw for Hewitt, but he doesn't need to beat Federer to advance; he definetly has a good chance of coming away 2-1 in RR. And who knows? Federer has had a small injury, that could effect his play, as well as lack of match practice.

NOMAD
11-11-2004, 04:38 AM
:o Federer again pfff...
I thought "the being bagel year" is over :p

NOMAD
11-11-2004, 04:44 AM
you guys sure talk in riddles.... who are PN and MM? what are these acronyms?

PN=Federer
MM=Moya

you should visit this thread:http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=4033
and you'll know what those acronyms mean

Angele did a great job:kiss:

sprinterluck
11-11-2004, 05:10 AM
Federer again? This is a rough draw with Gaudio and Moya too. Well, Lleyton's won this tournament twice before and Federer hasn't played in a while, plus he's injured so Lleyton's got a decent shot.

FanOfHewitt
11-11-2004, 08:06 AM
Tough draw for him, but I'm hoping he goes at least 2-1 and then either Roddick or Safin tank and he gets to play Tim in the semi. In the final anything can happen, especially given its a 5 set format.

COME ON LLEYTON! STOP COMING OUT AND TOUCHING YOUR TOES AGAINST ROGER! Get off to a good start for a change and let's put the guy under some pressure!

tournesol
11-11-2004, 10:52 AM
go Ll, you did it one year ago you can do it again :worship:

(i mean defeating PN)

Bibi
11-11-2004, 10:57 AM
That is a though draw. But he can do it. !!!!C'mon Lleyton!!!!

Lynne
11-11-2004, 02:28 PM
Come on Lleyton!! :)
You guys are really creative.. hehe... I was lost for a while with MM and PN.. now I know who they are.. :)

Lleyton4eva
11-11-2004, 07:38 PM
in this years us open final with federer and hewitt, towards the end of the second set federer's form slipped a little :) and hewitt took advantage taking it to a tiebreak, but then federer started playing his best and won it. :( so if federer is slightly injured and is not playing his best then hewitt has a good chance!!!! :D :D and he should be able to beat moya and gaudio then take the title and become world number two!!! :D :D

GOOD LUCK HEWITT!!!

Fedex
11-11-2004, 07:43 PM
Well we have no idea what Federer will play like actually. He could play terrible and go 0-3, or he could come out blazing and win this tournement undefeated again. We just dont know. I woulden't be so focused on Hewitt trying to beat Federer. I doubt he will do that, but he has good chances in his other 2 matches, so he is still a big possibility making the SF, even if he does lose to Federer again.

raeesa301
11-11-2004, 09:11 PM
One of Federer's weaknesses that I've noticed is when he goes out of a tournament he goes out really early or he wins the titel :angel: . Federer is one step ahead of all the players in the mens draw and I hope that the injury makes him move a bit slower and play a bit less well, but I'm not sure it will. :unsure:

NOMAD
11-12-2004, 02:07 AM
Monday, November 15

Starting at 1 p.m.
(1)R Federer (SUI) vs (8)G Gaudio (ARG)

Starting at 7 p.m.
(3)L Hewitt (AUS) vs (5)C Moya (ESP)

Tuesday, November 16

Starting at 1 p.m.
(4)M Safin (RUS) vs (6)G Coria (ARG)

Starting at 7 p.m.
(2)A Roddick (USA) vs (7)T Henman (GBR)

Crazy_Fool
11-12-2004, 10:00 AM
Well i'm confident Lleyton can progress, won't be easy, but we should see some good matches. Besides, not as if the other group is much easier, except Henman :p

Socket
11-12-2004, 03:27 PM
Nov. 11, 2004, 11:07PM

The McIngvales take constructive criticism to heart and improve Westside Tennis Club
Polishing Masters Cup
By DALE ROBERTSON
Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle

Westside Tennis Club might be a lame-duck venue for the Masters Cup, but it hasn't kept owner Linda McIngvale from spending another $400,000 on amenities that will benefit everyone involved in the tournament — but especially the reigning kings of center court.

"We're going out a winner," said McIngvale's husband, Jim, the Gallery Furniture impresario. "We had some growing pains our initial year and we took some constructive criticism, which was very valid. So we've made some tremendous improvements in our hospitality area and in the players' locker room. We want them to be happy and comfortable while they're here."

Happy? Comfortable? Their super-luxe corner of the compound is a tennis Taj Mahal. The eight singles qualifiers plus an as-of-yet undesignated alternate will be ensconced in individual private suites.

Rockets to Roddick
The quarters, upstairs above the basketball court, were converted from the former offices occupied by the Rockets when Westside was their practice base. The top three seeds, Roger Federer, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt respectively, inherited the prime spaces.

Federer's expansive suite was coach Rudy Tomjanovich's office. Roddick is ensconced across the hall in owner Leslie Alexander's space. Hewitt will settle in where Robert Barr, who wore several hats with the Rockets, used to quarter.

Except those rooms hardly looked anything like they do now. Nor were they stocked with gifts, snacks and fresh flowers, as Linda's game plan calls for next week.

"We have an ulterior motive," Jim McIngvale said. "We want these boys to like our place so they'll come back next year and play the clay court tournament."

Added Linda McIngvale: "They should be spoiled. They're the best in the world at what they do. They deserve to be made to feel special. I wanted to take care of the players this year to show them what kind of hosts we can be."

She said she would have made the upgrades last fall, but the ATP requisitioned the space to use for their operations center.

Cozying up
The doubles teams won't be coddled to quite the same extent, but they have inherited the Rockets' former locker room for their personal use and Linda set them up with a cozy private lounge.

They'll get the daily goodies as well and, of course, access to the remodeled and expanded club dining room, which will be reserved for players and family members.

The basketball court has become a party room for the players' entourages, which can be extensive. Guillermo Coria brought about 30 people last year. A lone basketball goal remains for the players' 3-point shooting pleasure.

If you think the McIngvales are pulling in their horns after losing the Masters Cup to Shanghai for the next three years, think again. The U.S. Clay Court Championships are here to stay and McIngvale intends to make every effort to bring Davis Cup ties, special tennis events and most significantly, the WTA Tour's season-ending championships to Houston.

He noted in his introductory remarks before the draw ceremony Wednesday how Los Angeles' Staples Center had "maybe 400 people in the stands," then pointed out, "We're already 98 percent sold out, and we will be all sold out. Our thanks goes to the city of Houston and our great fans."


Want it back
McIngvale won't concede, either, that the Masters Cup has no chance of staging a return engagement after Shanghai's three-year contract expires. His contentious relationship with the ATP — particularly its CEO, Mark Miles — remains a subplot, but Miles says he's leaving the ATP next year, so détente is possible.

At least from McIngvale's perspective.

"A lot can change in three years," McIngvale said.

At Westside, a lot has changed in one year. Spectators will be funneled onto the grounds through a giant covered tent, serving the dual purpose of sheltering them from the elements and bringing customers closer to the sponsors' merchandise.

Concessions also have been expanded and upgraded. (Starbucks Coffee makes its Westside debut). The stadium has been shrunk to its clay courts capacity of slightly more than 6,000.

The decision was made to eliminate the 400 or so temporary cheap seats that were added around the top because they were deemed borderline unsafe and the underlying structure ruined two red clay courts, requiring six figures worth of repairs.

In their stead, $20 grounds passes are being sold and giant viewing screens are being erected.

Center court has been redone and, McIngvale said, "I'm happy to report the stadium will not tilt anymore."

For drainage purposes, the 2003 playing surface was angled downward, but something wound up getting lost in translation. The company responsible for the work is European-based and the inches-to-centimeters confusion caused problems.

"We wound up with a seven-inch slope," Linda said.

It would be noted at the outset by Roger Federer, who got crossways with the McIngvales on several matters.

"Hey, Roger and I are fine," Jim McIngvale said. "We've already spoken. He's really a great kid."

The new court is flat. Because its shelf life will be one week only, drainage worries were discounted.

