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Second Tournament: Sydney 2005

dagmar7
01-09-2005, 03:03 PM
I thought I'd jump in and start the thread since the tournament starts today.
I can't bring myself to call it the Medibankinternational, not that we don't love those who fund tennis events. :)

The official site has live scoring and a short article about the draw.

http://www.medibankinternational.com/

The tournament has a pretty good field. Pim Pim should have lots of confidence from his win and Carlos Moya seems keen to amend his injury-marred final.

What do we expect from Lleyton?

I'm concerned about this arm twinge/leg wrap situation.
Really, I just want to see improvement from Adelaide here. In the past, he's achieved spectacularly well in the warm-up tournaments only to be disappointed in the AO.

On the other hand, of course, I want him to win every tournament he plays. :eek:

:angel:

star
01-09-2005, 03:34 PM
:banana: :banana: :banana:

Let's go Lleyton!

But if he and Pim Pim meet it will be a dreadful wrench for me. :sad: On the other hand, I will be happy no matter who wins. :)

Socket
01-09-2005, 03:49 PM
JJ and Lleyton are scheduled to meet in the SFs . . . I'd truly hate to see Lleyton lose to JJ in Australia, particularly . . .

Lleyton seems to always put so much pressure on himself when it comes to the AO. I don't know why, but I don't have a good feeling about this year's event.

dagmar7
01-09-2005, 04:18 PM
I always worry and some of the variables are a bit sinister.

I am concerned from the look of him and the minor injuries that he may have overtrained a bit during the off season.

It's great that he works so hard, but it is possible to overdo it.

Bec Cartwright looks like a nice girl, but the new relationship - especially with an actor ;) - can be a distraction.

On the other hand, better too much work than not enough, and he obviously hates to be alone, so maybe it's better that he's not on the market.

Typical Canadian fence-sitting here. :)

Also, Pim Pim's already won one Aus tournament, two is not necessary. ;)
For some reason I think he'll have a really tough time against Greg Rusedski in the first round. :o

Socket
01-09-2005, 04:52 PM
Rusedski really has something to prove, doesn't he? He was ****ed over by the ATP probably worse than any player in ATP history. He's never been one of my favorites, but on this issue, I'm on his side. Good luck to him against JJ!

Overall, I think that Lleyton is better off being in a new relationship than not. And Bec is starting to grow on me. I had the advantage of never having known about her or seeing her on television, I guess.

Yes, to your thoughts about his possibly overtraining. But a slightly built player like him really has no choice but to train hard, and the off-season is the only time he has in which to do it, unless he always want to take off the end of the year, as he did in 2003.

Murkofan
01-09-2005, 05:21 PM
Bec will grow on me when she's gone :p

kim-fan
01-09-2005, 06:06 PM
Bec will grow on me when she's gone :p

lol, i agree :p


anyways, good luck to lleyton :bounce:

kimberlleyton
01-09-2005, 06:15 PM
I am also worried for LLeyton because of variables " Bec Cartwright " and of his " new body ".
But I understand he wants to be happy off court also and he tries to have more power considering his body "slightly built" and the requirements of the modern tennis.
For the moment, I don't know to discuss more about his level because Adélaïde was not on the French TV. I can only have an opinion about his game through your posts and articles. But, I must admit, I am not the most optimist woman.
Despite all, He is a fighter so I try to have confidence on his warrior spirit and his determination to be the winner of AO.

Socket
01-09-2005, 08:43 PM
Are you guys going to take bets as to how long the Bec-Lleyton relationship lasts?

dagmar7
01-09-2005, 09:38 PM
Good points re training (Socket) and competitiveness (kimberlleyton)

I'll answer the dangerous question. :o

Even though it's a rebound relationship, I think the Bec/Lleyton alliance will last a long time (say at least six months) and more likely over a year.

I don't know how careerist she is, but as her last relationship was long term, she seems like a pro-monogamy type of gal. We all know that Ll never really breaks any relationship unless the other party acts first, so that gives more support for the idea that it will last.

I understand that its weird seeing him with someone other than Kim, but I think that this choice is less angst-producing than another tennis pro would have been. Locker room confrontation writers would be happy, but in rl it would have been very awkward.

So, er, put me down for a year plus.

Lisbeth
01-09-2005, 09:46 PM
Are you guys going to take bets as to how long the Bec-Lleyton relationship lasts?

Certainly not :lol:

I think the "rebound" thing takes on a slightly different complexion when the couple are also old friends. Still, it's going to be hard at the best of times with Bec having to stay in Aus to film and Lleyton only there at Christmas.

dagmar7
01-09-2005, 09:50 PM
Sure, Jane, go ahead and take the moral high ground. ;) It's not that unsavoury to wager on human relationships. Look at Dangerous Liaisons and how well that turned out. Oh wait....

Lisbeth
01-09-2005, 09:52 PM
:haha:

I just watched Cruel Intentions again the other night actually.

It's immoral when you're as bad at betting as I am ;) Plus I don't want to jinx them.

panda7
01-09-2005, 10:54 PM
Hello there - this is my first post in the men's forum ever. I have just recently begun posting in the women's forum and have now decided to give it a try here.
I have been visiting Lleyton's forum religiously for a very long time and have always enjoyed reading all your posts. I am a big fan of both Lleyton and Kim and was, I guess a Lleyki like alot of you. When they broke up I was surprisingly less affected by it than I thought I would be. I still get more upset when I think about Kim's losses in her slam finals or Lleyton's losses against Federer. Go figure.
At this time I fall into that group of fans who are not overly impressed with Lleyton's off court behaviour and think that he is behaving slightly immaturely. While I have no problem whatsoever with him having a new girlfriend, I do question the way he has gone about the whole affair. To me it just seems so contrived and manipulated the way the whole relationship is being conducted, not only the whole posing for pics and the boat cruise incident. I mean, come on, there must have been other wildly romantic and public places he could have taken Bec on a date - hot air balloon ride comes to mind. I kind of questioned the whole 'they and their families having been friends since they were kids statement (If you have been friends for years why would you need to call the management company to ask for a phone number?).
Having said all that I am a big fan of his and will always support and wish and hope for the best for him. I don't think that I will ever be as interested in his new relationship(s) as I was in the L/K one although of course it has not stopped me from coming into this forum and checking out the LLeyton/Bec photos. I think it is more of a sick fascination kind of thing. I hope that, provided there is genuine affection between them, that Lleyton and Bec let their relationship develop at a natural and also more private pace.
It will be interesting to see what happens when the Australian season is over and the tour moves to Europe and the US. I have always thought that Lleyton is two different persons. When he is in his comfort zone (speak Australia) he is self confident and at ease with himself and his environment. I feel when he is abroad he is the total opposite,. For the last few years he has had Kim to smooth the way (my impression) and as she once mentioned, 'take him by the hand'. He has also, arguably, been the beneficiary of a lot of free goodwill ,solely because of Kim pretty much mentioning him and how great he was in every interview and press conference that she ever gave. She was probably the best PR person he ever had and possibly will ever have. Going forward LLeyton is going to have to generate his own good press abroad. Not sure how helpful Bec is going to be there. Unless of course she learns to play tennis quickly, joins the WTA tour and is then able to give press conferences wherein she mentions Lleyton constantly.
I am so happy that the tennis season has started again and that we can now shift some focus onto his athletic achievements. A little balance between his on court and off court activities is probably a good thing. I cannot wait for the Australian Open to begin.

star
01-09-2005, 11:19 PM
:wavey:

Glad you posted.

I think I have a higher opinion of Lleyton than you.

I've never really cared what other people think of him. I've got my opinion and I think I'm right. I've not got the impression that Lleyton is overly concerned about the people who don't like him either. He's not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but to me he's shown for years and years what a fine person he is. :)

Lisbeth
01-09-2005, 11:43 PM
Welcome, Panda.

Well said Christina :) I've always wished some of his critics could watch him patiently spend hour after hour hitting balls to kids, disabled adults, etc.

NOMAD
01-10-2005, 01:55 AM
:wavey:

Glad you posted.

I think I have a higher opinion of Lleyton than you.

I've never really cared what other people think of him. I've got my opinion and I think I'm right. I've not got the impression that Lleyton is overly concerned about the people who don't like him either. He's not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but to me he's shown for years and years what a fine person he is. :)


:yeah:

Socket
01-10-2005, 02:36 AM
:yeah: :yeah:

Good luck to Lleyton in Sydney!

panda7
01-10-2005, 03:39 AM
Thanks for welcoming me. I feel awful though that my first post has given the impression I do not have a high opinion of Lleyton. I think the world of him but I must also say that I have no problem being critical of someone I adore when I feel the need.

I agree totally with you that he has on many occasions proven to be a big hearted, kind and giving person. However, I don't neccessarily believe that he does not care what other people think about him. I think it is a very basic human desire to be liked and accepted by other people and I don't think that Lleyton is any different than any of us.

Please let me stress again that I was, I am and I always will be an avid Lleyton supporter.

I look forward to posting here more often.

:wavey:

Glad you posted.

I think I have a higher opinion of Lleyton than you.

I've never really cared what other people think of him. I've got my opinion and I think I'm right. I've not got the impression that Lleyton is overly concerned about the people who don't like him either. He's not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but to me he's shown for years and years what a fine person he is. :)

star
01-10-2005, 03:57 AM
:hug: :hug: Not to worry Panda!

We're not that fussy here. :)

Please register you name and everything in the Guide to the Lleyton Forum so we will know what to call you.

I'm Christina. :)

panda7
01-10-2005, 04:09 AM
:hug: :hug: Not to worry Panda!

We're not that fussy here. :)

Please register you name and everything in the Guide to the Lleyton Forum so we will know what to call you.

I'm Christina. :)

Thanks Christina - I will go do that right now :) Btw, I go by the name Col.

Ashie_87
01-10-2005, 08:19 AM
Greetings all!:p
just got back from the sydney tournament but alas all the Lleyton news I have is that I saw him riding off on the back of a golf cart after practice:( there was a fence between him and me so I couldn't run after him:p

Angele
01-10-2005, 10:33 AM
Great post Col :yeah: I'm more or less in your way of thinking :)

KaseyL
01-10-2005, 11:27 AM
Welcome Col. :wavey:

I'm quite thinking like Col too atm.

:kiss: Angele

KaseyL
01-10-2005, 11:28 AM
Greetings all!:p
just got back from the sydney tournament but alas all the Lleyton news I have is that I saw him riding off on the back of a golf cart after practice:( there was a fence between him and me so I couldn't run after him:p


Thanks for your post. Nice that you were there!

Re running: but well, better luck next time ;)

dagmar7
01-10-2005, 11:31 AM
Welcome Col :D

Nice to see you posting. Interesting comments and I'll just add a few points.

Tennis-wise, I don't think Lleyton is more confident and at ease in Australia. If anywhere, I'd say, Davis Cup aside, he has played his best tennis in the United States.

I think he will lose some of Kim's fans, but I think that these fans who withdraw their support were always more her fans anyway. Belgium may be a weird place to visit for him now, but I don't think he'll find himself that scared of Europe. The "take him by the hand" thing" sounds like an exaggeration.

Re Bec, I think old friends means friendly acquaintances. I think that management facilitated the relationship, but actors have private numbers and it would have been more questionable if, while attached to Kim, he had been collecting girls phone numbers. So I don't find it wicked that he didn't have her phone number, quite the contrary.

If he really wanted to bombard us with the new relationship, there would be Lleyton/Bec photospreads everywhere as she is clearly very popular in Australia. Besides the boat cruise, there are some photos of them at that party and tournament photos and that's it - it just seems like a lot because people don't want to see them, ie 'sick fascination' ;) ; they aren't kissing or anything so I don't see these as twisting the knife. If Bec was nowhere to be seen, the media would produce copy about them already being split up or on the rocks. I think it's better not to hide completely. :o

Evidently, it's hard on fans of the Ll/K couple and they are looking for scapegoats for the break-up, but I don't see anything wrong with his behaviour here at all.

Again, welcome to the board and I look forward to some tennis also.

Nice to see you post here Angele. :D

Edit: One last comment: I think if he depended so much on Kim to interact with the rest of the world, then maybe it's better if he learns how to do it on his own. I think, however, that while he really likes people around him, he's not as socially inept as is sometimes portrayed.

dagmar7
01-10-2005, 11:36 AM
Greetings all!:p
just got back from the sydney tournament but alas all the Lleyton news I have is that I saw him riding off on the back of a golf cart after practice:( there was a fence between him and me so I couldn't run after him:p

Thanks for the info. :D

Ll is third up on center court for Tuesday. :worship:

Good luck against Beck, who has improved a lot in the last year. I seem to recall that he goes to the dropshot a lot, although this is usually an unsuccessful strategy against Ll.

Fingers crossed. :angel:

star
01-10-2005, 12:19 PM
One last comment: I think if he depended so much on Kim to interact with the rest of the world, then maybe it's better if he learns how to do it on his own. I think, however, that while he really likes people around him, he's not as socially inept as is sometimes portrayed.

:yeah:

I agree he always has friends around him so he obviously is gregarious and social.