In the case of rain, Westside intends to utilize the rolling blowers like those employed at the U.S. Open this year. Once the drops stop, Linda is shooting for a 15-minute turnaround. They'll test the system after the court is power-washed Friday.

"I have to say it's a big change," Federer said after his afternoon workout Thursday. "Last year was good and now they've done a fantastic job. I'm sure they want to finish off on a really, really good note."

dale.robertson@chron.com

Ashie_87
11-13-2004, 04:53 AM
ah crud :ras:what a crappy draw. Well taking into account the reports we've had on Federer's form/tiredness Lleyton has a good chance:yeah:

Go Lleyton!!:worship: :dance:

Danni
11-13-2004, 10:47 AM
good luck Lleyts :yeah: :kiss:

jule
11-13-2004, 07:23 PM
that's not going to be easy! i think it will depend on how roger plays! if he is in his normal shape nobody will beat him, i guess! but if he'S still injured we'll see...
and i think moya will also be dificult! if lleyton wants to get into the semis he has to beat moya, i guess so let's wish him good luck!

Socket
11-14-2004, 01:25 AM
Scotland on Sunday
Sun 14 Nov 2004

Hermit Hewitt's pride dented but Masters can mend heartache

ALIX RAMSAY

IT IS all over bar the shouting. Well, allegedly. As the Masters Cup kicks off tomorrow in Houston, the top eight men in the world will compete for money and ranking points. It is the nearest thing the ATP has to a Christmas bonus for its top players.

Last year Roger Federer took $1.52m for coming through the week unbeaten while Andy Roddick secured the end-of-year No.1 ranking with all its attendant financial rewards.

This year there is still the huge kitty to play for, but all the major honours have long since been decided. Federer is the undisputed King of the Heap, crowned No.1 for 2004 after he won the US Open in September.

Adding that prestigious pot to his Australian Open and Wimbledon trophies (not to mention three Masters Series titles in Indian Wells, Hamburg and Toronto and four other lesser tournament wins) Federer will remain at the top until next year, even if he plays like a donkey from now on.

For those joining him in Texas there is little to play for except pride, which is where Lleyton Hewitt comes in. For the young Australian, pride is everything and recently his has taken a battering. After nearly five years as one half of tennis’s golden couple, Hewitt was dumped by his fiancee Kim Clijsters - only three months before their wedding day.

He had spent the past nine months leaving the wedding arrangements to Clijsters saying his contribution would only be to "rock up, mate". Then, three weeks ago, Clijsters called him in Australia and told him that even that would be surplus to requirements.

An intensely private man, Hewitt went into hiding. He pulled out of the Madrid Masters and kept his head down in Australia, staying with some friends. It was still not enough to keep him away from the media attention, so he fled to Paris a week early to prepare for the last Masters Series event of the year. After five long days of blanking every personal question posed by the press, he finally admitted: "I had to leave Australia".

The whys and wherefores of their split are unknown, although the serious money is on parental intervention. At the age of 23, Hewitt still brings his mum and dad to work with him. If that were not embarrassing enough, his parents turn up in matching shellsuits and dodgy hair (Glynn sports a mullet while Cherilyn sits under a cascade of peroxide).

His every move is cheered or criticised from the sidelines and there is no indication that Mr and Mrs Hewitt are going to leave their grown-up son to get on with his own life any time soon. Popular wisdom has it that Clijsters could not cope.

But whatever the reasons were for the break up of the relationship, Hewitt, like anyone in his situation, is hurt, angry and guarded. That he does not wish to discuss the matter is hardly surprising and he has every right to keep his private life private. But that he is on the defensive should send out a word of warning to all who cross his path: Hewitt with his back to the wall is a very dangerous creature indeed.

Last year he set his heart on winning the Davis Cup for Australia in Australia. Ignoring the weekly grind of the ATP tour, he let his ranking slip but led his country to a famous win over Spain in Melbourne last December. By the start of this year, many had written him off. Roddick had emerged as the muscular American hero while Federer was simply amazing. Hewitt’s dogged, counter-punching style surely could not deal with the new top men in tennis.

But, as the Masters Cup rolls around, Hewitt is in position to overtake Roddick as world No.2 and with four titles, a place in the US Open final and quarter-final finishes at Wimbledon and the French Open to his credit already, he is almost back to his best.

Only Marat Safin in his pomp could stop him at the Paris Masters, but asking the temperamental Russian to do it again in Texas may be too much. As for Roddick and Federer, Hewitt’s other two problem men this year, Roddick is thinking about his own Davis Cup final next month while Federer has been injured for the past two weeks.

As a teenager, Hewitt looked up to Andre Agassi. The American did things his own way and Hewitt has tried to follow that philosophy. The balding icon has always viewed the Masters Cup in a strange light, using the event as a warm-up to his winter training and preparation for the Australian Open. Hewitt appears to be doing the same now that there is only the title to play for. "You can go there and probably enjoy yourself a little bit more," he said, "but I’ll be worrying more about the Australian Open."

Melbourne Park is Hewitt’s Mecca and he’d dearly love to win there but, so far, he has not got beyond the fourth round. This time he will go the Open as if into battle. The Australian press will be all over him for quotes and snippets about Clijsters and he will be bristling.

And as he has shown so many times over the years, the more he feels the world is against him, the better he plays. The call from Clijsters may have hurt at the time, but it may just be the catalyst that brings him what he wants most in the world.


This article:

http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/othersport.cfm?id=1313612004

star
11-14-2004, 01:31 AM
He had spent the past nine months leaving the wedding arrangements to Clijsters saying his contribution would only be to "rock up, mate".Then, three weeks ago, Clijsters called him in Australia and told him that even that would be surplus to requirements.


Surplus to requirements...... :haha: :haha: :haha:

Gaga
11-14-2004, 01:57 PM
Good luck Lleyton !!!! :bounce:

SomL.
11-15-2004, 10:10 AM
Good luck Lleyton !!!!!!!!!!!

Socket
11-15-2004, 08:54 PM
2004 TENNIS MASTERS CUP
HOUSTON, TEXAS

November 13, 2004

LLEYTON HEWITT

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Lleyton Hewitt, please.

Q. Lleyton, how does it feel to be back in the field for the year-end championship?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's good. It's obviously something you work towards for 12 months, coming here. It's a goal to get here. I've obviously performed extremely well in the Masters Cups in the past, and I look forward to hopefully a good week ahead of me this week.

Q. And how important was it to get that one tournament at least under your belt before coming in here after taking a bit of a break since Davis Cup?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it was a little bit important, I guess. You know, just to go out there. Even though I lost to obviously Marat in the quarterfinals, it was probably nearly the final, I think, at the end of the tournament. I had a good crack at it there and to expect to play my best tennis straight up there, you know, it was going to be a little bit unrealistic. So hopefully that's going to hold me in good stead this week. There's going to be no easy matches this week. You've got to go out there and hopefully get off to a good start.

Q. What about Moya first up?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Carlos is going to be -- you know, we've had plenty of tough matches in the past. It's not going to be easy again Monday night. He played here last year so he obviously knows the conditions and the situation out there, and, you know, hopefully it's going to be a good atmosphere. To go out there, I beat him at Wimbledon earlier this year in the Round of 16s there, and I'm going to have to play one of my best matches to get through. But, you know, it's like every match this week; you've got to go out there and play some of your best tennis.

Q. Sounding a bit nasally.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, little bit of a cold - obviously.

Q. I sat and watched your quarterfinal, or the Round of 16 with Moya at Wimbledon this year.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah.

Q. Then I also watched the final against Federer, with Federer playing Roddick. Just going into how you match up against Federer, what Roddick did early, and what you did really well against him was continually attack his backhand, starve the forehand. Is that something you think is a good tactic?

LLEYTON HEWITT: On days, I guess. A lot depends on how Roger is going out there and playing, I guess, on the day. Obviously, when I played him at the US Open, his forehand was pretty awesome the whole match. He had a period there, maybe four or five games, where it went off a little bit, dropped his level. But he's got a hell of a forehand. Obviously, the backhand is not quite as strong. But that's one reason why he's able to really stand out the last year and a half, is because his backhand has improved a lot as well. It's not a weakness out there. Maybe it's not as good as his forehand, but it's still very hard to get cheap points off of. It's not an easy thing to do, obviously Andy has a lot of firepower as well, to go in there and put pressure on his backhand.

Q. Typically, when you break a player down, the way that you normally do, you attack the backhand, the forehand tries to do a little bit more because it's trying to cover for the backhand so that breaks down. The serve says, "Hey, guys, you're not doing so well, I'll try to do more." Then the last thing is the mind. Typically, backhand, forehand, serve and mind, how do you attack Federer and in what order?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I'm not really sure. A lot depends on I guess the surface you're playing on as well. He plays extremely well on all surfaces. I felt like at Wimbledon this year, every match that I've played against him -- well, apart from the Aussie Open this year, he's come out and been on fire right from the start. He really lights it up as soon as he gets out on the court. That's where you've got to try to take your opportunities when you get them, try to stay with him and weather the storm.

Q. Against Nalbandian he served four aces, got out of that. He said that was the turning point.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I think that was earlier this year, wasn't it? He went on to win the tournament from there. He's obviously -- that's what makes him one of the best players to ever go around. It's not an easy thing to come out there and do it against him. He's been playing, the last year and a half, I think the big points better than anyone I've ever seen. That's one of the reasons why he's won so many big matches.

Q. You know as well as he does when those big points come, they're the deciding factor in the match. What about throwing something different at him? What about serve and volleying?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, a lot depends on the situation of how it's going. At the end of the day, it's only him, myself out there on the court. You've got to go with your gut feeling at the time. It's not the easiest thing to do, mix it up, especially if you feel like you're starting to get on to something out there. You know, whether you give him the serve down the middle or the serve out wide, sometimes you've got to take chances like that and sometimes it doesn't pay off. At the US Open, I got a second serve and, I went for -- I played a winner off the second serve. Didn't quite pay off for him. If I was able to get that point, then you never, I guess, you know exactly out there what's the exact right time, you know, to go for those shots. But at the end of the day, sometimes you live and die on the edge of the sword against a guy as good as Roger.

Q. Pre-match, do you do anything differently now than earlier in your career? I know you used to watch "Rocky" movies to get pumped. Anything special this week to get you in the right frame of mind when you step on the court?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really this week. I feel like I'm pretty motivated the whole time, especially the last year and a half, I think. I've been pretty motivated to get back and play some of my best tennis. I feel like I've been able to do that. I've been as consistent, I think, this year, as I've ever been. This year I probably come into the Masters Cup, you know, not with that pressure and expectation of trying to finish the year No. 1 as well. Maybe I can go out there and enjoy myself a little bit more and work on areas of my game as well that's going to hold me up, you know, come January.

Q. With all the guys here, you used to be more animated, I think, on the court. Sometimes it comes and goes. I think that really, at times, pisses guys off. It's a great way to get inside their head. I mean, it's perfect. You keep thinking about that as well?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really.

Q. Not really?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I'll let you guys do it. I just worry about going out there and being myself out on the court. You know, at the end of the day, you know, if I feel like it's a time to get pumped up or show some emotion out there, that's when I play my best tennis. I'm not afraid to do that. It's got very little to do with my opponent's thinking or feeling at the time. It's totally got to do with how I'm feeling out there on the court. It happens. It's not something you plan to do; it just happens.

Q. So when is the last time you gave somebody the fist?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not for a long time. Not for a while now.

Q. Where did you pick that up from?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Mats Wilander.

Q. Really?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah.

Q. Do you know who actually created it? We just had a talk with Mats two weeks ago, reminiscing about the first time he did it. It was the semis of the Australian Open.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah. No, I went to the Aussie Open every year. I used to sit up near all the Swedish group out there. I loved it.

Q. Is there still that many Swedes around the tournament?

LLEYTON HEWITT: A fair bit. Not as many as there was, you know, with Mats in it, Stefan, and everyone were at their best. But there's still quite a few. You know, if Jonas or Johansson now gets a go, then they'll come out of the woodwork. So that's good. Yeah, it was nice. It's an amazing following.

Q. It was.

LLEYTON HEWITT: It really is.

Q. Could you please wrap up for us the season so far for you.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's been probably as consistent a year as I've ever had, I think. I lost to the four winners of all four Grand Slams. Obviously, Roger won three of them and Gaudio the other one. So I felt like I've had a very consistent year out there. I've been hitting the ball well on all surfaces, which is a good thing. Obviously, making the US Open final again and putting yourself in a position to try and take out a Grand Slam title, that was obviously a huge bonus this year. It's always nice to finish in the Masters Cup and realize, you know, how many guys try and actually finish the year and only eight guys can, to be a part of that, you know, very special group I guess at the end of the year.

Q. Some people think that you don't show it, that you're pumped up as much. What do you think yourself?

LLEYTON HEWITT: At the moment or...?

Q. Just in general on court.

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, I feel pumped up at times. A lot depends on the situation, I guess. But I would say I was pretty pumped up at the US Open, going through and not dropping a set, obviously, until the final. I was on a 16-, or 17-match winning streak going into the final. So I was feeling pretty fired up right through that stretch. Yeah, that's up to a lot of people to talk about, I guess. But at the end of the day I feel very motivated this last year and a half, and I feel like I've played some of my best tennis again.

Q. I think you're one of the last guys that can win against Roger. They showed your head-to-head. Can you describe him, what he achieved this year so far?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, he's had an incredible year. To win three Grand Slams in one calendar year is pretty amazing. He's the kind of guy that can play on all surfaces. I think he's won 10 titles on all different surfaces. He's always going to be a contender going into every Grand Slam for the next few years. There's not many people at the moment that have been able to work out how to actually beat him when he's been at his best, and that's something everyone else is going to try and motivate and keep working towards. Obviously, coming into here at the Masters he's got to be very confident as the favorite coming in here. Then again, there's no certainties. I look forward to obviously maybe having a crack at him here, obviously, in the Round Robin but hopefully in the semi and the final.

Q. You have the weapons to beat him.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not this year. He's obviously got the better of me this year. But we've had some great matches in the past. Obviously one of the highlights for me was the Davis Cup semifinal last year against Roger coming back from two sets and a breakdown. You can't do that every week of the year. So, yeah, he's a great player. I just felt like in the past maybe I've just been able to put pressure on him and, you know, hang in there, wait for my opportunities in the past. But he's really taken that up another notch this year, and, you know, everyone's got to try to keep improving to try to stay with him.

Q. How do you see the match against Moya?

LLEYTON HEWITT: It's going to be a tough match. Carlos and I have had a lot of tough matches in the past. I got over him in a tight four-set match in Wimbledon in the Round of 16 this year. I look forward to the challenge. Every match this week is going to be extremely tough, though. Hopefully, I can go out there and get off to a good start. That's what you need in this Round Robin situation, to try and get through to the semifinals. So I look forward to the opportunity.

Q. Gaudio, do you think his experience maybe can come into play a little bit?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, maybe a little bit. This is obviously a huge week for him, Gaston. Coming here, not being in this situation before, first time in the Top 10 for him, and to be here in the Masters Cup is probably just a dream in itself for him. So, yeah, he's going out there, though, with absolutely nothing to lose. We all know this isn't his favorite surface; obviously, clay is. But he's going to be a tough competitor. He's got nothing to lose out there. You got to go out there and just worry about your game and try and get the wins on the board.