Funny that he's had two "popular" girls as girlfriends. Kim is popular everywhere and apparently Bec is very popular in Australia. It's nice that Lleyton gravitates to warm, outgoing, yet ambitious young women. I don't see Lleyton going the way of Scud.

For me the test of the relationship will be what happens after January. Will Bec travel with Lleyton? Does she actually have a job?

ooops! I guess this belongs in the L/B thread. :o

star
01-10-2005, 12:21 PM
Greetings all!:p
just got back from the sydney tournament but alas all the Lleyton news I have is that I saw him riding off on the back of a golf cart after practice:( there was a fence between him and me so I couldn't run after him:p

:haha: :haha: :haha:

At the image of you running after Lleyton's golf cart!!

Are you going back?

Did you have a good time?

Are you going to give us all the details?

NOMAD
01-10-2005, 01:48 PM
Greetings all!:p
just got back from the sydney tournament but alas all the Lleyton news I have is that I saw him riding off on the back of a golf cart after practice:( there was a fence between him and me so I couldn't run after him:p

thanks for the info
:D :worship: will you go there tomorrow?if so,good luck tomorrow and please bring more info back to us :bounce:

welcome ,Col :wavey: (another Lleyton fan:woohoo: )

great post ,dagmar :worship:

I don't think the whole Bec thing is sort of getting revenge on Kim anyway ;) After all, there's nothing need to be hide about his new relationship.

haven't seen you posting for a long time,Angele. Great to see you here :D

Ashie_87
01-10-2005, 10:14 PM
Hi Col:wavey:
No I'm not going back today:sad: I was told I could only go one day and methinks I didn't choose well;) but that's all the Lleyton details I have. I had centre court tickets so I was in my little niche for most of the day excluding eating and wandering around the practise courts:p
We saw Greg Rusedski practise, and the guy my brother called "The Crazy Spainiard", and Thomas Johansson, Alicia Molik, Daniela Hantuchova, Anastasia Myskina (she signed my big tennis ball! I had my finger nails pinted with different flags and she saw the russian one and smiled at me), the Bryan Brothers (I was too shy to ask them to sign my tennis ball so after standing there for 20 minutes Bob came over and was like "do you want us to sign that?":p)
We took loads of photos but none of Lleyton:rolleyes:

Lisbeth
01-10-2005, 10:17 PM
Hey that was nice of the Bryans :)

dagmar7
01-10-2005, 10:26 PM
Great report! :)

Nice for Myskina to see a little Russian representation. It sounds like a really good time even if there was a fence between you and Lleyton. ;)

Jackie
01-11-2005, 05:10 AM
Hewitt opens with comfortable victory
January 11, 2005

TOP seed Lleyton Hewitt made a perfect start to his Medibank International campaign with a comfortable straight sets victory over Karol Beck of Slovakia.

The three-time and defending Sydney champion made light work of his first-up encounter today, taking just over an hour to win 6-1 6-2.

Hewitt, the world No.3, was never troubled and won 100 per cent of his first serves in the opening set.

After breaking Beck's serve in the fourth game, Hewitt quickly wrapped up the set without dropping another game.

The 23-year-old was just as dominant in the second set, breaking Beck's serve with ease while maintaining his first serve control.

Hewitt eventually ended the pain after an hour and seven minutes with a superb low volley at the net.

It is the second time Hewitt has easily disposed of Beck, doing likewise last year with a straight sets win at the US Open.

Hewitt will meet Arnaud Clement in the second round after the Frenchman had just as easy a first round victory, beating Czech Tomas Zib 6-1 6-3.

Hewitt later announced that he would auction personal Yonex racquets to raise funds for victims of the tsunami disaster.

He will auction personal RDX500 Yonex frames to the highest bidder in the stands prior to each of his matches at the tournament.

"The tsunami has touched many people's lives throughout the Asia-Pacific region and the world," Hewitt said.

"But no one more than the children of the countries which were impacted by this natural diaster.

"UNICEF is working to protect and help those children who may have been separated from their families or orphaned as a result of the tsunami and each of us should do as much as we can to support their ongoing efforts."

From tomorrow, Hewitt will also auction three frames daily on the Yonex website.

AAP

Lisbeth
01-11-2005, 05:19 AM
:yippee: Lleyton and thanks for posting the article :)

Lisbeth
01-11-2005, 05:23 AM
BTW, I think it's great that he's doing his bit for charity but does anyone else think that spiel about the tsunami sounds nothing like Lleyton? You'd think they'd at least script in a "you know" to make it sound right :lol:

Ashie_87
01-11-2005, 07:18 AM
Hey that was nice of the Bryans :) yeah they won major brownie points with me for that;)

Goonergal
01-11-2005, 08:46 AM
BTW, I think it's great that he's doing his bit for charity but does anyone else think that spiel about the tsunami sounds nothing like Lleyton? You'd think they'd at least script in a "you know" to make it sound right :lol:
That's exactly what I thought :o I'm sure Lleyton said words to that effect, but that spiel sounds a bit too posh to be 100% Lleyton's words ;)

Goonergal
01-11-2005, 08:48 AM
We saw Greg Rusedski practise, and the guy my brother called "The Crazy Spainiard", and Thomas Johansson, Alicia Molik, Daniela Hantuchova, Anastasia Myskina (she signed my big tennis ball! I had my finger nails pinted with different flags and she saw the russian one and smiled at me), the Bryan Brothers (I was too shy to ask them to sign my tennis ball so after standing there for 20 minutes Bob came over and was like "do you want us to sign that?":p)
We took loads of photos but none of Lleyton:rolleyes:

Greg :bounce:

LOL, that was nice of Bob :p

Neely
01-11-2005, 10:27 AM
:clap2: Good luck for your next round against Clément, Lleyton!!! C'MONnnnnnn!

Danni
01-11-2005, 11:35 AM
I agree the tsunami comment supposedly from Lleyts sounded nothing like him :confused:

Danni
01-11-2005, 11:35 AM
Oh, and YAY for the win, lol ;)

Socket
01-11-2005, 12:42 PM
I can guarantee you that when athletes get involved in this kind of charity auction, either his/her management company or the charity involved writes the press releases. No athlete has the time or the background to write them. That's not a slam on the athlete, only an acknowledgement that they aren't the experts, and getting the press releases done properly is very important to the success of the auction.

Well done to Lleyton, both for his win and his generosity. :kiss:

dagmar7
01-11-2005, 12:52 PM
A quick :woohoo: for LL. That's a comprehensive victory. :D
I like the winning with a volley part. :)

Best of luck to him against Clement, who won pretty easily in the first round too. If he gets through that, he will face the winner of Arthurs/Thomas Johansson.

Ll third up again after two competitive-sounding women's matches.

re Charity, I am taking the liberty of quoting the Lleytonland board manager Kerrin from her account of the day.

Bec was there watching him. They really suit each other! :-)....The auction of the racquet was at the end of the match. A very generous guy paid $5000 for the racquet with Lleyton adding another $5000.


The quote sounds canned, but the spirit and matching donation do not. :)
Hopefully, more to come. Tennis players have been very generous.

Edit: Oops, I meant the quote from Ll sounds canned, not the quote in this post--in case that wasn't clear.

star
01-11-2005, 01:04 PM
Hewitt warms up while Moya feels the heat

By Richard Hinds
January 12, 2005


Less time with Beck meant more time with Bec. That was the outcome of Lleyton Hewitt's first match at the Medibank International yesterday, which provided just the sort of trouble-free yet creditable victory the world No.3 would have wished for when he stepped onto centre court in his new muscle shirt.


Karol Beck, a plucky Slovakian counter-puncher, sneaked into the net now and then, made Hewitt scurry for the odd drop shot and work his bulked-up body around the court. But, for the most part, the top seed and defending champion had more problems during his 6-1, 6-2 victory with the swirling wind and a linesman who called him for a couple of foot faults than he did with his opponent.


Those calls sparked flashes of Hewitt's aggression and, when he overcame one foot fault by smacking a winner after his second serve, he shrieked a trademark "come on!". Yet it was more a matter of Hewitt's skill than his strong will that overcame the overmatched Beck and brought a smile to the face of Hewitt's girlfriend Bec Cartwright, who watched from behind over-sized celebrity sunglasses.


Potentially, Hewitt's title defence was made easier yesterday by the upset defeat of second seed Carlos Moya. Having arrived on Monday after his tournament victory in Chennai, Moya put in a listless display against Czech Radek Stepanek, going down 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.


Moya started well but said his legs felt heavy later in the match. "I did my best, kept fighting but he is not an easy opponent to play," he said.


The Spaniard argued that the defeat was not necessarily a blow to his Australian Open chances. "The good thing is - if there is a good thing - I can take a few days off, rest and recover and adapt to the courts in Melbourne," he said.


Hewitt, meanwhile, faces a potentially tougher test in the second round against former Australian Open finalist Arnaud Clement, who pushed him to three sets in Adelaide last week. The Frenchman has had to qualify in the past two weeks because his ranking has slumped due to injury. But as Hewitt said: "He's not a normal qualifier, he should be in the draw. I've got a lot of respect for his game and he obviously plays well on Rebound Ace."


Having voiced his displeasure about the supposedly slow pace of the Rebound Ace courts to be used at the Australian Open, Hewitt is also clearly unimpressed with the courts in Sydney.


"At the moment this is probably slower again than Adelaide," he said. "I've only had one hit on centre court. But from what I've heard from a lot of the players, they're saying it's a lot slower."


Hewitt cannot expect support in his campaign from world No.2 Andy Roddick, who is practising in Melbourne and yesterday gave the Australian Open courts the thumbs up. "I've hit on them and I like them, so I guess you better ask Hewitt that question," said the American when asked if the courts were too slow.


Hewitt has complained that, unlike foreign players, the wishes of Australians were being ignored by Tennis Australia. Yet Roddick said: "I've never been asked about the surface at the US Open in my life."


Regardless of the surface, the impressively buffed Hewitt continues to make it clear that he will be as well prepared as he could possibly be to win his first Australian Open - as well as back-to-back titles in Sydney.


"I didn't play in hot weather in Adelaide, so it was nice to get back and actually feel like an Australian summer out there," he said. "I enjoy playing in the heat. From what I've seen in the forecast, it's going to get a little bit hotter for most of the rest of the week. I enjoy these conditions."


Hewitt's sister, Jaslyn, left Sydney yesterday to prepare for qualifying at the Australian Open. Thus she avoided the dilemma of whether to watch her brother or boyfriend Joachim Johansson, who was scheduled to play at the same time.


Jaslyn would have been impressed by both Lleyton and the improving "Aussie Joachim" - the successor to "Formerly-Aussie Kim" - following his victory in Adelaide last week with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Greg Rusedski. pfft! They don't even know he is Aussie Pim. They should read here more often :p

Socket
01-11-2005, 01:25 PM
Hewitt has complained that, unlike foreign players, the wishes of Australians were being ignored by Tennis Australia. Yet Roddick said: "I've never been asked about the surface at the US Open in my life."

:bs: :bs: :bs:

Sorry, but I know as a fact that the USTA talks to the players, their coaches, and the Davis Cup captain and staff. Sampras and Agassi used to have arguments about it, because Sampras always wanted the surface faster than Agassi did.

Turkeyballs Paco
01-11-2005, 02:09 PM
Yeah, that's what I thought. Roddick seems very confrontational with Hewitt sometimes. Whatever.

Glad to see any worries about injuries with Lleyton weren't mentioned. C'MON, mate!

Yasmine
01-11-2005, 02:19 PM
come on!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce:
http://img94.exs.cx/img94/8963/519360549yv.jpg
I'm sure that has been posted but it gives me a boost when I see this picture (from getty)... :p

Socket
01-11-2005, 02:19 PM
Yeah, that's what I thought. Roddick seems very confrontational with Hewitt sometimes. Whatever.
And do many of Roddick's fans on MTF. It's because Lleyton's breathing down Roddick's throat in the rankings (or, as he once so wonderfully put it, he's right up Andy's ass).

Socket
01-11-2005, 02:22 PM
Wow, that photo sums up why I like Lleyton so much -- his energy and fighting spirit, the way he throws himself so completely into the match when he's on the court. Just awesome. Definitely worth seeing again and again! Thanks.

NOMAD
01-11-2005, 03:34 PM
I'm sure that has been posted but it gives me a boost when I see this picture (from getty)... :p

:worship: for the pic

:worship: for the energy and the focus that Lley showed on court

Lisbeth
01-11-2005, 09:14 PM
And do many of Roddick's fans on MTF. It's because Lleyton's breathing down Roddick's throat in the rankings (or, as he once so wonderfully put it, he's right up Andy's ass).

:devil: I wonder what gave him/them that idea :lol:

Though to be fair a lot of the Roddick fans are also really nice about Lleyton - seeing as both are vibrant and misunderstood it's not that surprising.

Lisbeth
01-11-2005, 09:19 PM
I'm not sure talking to the Davis Cup Captain is such a fabulous idea. I can just imagine Pat McEnroe telling them to tailor the court to Mardy Fish because he just knows he has a big one in him this year ;)

I remember the Agassi - Sampras "conversations" too. Still, I suppose it's possible they've stopped - uinlikely, but possible.