SomL.
11-16-2004, 10:02 AM
:cool: Thanks for interview. :cool: :D Come on Lleyton :p

Lleyton4eva
11-16-2004, 11:38 AM
Hewitt is winning 5-4!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

However, a second rain break has forced the match to be postponed :(

COME ON HEWITT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NOMAD
11-16-2004, 09:15 PM
15 aces and 66%1st serve in :eek: :worship: :worship: :worship:
winner:39-32(more than moya :eek: :worship: )
ue:26-37
the court played "Eyes of the tiger" after the match :angel: :angel:

Goonergal
11-16-2004, 09:20 PM
Lleyton won 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-4 :worship: Lleyton was fanatastic. He was agressive almost throughout and his first serve was firing today. His 1st serve was up as high as 81% :eek: Lleyton began a bit too passively at the resumption and missed the chance to wrap up the 1st set. Moya came out a little sharper and was dictating play, forcing the points and making Lleyton do a lot of running. Moya caught Lleyton out with a lot of drop shots in the tie break, and probably did more really to win the set. But, at the start of the 2nd, Lleyton just thought f*** it :p and he was just being so much more agressive, dictating the point and excellent accuracy with the 1st serve. Moya's level dropped and Lleyton won the 2nd pretty easily. The 3rd was a tight affair until 3 all, deuce, when Lleyton pulled off a world class running FH pass dtl. That was the moment that the match was won, and Moya's spirit was crushed :devil: Lleyton showed tremendous passion and fight in the 2nd & third sets. It was thet type of display that makes you proud of the heart and determination that he has :worship:

ally_014
11-16-2004, 11:30 PM
Go Lleyton! :worship: sounds like the serve was really firing 81% :eek: Can't wait to watch the whole match later :)

Danni
11-17-2004, 05:38 AM
well done lleyton!!! :bounce:

Ashie_87
11-17-2004, 05:53 AM
Yay! :bounce: Go Lleyton!

NOMAD
11-17-2004, 06:26 AM
An Interview with Lleyton Hewitt
November 16, 2004



Q. Lleyton , apart from one little lapse in the first set, you were serving very, very well. You must have been very pleased.

HEWITT: I didn't feel like there was too many lapses.

Well, I don't know. I felt like I was a way better player during the whole first set. Things just didn't go my way. Obviously, had a set point there at 5-4, he came up with some big forehands.

Yeah, he's a tough player to play. He's got a very underrated first serve. He's got a great first serve out there. He hits a lot of lines, a lot of big first serves under pressure.

Just kept trying to hang in there. I played great at the start of the second set to try and get myself back in the match and get it one-set-all.

Then the third set I felt like I was having all the chances out there again, but I was always that game behind. I just had to take my chances. I came up with a couple of huge, huge passes when I needed to in that game to break.

You know, I'm pretty happy with the way my game is today.

Q. That running forehand, that was a fantastic shot.

HEWITT: Yeah, it was. Well, couldn't do much else with it, really (smiling).

I remember Roche always told me, "You got to curl those ones." That one just curled enough.

Q. How did it feel hitting that point, the one that brought up the breakpoint in the final set?

HEWITT: Yeah, it felt good because he had a game point earlier in that game. You know, I always keep fighting no matter what the score line is in the game. Even though it was on his serve there, I just kept hanging in there, waiting for my opportunities.

To get a little point like that to set up breakpoint, it's a huge mental swing, I think, in the match as well for both players. He obviously thought he had the point won there at one stage. Next minute, I come back and, you know, we're 3-All and he's facing a breakpoint. So, yeah, it was definitely a turning point in the third set.

Q. (Question regarding Carlos not playing for a few weeks.)

HEWITT: He didn't look like a bloke that hasn't played for a few weeks. You know, he's a hell of a player, he really is.

He's good on all surfaces. It was heavy out there, conditions. Late last night, also today, obviously very overcast. That probably helps him out a little bit as well. He can run around and dominate with that forehand. As I've said, he's got a great serve as well, so that helps him on a hard court.

Q. What do you think about playing this event outdoors this year? Is it an intelligent decision?

HEWITT: Well, it's a tough decision, I guess. This is the first time I was here, obviously. You know, I think they had a little bit of rain last year, but this is probably forecast for worse this year than last year.

Yeah, it's awkward, I guess, with obviously TV and such a huge event, trying to schedule the match. That's the positive about playing it indoors.

I don't necessarily disagree with it being outdoors. Playing indoors all the time, you know, that suits certain players probably more than others. So I don't disagree with it being played outdoors, just to throw a couple extra variables in there, I guess, with the wind, the weather and the pace of the court.

But then again, obviously, I can see the other side of the coin. It's difficult to schedule that you're exactly going to be on. I don't know whether it was live TV around the world or not last night. To lose that TV time for three and a half hours, that's obviously disappointing for everyone.

Q. (Question regarding the Masters Cup being played indoors in Sydney .)

HEWITT: Yeah, it was. I think at the time, they probably weren't quite-- you know, you'd only just started the Masters Cup from where it had always been in Hannover , in Germany for a lot of years.

I think they just thought at that time that they had to keep playing it indoors. It was just seen as an indoor event at the end of the year.

Obviously, Houston has made different in roads with that last year, breaking through. I don't think it's a bad thing. There's obviously not a lot you can do about the weather, though.

Q. How hard is it for you to play 20 minutes, stop, play again, wait until the next day?

HEWITT: Well, that's tough. It's tough for everyone. It's tough for Carlos and myself, and obviously tough for the crowd. But that's just like playing Wimbledon (laughter).

No, you know, you got to -- yeah, it's not easy for anyone. Going to bed late last night, then waking up and having to come to play today and know you have to back it up again tomorrow, it's not easy, but, you know, there's no point complaining about it. You can't do anything about it. You've got to go out there and, you know, just focus on trying to get through that match and now look forward to tomorrow.

Q. Wimbledon , as soon as it rains, they cover the courts.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, that's different. Yeah, and also Wimbledon we don't have to play night matches, so at least you get called off a little bit earlier.

But, yeah, there's obviously -- the court gets pretty slippery out there last night, we both noticed, as soon as there's a few drops out there. So this kind of event you can't go risking.

Q. The race is on for you and Andy Roddick to finish the year No. 2. Is this a big deal for you?

HEWITT: Yes and no, I guess. When you've been No. 1 and finish No. 1 twice at the end of the year, you know, there's not a huge difference between 2 and 3. You know, it's just going to be a seeding at the Aussie Open . That's about the only difference.

Obviously, to finish 2 behind a guy like Roger Federer with the year that he's had, there's no shame in that. But I don't think it's a huge deal for me to finish 2 or 3.

Q. What do you think of your possibility for semifinal?

HEWITT: Well, mate, I'm just trying to get through my Round Robin matches at the moment.

If I get to Saturday, we'll see. At this stage you can't even think about semifinals and who opponents have played. It's only in the first match of the other group at the moment. It's a bit hard to start thinking about semifinals just yet.

Q. Three years ago you got a title in the Masters Cup in Shanghai . What do you think about the Masters Cup coming back?

HEWITT: To Shanghai ?

Q. Yes.

HEWITT: Hopefully, I'm there (smiling).

You know, it was an awesome event, it really was. It obviously helps when you win it. I have a lot of good memories of it. I think they put on a wonderful event there. I look forward to hopefully going back there.

And, yeah, I'm sure, you know, they're probably going to learn things from last year in Shanghai and also I think a few people are coming here to Houston to have a look as well this week. So I'm sure it will be a great event next year as well.

Q. (Question regarding the mental aspect of playing Roger Federer .)

HEWITT: Not really mentally. You know, it's probably a little bit how he's played. There hasn't been --you know, the US Open he played pretty incredible, especially the first set. There really wasn't a whole heap -- I had game points in there to try to get on the board. I just wasn't quite able to weather the storm against him.

A lot of this year he's been able to get out of the blocks extremely well against everybody and play some of his best tennis straight up when he gets straight out there. That's what you've got to be very wary of.

Danni
11-17-2004, 11:18 AM
cheers for the interview...lleyton :angel:

Lleyton4eva
11-17-2004, 01:15 PM
WELL DONE LLEYTON!!!!!!!!!! :worship: :) :D ;) :p :cool:

Yasmine
11-17-2004, 02:44 PM
He's playing Federer tonight... :wavey: best of luck to him :angel:
Come on Lleyton!!!!!!!

tournesol
11-17-2004, 03:14 PM
:bigclap: :bigclap: well done Ll and good luck for tonight, you sure can do it

star
11-17-2004, 04:26 PM
:woohoo: Lleyton! It's always nice to beat a nemisis. Lleyton got his fire lit after dropping the first set. I love to see him playing so agressively.

But........ damm you for letting it go three so I didn't get to see my sweet Guille! :sad:

Yasmine
11-17-2004, 05:05 PM
But........ damm you for letting it go three so I didn't get to see my sweet Guille! :sad:
Hihi in fact he waited for me to get home to finish his match :p. I litterally went online to follow live scores when he had match point. He's so sweet don't you think? :angel:

Bibi
11-17-2004, 06:11 PM
I saw the match this morning (I taped it - I wasn't home to watch it, and was able to watch it from the tie break forward) :)
I thought he really played a heck of a game :)

C'mon Lleyton, good luck tonight against Federer!!! I'm also going to have to tape this match, because when he's playing it's like 2 am here in Belgium, and I don't feel like getting up in the middle of the night :o , if it was the final or semi-final I would do so, but now ...

Yasmine
11-17-2004, 08:51 PM
I saw the match this morning (I taped it - I wasn't home to watch it, and was able to watch it from the tie break forward) :)
I thought he really played a heck of a game :)

Lucky you Cindy :wavey: ! pfff apart from Henman here they don't show anything :sad:

sprinterluck
11-17-2004, 08:57 PM
Lleyton competed unbelievably well against Moya and the serve was superb something like 15 aces! Really tight close match, but Lleyton pulled it out in the end. He has a chance against Federer tonight if he continues serving that well.

Lleyton4eva
11-17-2004, 09:37 PM
GOOD LUCK LLEYTON TONIGHT AGAINST FEDERER!!!!!!! :D :D :D

Max
11-18-2004, 07:21 AM
i missed the match against federer, i know he lost but did anyone see how he played??
didn't get bageled.. thats good i guess

Yasmine
11-18-2004, 07:55 AM
I didn't either, I just saw the result this morning... I hoped it would be his time tho :bigcry:

Ashie_87
11-18-2004, 07:58 AM
It was a 6-2, 6-3 loss...:ras: but he did better than at USO so it's not all bad! He played well going by the news:)

Lisbeth
11-18-2004, 08:15 AM
Well a win would have been nice but there's no shame whatsoever in losing to Federer. Good luck for a good final round robin against Gaudio!

Bibi
11-18-2004, 10:49 AM
I didn't either, I just saw the result this morning... I hoped it would be his time tho :bigcry:
Well, I taped the match, and guess what ... All I got to see was an empty field with lots of rain :sad: But I just saw they will show the match again on Eurosport at 2.30 pm (In Belgium) => so I'm going to tape it again, and I will be able to watch :) later today, when I'm back for going shopping :) :

sprinterluck
11-18-2004, 02:49 PM
i missed the match against federer, i know he lost but did anyone see how he played??
didn't get bageled.. thats good i guess

I didn't see the match (ESPN screwed us over by showing Moya-Hewitt replays even though the match Federer-Hewitt was in progress)...but
I listened to most of the match on the radio.

Lleyton competed really well and had several breakpoint opportunities, but could not convert. Roger was playing well--not as good as the US Open--but he kept using these spins that forced the error off Hewitt's racket. At least no bagels this time.

NOMAD
11-18-2004, 04:26 PM
2004 TENNIS MASTERS CUP
HOUSTON, TEXAS

November 17, 2004

R. FEDERER/L. Hewitt
6-3, 6-4

LLEYTON HEWITT

THE MODERATOR: First question, please.

Q. I suppose it's no great surprise, the day you've had, that it took a little bit of time to get going, get into the match today. Did you feel that just at the outset, it was tough to get going?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, little bit. But I actually felt I had a lot of chances early. I had breakpoints. I was the one that had the first breakpoints and wasn't quite able to take. I was in a rally, ended up missing a backhand in a long rally. Yeah, then next game around, you know, I lost serve after having a game point there as well. So I felt like there were two huge games. And then the next game I had another two breakpoints and wasn't able to capitalize. Sort of been the story against Roger in the last few matches that I've played. I've had a lot of opportunities and haven't been able to take them at the right time. Even in the last game there tonight, you know, I had 15-30, had an opportunity; you know, 30-All, had another opportunity. You know, against the best players in the world, especially "the" best player in the world right at the moment, you got to take those.

Q. I mean, the last game, when you came off, you wanted to try to get the match done tonight as best you could. You played two superb games right at the end there. Probably the best tennis of the tournament so far. It's hard to raise yourself to the level to get the one shot you need against him, isn't it?

LLEYTON HEWITT: It's tough. Especially when you come out after a rain delay and you're down a set and a break against such a great player. He's tough enough, I guess, to break his serve at, you know -- when you're even sometimes, let alone when you're down a set and a break coming out after a rain delay and you don't have that many opportunities. So the first one, he won to love, I think. First service game after the rain delay. Then the next one I had opportunities. I wasn't quite able to take them. But, you know, against the best players, as I said, you got to take those chances.

Q. One of those breakpoints he faced in the first set, he hit the line with an amazing, ambitious forehand. Is that the sort of shot which sets him apart really?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, but, you know, it set him apart all year, I guess. Only so many lines you can hit. And, you know, he's obviously, you know, probably found a lot more than a lot of other guys this year, but that's why he's No. 1 in the world. And, yeah, he's got a sort of belief there at the moment to pull the trigger on the big points. That probably stands out more than anything else, I think, from being the best player in the world to, you know, the next five or six guys, is he really believes that, you know, he can go for it on those big points. And at the moment, in a lot of big matches, it's paying off.

Q. How do you feel now about the way the group is set up?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I know what I've got to do (smiling). So, yeah... Obviously, you know, I think it's -- probably the ball's in my court. Obviously, you'd think Carlos is going to have an extremely tough time against Roger, but, you know, you never know.

Q. When he's playing like this, serving as well as he is, does it cause you to alter your strategy or thinking, or do you just keep approaching it like you would any other opponent?

LLEYTON HEWITT: You know, at the start of the match, I guess you approach it like the same as you would. After having breakpoints and that, you start getting a feeling of where maybe he's going to go and that. But he's got such great variety on all his shots, not just his serve. His forehand can go all the way. He's got a great topspin backhand, a great slice backhand as well, and he can come to the net. He volleys well. So you've always got that in the back of your mind, I guess, because he's got so many options out there.

Q. With all the running around that you do in a match, do you find that with Roger, that he makes you move and run a lot more than any other opponent you've come up against in the last couple of years?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, it's hard to say. I think Andre has been probably the best that I've seen, especially since I came on tour. You know, Roger may be taking over a little bit of that but, you know, Andre is still a master of dictating play and working the angles and making your opponents, you know, even if he ends up losing the point, he sometimes gets four or five cheap points after that. Roger might be getting to that stage but, you know, still, Andre is one of the greatest that I've seen at that.

Q. Do you feel you just have to hit the ball much deeper than you would against other players?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah. Yeah, Roger moves extremely well, you know. For a bigger guy and, you know -- he really moves, you know, smoothly around the court. Doesn't look like he's running that fast, but he gets to a lot of balls, and gives himself plenty of time on all shots. I think that's one thing that really stands out when you're playing against a guy like that. That sometimes makes you go for a little bit more than you would against other players. But, you know, he doesn't have that many weaknesses either. His forehand is obviously his stand-out shot from the back of the court. I got passed a couple of times tonight when I came in on his backhand as well. Sometimes you got to hit it a little bit deeper or work the angles a little bit more against a guy like Roger.

End of FastScripts?

sprinterluck
11-18-2004, 09:56 PM
Any Aussies here familiar with the band Men at Work? The radio commentator said it was onne of Lleyton's favorite bands and that when he walked onto the court against Federer the speakers played the song "Down Under."
I think the lyrics are funny...