Socket
01-11-2005, 09:29 PM
I'm not sure talking to the Davis Cup Captain is such a fabulous idea. I can just imagine Pat McEnroe telling them to tailor the court to Mardy Fish because he just knows he has a big one in him this year ;)

I remember the Agassi - Sampras "conversations" too. Still, I suppose it's possible they've stopped - uinlikely, but possible.
I've been a USTA member for a number of years, and they used to publish a little magazine for members. While Agassi and Sampras were at their height, they published an article about how they and the other top-ranked players worked with the court manufacturer and the USTA. It's not that the USTA simply says, how fast do you guys want the surface to be? According to the article, they give the players and coaches these questionaires that the court manufacturer puts together, which ask questions about the bounce, the traction, the speed, the tackiness, etc. (The company that does the surface at the US Open handles the surfaces at all the lead-up events, so it's easy to get lots of opinions.) They then look at the answers and figure them into how they'll tweak the court for next year. I think they ask the Davis Cup (and Fed Cup) coaches as a matter of courtesy, more than anything. I'm sure that Sampras and Agassi's answers counted for more than PMac's, to be sure.

Lisbeth
01-11-2005, 09:45 PM
That's very interesting :) I think it's fair enough too - I don't really see that it's any different from, say, giving the #1 American a second day start to recover or night matches if that's what suits him better. Asking the Davis Cup captain probably wouldn't be such a bad idea if it wasn't Pat Mac either - I'm sure BJK's views would be valuable, for example.

All this "help" is fairly minor anyway - at the end of the day they have to win the matches for themselves ;)

Socket
01-11-2005, 09:52 PM
All this "help" is fairly minor anyway - at the end of the day they have to win the matches for themselves ;)
Agreed. Scheduling is done more for television and the fans than the players, in any event. Personally, I have no problem with the lower-ranked French, English, Australian, or American players showing up on the center court of their home slam for one match each year simply because of the particular passport they hold. Pleasing the home fans is just part of selling tickets. If anything, throwing these kids onto a huge stadium when they're more used to the quiet backcourts could hurt them more than help them.

Lisbeth
01-11-2005, 09:56 PM
Yeah - like that poor guy Hewitt crushed something like 60 61 60 on centre court a couple of years ago. I feel dreadful that I can't even remember who it was - Luczak maybe? But you know it was two Aussies so they had to play the night match on Rod Laver :rolleyes:

Socket
01-11-2005, 10:00 PM
I think it was something like Brent Larkham -- not sure. I do remember that John McEnroe had some choice words to say about his performance, and the player's brother supposedly threatened to beat J-Mac up if he met him in the parking lot! :rolls:

The young girl who played one of the Williams sisters at the last US Open on Center Court -- something Oberoi -- had just the right attitude. She knew she was going to lose, but she was just so happy and excited to be playing on Ashe Stadium that she couldn't stop smiling.

Lisbeth
01-11-2005, 10:15 PM
Was that the lass of Indian descent who Venus had driven home once or something? I agree, she handled the whole thing brilliantly.

dagmar7
01-11-2005, 10:34 PM
It seems like all the surfaces keep getting slower, however - the players keep telling us how Wimbledon plays more like a hardcourt now.

Even the USOpen, which was very quick formerly, is apparently playing a lot slower.

Hmmm...

It was Shikha (sp) Uberoi, I think - and, yeah, she was electrifying, even on television. :)

Socket
01-11-2005, 10:35 PM
Yes, she was Indian-American. I didn't know that Venus had driven her home once -- what a nice touch to the story (although if she had taken out Venus, I doubt if Venus would have seen it that way).

Lisbeth
01-12-2005, 01:13 AM
I don't remember the details but it was something like they were both living in Florida and stuck somewhere else at a tournament and for some reason they couldn't get a flight home. It might even have been after Sept 11 but I'm not sure. Anyway, Venus apparently hired a car and drove herself and these two sisters home to Florida. I don't remember hearing it mentioned until their match but it was a very nice story :)

star
01-12-2005, 01:23 AM
:devil: I wonder what gave him/them that idea :lol:

Though to be fair a lot of the Roddick fans are also really nice about Lleyton - seeing as both are vibrant and misunderstood it's not that surprising.

Heck. I'm more than "really nice" about Lleyton. I love him! :)

Lisbeth
01-12-2005, 01:29 AM
I know that :kiss: :kiss: ... but you're a Lleyton fan as well as an Andy fan. I was trying to be fair about the ones who are not Lleyton fans ;) There's a few totally irrational ones but mostly they're fine.

star
01-12-2005, 01:35 AM
oh. Ok. :)

Yeah. I'm a Lleyton fan. I've liked Lleyton for a long time. :)

Lisbeth
01-12-2005, 04:38 AM
:yippee: Lleyton beat Clement 62 64. Fought back from 0-3 in the second set.

10 double faults and 10 aces, apparently! Sounds like he's testing out some new more powerful serves.

Ashie_87
01-12-2005, 04:46 AM
:woohoo: that was a good match to watch...lol he asked for the lines judge to be swapped cause she kept foot-faulting him (although given yes they weren't foot faults. The commentators replayed it)

ally_014
01-12-2005, 06:15 AM
lol...that bit was funny with the footfaults, although he was very nice :p and explained to her how his feet twisted but didn't touch the line....he KNEW they didn't! It was rather funny to watch it. They weren't faults tho :( so it's understandable :) He played well tho mostly (apart form all the dfs) and looked good - although green top and blue shoes :confused: (j/k)

Jackie
01-12-2005, 06:26 AM
I think he swapped tops today because someone interviewing him said the blue one looked similar to Port Power colours

Yasmine
01-12-2005, 09:08 PM
lol...that bit was funny with the footfaults, although he was very nice :p and explained to her how his feet twisted but didn't touch the line....he KNEW they didn't! It was rather funny to watch it. They weren't faults tho :( so it's understandable :) He played well tho mostly (apart form all the dfs) and looked good - although green top and blue shoes :confused: (j/k)
Glad he stuck up for himself and got the judges changed! well you can't focus on his shoes and his chest at the same time can you?... :lol:

dagmar7
01-12-2005, 10:27 PM
I hope that injury to Pim-Pim isn't too serious. Dent and Mirnyi up first today. If Max is the beast, does that make Taylor the beauty by default? :unsure:

If Ll can defeat Thomas Johansson, who after all has to be respected on Rebound Ace, he'll meet the winner of the all-power/blinding white teeth match. :)

Good luck Ll! :worship:

Socket
01-12-2005, 11:19 PM
I hope that injury to Pim-Pim isn't too serious. Dent and Mirnyi up first today. If Max is the beast, does that make Taylor the beauty by default? :unsure:

If Ll can defeat Thomas Johansson, who after all has to be respected on Rebound Ace, he'll meet the winner of the all-power/blinding white teeth match. :)

Good luck Ll! :worship:
:haha: :haha: :haha: That matchup has to be sponsored by some toothpaste company.

Murkofan
01-13-2005, 12:06 AM
I :hearts: Taylor, but I :hearts: Max too! I'm so torn :p

Lisbeth
01-13-2005, 12:25 AM
Well at least you shouldn't have any conflict in the next round, should you?

star
01-13-2005, 01:00 AM
When does Lleyton play?

Lisbeth
01-13-2005, 01:01 AM
4th, and the first was really short so I'm estimating he will start in 1-2 hours.

Lisbeth
01-13-2005, 01:02 AM
actually, make that 1.5 to 2 hours (sceond match a little slower than I thought).

star
01-13-2005, 01:05 AM
Schnyder needs to just tank. :p

And then a women's doubles match. ack!

dagmar7
01-13-2005, 12:13 PM
I :hearts: Taylor, but I :hearts: Max too! I'm so torn :p

Max Mirnyi is a fine gentleman, a lovely guy. Here's what he has to say about his fortunes. Hopefully, the 'curse' won't hold to the semis.

From the medibank site....Could there be such a thing as "The Max Mirnyi Syndrome" being created? The Belarussian reached the semifinals but again didn't have to play an entire match. In the previous round Mirnyi had the benefit of Joachim Johansson retiring injured and this time Mirnyi gained the benefit of Taylor Dent retiring with a stomach bug. Dent was leading 4-3 in the first set. In consecutive rounds Mirnyi has beaten both players from last weekend's Adelaide final.

"That's what I thought to myself, but it's a sure thing that it's unexpected to win by a walkover, much less have it happen two times in a row," said Mirnyi. "It's never happened to me in my nine year career. Very surprising! In a way I feel sorry for the guys to struggle with a certain injury or think it was food poisoning for Taylor."

Go Lleyton in semis! :worship: :)

tournesol
01-13-2005, 12:22 PM
:wavey: dagmar

it was +/- the same thing for Ll last year during its matches prior to ausopen
hopefully he stays clear from any lingering bug

dagmar7
01-13-2005, 12:33 PM
dani :wavey: :D

I know, last year everyone was talking about the curse of the Lleyton.

Aside from the curse, I think some of the withdrawals have to do with the heat and the tournament being so close to the open. Nadia Petrova retired with heat related illness, and it sounds as if Dent's could have been something similar.

Hopefully, it isn't a virus: although Ll seems to resist illness better than in past years.

42 degrees celsius. :eek:

star
01-13-2005, 12:37 PM
Friggin' global warming is what it is. :mad:

Here we've had rain.... yes RAIN for days and days in the middle of January... rain even at 7,000 feet. Even though I hate snow, it's just freakish to have rain at 7,000 feet in the middle of January.

tournesol
01-13-2005, 12:43 PM
Friggin' global warming is what it is. :mad:

Here we've had rain.... yes RAIN for days and days in the middle of January... rain even at 7,000 feet. Even though I hate snow, it's just freakish to have rain at 7,000 feet in the middle of January.

i absolutely love heat and can't stand rain and humid cold - fate makes me live in belgium to pay for some long forgotten sin probably :p

star
01-13-2005, 12:50 PM
I love heat too! That's why I live in the desert. Cold rain is the absolute worst.

So on Tuesday I was down in Monticello... which is at 7,000 feet and it was raining raining. I got out of the car with a big hamper of cases... SLIPPED and dropped all the cases out in the rain IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HIGHWAY... cars coming up over the hill swerving to miss the crazy lady crawling around out on the highway for some unknown reason. :lol: I was trying to get all the papers back in the bin before they blew away or melted in the rain...... Didn't even think about my cell phone having spilled out... someone rescued it and they brought it to me later. I was a total mess by the time I got in the courthouse.

tournesol
01-13-2005, 01:35 PM
I love heat too! That's why I live in the desert. Cold rain is the absolute worst.

So on Tuesday I was down in Monticello... which is at 7,000 feet and it was raining raining. I got out of the car with a big hamper of cases... SLIPPED and dropped all the cases out in the rain IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HIGHWAY... cars coming up over the hill swerving to miss the crazy lady crawling around out on the highway for some unknown reason. :lol: I was trying to get all the papers back in the bin before they blew away or melted in the rain...... Didn't even think about my cell phone having spilled out... someone rescued it and they brought it to me later. I was a total mess by the time I got in the courthouse.

:hug: :hug:

Turkeyballs Paco
01-13-2005, 02:35 PM
42 degrees! Wicked hot. I didn't know it got that hot in Sydney.

:clap2: Good job LLeyton in the QFs!

Lisbeth
01-13-2005, 09:51 PM
I think it's only that hot on the court, though we do get a handful of days over 40 most summers. It's more like a pleasant 30-35 :lol: Thank goodness for aircon - and swimming pools :)

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 12:13 AM
Minar leading 6-1 5-2. Wow, he's good.

Lleyton's up next. Good luck Lleyton, please win :)

star
01-14-2005, 12:44 AM
3-2 Max.

I can't tell if it is on serve or not

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 12:46 AM
I think Max might have a break because livescore showed 3-*1 at one stage but I'm really not sure. C'mon Lleyton.

It seems like forever since these two won the USO doubles together :)

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 12:46 AM
3-3 looks like Ll broke back :)

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 12:48 AM
:lol: so are you here or there Christina?

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 01:00 AM
5-4 Hewitt. Hard to tell much from a scoreboard but it seems like Lleyton is winning his games faster than Max. That's got to be a good sign if it gets to a tiebreak (is there a fingers crossed smilie?!)

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 01:17 AM
aaaaargh Mirnyi won the first set :( Please come back and win in 3 Lleyton!

star
01-14-2005, 01:17 AM
Blast

star
01-14-2005, 01:18 AM
:lol: so are you here or there Christina?

So for awhile I was at neither place. :lol:

Now I'm here. But, I'm not happy. :mad:

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 01:19 AM
No, neither am I :(

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 01:22 AM
1-1 but it seems like they swapped breaks?! I HATE this scoreboard.

star
01-14-2005, 01:24 AM
The scoreboard is shite.

*donates $85,000 in scoreboard aid for Australia*

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 01:25 AM
:haha: thanks, apparently we need it ;)

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 01:29 AM
2-2 break him fo crying out loud Lleyton you're supposed to be the best returner on tour ;) - or the best without a hip injury anyway.

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 01:38 AM
3-3 I am a nervous wreck.