Traveling in a fried-out combie
On a hippie trail, head full of zombie
I met a strange lady, she made me nervous
She took me in and gave me breakfast
And she said,

"Do you come from a land down under?
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover."

Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six foot four and full of muscles
I said, "Do you speak-a my language?"
He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich
And he said,

"I come from a land down under
Where beer does flow and men chunder
Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover."....

Murkofan
11-18-2004, 10:02 PM
Don't have to be Aussie to know Men At Work. "Down Under" was a huge hit here in the '80s.

Lleyton4eva
11-19-2004, 04:02 PM
It was a 6-2, 6-3 loss...:ras: but he did better than at USO so it's not all bad! He played well going by the news:)

it was 6-3 6-4. so he played even more better then us open.

Sarah
11-19-2004, 08:21 PM
wow! very impressive match today! :yeah:

Goonergal
11-19-2004, 08:24 PM
You're telling me! Ok, Gaudio was only putting in about 40% effort at most, but Lley was mucho good. That rally and final shot he played at 4-1 :eek: :worship: :worship: That is the shot of the year no doubt. It's the type of shot that you only make in your dreams :p Loved his celebration too :haha: hi-fiving someone in his camp :p

Edit: Maybe 40% effort is being a bit generous :o

Sarah
11-19-2004, 08:50 PM
You're telling me! Ok, Gaudio was only putting in about 40% effort at most, but Lley was mucho good. That rally and final shot he played at 4-1 :eek: :worship: :worship: That is the shot of the year no doubt. It's the type of shot that you only make in your dreams :p

Edit: Maybe 40% effort is being a bit generous :o
:lol: it is!
but that point at 4-1 was amazing indeed! :eek: really, don't know how he managed to get still those balls!!!

Loved his celebration too :haha: hi-fiving someone in his camp :p
don't know who it was, but it was really funny! tho it looked like he even missed the other one's hand :p :lol:

Ashie_87
11-20-2004, 02:18 AM
it was 6-3 6-4. so he played even more better then us open.

thanks:kiss: i didn't think it looked right;) it just flashed across the scrollbar on tv

raeesa301
11-20-2004, 08:22 AM
An Interview with Lleyton Hewitt
November 19, 2004

Q. Not a bad point there...

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it was a good point. I'm not quite sure what happened, but I was a bit knackered at the end of it. Took me about six points to get my breath back (smiling).

It was good.

Q. If you had to compare your game now and the game when you were No. 1 in the world, what would be the difference? What are you lacking maybe in your game to regain that spot?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know. I think there's definitely been patches this year where I've played as well as I was when I was No. 1. I think the game just keeps improving.

You know, whoever is No. 1 at the time tries to take it to a new level, and obviously that's what Roger has been doing for the last year and a half.

That's what drives you, that's what motivates you to try and keep improving and be able to compete with the best players in the world. You know, Roger has obviously done it at the moment. Guys like Andy , myself, Marat have got to try to keep up with him and try to overtake him somehow.

But I feel there's definitely been times this year when I played as well as I did in 2001, 2002.

Q. What do you need to improve if you want to keep up with Roger ?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, it's hard to say. If you're just focusing on Roger , then it's just a matchup more thing, I guess.

But, you know, you got to pretty much make the semi or final right at the moment if you're No. 1 and 3 in the world to actually have a crack at Roger .

I feel personally for my own game, against no matter who it is, I try to be a bit more aggressive, come to the net a little bit more. I think I've done that really well this week. I think I've really stepped it up this week. And obviously at the US Open and right through the US summer I think I did that extremely well.

You know, if I serve well, you know, that helps it out as well.

Q. Talk a bit about playing Andy and how that matchup compares to other ones at the top of the game for you, how you see that.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, well, obviously he's got a lot of firepower out there. He's got a massive serve and a huge forehand. He runs down a lot of balls for a big guy. He moves well for a big guy. He tries to come into the net a little bit more, I think.

But, you know, you just got to try to make him play it one extra ball as well, I guess, and really make him move around as much as possible and obviously try and get as many of his big shots back as possible.

Q. You guys started a pretty good rivalry a couple years ago. You haven't played much really since then.

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, we only played once this year in Queen's where he got me. I felt like I was definitely the better player through the first set of that match. You know, served for the first set. Wasn't quite able to take it. Had set points in the breaker.

You just got to take your chances. That's much like playing Roger the other night. You have your opportunities. And against the best players in the world, you're only going to get one or two chances, and you got to take them straightaway.

Q. You always seem to be incredibly pumped up when you're playing. How do you maintain that level of focus?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know. I think I'm motivated at the moment, I think. Obviously, when you're motivated out there and you're driven, especially with my style of game and I like to play with a lot of emotion out there, so it's pretty easy, just sort of happens naturally right at the moment.

There's obviously times when you have a little bit of a downer. But right at the moment, I feel up for this event and I feel pretty motivated out there right at the moment.

Obviously, if you play points like you did in the second-to-last game there, it's pretty easy to get pumped up.

Q. Over the course of the week, you sort of indicated that possibly the Australian Open was out there on the horizon and this could just be a step to it. Have you changed your attitude a bit as you've won matches?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really. You know, I was obviously motivated. I knew that the first match against Moya was a huge match, you know, when I looked at the groups. I knew I had to go out there and compete as hard as possible and, you know, put it all on the line for that match, I felt.

I was able to do that. And, you know, I'm still very motivated here. Obviously, for me, though, the Australian Open in a couple of months' time, that's the big picture.

Q. Does the fact that it's 370 US on the line, does that make any kind of a little more spice to it?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really.

Q. Don't ever think about it?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, not for me. I'm not going out there and playing for the money. You know, it's obviously a great event. I'm fortunate enough to be playing for this kind of money.

But it's not even in the back of your mind. You come here for the Masters Cup to play against the best players in the world, and to try to play for that trophy at the end of the week.

raeesa301
11-20-2004, 08:31 AM
Well done Lleyton!!!!!!! Good luck against Roddick!!!!!
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Alisa
11-20-2004, 06:06 PM
yeaaaa... it was so impressive shot... i'm so happy i taped this match)) lleyton is showing very very good tennis now!! hope he'll have no problems with roddick... so good luck lleyton!

NOMAD
11-20-2004, 07:40 PM
:banana: :banana: :banana:
Lley won

kim-fan
11-20-2004, 07:43 PM
you rock lleyton

:worship:

NOMAD
11-20-2004, 07:50 PM
It's funny to watch the interaction of them on court
Did you see the way Lley looked Andy during changeover after Lley broke him in the secind set?:lol: :p
And I think Lley was not very comfortable of huging at net. :p

Goonergal
11-20-2004, 07:51 PM
Well, if yesterday's match was impressive, then today's was erm..fucking awesome :devil:

Excuse my language :angel:

Lleyton hasn't played that well imo since he was No.1 :worship: Plus, it was a massive bonus that Roddick completely sucked :devil:

Edit: From 2-1 in the 2nd, Lleyton won 20 points in a row to make it 6-2 :eek: :devil: :worship:

kim-fan
11-20-2004, 07:52 PM
It's funny to watch the interaction of them on court
Did you see the way Lley looked Andy during changeover when Lley broke him in the secind set?:lol: :p
And I think Lley was not very comfortable of huging at net. :p

no :sobbing: i don't have coverage

raeesa301
11-20-2004, 07:54 PM
you rock lleyton

:worship:

Totally agree :bowdown: :clap2:!!!!!!!! It'll be a great match tomorrow if can keep up that performance against Safin or Federer. :p

:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

Goonergal
11-20-2004, 07:54 PM
It's funny to watch the interaction of them on court
Did you see the way Lley looked Andy during changeover after Lley broke him in the secind set?:lol: :p
And I think Lley was not very comfortable of huging at net. :p
Yeah Tara I was :rolls: :haha: he said something like "fucking shit, give it a crack mate" :haha: I was like :eek: :rolls:

Yeahh, Roddick still tried to do the hug thing :p Lleyton is too tough for that :devil: :p

Hagar
11-20-2004, 08:10 PM
Isn't it great when your fave, after all those years, can come up with something to which you only can say... WOW!!!

Bloody brilliant, Lleyton, and damn you... I'm now dreaming that you take on Roger and finally beat him in the last tournament of the season. That would be SO typical for Lleyton...

:worship: Lleyton!

sprinterluck
11-20-2004, 08:33 PM
Yeah Tara I was :rolls: :haha: he said something like "fucking shit, give it a crack mate" :haha: I was like :eek: :rolls:

Yeahh, Roddick still tried to do the hug thing :p Lleyton is too tough for that :devil: :p

What did he mean when he said "give it a crack mate?"

Goonergal
11-20-2004, 08:45 PM
Well, I'm not Aussie (so I think the Aussies can translate better!) I think Lleyton was really suprised about how badly Roddick was playing and "give it a crack mate" I think means, "try harder, make an effort" as Roddick had pretty much given up and wasn't really trying.

raeesa301
11-20-2004, 08:48 PM
What did he mean when he said "give it a crack mate?"

I'm not Aussie either but I know the expression and it means "just go for it".

kim-fan
11-20-2004, 09:13 PM
Fired-up Hewitt destroys Roddick
Saturday, November 20, 2004 Posted: 2027 GMT (0427 HKT)



Hewitt rounded off victory by winning the final 20 points.

HOUSTON -- Fired-up Lleyton Hewitt defused hard-hitting Andy Roddick 6-3 6-2 in Houston, as he raced into the final of the Masters Cup for the third time in four years.

Back at the top of his game, the Adelaide fighter took the best shots the big-serving American could offer and gave back better to finish off the Texan in just 58 minutes.

In the final Hewitt will meet either world number one and defending champion Roger Federer or in-form Russian Marat Safin.

Hewitt took the last 20 points of the match to round off a devastating win over the second-ranked American.

Third-ranked Hewitt took full advantage of 25 unforced errors by Roddick and committed only six.

He ripped through breaks to love in the fifth and seventh games as he charged to victory.

Hewitt rose to 4-1 lifetime against Roddick, with all three prior triumphs coming in 2001. Roddick had won their only match since, in June at the Queen's semifinals.

Hewitt could do no wrong against an off-the-boil Roddick, who was watched by his parents and thousands of Texas home supporters.

"I didn't play well and he took his chances," said Roddick. "It's self-explanatory. He makes you play at a certain level to beat him and I fell well short today.

"You have to make things happen against Lleyton to beat him. I had to be aggressive - and unluckily I didn't do that today

All the semifinalists at the Westside Tennis Club were under 25, current or former world number ones and all had won grand slam titles.

raeesa301
11-20-2004, 09:59 PM
He's playing federer!!

star
11-20-2004, 10:11 PM
The match wasn't even as close as the score looked! Not that the score looked close, but still!

I'm rooting for Safin to win tonight! It would be so very sweet if Lleyton could win the whole thing.

I feel bad for Andy because I like him too. But one of them had to lose and I'm thrilled for Lleyton. :)

sprinterluck
11-20-2004, 10:26 PM
Well, I'm not Aussie (so I think the Aussies can translate better!) I think Lleyton was really suprised about how badly Roddick was playing and "give it a crack mate" I think means, "try harder, make an effort" as Roddick had pretty much given up and wasn't really trying.

Thanks for the translation of Aussie slang.

NOMAD
11-21-2004, 06:14 AM
Yeah Tara I was :rolls: :haha: he said something like "fucking shit, give it a crack mate" :haha: I was like :eek: :rolls:


someone@ Lleytonland posted that
"Andy had made some sort of remark to Lleyton and Lleyton responded by saying “you want to have a crack”....Lleyton looked back at Andy in disgust and disbelief that Andy could react in such a manner."

not sure what really happened,but Lley did look :fiery: when he looked back at Andy

ally_014
11-21-2004, 06:25 AM
OMG i just finished watching a tape of the match and all I can say is wow! Andy was kinda bad, but those last 20 points :eek: :devil:

Loved the comment in the interview about Cliff Drysdale and there only being two players in the world - and about there being a few of them 'right up Andy's butt' :lol:

Daring to dream though - wouldn't it be just totally Lleyton to comeback from a tough time, beat Federer and win the whole darn thing :D

Lisbeth
11-21-2004, 11:40 AM
I didn't see/hear the match, but if he did say "have a crack, mate" that's hilarious! That's the sort of thing an Aussie would say to the unathletic cousin who was wrecking the backyard cricket match by refusing to run :lol: I have never ever heard a pro say something like that before ;) It seems to have caused a stir but it's actually usually a fairly nice, encouraging thing to say (if a little exasperated!). I sometimes wonder if Lleyton just forgets where he is :)

Danni
11-21-2004, 12:06 PM
:lol: lleyton...what a classic!

pleaaaaaaaaaaaaase win the final lleyts! :bounce:

Alisa
11-21-2004, 12:23 PM
LLEYTON!!! c'mon!!! super impressive tennis at the end of the season!! wish u victory!!! u really r the one to get it!
p.s. guys, i think he really can get his title back the next season if he stays the same...

Bibi
11-21-2004, 01:11 PM
someone@ Lleytonland posted that
"Andy had made some sort of remark to Lleyton and Lleyton responded by saying “you want to have a crack”....Lleyton looked back at Andy in disgust and disbelief that Andy could react in such a manner."

not sure what really happened,but Lley did look :fiery: when he looked back at Andy
Yeah, I also think Andy said something to Lleyton when Lleyton was passing him to get to his chair. I don't know what he said, but I know he didn't look very pleased and even when he was sitting at his chair, he was still looking at Andy.

Just have to watch the tape again, to see if I can figure out what Andy said. (Maybe Andy had a comment on the C'mon Lleyton shouted just before getting to his chair???)

But it was a really good match to watch.
I just hope Lleyton does just als well in the final tonight!!!

kim4eva
11-21-2004, 01:23 PM
someone@ Lleytonland posted that
"Andy had made some sort of remark to Lleyton and Lleyton responded by saying “you want to have a crack”....Lleyton looked back at Andy in disgust and disbelief that Andy could react in such a manner."

not sure what really happened,but Lley did look :fiery: when he looked back at Andy

:lol: Ooooh inner Lleyton has slipped out just for a sec :devil: Lovely ;)

Come ON Lleyton beat Federer...make it happen dude! Give it a good fight :clap2:

Audio for Lleyton's interview after beating Andy
http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackItA.asp?file=http://wm.atptennis-global.speedera.net/wm.atptennis-global/Hewitt8.mp3

Crazy_Fool
11-21-2004, 02:13 PM
I thought it was funny anyway, and it was even funnier to see Roddick getting thrashed like that :devil:

Yasmine
11-21-2004, 03:20 PM
LLEYTON!!! c'mon!!! super impressive tennis at the end of the season!! wish u victory!!! u really r the one to get it!
p.s. guys, i think he really can get his title back the next season if he stays the same...
I hope he does sooooo much! Has anyone seen the other SF, all credit to Safin who made Federer work especially in the second set!
:bounce: Come on Lleyts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce:
I'm gonna stay up all night to watch it live, no way I'm missing one second of it :p

star
11-21-2004, 03:22 PM
Socket made the best comment on "some being up Andy's butt" in a post on GM.

"That's got to hurt. :eek:"

:haha:

star
11-21-2004, 03:26 PM
I am so very proud of Lleyton. He got stuck in the group with his two nemises, and managed to get out of the group, comprehensively beat the player ranked ahead of him, and is playing in the final. All this comes at a time when people were saying he wouldn't be a contender for the top spot again and at a time of personal torment.

I've been impressed by Lleyton for a long, long time, and still I learn to admire him more every year. :)

star
11-21-2004, 03:31 PM
You know..... I've been thinking about that Andy/Lleyton exchange. Everyone is pretty certain Andy said something about Lleyton's uh..... enthusiasm ;). So it's quite possible Andy said something like "Give it a rest" and Lleyton responded by saying "give it a crack" perhaps decorated by a expletive.