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 01:42 AM
OMG 4-3 I think he broke [holds breath]

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 01:46 AM
5-3 this is more like it :) Keep up the good work Lleyton!

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 01:51 AM
6-3 :yippee: PLEASE keep up this new habit of breaking in the thrid set Lleyton ... my poor little heart can't take the other approach.

Murkofan
01-14-2005, 02:03 AM
Lleyton :woohoo: Max :woohoo:

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 02:04 AM
2-1 is a good but a break would be nice

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 02:05 AM
Marly sounds suspiciously like she is cheering for Max. Which would normally be OK but I want to see Lleyton tomorrow.

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 02:13 AM
This game is incredibly slow.

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 02:15 AM
2-2 :scared:

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 02:26 AM
4-2 YES YES YES Now just don't get broken Lleyton and you and I have got a date :)

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 02:28 AM
:lol: someone came in while I was typing that and asked what I was so excited about!

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 02:36 AM
6-7 6-3 6-2 :)

Well done Lleyton. At least we don't have to worry about him not getting decent match practice :lol:

Socket
01-14-2005, 02:36 AM
Your date with Lleyton tomorrow is ON!!!!!!!!!! Have a fantastic time, scream your lungs out for him, and bring us back a great report!

Well done, Lleyton, and good luck tomorrow in the final! :kiss:

star
01-14-2005, 02:38 AM
:bigclap:

Nice fighting back Lleyton!!

I'll be there were a few Come ONs! during that match! :lol:

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 03:33 AM
Yes apparently the C'mons as Max died in the 3rd were annoying some Max fans ;)

Thanks Marlene and I will :)

Jackie
01-14-2005, 03:41 AM
Yes apparently the C'mons as Max died in the 3rd were annoying some Max fans ;)

Thanks Marlene and I will :)

Well some foot-fault calls and Max taking forever to get back on the court after time had been called were annoying some Lleyton fans. I'm very surprised that he didn't get at least a warning. Maybe we should point this out to the Max fans

panda7
01-14-2005, 04:13 AM
:wavey: This is slightly off topic at this time and very tardy but I just wanted to send a quick Hi to Dagmar and say that I appreciated your response to my introductory post on January 10th - it was interesting to read your view on things. I am always open to having my own views challenged and you gave me something to think about.

Lisbeth
01-14-2005, 04:16 AM
:lol: that would be fun, but maybe we should just bask in the glow of glory ;)

NOMAD
01-14-2005, 04:27 AM
Lley's in the final :dance:
Good luck tomorrow, Lley :kiss:

Have a good time tomorrow,Jane :D
looking forward to reading your great report :angel:

NOMAD
01-14-2005, 05:27 AM
:)

ATP INSIDER -- Giving you an inside look into the ATP for the week of January 10, 2005 (http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/en/media/insider/2005ATPInsiderJAN10.pdf )

- - > In further support of the tsunami relief efforts abroad, LLEYTON HEWITT announced at the Medibank International in Sydney on Tuesday that he will auction personal RDX500 Yonex frames to the highest bidder in the stands prior to each of his matches this week and throughout the upcoming Australian Open. After his first round win over Karol Beck, the first racquet was sold for AUD $5,000, with Hewitt then matching the bid to raise AUD10,000 on the first day. On Wednedsay, the winning bid was AUD$7,000, with title sponsor Medibank tripling that to AUD$21,000, and on Thursday, the winnning bid was AUD$5,000, with Medibank tripling that figure once again. So after three days, the grand total raised so far is AUD$51,000. "The tsunami has touched many peoples lives throughout the Asia-Pacific region and the world", said Hewitt, "but no one more than the children of the countries which were impacted by this natural disaster. UNICEF is working to protect and help those children who may have been separated from their families or orphaned as a result of the tsunami and each of us should do as much as we can to support their ongoing efforts.

Yasmine
01-14-2005, 07:04 AM
Lley's in the final :dance:
Good luck tomorrow, Lley :kiss:

Have a good time tomorrow,Jane :D
looking forward to reading your great report :angel:
:wavey: oh yeah, we want all the details!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
come on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :devil:

tournesol
01-14-2005, 10:18 AM
:wavey: oh yeah, we want all the details!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
come on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :devil:

c'mon Ll just one more please :worship:

dagmar7
01-14-2005, 12:45 PM
Great job, Lleyton. :bigclap:

Max is a tough opponent for him. He had a 1-2 record before this match.

I'm also glad he got the chance to play a big-server before the open, especially after he struggled with Dent.

Best of luck to him in the final about Minar, who destroyed Radek Stepanek in the other semi, I see.

Have a great time, Jane! :cool:

Ll :worship: :D

Turkeyballs Paco
01-14-2005, 02:10 PM
lleyton :woohoo:

<em>
01-14-2005, 02:17 PM
leyton lleton lleyton! 3 times houray for him!!!!

i'll cross my fingers for the final:D
when is that played?this night belgium time??

Yasmine
01-14-2005, 03:18 PM
when is that played?this night belgium time??
I think it's around 1am for me so 2am for you... :devil: I might be mad enough to follow the scores online :tape:

kim-fan
01-14-2005, 04:57 PM
from the atp website :)

Medibank International 2005
Sydney, Australia
January 14, 2005
Hewitt to Face Minar in Final


© Getty Images
Defending champion Lleyton Hewitt will meet Czech qualifier Ivo Minar in the final of the Medibank International after defeating Max Mirnyi to record his 19 th consecutive win in Sydney.

In soaring temperatures, Hewitt overcame the loss of the first set to record a 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-2 victory in just over two hours on court.

Mirnyi, who reached the semifinals having spent a total of 1 hour, 59 minutes on court after three matches when his last two opponents Joachim Johansson and Taylor Dent both retired midway through the first set, broke Hewitt and led 3-1 in the first set. But the Australian hit back to level at 3-3 before the set eventually went to a tie-break. Mirnyi got the crucial mini-break to lead 5-3, and closed it out with the eighth of his 13 aces.

Despite the heat, Hewitt refused to lie down and broke Mirnyi for the second time in the match to lead 4-3 in the second set. It was enough for the Australian to force a decider as Mirnyi’s resistance began to dwindle. In the final set, Hewitt broke in the sixth and eighth games, wrapping up victory in 2 hours, 8 minutes.

Hewitt is now just one match away from winning his fourth title in Sydney having won the championship in 2000-01 and ’04.

Standing in his way will be first-time ATP finalist Minar, who continued his impressive week with a 6-1, 6-2 demolition of fellow Czech Radek Stepanek. Minar, who qualified into just his second ATP tournament this week and followed with victories over No. 6 seed Nikolay Davydenko, Fernando Verdasco and No. 4 seed Andrei Pavel, took just 54 minutes to book his place in the final. Minar, who likes to play from the baseline, also fired nine aces and saved both break points he faced during the match.

.

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID:

Hewitt: “ It's a different kind of match against Max. I felt physically very good out there in tough conditions. I felt like that held me in good stead out there today. But, you know, it's never easy playing Max. He served extremely well there for most of the match. I had to just keep making him play, making him play, wait for my opportunities and in the end I started really seeing the ball pretty well.”

On playing Minar : “ I don't even really know what he looks like. So, yeah, Roger would have scouted a bit, though. I've got to go out there and play my game, and I'll work it out in the first couple of games, you know, what to expect from him.”

Minar: “ I am very happy. It's, for me, it's best result. It's great for me. It's good experience here. It's my best result in my career. Now I am in final and I will play, I hope, against Lleyton because he is top player in the world and I will play with him.

“I began to play good tennis when I was 16. I was in final in European Championship. Then under‑18, I won European Championship in Klosters. Then I played tournaments like futures and challengers. Two years I losing, and I made just some points on the tour on the two years.

“Last year was good. I began last year, I start 500 and I was 160 on the end year. I was two times in final in the challenger. I was in one tournament in ATP in Kitzbuehel. I beat there Blanco, and I lost against Gaudio 6‑4, 6‑2. Last year I played, I think, same tennis like all this tournament. But I began last year at 500. I couldn't play ATP tournaments.”

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FINAL PREVIEW: HEWITT EYES FOURTH SYDNEY TITLE

Saturday’s final features top seed Lleyton Hewitt against Czech qualifier Ivo Minar.

Hewitt is one match away from becoming the first player since John Bromwich (1937-1940) to win four titles in four participations in the Sydney event. The Australian has won the title in his last three appearances (2000-’01, 2004) and has dropped just one set all week, in his semifinal victory over Max Mirnyi.

The Australian is 6-1 in 2005, his only loss coming against Taylor Dent in the quarterfinals of Adelaide last week. Hewitt boasts an imposing 22-2 career record in Sydney.

Hewitt, who has never played Minar before, is aiming to win his 24th career ATP title. He has a 23-10 record in ATP finals. The Australian won four ATP titles (Sydney, Rotterdam, Washington, Long Island) in 2004.

Hewitt will face Frenchman Arnaud Clement in the first round of the Australian Open in Melbourne next week. Amazingly, it will be the third time in as many weeks that the pair will face each other. Hewitt, who won their two recent meetings in Adelaide and Sydney, is 5-0 lifetime against the Frenchman.

Minar, who had only won one career ATP match (d. Blanco in Kitzbuehel in 2004) before this week, has played the tournament of his life in Sydney. This being his first tournament of the year, he holds a 4-0 record in 2005. The 20-year-old Czech is currently No. 158 in the INDESIT ATP Entry Ranking.

Minar is attempting to become the first qualifier to win on the ATP circuit since Frenchman Jerome Haehnel won Metz in 2004 and the first qualifier to win in Sydney since Hyung-Taik Lee in 2003.

Minar’s impressive run in Sydney this week meant he was unable to play in the Australian Open qualifying tournament.

Yasmine
01-14-2005, 05:55 PM
Great article :hug:, thanks for posting them kim-fan (sorry I dunno your name :tape: )

Socket
01-15-2005, 12:52 AM
After losing serve twice when serving for the first set, Lleyton win 8 consecutive games to take his 4th Sydney title, 7-5, 6-0. Congratulations, Lleyton!!

star
01-15-2005, 12:54 AM
What a score! He was up 5-0, then Minar came back to make it 5 all and never won another game!!

Weird and wacky.

Socket
01-15-2005, 01:09 AM
Yeah, but I'm very happy that he got through. He had 13 aces in the match (!).

star
01-15-2005, 01:39 AM
Funny wasn't it? He was going like a house a fire.... then couldn't win a game.... and then was a house afire once again. :)

Socket
01-15-2005, 02:10 AM
Maybe he relaxed a little bit too early. Or maybe Minar got a little embarrassed and dug deep, or got over his first-final nerves. Wish I had seen the match, I'd know more. But Lleyton dug deeper than the other guy, so he ended up winning. :)

Socket
01-15-2005, 02:16 AM
Hewitt wins fourth title
January 15, 2005

RECORD-SETTING Lleyton Hewitt rounded out his Australian Open preparations in familiar fashion today with another victory in the final of the Medibank International in Sydney.

Hewitt outclassed Czech qualifier Ivo Minar 7-5 6-0 to become the first player since John Bromwich in 1940 to capture four titles at the tournament formerly known as the NSW Open.

Bromwich went on to lift the trophy seven times and few would bet against Hewitt one day matching that mark on his beloved Homebush Bay centre court.

The world No.3's latest triumph was his 20th consecutive win in the event and 28th straight at the Olympic Park precinct including his Davis Cup and Masters Cup successes.

Hewitt looked like completing his build-up for the season's first grand slam starting at Melbourne Park on Monday without even raising a sweat after racing to a 5-0 lead against the little-known Minar in just 12 minutes.

But the world No.158 fought back doggedly to level at 5-5 before Hewitt regained the ascendancy to finally take the set, which featured five service breaks, after 39 minutes.

Hewitt began the second set as he did the first, sprinting to a 5-0 lead, and there was no way back a second time for Minar.

The dual grand slam champion smacked a forehand winner to finish off the Czech after exactly one hour to earn a cheque for $US52,000 ($A67,964) for adding to his previous titles in Sydney in 2000, 2001 and 2004.

Hewitt will now head to Melbourne Park brimming with confidence ahead of his first-round clash with Arnaud Clement, the Frenchman he's beaten twice this summer already.

Hewitt paid tribute to his mentor Roger Rasheed, Davis Cup coach Wally Masur, new girlfriend, Home and Away star Bec Cartwright, and the sellout crowd for their ongoing support.

"I love playing here in Sydney and it gets better and better every year," he said.

"I've only played four tournaments in this arena and I've been fortunate to win all four, so it's a hell of a place to play tennis."

In his broken English, the quietly spoken Minar, who yesterday described Hewitt as "the top player in the world", tipped the Australian to meet brilliant Swiss Roger Federer in the Australian Open final in two weeks.

"Lleyton, good luck in Melbourne and playing against Roger (Federer)," Minar said.

"For me, it's been a big success and I hope I will play here again next year."