I mean, Lleyton is on record as thinking Andy is "a different kind of guy" so I don't think he's got a high opinion of Andy anyway. :)

Murkofan
11-21-2004, 03:51 PM
I mean, Lleyton is on record as thinking Andy is "a different kind of guy" so I don't think he's got a high opinion of Andy anyway. :)

I, too, still learn to admire Lleyton more every year :p

star
11-21-2004, 04:00 PM
:lol:

:p

Socket
11-21-2004, 04:48 PM
You know..... I've been thinking about that Andy/Lleyton exchange. Everyone is pretty certain Andy said something about Lleyton's uh..... enthusiasm ;). So it's quite possible Andy said something like "Give it a rest" and Lleyton responded by saying "give it a crack" perhaps decorated by a expletive.
That sounds right. To me, Lleyton didn't look particularly mad or upset, so if Andy said something like, you're f****** killing me here, I wouldn't be surprised, either. In any event, I think it was completely over by the time of the handshake.

Socket
11-21-2004, 04:49 PM
Socket made the best comment on "some being up Andy's butt" in a post on GM.

"That's got to hurt. :eek:"

:haha:
*takes a bow*

star
11-21-2004, 04:50 PM
Yeah. At first I thought Andy had said something that made it sound as if he was throwing in the towel (and it sure looked like he gave up after that) because Lleyton looked surprised and sort of weired out. (I watched this all in slo-mo) and then he responded when he got to his chair.

Murkofan
11-21-2004, 04:52 PM
Slo-mo? :p You're very dedicated :p

star
11-21-2004, 04:57 PM
:lol:

I'd say pathologically curious. :p

Murkofan
11-21-2004, 05:01 PM
Ah yes. Around here, we have a different term for it--nosy :p

<em>
11-21-2004, 05:37 PM
don't know what else to say..
Go LLEyton...
MAke my day better by doing and showing your best... :kiss:
doesn't even have to win, as long as i c him fight :)

i'm so sick... :sad:

Lleyton4eva
11-21-2004, 08:11 PM
apparently the weather is soooooo bad in housten that the final might not be able to be played until wednesday!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mad: :mad: it best not rain cos im gunna be waiting all night to watch this match!!!!!!!1 :mad:

GOOD LUCK LLEYTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Crazy_Fool
11-21-2004, 09:42 PM
apparently the weather is soooooo bad in housten that the final might not be able to be played until wednesday!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mad: :mad: it best not rain cos im gunna be waiting all night to watch this match!!!!!!!1 :mad:

GOOD LUCK LLEYTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday :rolleyes:

I'll wait up all night as well, i don't care.

Socket
11-21-2004, 10:13 PM
Update: ESPN just showed the court. It is wet, and they are not drying. Looks like there's still light rain, but it's hard to tell.

They are showing the Safin-Federer SF from the beginning, which makes me think that the radar reports show the rain persisting for a time.

star
11-21-2004, 10:22 PM
This hourly forecast shows no signs of let up. To me the satelite photo looks as if there might be a clearling period tonight, but that's not what this forecast shows.

http://www.whttp://www.weather.com/activities/other/other/weather/fcst-hrly.html?locid=USTX0617eather.com/activities/other/other/weather/fcst-hrly.html?locid=USTX0617

Socket
11-21-2004, 10:23 PM
People are saying that ES showed the court being dried again . . .

Socket
11-21-2004, 10:28 PM
ES.com says that it's still raining, but court sweepers are keeping themselves occupied. :rolleyes: They could start a poker game instead.

star
11-21-2004, 10:38 PM
That's crazy.. The whole satelite map is green over Houston.

Socket
11-21-2004, 10:48 PM
That's crazy.. The whole satelite map is green over Houston.
OK, I believe you. :scared: :scared:

star
11-21-2004, 10:58 PM
I'm watching this map obsessively now. I looks like there is a clear patch of weather moving toward the western reaches of Houston. I'm not sure how long it will take to get there though..... maybe another couple of hours?

http://www.weather.com/weather/map/USTX0617?from=LAPmaps&name=index_large_animated&day=1

Murkofan
11-21-2004, 11:43 PM
According to the MC website, as of 5:30, the rain had cleared and they were drying the courts. The final has been chopped to best of 3 sets.

Fedex
11-21-2004, 11:44 PM
Best of 3 sets? :rolleyes: This makes things even better, but its understandable, given the conditions.

Murkofan
11-21-2004, 11:51 PM
I wasn't too thrilled about it either, but I suppose that's a better alternative than playing a couple of sets on Wednesday :p And this way Ll can only get bagelled in two sets :p

Lisbeth
11-21-2004, 11:51 PM
I just hope we get a match!! Good luck Lleyton!

Lisbeth
11-21-2004, 11:55 PM
Marly, lose that attitude this instant :p

Murkofan
11-21-2004, 11:57 PM
Sorry :p I repent :angel: :p

Murkofan
11-22-2004, 12:01 AM
Play will not start before 6:15.

Lisbeth
11-22-2004, 12:05 AM
Good girl :kiss:

Lisbeth
11-22-2004, 12:07 AM
what time is it now over there?

Guille_ElMago
11-22-2004, 12:08 AM
I believe Lleyton can do this. He just has to keep fighting like he always does, never give up, and stay confident. I know it's hard to be confident having lost the last five times they have played but Lleyton can do it he just has to keep up with Roger and play a consistent game.

Murkofan
11-22-2004, 12:12 AM
It's 6:12 here right now.

Lisbeth
11-22-2004, 12:19 AM
I think he can too - obviously Federer is the most difficult opponnent for him (and for that matter for virtually everyone!) but I think Lleyton is one of the handful who can still beat Federer on the right day. At any rate, we know he'll never roll over and give up!

star
11-22-2004, 12:26 AM
COME ON LLEYTON!!!!!


Fist ball is being struck!

star
11-22-2004, 12:27 AM
And he's wearing the green shirt! :)

Socket
11-22-2004, 01:07 AM
Not so good so far . . . sigh.

star
11-22-2004, 01:13 AM
Come in and join us in the chat thread! We're cheering in there. :)

mitalidas
11-22-2004, 03:33 AM
Fabulous effort by Lleyton....

May the 2005 Federer-Safin-Hewitt show begin! Looking forward to some "REAL" rivalries between these 3 :)

Fedex
11-22-2004, 06:26 AM
Fabulous effort by Lleyton....

May the 2005 Federer-Safin-Hewitt show begin! Looking forward to some "REAL" rivalries between these 3 :)
Amazing that these 2(Federer and Hewitt) have played each other 15 times, and its still early in their careers. Although, right now, it doesn't seem like much of a rivalry, it is, and is much better than the Federer-Roddick rivalry, because Hewitt's actually beaten Federer before, and 7 times too.

Alisa
11-22-2004, 09:59 AM
lleyton's game was different from other matches on this tournament... maybe because of this rain delays. but still he showed himself very good at the end of the year and he made a nice speech on the awarding ceremony) now wish him have a good rest)

Lisbeth
11-22-2004, 10:05 AM
What did he say in his speech?

Hearty congratulations to Roger but I'm proud of Lleyton. A lot of people wrote him off saying he'd never make the top 10 again or never make a major semi again and here he is #3, only lost to the winner at all 5 majors and made 2 finals. I am hoping for a great 2005 :)

FanOfHewitt
11-22-2004, 07:12 PM
I know Roger is a different specimen from all the other players out there, but I think Lleyton is really lacking some confidence when he plays Roger at the moment.

I suppose its the pressure that Roger puts on but Lleyton has seemed to crack very easily of late.

I still think that if he is confident he can give Roger a good run for his money. Roger is more talented, but I think Lleyton is more talented than the scores have been suggesting of late in their matches.

And Fedex, what gives with posting in the Hewitt forum, don't you hate the guy? I remember a little while back you were saying some really nasty things about him.

I suppose he's easier to accept for you now that Federer has been burying him in their matches.