Ashie_87
01-15-2005, 05:06 AM
:woohoo: :bounce: :yippee: it was a great match to watch except for that slight hiccup;)

bad gambler
01-15-2005, 05:20 AM
Yes i went and watched the match today and hewitt was very impressive. But credit must be given to minar, i was very impressed with his heavy groundstrokes and at times i felt he was outhitting lleyton from the backcourt

but hewitt had the more experience out there and it told as minar made a few UE's late in the 1st set and of course once he lost the set there was only going to be one result in the match

hewitt is definitely a contender for AO though i'm still not sure how he will beat federer in the final

Yasmine
01-15-2005, 05:52 AM
Well done Lleyton :woohoo: I keep my hopes high up for Melbourne next week :D
On a different side, the good news (for me at least) is that Clément won the doubles title in Sidney with Llodra! :bounce:... And Ollie lost in the final but still well done to him! :hug:

kim-fan
01-15-2005, 06:12 AM
:woohoo:

first title of the year! well done lleyton :bounce:

kim-fan
01-15-2005, 07:02 AM
Medibank International 2005
Sydney, Australia
January 15, 2005
Hot Hewitt Claims Fourth Sydney Crown


© Getty Images
Top seed Lleyton Hewitt became the first player in more than 60 years to win the Medibank International in Sydney four times after the Australian recorded a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Czech qualifier Ivo Minar in Saturday's final.

Hewitt, champion in 2000-01 and '04, has now won the title on his last four visits to the Sydney International Tennis Centre, winning his last 20 matches in the tournament since it moved to Homebush Bay in 2000. His only loss in the arena came in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where he lost to Max Mirnyi.

With the victory, Hewitt became the first man to win four titles in Sydney since John Bromwich did so between 1937 and 1940.

Minar, who was appearing in just his second ATP tournament having reached the second round in Kitzbuehel last year on clay, enjoyed an impressive week having qualified into the main draw. He defeated sixth seed Nikolay Davydenko, Fernando Verdasco, fourth seed Andrei Pavel and fellow Czech Radek Stepanek to earn a meeting with Hewitt.

But the 20-year-old Czech, whose best results in 2004 were runner-up appearances in Challengers in Prague and Groningen, began his first final in nervous fashion as Hewitt raced out to a 5-0 lead in just 12 minutes.
However, once Minar got on the scoreboard, he began to relax and find his range, saving a set point at 1-5 and 4-5 before breaking Hewitt twice to level at 5-5.

Hewitt held his nerve and his serve to move ahead 6-5, and finally took the set after 39 minutes as Minar pushed a forehand beyond the baseline.

Minar's efforts over the week began to take their toll on the young Czech, as Hewitt completed another eight game winning streak to take the second set without losing a game, wrapping up victory in 62 minutes.

It was the 24th career title for Hewitt, who claimed 35 INDESIT ATP 2005 Race points and $57,750. He now has a 24-10 record in finals, and is 23-2 in the Sydney tournament.

Hewitt, who goes into his first round meeting at the Australian Open against Arnaud Clement with a 7-1 record in 2005, defeated Karol Beck, Clement, No. 7 seed Thomas Johansson and Max Mirnyi en route to the final, dropping just one set against Mirnyi.

Hewitt also defeated Clement in the first round in Adelaide last week and goes into their Melbourne clash having won all six meetings.

Minar, whose exploits in Sydney meant he had to withdraw from the Australian Open qualifying competition, will next play in the Heilbronn Challenger in Germany.

He was attempting to become the first qualifier to win the Sydney title since Hyung-Taik Lee in 2003 and the first qualifier to win an ATP title since Jerome Haehnel won Metz in 2004.

Despite the loss, Minar claimed 24 INDESIT ATP 2005 Race points and $33,960.



WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID:

Hewitt: "I've had a good week here. It's been pretty relaxing in Sydney, and to come away with another title, have some more confidence, I guess. It's always nice winning tournaments, but I think it's even more special winning them in your home country. I think this is my 24th title now and, yeah, it's always nice winning in Australia.

"I came here, Adelaide and Sydney, to try and keep the rhythm going that I've been doing in practice. I think that's really been the key, especially in the Sydney tournament this week. I think I've just been able to step it up a notch from Adelaide last week. I got better and better as the week went on. To have that confidence, winning five matches in a row as well, can only be a positive.

"It was a strange match, the momentum swings. I won the first five games very quickly. I felt like I came out of the blocks playing extremely well. He loosened up a bit. I probably ?? I had set point at 5?1, hit a double?fault. It was tough up that end serving with the sun throughout the whole match. You know, I just didn't play a great game at 5?3. When it got to 5?All, I just had to sort of settle down and try and take it up a notch. I was able to do that. Once I got the first set under my belt, I just tried to focus on getting up that early break. Obviously, he was a bit down then. I just tried to roll on from there."

Minar: "It was nice week here. For me, it's best success. Maybe tomorrow I will be happy. Last night I didn't sleep because I was nervous. It's biggest match in my life. I lost five games first set. I made many easy mistakes from baseline and then I try make many balls more to the court. Today I played without service. First service I made a mistake. It was very bad. But good experience today.

"I feel better [at 5-5], but I was tired. I couldn't move great. I feel after big rally I was tired and I feel bad physically."

Lisbeth
01-15-2005, 08:20 AM
As requested, here is the report of my first viewing of Lleyton Hewitt playing a match!

I haven't checked if anyone posted pics but Lleyton was wearing his blue top with the tie died kind of effect on the back and blue shoes, of course ;) I hadn't seen him in real life for several years (and then he wasn't actually playing) but he really is looking very strong. Not particularly big (though bigger than before of course) but extremely well defined! The crowd was pretty good and cheered loudly for Minar but very loudly for Lleyton. I tell you, if those people from GM are right and most Aussies hate Lleyton, the 20,000 who like him were all at Olympic Park today :)

Roger was wearing a Crows top by the look of it and there were two guys in hot pink next to Bec in lime green. Very badly co-ordinated :p

As you no doubt know, Ll raced to a 5-0 lead. He was playing pretty well but Minar was making lots of mistakes too. Then they had a rest at 5-0 (as an aside, I really don't get the rules for when they have breaks. If someone knows, please tell me!) I was wondering what Ll must be thinking during that break, since he wouldn't want to lose intensity but at the same time there couldn't be any fun in massacring the guy. Well, apparently LLeyton did decide to let down the pressure a bit because after that he wasn't playing nearly as well but Minar seemed to get over the nerves and play well. There were some really excellent rallies and I was very impressed with Minar. Remember that name folks! But Lleyton pulled out the first set and we got the first and only lawnmower start :lol: The second set was pretty dull, a few good points but by about 3-0 Ll seemed to be "c'mon"-ing more when he hit a good point than because he was winning. He did hit some brilliant shots though - a stunning lob and a few line paints. His serve's looking fairly strong too. I was pleased that the crowd got behind Minar and gave him a big cheer when he broke, but they were still being pretty vocal for LLeyton, especially during the brief time it was looking like a match. Lleyton had a long word with Minar after, which was good because he forgot to congratulate him in the speech :o but Minar was pretty happy anyway Oh, and he hit a bunch of aces and Medibank donated a bunch of money for something but I couldn't really hear the details.

In his speech Lleyton thanks "his boys" Roger who he was really nice about and Wally Masur, then the pink guys who were apparently his trainer and Brent (physio?). The Brent guy had actually gone down to Lleyton on the court before the ceremony so I hope there wasn't an injury worry or anything, but he looked fine. Then LLeyton thanked his family and my girlfriend Bec. Then he thanked a bunch of tennis people, including the MC Craig someone. He said "your commentary gets better every year and I really like being called Rusty on court". It wasn't clear if he was being sarcastic but the crowd laughed.

Minar said good luck to Lleyton in Melbourne "especially against Roger" :lol:

So that was that match :D All in all pretty cool and I've finally seen Lleyton play live :yippee:

Alicia-Sam was a pretty exciting match. It was erratic and they both had troughs and peaks but some points were really top class. The only really full on heat and glare was during the women's match too. Sam had some sort of injury time out but it didn't seem to affect her play so not sure what it was. Alicia looked ecstatic to win and gave a reeeeeally long speech which I won't repeat except her last thanks was to her 8 year old next door neighbour for putting up a welcome home sign whenever Alicia gets back from o/s :angel:

The doubles was very fun, I really wish they'd show more doubles on TV. Bhupathi (sp?) and Todd were amazing for a new partnership and they could very well win something big.

Well, that's all I can think of for now :) Ask if you want to know specific stuff :)

BTW, Lleyton has won every Sydney he's entered - no wonder he likes it here ;)

jule
01-15-2005, 09:13 AM
thank you for your great report! :kiss: and congratulations to lleyton's first title this year!
i'm also very happy for alicia molik, i have to say, so congratulaions for her win, too! unfortunately i wasn't able to see the match!(bad german tv coverage! :rolleyes:

Ashie_87
01-15-2005, 09:17 AM
Clément won the doubles title in Sidney with Llodra! :bounce:... :hug: no he didn't...:confused: todd woodbridge and his partner won. 6-3, 6-3...

Danni
01-15-2005, 10:13 AM
aww the Minar dude was so cute! :awww: :hearts: but yay Lleyton!!!!!! keep it up :yeah: and thanks for the report Jane :kiss:

SomL.
01-15-2005, 10:26 AM
Well done Lleyton ^_^ Good luck Lleyton in Ao : )

dagmar7
01-15-2005, 12:44 PM
Great report, Jane - thanks. :D

Pink and Lime-green...that entourage needs to phone each other and co-ordinate their outfits. ;)

I'd never heard of Minar before this tournament, but hopefully we'll be seeing some good things from him in the future.

Congratulations to Ll for his twenty-fourth title. :worship: :D

Socket
01-15-2005, 01:26 PM
Yes i went and watched the match today and hewitt was very impressive. But credit must be given to minar, i was very impressed with his heavy groundstrokes and at times i felt he was outhitting lleyton from the backcourt

but hewitt had the more experience out there and it told as minar made a few UE's late in the 1st set and of course once he lost the set there was only going to be one result in the match

hewitt is definitely a contender for AO though i'm still not sure how he will beat federer in the final
Thanks for the report, bg. Hope Lleyton won you some money this week! From what I'm hearing and reading about Minar, he's certainly a talent, and Lleyton's win over him is a respectable one. Please stop by with more reports as you see Lleyton play next week.

star
01-15-2005, 02:25 PM
:kiss: :kiss: Jane! Great long detailed report. Just the way I like them. :)

:yeah: Bad Gambler. Thanks for your report. Minar was impressive all week.


And awwwwwwwwwwwwww. Minar didn't sleep the night before. I can imagine that. He sounds like he's a real sweetie.

Changeovers. After the first three games (although they change sides after the first game) -- then every two games -- and after the set is ended. no changeover before a tiebreak. The between set tiebreak is longer than the between games changeover. These are important facts for those of us who like to take bathroom breaks. :)

Yasmine
01-15-2005, 06:42 PM
no he didn't...:confused: todd woodbridge and his partner won. 6-3, 6-3...
I read so on the website :devil: , pfff they got it wrong when I read it then obviously... :rolleyes:

Lisbeth
01-15-2005, 11:46 PM
Sorry Yasmine, Woodbridge did win, silly website :rolleyes:

There was a cute incident though. Llodra hit a ball strangely and it ricocheted off his racket and hit Clement on the ear - ouch! Anyway, Llodra was so sorry - he was holding his head, and then he went over and gave Clement a big hug on the court :lol: Then they went to the side and Llodra got ice out of the drinks fridge to put on the ear :) Clement seemed to be rubbing his ear for the rest of the first set but after that he seemed OK and didn't call the trainer. Hopefully he's fine.

In Llodra's speech he said all the French players liked coming to Sydney, especially the weather because it was very different in Paris right now!

Lisbeth
01-15-2005, 11:48 PM
Thanks Christina :) That's what I thought but I'm sure Lleyton and Ivo didn't get their first break till 5-0 :confused:

Socket
01-15-2005, 11:57 PM
I think it just seemed that way, because it took Lleyton only 12 minutes to get to 5-0. They would have had a changeover at 3-0, and then every two games and after the first set. I read that Mirnyi was taking much longer than the alloted 90 seconds on his changeover, but because it was so hot, the chair umpire didn't give him a code violation.

Yasmine
01-16-2005, 06:29 AM
There was a cute incident though. Llodra hit a ball strangely and it ricocheted off his racket and hit Clement on the ear - ouch! Anyway, Llodra was so sorry - he was holding his head, and then he went over and gave Clement a big hug on the court :lol: Then they went to the side and Llodra got ice out of the drinks fridge to put on the ear :) Clement seemed to be rubbing his ear for the rest of the first set but after that he seemed OK and didn't call the trainer. Hopefully he's fine.

In Llodra's speech he said all the French players liked coming to Sydney, especially the weather because it was very different in Paris right now!
No worries at all, it's good they got to the final anyway :devil: .
Thanks for telling the anecdote, very sweet of Llodra! :angel:
No wonder why they prefer to be in Sidney than Paris, it's miserable there atm (and everywhere in Europe for that matter :rolleyes: ). Good luck to them in Melbourne anyway... :cool:

NOMAD
01-16-2005, 09:44 AM
Lleyton :woohoo:

Alicia :woohoo:

Minar's "beard" is very special :lol: Congrats to him for having a such good week. :)

thanks for the great reports,Jane and Bad Gambler. :worship:

kim-fan
01-17-2005, 09:42 AM
karen posted the interviews on lleytonland:

2005 MEDIBANK INTERNATIONAL
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

January 10, 2005

LLEYTON HEWITT

THE MODERATOR: Please open it up for questions for Lleyton Hewitt.

Q. What sort of off-season did you have? How much was relaxation and how much was work? What did you do?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, I was training most of the time. I probably only had a week or so off after coming back from Houston. I went to Scott Draper's wedding up in the Gold Coast, and then apart from that I was back training most of the time. I did a lot of off-court work to start with, and then built it up on court. And, you know, just still kept it in the gym and a lot of running as well, you know, swimming, a lot of different stuff. But, you know, it's probably as good a chance as I have to, you know, really have a good, you know, three weeks, I guess, of solid off-court training. Through the year it just gets harder and harder to keep that, so you want to get a good base for that whole year, and then you can just maintain it.

Q. Do you feel you worked harder during that time than you might have done in previous years?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I probably worked harder. But I think, you know, going into the Davis Cup final last year I probably -- that was as hard as I trained then, I'd say. I had about seven or eight weeks between the two, Davis Cup semi and final last year, and I trained as hard as I've ever trained in that period, and I think it showed. But, you know, that held me in good stead for that whole year, and hopefully this is going to be -- you know, do the same. I've got a few weeks off after the Australian Open, so my plan was to get into training as soon as possible, get ready for the Australian summer, make sure I can last the four weeks, then I can put my feet up for a couple of weeks.

Q. You look physically bigger. Was that a focus and is that making a difference on the court?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I don't know if it's just happened all of a sudden within two weeks. It's been something Roger and I have really built up, I think, the last 18 months or so. But it's probably showed more, I'd say, the last six months or so really. And, yeah, it definitely helped me throughout the US summer, I think, the way I played the Masters Cup at the end of the year. We've just tried to build it up a little bit more, I guess, through this season because you don't get to do that much, especially weight work and stuff, you know, coming from a football background, I guess, than a tennis background a little bit more. So you don't get to do that training throughout the year that much, so it's good when we get a couple weeks off we can afford to do it.

Q. Do you feel you're hitting the ball harder? Do you feel more muscular?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really. I think it's, you know, movement-wise. In tennis, I think your core stability is very important. If you're very strong through your midsection, then you're going to be out there. And especially on a clay court surface, that's where you have to slide and hit the ball. That's only going to help in the future; it can't hurt. I think it's only a positive, and I think that's one area that we've really tried to work on.

Q. A lot of people at your level of sport are always concentrating on the next game, the next step ahead. To what extent does beating Roger Federer in a major play in your mind when you focus on the Australian Open?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not a lot, you know. There's still that many players -- you know, I've never made it past the Round of 16 at the Aussie Open. So if I was to lose in the Round of 16, I wouldn't be losing to Roger Federer this year so I don't really have to worry about that just at the moment. My main focus, there's so many guys out there that can knock you off on any given day. You've really just got to go out there and not worry about one guy. At the end of the day, if I get to a semi or final, Roger might not be there anyway. So you've just got to focus on your game at the moment and get your game as good as possible, do all the right preparations, stay positive out there, stay confident, and then hopefully when the time's right, you know, tennis is a sport where you've got to -- every opponent is different, everyone has different styles of game and you have to worry about that every day. To come out and just think that you've got to worry about Roger Federer, then at the end you probably won't get to have a crack at him anyway.

Q. How difficult is it to time your preparation for the Australian Open?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I think Slams are different, though. You get in Slams and the first week you've just got to find a way to win. You know, you can't win a Grand Slam in the first week, you can only lose it. So you've got to go out there and find a way to get through your first at least two or three matches. You put yourself in a position to be in the second week, and then I think the cream rises to the top then. That's when you see the best players playing their best tennis, throughout the second week of a Slam. That's what I'll be trying to do. Once again, I haven't passed the Round of 16 at the Aussie, so first things first. We want to get in a position to be able to compete against, you know, the Top 10 players.

Q. Is pressure the main reason why you never made it past the Round of 16 at the Aussie Open?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know. There's a lot of reasons. One's called chicken pox.

Q. Apart from that?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Another is called Roger Federer. Every year, obviously, there's different reasons, mate. So two years ago I lost to El Aynaoui who played a freak match. There's not too many matches I don't break serve for four sets of tennis. That's been the last three years, when I've probably been in the best condition to do well at the Australian Open. So you've just got to look at it as a whole. I think I've played enough big matches in Australia that the pressure of playing in Australia doesn't bother me at all.

Q. How would you compare your preparation this year to previous years?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I've done all the right things off the court training-wise. Couldn't be happier. You just got to go out there. And, you know, I felt last week I played okay; didn't play my best tennis, but I played okay. Was a strange match against Dent. I felt like I was the better player definitely for the first set and a half and just didn't show on the scoreboard. But, you know, not a lot of guys play like Taylor either where you just get absolutely no rhythm. So, you know, I'm looking forward to this week, and hopefully come out here and get some more matches under my belt and try and get on a bit of a roll, I guess, going into Melbourne.

Q. What are you expecting from Karol Beck tomorrow?

LLEYTON HEWITT: A tough match, like every match. It's not going to be easy. I played him in the Round of 16s at the US Open a few months ago and he's a tough player. He hits the ball pretty flat. Both sides are probably as good as each other. He's got an underrated first serve. He works extremely hard, like a lot of those Slovakian and Czech guys. So it's not going to be easy, but, you know, I'll just try and go out there, play my game, worry about myself, and hopefully I can come away with a win.

Q. What's a good week here, winning a title or getting the matches you need, the right amount of practice?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I'm not going to be disappointed if I win the title, that's for sure. That's obviously a huge bonus. To have winning form going into a Slam I think is a good thing. But then again, you know, if you get matches under your belt, you can get three matches or whatever, and you feel confident in the way that you're hitting the ball, you know, I don't think that's a bad thing.

Q. These two weeks before the Open, is it something that you're still sort of tweaking, and is it of concern whether to play or not the first week and the second week of the season? Is that something you're still thinking about?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really. This year it wasn't a concern for me. My mind was made up pretty early what I was doing. It was great to go back and play in Adelaide again, I really enjoyed it. Getting to stay at home and that as well makes it a lot easier. You know, it was a really relaxed atmosphere, I guess, going into where there's a lot of pressure and expectation in a couple of weeks' time. Sydney, I've always played well here. I really enjoy the center court hhere, I enjoy the atmosphere. Yeah, so this year was a pretty easy couple of decisions for me.

Q. Do you look forward to the Australian Open, maybe those two weeks are the two most enjoyable weeks for you during the year, or is there some other tournament you would rather be playing in?

LLEYTON HEWITT: It's definitely up there. That's probably the one tournament -- I think Wimbledon is the other one that probably comes close for looking forward to it, I think, so much. Those are probably the two tournaments I look forward to the most throughout the year.

Q. How would a win at the Australian Open compare to a win at Wimbledon? Wimbledon is obviously the blue ribbon of the Grand Slams, but this is your home one.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's hard, you know, I don't know if you compare any of the Grand Slams. I think you take any one of them. And now that I've been able to get a couple of them, the Australian Open would definitely be the next one I'd love to get. A national title at Melbourne Park, no Australian's won at Melbourne Park before, yeah, it would obviously mean a lot. But you don't want to start looking too far ahead, though.

Q. Last season it looked like you were playing as well as you've ever played. You've got the wood over the world No. 2, but it was the other guy that you kept running into. The fact that you had to play Federer so many times in the majors, do you think that was the only thing stopping you? And do you think you're playing as well as you played last season?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, he was the only one stopping me, but then again, you know, otherwise I'd be No. 1 in the world. So the way you look at it, you've got to beat everyone. You've got to beat the best player in the world to win majors. There's no doubt that right at the moment he's the best player in the world. The last 18 months, he's been the stand-out. I think everyone else as a group probably behind that has been very competitive with each other, but Roger has just taken the game to another level. That's what motivates everyone to stay up, try and compete with the best players and keep fighting for the major titles. Last year was probably as consistent a year as I've ever had, right through, even when I was No. 1. The way I played in the Slams, I probably could have nearly made a couple more semis or finals if I didn't bump into those guys - Federer and Gaudio, early. If I knocked into them in a semi or final, you know, it would have made my results look probably a little bit better as well.

Q. Does a succession of losses to one player sort of beat up on you mentally, or can you say, "This is a new year"?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Doesn't beat you up, especially when -- there's no shame right at the moment in losing to Roger. He's a hell of a player, and he's going to go down as one of the greatest. You've still got to try to work on your game, though. That still drives you more than anything, to try to come out and find a way to beat him. And, you know, obviously he's going to have a lot more pressure on him as well this year to try and back up what an incredible year he had last year. That's not going to be an easy thing for him to do, but he started all right in the first week of the year.

Q. Would it help if he was a jerk? He's such a nice guy, everybody seems to like him, do you think you'd get more fired up if he was a real turkey?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know about (smiling). No, I don't know about that. For him, probably being a nice guy and pretty quiet, that probably helps his game as well, the way he plays the game. Maybe if he was a prick out there, he wouldn't have such good results.

Q. Did splitting up with Kim have any effect on your tennis?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Does it look like it?

Q. No.

LLEYTON HEWITT: All right, there you go.

Q. What is your main goal for this year?

LLEYTON HEWITT: You know, the Slams and Davis Cup, once again. You know, that's what drives you, that's when you want to play your best tennis. Davis Cup is going to be tough, there's no doubt about it. But, you know, I'm going to try to put ourselves in a position that way we can have another crack at it. Last year, was obviously disappointing to go out in the opening round and have to play a qualifying match. So to come back to Sydney, play in that first tie, that's one of my goals, especially just to get through that tie and put ourselves in a position to have another crack at it. But I know that's not going to be an easy thing. We're going to have some tough away ties coming up but, you know, I look forward to the challenge.

Q. Have you spoken to Mark about his injury, and is that a worry long-term for Davis Cup?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No. I spoke to him, I caught him the day after it happened, but at that stage there wasn't a whole heap that he knew. It was just sort of a wait-and-see thing. Obviously, to have to pull out of here, he's still in doubt for Melbourne from what I know, I would assume for Davis Cup it would be all right. But then you still want matches before you go into a Davis Cup tie where you've just got to play your best tennis straight-up as well. So, you know, hopefully he can be right for next week in the Aussie. If not, maybe those couple of American tournaments, indoor tournaments or whatever, before Davis Cup.

Q. Is what you are experiencing here as home favorite for the Australian Open in any way comparable to maybe what Tim Henman is experiencing in Wimbledon, or you think you're still lucky here, it's not too big?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's a little bit, you know. Henman puts up with it pretty well, I think; he really does. They ride him the whole way, I think, over there. You know, he does an unbelievable job of handling the situation and playing some of his best tennis there. You know, I still think he probably gets put under more pressure than I do here. But, you know, in the past I've probably had a couple of other guys to spread it out such as Rafter and Philippoussis and these guys, whereas Tim is pretty much himself most years. That's probably been the difference.

Q. Every year it's getting worse and worse for Tim. Do you have that feeling?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really. You know, I'm only 23 at the moment, too, so hopefully I've got a few more cracks at it.

Q. If Mark doesn't play, that might put more on to you this year as well. Do you feel that or think about that?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really. I think, well, not many people are talking about Mark winning the tournament either right at the moment. I think people are seeing maybe myself as the main Australian chance anyway. So, you know, that comes with it, you know. At the end of the day, there's not a whole heap I can do about it. You know, I like having a whole nation behind me anyway.

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2005 MEDIBANK INTERNATIONAL
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

January 11, 2005

L. HEWITT/K. Beck
6-1, 6-2

LLEYTON HEWITT

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Happy with the way you're playing today?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it was good. Different match, though, to playing Taylor last week. You know, obviously, you know, his strengths, counterpunching as well out there, try to make a lot of balls. He tries to sneak into the net now and then, whereas Taylor just comes at you the whole time. You know, I felt like I moved the ball around well, though, today. That was my first hit on center court since I've been here, so got off to a pretty good start. And, you know, could have probably been even a little bit easier out there. Had a lot of opportunities to get that double-break in the second set and just wasn't quite able to take it.

Q. How does the surface here compare with the surface in Adelaide?

LLEYTON HEWITT: At the moment I'd say this is probably slower again than Adelaide. I've only had one hit on center court, though, but from what I've heard from a lot of the players, you know, they're saying it's a lot slower.

Q. Tennis Australia say that they've attempted to speed up the courts in Melbourne. Is that good news, do you think? What do you think about that?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, I'm not going to comment on that anymore. I've made my say, and, you know, at the end of the day I'm going to go out and play and do what I've got to do next week on whatever it's playing. You know, I think everyone knows how I feel about it.

Q. You seemed pretty pumped up with the crowd there. Is it great just to be back out there having a go?

LLEYTON HEWITT: It's always nice playing in Australia. I love the Australian tournaments. And, you know, I go out there, we had some pretty -- some tough points out there today as well. There was a couple of points worth getting pumped up about. So, you know, I enjoy coming back here and playing in Sydney. I've got a pretty good record. I think it's a great atmosphere. It's a great center court.

Q. What about your foot faults?

LLEYTON HEWITT: You tell me.

Q. Well, I mean, were you disappointed? Do you feel they were bad line calls?

LLEYTON HEWITT: If it happened at both ends, I'd probably agree. But when it only happens at one end, then I start questioning a little bit.

Q. Speaking of being pumped up, you've put on a few kilos over the last couple months. How much has it helped you, or is it too early to tell?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't think it's just going to help overnight. I think it's something that I think is just going to help throughout my career now, from now on, I think. It's going to help on other surfaces. I think clay, it's going to help a lot more. Yeah, I think it's just going to help my game, full stop. I don't think there's going to be any negatives to it at all. But I don't think it's something that's just going to help this preparation leading into the Australian Open; definitely can't hurt it, though.

Q. Is this the first time you played in the sleeveless shirts this season?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Hmm (nodding).

Q. First time you've played tournaments in a sleeveless shirt?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Last week, yeah.

Q. Do you enjoy it? Is there any difference at all?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't notice a lot of difference. I've been training in sleeveless shirts pretty much throughout December so I just got used to it basically. And, yeah, Nike leave it up to me pretty much with what I want to do and what I want to wear at the Australian Open next week. So we'll just have to wait and see how I feel.

Q. Would you have worn it three or four years ago?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Are you saying I wasn't big then or (laughter)? I don't know. Yeah, I don't know (smiling). I wouldn't have been allowed to wear them three or four years ago. It's only come in in like the last two years on tour that you're actually allowed to wear them.

Q. What about the colors? Looks suspiciously like Port Power colors.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, I wouldn't have chosen that, would I? No, I got a lot of different colors in my bag. And, yeah, today I just didn't feel like wearing a black shirt in the heat out there today. Got white ones and green ones. Yeah, might have a different color next week as well so, you know...

Q. Roger have anything to say about the fact that they're his team's colors?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, nothing. We don't really talk about that right before a match.

Q. Is Jaslyn here this week or is she doing qualifying?

LLEYTON HEWITT: She left yesterday, I think.

Q. I was going to say, if you're playing the same time Joachim is playing, who would you expect her to go and watch?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know, I really don't. We haven't had to worry about that too much, but I think I've got a big enough entourage that I feel fine for her to go and watch Joachim.

Q. How was the heat out there today? Did it feel any different to you?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, it was nice. I didn't play in hot weather last week in Adelaide, so it was nice to get back and actually feel like an Australian summer out there. I enjoy playing in the heat. From what I've seen in the forecast, it's going to get a little bit hotter for most of the rest of the week anyway. I enjoy these conditions.

Q. You'll play Arnaud next. Will you do anything different than last week?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I'll try and win in straight sets this time. I just got off to a slow start last week. But, you know, he's not a normal qualifier, he should be in the draw. I've got a lot of respect for his game, and he obviously plays extremely well on Rebound Ace. He's had good results always at the Australian Open. It's not going to be an easy match at all. It's going to be even tougher because he's come through another three rounds of qualifying here, you know, as well as Adelaide. His confidence is up, he's played a lot of matches over the last two weeks. I've got to go out there and hopefully play a bit better than I did last week against him.

Q. What's the difference, do you think, between playing a tournament here and being guaranteed three matches at the exhibition in Melbourne?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know. I think this just suits me better personally. You know, I think everyone's different. Obviously, last year, it didn't -- it was good preparation for Federer. He goes on to win the Australian Open, and he obviously feels extremely comfortable playing at Kooyong. Agassi has always done it. Everyone's different. You know, I just feel like I really enjoy this tournament. I enjoy playing, you know, on center court, and I enjoy playing in Sydney as well. So for me this is good preparation.

Q. Which parts of your game are you looking to fine-tune this week before Melbourne?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, you just want to keep your confidence up, I think, more than anything, can keep your rhythm there. You know, you've done pretty much all the hard work leading into the two tournaments coming into the Australian Open. You're not going to be tweaking that much when you're actually out there now. It's just a matter of getting your confidence to that level where you want it to be going into Melbourne next week.

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kim-fan
01-17-2005, 09:43 AM
2005 MEDIBANK INTERNATIONAL
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

January 12, 2005

L. HEWITT/A. Clement
6-2, 6-4

LLEYTON HEWITT

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Bit of a strange match in terms of winning five games in a row a couple of times.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, just momentum, I think. Momentum changes so much, and I think on days like today, where it's so hot out there on court as well, you know, once you start getting down on yourself a little bit, you can just snowball. When you're positive out there, it's a lot easier to play good tennis and win a lot of games in a row, I think, in these conditions today. In the end, I should have broke him to get back to 3-2. Second set, wasn't quite able to do it from 15-40. Waited on my opportunities, played a good game to get back to 4-3. 4-All, played another good game to break. It's a lot nicer than still being out there, going through a third set today as well.

Q. You were saying yesterday that you're enjoying the heat and you were hoping it would get hotter. It was obviously tough, though, out there today?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, but, you know, this is what you expect in the Australian summer though, as well. You know, it's pretty enjoyable to play out there, though, for myself. I know I've done all the hard work. I've prepared as well as possible. So physically I felt fine out there but, you know, then again, you've got to back it up. From what I see in the forecast, it's probably going to be as hot as this for most of the rest of the week here in Sydney anyway. I look forward to playing in these conditions, though.

Q. Did the foot faults concern you? Is it something you discussed with your coach or anything like that?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really. We've laughed about it a bit, you know, only because, once again, it only happened down one end. You know, if it happened down both ends, then I can, you know, understand. But my action is no different to where it is. And after yesterday I even stood further back today than I did yesterday. So, yeah, I don't know...

Q. Is it the same linesperson as yesterday?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, I think it was a different one today - I think.

Q. You were talking to the umpire early in the match. Did you ask for a replacement?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I just asked whether it could be only because -- you know, if it happened down both ends, then I can fully understand. But if it's only happening up one end, and then when they actually did the -- everyone changed, all the linespeople changed, I didn't get foot faulted again. So, yeah, it's not like I changed my action during a match.

Q. Next match, they're on court at the moment. You played both guys before, I suppose. But any thoughts on both of those guys?

LLEYTON HEWITT: If Wayne gets through, it's obviously good for Australia; we'll have one guy at least in the semifinals. But, you know, it's always tough playing other Aussies, especially in our own tournaments, I think. You know, but we've practiced so much with each other in the past and at Davis Cup ties, and we get along extremely well. So you just got to try and block it out as much as possible. Against Johansson, I've got a lot of time for him. He's a hell of a player. He's got all the shots. He's a great returner. For a smaller guy he's got a very big first serve as well, gets a lot of power from it. We've had some tough matches in the past that have probably gone my way a little bit more, but I expect an extremely tough match against Thomas.

Q. Wayne said he nearly beat you here a few years ago. What is your recollection of that match?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it was tight. I think the first two sets were tiebreaks - I think. I ended up getting away from him a little bit in the third set. He won the first set, whether 7-5 or 7-6, I'm not sure. Then he might have had breakpoint late in the second set as well on me. So with his serve, if he gets up a set and a break, he's going to be tough to beat at any stage. But, you know, we played -- like I played Clement in Adelaide and Sydney, that year I played Wayne in Adelaide and Sydney as well. I don't think I've played him probably since then either.

Q. At this stage of the tournament, how are you feeling in comparison to this stage of the tournament last year?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I can't remember that long ago. I'm sure I'm feeling the same - fine. Yeah, I think I won both my matches in straight sets the first two rounds last year as well. So, yeah, probably pretty similar.

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2005 MEDIBANK INTERNATIONAL
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

January 13, 2005

L. HEWITT/T. Johansson
6-1, 7-6

LLEYTON HEWITT

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Lleyton.

Q. It looked pretty tough out there, second set.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it was tough but I felt like I had all the chances then as well. Was probably only one game that I didn't have breakpoints or Love-30 in the whole second set. Could have easily been, you know, 6-2, 6-3 at least in the second set. But he came up and played some, you know -- was only probably one chance that I had in the breakpoints in the second set. The rest of them he played great tennis. He came up with a couple of half-volleys and low volleys there, especially at 5-4 when I had 15-40, couple of breakpoints there. You know, he's a class player.

Q. If the tiebreak had gone a long way, would you have minded a third set?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I would have preferred to win in straight sets, no doubt about that. But I would have been going as hard as possible to, you know -- I felt like I was a lot better player out there today the whole match. I felt like I played extremely well the first set. Things went my way in the second set; I felt like I played just as well. He raised his game. I had a lot of opportunities to get that break and wasn't quite able to get it, but I felt like it was just a matter of time. So in the third set, I would have been disappointed if I lost the second set, but then again I would have just dug deep and waited for my opportunities again.

Q. I think that's something like 18 games in a row or something. Is there any particular thing you like about these courts?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Matches in a row, is it?

Q. Yeah.

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know. I've won a lot of matches, I know, here. I don't know. I really enjoy the stadium here. I think it's a great center court. It's a great atmosphere. Yeah, I don't know if I can pinpoint one thing, though, that really sticks out, but I really enjoy coming back and playing this tournament every year.

Q. Max Mirnyi next. He has a pretty good record against you.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah. I think it's 2-1, his favor. So, yeah, the last match we played was Montreal maybe a year and a half ago, I think. I think he won that maybe 7-5 or something in the third set. It's never an easy match against Max. He's an awkward opponent. Got to return well, pass well, move well, try and make him play a lot of balls out there. It's a different situation because the last two days have been extremely hot and I've played good tennis to beat two very good opponents, whereas he's had two forfeits. Which way that's going to go, in whose favor, I'm not sure.

Q. Two forfeits, is that an advantage for him or a disadvantage? You were in a similar position last year.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, I didn't really have it, you know, that much last year. I had three forfeits but the first one I was a set and a break up, it was all over. The next one against Moya, it's a little bit different in a final anyway. So I don't really know which way it would favor anyone.

Q. Would you be happy if it was this hot for the next couple of weeks?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it doesn't bother me too much. I think I'd handle it a lot better than a lot of other guys.

Q. For that reason, would you prefer it?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I'll take whatever comes, you know. Yeah, the odds are that I'm going to be playing, if I can last in the Australian Open, I'm going to be playing quite a few night matches anyway. So whatever the weather brings, you know, I'm ready for.

Q. If you had a preference, would you prefer to be scheduled to play during the day at Melbourne Park?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Doesn't matter. I understand that quite often they're going to want me to play night matches. It's a great atmosphere playing at night, there's no doubt about that. Depending on opponents, I wouldn't have a clue at the moment - you don't know until the day before anyway who you're going to be playing - as the tournament goes on, whether it's going to be better, the conditions for me, playing in the heat or not, whether that's going to be in my favor or not.

Q. Do you get a say about the schedule?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not a whole heap. Normally, nine times out of ten they want me to play at night, especially if you're playing someone that's pretty well-known as well.

Q. Everyone's talking about Federer, but who else can you identify as being your main rivals at the Australian Open? Who do you think has got a good chance?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, I don't know. You know, obviously the handful of guys that were at the Masters Cup, I think. You know, they're in as good a shape as anyone, I think. Roddick is obviously No. 2 seed. He's going to be in with a big shot. Safin played extremely well at the end of the year, had a great match with Federer in the Masters Cup semifinal. He's going to be tough to beat again. Agassi, I don't know if you can ever count him out of the Australian Open. He enjoys playing in that situation. Nalbandian, I wouldn't write him off. I've got a lot of time for him as a player as well. There's always going to be a couple of outside guys there causing trouble. Carlos Moya is going to be tough to beat. He's played well on Rebound Ace in the past. There's a handful of guys. You never know if the draw is going to open up in the second week or not as well.

Q. Do you think Joachim Johansson has a chance?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know. Depends how bad his injury is.

Q. Semifinal at the US Open.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, mate, he played extremely -- he's had an unbelievable year, all of last year. To think that he lost in qualifying in Adelaide a year ago, just over a year ago, then comes out and he's 11 in the world now and, yeah, he's got a great game. He's dangerous on any surface against anyone on any given day. So, yeah, he's handled the situation in big matches such as beating Roddick in America at the US Open. Is not easy, beating him in five sets in a quarterfinal. So I think he handles the situation pretty well.

Q. Pending his injury, you'd throw him into the mix?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I'd throw him in the mix. Whether he can win it, I don't know just at the moment. He's definitely a dangerous floater, yeah.

Q. Still concerned about the court speed in Melbourne?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I'll play on whatever I've got to play on.

CRAIG GABRIEL: Ladies and gentlemen, I just want to let you know that the person who bought today's racquet at Lleyton's auction was one of our media assistants, Belinda.

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kim-fan
01-17-2005, 09:43 AM
2005 MEDIBANK INTERNATIONAL
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

January 14, 2005

L. HEWITT/M. Mirnyi
6-7, 6-3, 6-2

LLEYTON HEWITT

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Lleyton.

Q. What do you know about the next opponent?

LLEYTON HEWITT: About that (smiling). No, not a lot. I don't even really know what he looks like. So, yeah, Roger would have scouted a bit, though. I've got to go out there and play my game, and I'll work it out in the first couple of games, you know, what to expect from him.

Q. Are you happy with the way you played today?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it was good. It's a different kind of match against Max. I felt physically very good out there in tough conditions. I felt like that held me in good stead out there today. But, you know, it's never easy playing Max. He served extremely well there for most of the match. I had to just keep making him play, making him play, wait for my opportunities and in the end I started really seeing the ball pretty well.

Q. What do you make of these players pulling out? A few are out because of injury, some are out because of heat. You're a guy that went down in the first set and kicked on from there. What do you make of players doing this?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, everyone has their own reasons, I guess. But, you know, I feel fine playing in these conditions. You know, I feel physically as strong as anyone on the tour, I think. I've put in all the hard yards, I know what I've got left in the tank, and, you know, I felt like out there today I was lasting a lot better in the conditions than he was as well. So, you know, it's good going out in a match and knowing that your body is going to hold up. It gives you a lot more confidence in these conditions.

Q. Do you think it's fine for them if they think, "Well, it's too hot today and this is a lead-up to the Australian Open, I'll give it a miss"? Do you think that's reasonable?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't think it is. Depending on how bad an injury is. But who knows, you know? You don't know. I don't know. Only that person can actually know whether they can go out there and are going to make it worse for next week or not. If they're going to make it worse for next week, then that's a tough choice that they've got to make. Physically, I know there are a couple of people not feeling well, feeling sick, whatever. We can't say one way or another whether that's right or wrong; only they really know.

Q. Do you think it's a mark of your game that you could drop the first set in conditions like these and then fight even harder after that?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I think so. It's always been, you know -- I'm sure Max knew after the first set that I wasn't going away, even though I lost in the tiebreak. You know, had more opportunities at the end of the first set than he did. You know, I think a lot of guys know that I'm not going to go away. That can only help me, I think. It's a matter of being mentally tough. I know a lot of guys out on the tour today would have thrown in the second set knowing that there's a Grand Slam to get ready for in a couple of days' time, but, you know, that's just not me.

Q. Speaking of the Grand Slam, have you had a chance to look at the draw?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I only saw, you know, I know I play Clement first round. So, yeah, played him three weeks in a row so we know each other's games pretty well.

Q. Do you feel confident about that first-round match, having beaten him twice in the past fortnight?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, I probably feel a bit more confident than he does.

Q. Did you also note that you were in the opposite half to Roger Federer?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I saw that, yeah. Yeah.

Q. Is that a good thing?

LLEYTON HEWITT: You got to win seven matches to win a Slam, so...

Q. You follow the sun most of the year anyway. When it gets like this in Australia, how does that compare to other parts of the world?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, this is as hot as it probably gets. Cincinnati maybe, that's about the only place, I think, that could get hotter. You know, Cincinnati is very humid and very hot nearly every time we play there every year, I think. That's the only place off the top of my head that I can think - especially on a hard court. I think the difference here in Australia is the Rebound Ace. It's at least 10, 15 degrees hotter on court than it is sitting in the stands purely because of the Rebound Ace surface. So, you know, it's probably hotter in Cincinnati a couple of times that I've played, but the actual court surface here in the Australian tournaments probably makes it a little bit hotter.

Q. Do you think it's a case of the players not preparing well enough for the conditions that present themselves every year here and in Melbourne?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Could be a little bit, but it's tough for them as well when they have to come from Europe where it's minus degrees over there at the moment. So to come and expect to play your best tennis straight off the bat under these conditions, you know, it's never going to happen. I think a lot of the guys, especially the experienced guys, they know how to prepare for a major.

Q. Do you think you're as ready as you've ever been for the Australian Open, or perhaps even better prepared than ever?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah. There's been times, I think, when I've been hitting the ball as well going into the Australian Open. Last year I was playing well going in; I ran into a guy in the Round of 16s by the name of Federer. So, you know, even the year before when I lost to El Aynaoui, you know, I was hitting the ball well. So, you know, you still got to take it one match at a time and not get too confident, I think, in where your game's at going into it. Slams can be different to any other tournament.

Q. It's a minor issue, but the foot faults, we saw Roger talking to the ATP guys and also had a look at a few tapes. Anything out of that?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know. I saw a couple on TV a couple of nights ago on one of the news stations. It was that far from being a foot fault that, you know... I don't know anything about tennis if that's a foot fault. So, you know, that was disappointing to me to actually see it. Because I think they got cameras on the side of the line, on the side of the baselines there. To actually see, you know, six or seven calls and all be wrong, then, yeah, I start doubting how the officiating is really going here. Yeah, but, you know, in all my matches I've been able to block it out extremely well. Even today to know that, you know, that's how I lost my service game - the only service game of the match I lost was on those two foot faults. A lot of people, I think, would have backed away, got the shits with it, and packed it in. To my credit, though, I hung in there and it probably made me more motivated out there.

Q. The fact that you've actually performed better at the other three Slams than you have in Melbourne, does that make you even more determined at the Australian Open?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really. Not for that, I don't think. You know, just because it's the Australian Open, it's my national title. I've been going there for so many years since I've been a kid. You know, I get a buzz walking into Melbourne Park every time I go there, whether it's the Australian Open or Davis Cup ties. So I don't think my results at the other three majors sort of have an impact on how much I want to do well at the Australian Open.

Q. You say you don't know much about Ivo Minar's game, but having seen him play, are you able to say what his strengths or weaknesses are?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I haven't seen him play.

Q. You've never seen him play?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No.

Q. What do you think about that?

LLEYTON HEWITT: My coach has seen him play, and I'll know what to expect come tomorrow.

Q. What has he said?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I haven't spoken to him yet. I just got off the court.

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2005 MEDIBANK INTERNATIONAL
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

January 15, 2005

L. HEWITT/I. Minar
7-5, 6-0

LLEYTON HEWITT

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Lleyton.

Q. Could you be any happier with your build-up to next week?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it was pretty good, I think. I've had a good week here. It's been pretty relaxing in Sydney, and to come away with another title, have some more confidence, I guess. It's always nice winning tournaments, but I think it's even more special winning them in your home country. I think this is my 24th title now and, yeah, it's always nice winning in Australia.

Q. Is there any part of your game that you'd like to raise?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really. It's more just -- I came here, Adelaide and Sydney, to try and keep the rhythm going that I've been doing in practice. I think that's really been the key, especially in the Sydney tournament this week. I think I've just been able to step it up a notch from Adelaide last week. I got better and better as the week went on. To have that confidence, winning five matches in a row as well, can only be a positive.

Q. Was a pretty strange first set. What was going on there?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it was a strange match, the momentum swings. I won the first five games very quickly. I felt like I came out of the blocks playing extremely well. He loosened up a bit. I probably -- I had set point at 5-1, hit a double-fault. It was tough up that end serving with the sun throughout the whole match. You know, I just didn't play a great game at 5-3. When it got to 5-All, I just had to sort of settle down and try and take it up a notch. I was able to do that. Once I got the first set under my belt, I just tried to focus on getting up that early break. Obviously, he was a bit down then. I just tried to roll on from there.

Q. Physically, Lleyton, this is probably the best preparation possible for the Australian Open. Compared to other years, physically, is this the best you've felt going into the Australian Open?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I feel pretty good at the moment. You know, I've trained pretty hard in the past, in December and that as well, going into Australian Open campaigns. But, yeah, at the moment I feel pretty physically strong out there. You know, come through some tough matches this week and, you know, feeling confident where my game's at. But Grand Slams are different as well, playing over five sets. You know, you just sort of want to focus so much on just one match at a time in the Slams, I think, more than any other tournament. So, you know, that will just be my mindset next week.

Q. I know you don't have to focus on Roger for possibly two weeks. He's obviously the hottest favorite. What's it going to take for someone - whether it's you or someone - to stop him?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Someone's going to have to play extremely well, I think, and probably stay with him early in matches, I think. If you look at the past where he's played his best tennis over probably the last 18 months, he's been able to get off to flying starts against pretty much everyone. I think if you can hang with him - Roddick at the Wimbledon final, I think, was able to hang with him for a while and had his opportunities. I think the second set might have been a breaker, the second and the fourth sets were both breakers, and Roddick won the first set. So he had his chances. You know, he's definitely the favorite, there's no doubt about that, the way he's been playing over the last 18 months. But, you know, he's human and guys like Roddick or Safin's in his half, Agassi's maybe in his 16, in his quarter I think, there's tough players out there. If he's slightly off, you know, still not going to be that easy for him.

Q. You seemed to be relaxed this week. Is that a fair observation?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I feel pretty relaxed. You know, there's always going to be pressure and expectation, you know, especially when at the moment I'm, you know, sort of the only Australian, I guess, with a real shot in all these tournaments. So, you know, I just handle it and try and block it out as much as possible. I think I've played in enough big matches - Davis Cup semis and finals - in Australia to be able to handle the situation and thrive on it more and use it as a positive than a negative. But that's something that hasn't really worried me, especially this year.

Q. How has having Bec Cartwright at your matches encouraged you?

LLEYTON HEWITT: It's always nice to have my entourage with me. I enjoy playing in Australia and it's no different having her in the crowd sitting there with Roger and Wally and a few of my boys from Adelaide. It's good support. The more support I can have, you know, in close friends and family, you know, makes it a lot easier for me, I think.

Q. Must have meant a lot to you having her there, particularly her seeing you win the first tournament?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's the first tournament she's seen me win, so it's nice to not take too long to do it, either.

Q. How does she like you in the sleeveless shirts?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know, you have to ask her (smiling).

Q. I would guess her support to you means a hell of a lot?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Do you write about tennis or not (smiling)?

Q. Yes, I do.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, of course her support means a lot. You know, it's great. I think, as I said before, all my close friends and family that I have there supporting me throughout these tournaments, not only, you know -- in the Australian tournaments obviously I have a lot more support from friends and family, but when I go overseas and I have my close-knit group with me, I enjoy that. I think I play better in those circumstances.

Q. Tennis question. Would you give up a Wimbledon or a US Open and these four Sydney tournaments, and I'll even throw in the Davis Cup, to win the Australian Open?

LLEYTON HEWITT: So basically give up every title I've won just for an Australian Open?

Q. Or which one of them would you give up?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, that's a stupid question, eh (laughing)? Mate, you can't give up 23 titles just for one. Grand Slams are Grand Slams. As much as I want to win the Australian Open, you know, I couldn't ask for more than winning the US Open, winning my first major. I'd never change that. And, you know, that's special in itself, winning your first Grand Slam. I think beating Pete Sampras, a guy like Pete Sampras in the final of the US Open, you know, one of the greatest ever to play the game, you know, you can't buy that and, you know, no one can ever take that away from me. And winning Wimbledon, in my mind's probably the biggest tournament in tennis history, just with the history and the tradition of the Wimbledon Championship. No, I wouldn't give that up either. So, you know, I've still got plenty of time to try to get an Australian in my cabinet as well. I don't think you can sort of, you know -- it's like asking Rafter to change his US Opens for -- give up both his US Opens for one Wimbledon or something. It's the same situation.

Q. Ivo mentioned something about good luck beating Roger in Melbourne. There's a nice rivalry at the top.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, but I'm No. 3 so... Yeah, that was just a Czech joke, I guess. I don't know. But it's a long way before we can start talking about that, I think.

Q. What will you be doing tonight to celebrate and over the weekend?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Just getting my body ready for Monday or Tuesday.

Q. You've won Sydney four times. You're going to Melbourne in familiar form. What do you have to do differently this time to take the next step at the Australian Open?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't think there's anything I really have to do different apart from get over a couple of hurdles, you know, in the third and fourth rounds, try and put myself in a position to do well late in the second week. But, you know, there's going to be tough matches and you've got to find a way to get through those matches in Grand Slams. Very rarely do you go through two weeks of a Grand Slam and every match is very comfortable. So it's a matter of getting through those tough matches and then trying to get on a bit of a roll. But in the past I don't think I've been that far away from doing well at the Australian Open. You just need a little bit of luck in your corner as well.

Q. Have you had a chance to look at the form of other players? Have you looked at Kooyong results or anything like that?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, not really. I obviously know -- I think Andy and Roger are in the final there. There's been a lot of pull-outs in that as well. That's an exhibition event there. I don't think you can read too much into it.

Q. Is it true you first met Bec at a celebrity match a few years ago?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Hmm (nodding).

Q. Can you tell me about that.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, that's about it.

Q. What was it for? It was a celebrity tennis match?

LLEYTON HEWITT: It was for the Starlight Foundation.

Q. How is she on the court?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, she was all right considering she never played before.

Q. Have you played with her since?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, I haven't played tennis, no. No, sorry (laughter).

Q. With Bec, with Bec.

LLEYTON HEWITT: No.

Q. Correct me if I'm wrong, no foot faults today?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, it's amazing.

Q. And also I think it was a foot fault in last year's fourth round with Roger that was a bit of a turning point.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, you're right.

Q. Are you happy that's all done, all fixed up?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, who knows? My position didn't change too much today so you tell me what the difference was.

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Danni
01-17-2005, 11:04 AM
thanks for the interviews guys :kiss: :kiss: