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kit
08-22-2003, 07:09 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:Come on Lleyton!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
You can do it again.I believe in you!!! :worship:
http://www.lleytonhewitt.biz/articleslleyton/images/uso2001/fwin2.jpg

majo
08-22-2003, 09:47 PM
Goooooooooo Lley!!!! :kiss: :hug: :woohoo: :bounce: :dance:

Ashie_87
08-23-2003, 03:51 AM
:woohoo: :worship: Go Lleyton!!!! :bounce: :worship:

possie
08-23-2003, 05:47 AM
:D I believe in you too! :D
I'm cheering for you and Kim all the way!

NOMAD
08-23-2003, 12:24 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: GO GET IT,Lley :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

i'll go on a vacation next week
please cheer LL and Kim for me,Lleykis :kiss: :worship:

star
08-23-2003, 01:50 PM
I'm not sure if this is where we post articles about the USO, but here goes.

US Open draw paints easy path for Hewitt but hard road for Scud
August 22, 2003

The pressure on Lleyton Hewitt eased a little yesterday when the former world No.1 received a generous draw for the US Open, which starts in New York on Monday. Unlike his Davis Cup teammate Mark Philippoussis, Hewitt has been given an excellent opportunity to play himself into much-needed form over the first week of the season's final grand slam.

In the first round, the sixth seed meets world No.84 Victor Hanescu, a 22-year-old from Romania who has played only 22 matches on the main tour and has done best on clay.

If he wins that match, Hewitt will face either Hyung-Taik Lee or Vladimir Voltchkov in round two. There is no "name" player in his path until Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan in the round of 16.

Srichaphan is the 11th seed and won a tour-best 40 matches on hardcourts last year.

Third seed Juan Carlos Ferrero looms in the quarter-finals, and should Hewitt advance to the semi-finals - as he has on his past three trips to Flushing Meadows - the 2001 champion would likely confront top seed and world No.1 Andre Agassi.

Other dangers in Hewitt's top half of the draw include unpredictable Russian Marat Safin, Sebastien Grosjean and two recent victors over the South Australian, Max Mirnyi and Wayne Ferreira.

Philippoussis, the 20th seed and 1998 finalist, opens against a qualifier but has landed in a rugged section of the draw that features Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, hometown favourite James Blake and in-form Argentinian David Nalbandian.

Philippoussis will probably play Russian Davis Cup hero Mikhail Youzhny in the second round and is on course to meet 13th-seeded Nalbandian in the third round before colliding with Federer in a mouth-watering Wimbledon final rematch. Seventh seed Carlos Moya is Philippoussis's projected quarter-final opponent, with tournament favourite Andy Roddick, the fourth seed, expected to be lying in wait for the semi-finals.

Hewitt, normally at his best on the US hardcourts, has had a poor build-up for the open.

He made a run to the final in Los Angeles earlier this month in his comeback event following a four-week lay-off after his first-round elimination at Wimbledon. But he has since lost to Mirnyi in the second round in Montreal and to Xavier Malisse in the first round in Cincinnati.

Hewitt has tumbled from the top of the rankings before Wimbledon to world No.6 and his 13 tournaments contested this year are the second-fewest of any player in the top 50 in the ATP Champions Race. But he insists his priorities for this year were the grand slams and Davis Cup.

While he has failed to progress beyond the fourth round at the first three majors, he has helped Australia reach a Davis Cup semi-final against Switzerland next month.

Fellow Australians Wayne Arthurs and Scott Draper have received tough draws, with Arthurs starting off against Australian Open runner-up Rainer Schuettler of Germany and Draper to play Moya.

Australia's top-ranked woman, Alicia Molik, has drawn a qualifier, and Nicole Pratt meets American Jill Craybas.

Molik has a great chance to reach her maiden grand slam quarter-final after being pitted in a section of the draw devoid of any of the game's current stars.

The road ahead: possible run through

6-LLEYTON HEWITT

1st rd: Victor Hanescu

2nd rd: Hyung-taik Lee

3rd rd: 29-Feliciano Lopez

4th rd: 11-Paradorn Srichaphan

Q/F: 3-Juan Carlos Ferrero

S/F: 1-Andre Agassi

F: 2-Roger Federer

20-MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS

1st rd: qualifier

2nd rd: Mikhail Youzhny

3rd rd: 13-David Nalbandian

4th rd: 2-Roger Federer

Q/F: 7-Carlos Moya

S/F: 4-Andy Roddick

F: 1-Andre Agassi AAP

dagmar7
08-24-2003, 08:24 PM
You can never have enough scheduling information...:D

Arthur Ashe - 11:00 AM Start
1. Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Maria Vento-Kabchi (VEN) vs. Chanda Rubin (USA)[8]
followed by:
2. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Joachim Johansson (SWE) vs. Mardy Fish (USA)[24]
3. Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Lindsay Davenport (USA)[3] vs. Els Callens (BEL)




Arthur Ashe - 7:00 PM Start
1. Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Kim Clijsters (BEL)[1] vs. Amber Liu (USA)
followed by:
2. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Victor Hanescu (ROM) vs. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)[6]

Go Lleyton: you can do it! :bounce: :hearts: :bounce:

Go Kim, although I don't think Amber will be much trouble.:o:bounce:

Good luck to Pim-Pim too.:D

tournesol
08-25-2003, 09:18 AM
c'mon LL you can do it

Angele
08-25-2003, 10:57 AM
Good luck tonight Lleyton :kiss:

thalle
08-25-2003, 03:58 PM
C'MON LLEYTON! YOU CAN DO IT!

duck
08-25-2003, 04:52 PM
'Lay off Lleyton', says women's number one (SMH)
August 25, 2003 - 12:46PM


Women's world No.1 Kim Clijsters, the girlfriend of Lleyton Hewitt, jumped to her man's defence on the eve of the US Open today. Her message was polite but simple: lay off Lleyton.

Clijsters claimed Hewitt had received unfair scrutiny from the media during his slide from the top of the rankings to world No.6 over the past two months.

She said Hewitt, the 2001 US Open champion, 2002 Wimbledon winner and long-time world No.1, boasted a record for all to envy.

"He's had two incredible years," Clijsters said.

"I mean, I think anyone out there would love to change their career with his.

"The media, they're always going to try ... when it's going well, they're always going to try to break the player down as soon as it's not going well.

"I think that's definitely what's been going on with him at the moment."

Until Clijsters' comments, Hewitt's entourage had closed ranks in the lead-up to the Open, guarding their 22-year-old from the spotlight to allow him to focus solely on the last grand slam of the year.


But clearly some of the conjecture about the reasons for his slide struck a nerve, perhaps not surprisingly as it included the suggestion from former Wimbledon champion Ashley Cooper that he should drop his parents from his entourage.

In a rare interview afforded to US television last week, Hewitt said he was confident he could "beat anyone" and claim his second title in New York.

According to Clijsters, he's right.

The sixth-seeded Hewitt will open his campaign tomorrow night against Romanian Victor Hanescu in the marquee match on Arthur Stadium, starting about 9pm USEST (11am AEST Tuesday) and Clijsters fancies his chances of silencing his critics this coming fortnight.

"He's definitely very hungry, I think, to play," the women's top seed said.

"He's been working really hard. He's been training really hard. Definitely if he plays well (he can win the tournament)."

Australian Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald also believed Hewitt was capable of capturing a grand slam for the third straight year and beginning his rise back to the top of the world standings.

He felt Hewitt's dip in form had been inevitable but would spur him on to greater things.

"Look, he's been No.1 for 18 months and that's not an easy thing to do and there's only one way to go from there," Fitzgerald said.

"He wouldn't be totally content about dropping back from No.1 but, at some stage, it's inevitable that it's going to happen and it gives him a chance to actually work on his game a bit more and try some things and launch another attack on No.1.

"It's given him a chance to become even a better player. So it's not all negatives.

"It's the first time he's been faced with taking a step backwards. But that can be a good thing because I reckon he can take two more steps forward. I really do.

"I think he can be a better player than what he's been."

Fitzgerald said it was too easy for Joe Public to expect Hewitt to dominate men's tennis continually and cited all-time great Andre Agassi, with two US Open triumphs from a 17 starts, as living proof that winning any grand slam was a huge career achievement.

"It's not easy to step in and 'bang' win another one," he said.

"But we sort of expect him to a bit. Even (Davis Cup coach) Wally (Masur) and I, we think 'why can't he win another one?' But it's not easy to do.

"But he (Hewitt) is one of the players that can give it a shake."

Alicia Molik is the only other Australian in action on day one of the Open.

Molik will meet Croatian Jelena Kostanic in her first-round match at 11am USEST (1am AEST).

duck
08-25-2003, 04:57 PM
Ticked off: Kim Clijsters.


Angry Kim fires back

26aug03

TENNIS sweetheart Kim Clijsters yesterday ticked off the media for trying to "break down" her boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt as he prepares to fight his way into winning form at the US Open.

Clijsters, regarded as one of the nicest players on tour, showed her teeth were not just for smiling as she ripped into media analysis of the reasons for Hewitt's surprise form lapse, which has seen the former No. 1 drop to No. 6 over five months without a title.
Clijsters, top seed for the first time at a grand slam event, and Hewitt are the feature players in the two matches on the opening night at Arthur Ashe Stadium, to be played this morning.

"The media, they're always going to try to break the player down as soon as it's not going well. I think that's definitely what's going on with him at the moment," Clijsters said.

"He's had two incredible years. I think anyone would love to change their career with his. He's definitely very hungry and he's working very hard."

Hewitt's camp believes he has the measure of his first-round opponent, Romanian Victor Hanescu, ranked 83rd in the world, and can dig his way into the US Open.

Hewitt has won just seven matches in five events.

"Lleyton has been timing the ball particularly well and the pace of the court is good for him and Mark (Philippoussis) to have results here," Australian Davis Cup coach Wally Masur said.

Philippoussis, one of six Australians contesting the tournament -- one of Australia's smallest contingents at a grand slam -- will start on day two against a former world No. 1 junior, Serbian qualifier Jenko Tipsarevic, who claims he does not give himself a chance of beating the 20th-seeded Victorian.

The scheduling of Hewitt as the main men's match on day one brings him immense scrutiny just when he might prefer a smaller stage.

Hewitt's coaching arrangement with former conditioner Roger Rasheed, elevated to the role of coach when Jason Stoltenberg left the camp in late May, fascinates many rivals on the tour who appear to be unaware that Rasheed was a former professional player.

"Lleyton knows Roger well and respects his opinions," said Australian Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald, who has been on court with Rasheed for Hewitt's recent sessions.

"Coaching these players is (about) knowing when and how to impart the knowledge and do it in a positive way. Peter Lundgren, the coach of Roger Federer, was a good player, but he wasn't a champion." Lundgren said Hewitt remained one of the favourites.

"He can come back anytime, that's how good he is," Lundgren said.

Fitzgerald, concentrat ing on Hewitt, and Masur, working more with Philippoussis, have put in many hours over the past week at practices.

"It's not like we are directly coaching. Roger is here with Lleyton and with Fitzy here as well, it's a bit of overkill. But we can help scout opponents and arrange practice partners," Masur said.

Masur admitted homework on Tipsarevic, who won the 2001 Australian Open junior title and has advanced to a ranking of No. 135, had been hard.

"I will not try to kick Mark Philippoussis's arse. If he hit aces and winners for three sets, he's too good," Tipsarevic, 19, said.

Meanwhile, second seed Federer said he was facing one of the demanding periods of his career, having to back up from his Wimbledon win and then depart to Melbourne for Switzerland's Davis Cup semi-final next month.

kit
08-25-2003, 07:52 PM
Good luck Lleyton tonight!!!
Come on you're fighter you can do it!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Lisbeth
08-26-2003, 05:01 AM
Yay Lleyton! A good solid win. Too many errors apparently but the court time and confidence are the important thing first round! Good luck next round Lleyton!

tournesol
08-26-2003, 07:42 AM
:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

:worship: :worship: :worship:

edit: duck thanks for the articles

dagmar7
08-26-2003, 10:00 AM
:bigclap: :bigclap:

I just watched taped coverage from 4:30-5:30 A.M. Yes, it was only Hanescu, but Lleyton played really aggressively, and more importantly, didn't let up or take his foot off the pedal--he just played better and better. By the end, his opponent was totally demoralized, and I haven't seen that in a while.:D He certainly looked like he was moving well also. The crowd was oohing and ahing a bit.:D

Lleyton...:bowdown:

Good luck in round two!...:hearts:

tournesol
08-26-2003, 10:04 AM
thanks for the good news, i did not see anything bec coverage started around 2.30 am but it's really refreshing

duck
08-26-2003, 03:59 PM
This reporter is an utter bitch- she did a complete hatchet job on Ll last year.
Hewitt clears first hurdle easily
By Caroline Overington
August 27, 2003

It is notoriously difficult to defend a grand slam title. Lleyton Hewitt couldn't do it at the US Open in 2002, nor this year at Wimbledon, where he went out in the first round.

Now Hewitt has no titles to defend and the lack of pressure may suit him. He raced through the first round of the 2003 US Open in just 90 minutes on Monday, beating Romanian Victor Hanescu, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

It was exactly the kind of victory Hewitt needed: short, sharp and decisive.

"It was a good one to get under my belt," he said. "This is a grand slam. It's the big time. This is what you play for."

Hewitt said he was not unduly concerned about a recent slump in form, which has everybody talking. "Tennis isn't like the Olympics, where you've got to wait four years," he said. "There's a new tournament every week for you to redeem yourself."

Besides, he likes to think of himself as "mentally tough, maybe one of the toughest out there".

Hewitt came on court after the emotional ceremony for Pete Sampras, who retired.


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Afterwards, Sampras joined John McEnroe in the commentary box. "What's up with Hewitt?" said McEnroe. "He's in a slump."

But Sampras didn't agree. "I wouldn't count him out," he said. "He's just lacking confidence right now. It's hard enough just to go out and play. But he's a tough kid."

The match did not excite New York. Half the crowd went home after the ceremony for Sampras, and one of the host broadcasters stopped covering the match before it was over.

That didn't bother a small but rowdy contingent of Australian fans, some of whom had inflatable kangaroos on their shoulders and sang Waltzing Matilda. Hewitt acknowledged them with a cheerful thumbs-up, and stopped to sign autographs.

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Knockers LaBroad
08-26-2003, 04:06 PM
Thanks Duckie!:D

I saw the roo!:p
There were some unbelievable points out there!:eek:

duck
08-26-2003, 04:09 PM
Sampras: Don't write off Hewitt
By PAUL MALONE in New York
27aug03

RETIRING tennis legend Pete Sampras yesterday cautioned against ruling Lleyton Hewitt out of US Open title calculations after the Australian made a smooth start to his campaign.

Hewitt, looking to re-establish himself in the year's last grand slam event after falling to No 6 in the world rankings, disarmed Romanian Victor Hanescu without fuss early in their first-round match and posted a 6-3 6-2 6-2 win.
Hewitt's clinical performance was all the more commendable because he was made to wait through a loud and emotional farewell ceremony put on for Sampras at Arthur Ashe Stadium before he could play his first grand slam match since his first-round Wimbledon defeat.

"I wouldn't count him out," Sampras said. "He is lacking confidence and he's kind of creating some of these things, like (his court case) with the ATP, which are hard to get through.

"It's hard enough going through it on the tennis court. But he is mentally very tough and strong. He'll be fine."

Hewitt, fourth favourite in US betting markets behind favourite Andy Roddick, presented a strikingly calm face to a sport that had been wondering about the effect his form lapse has had on his belief in his game.

"I think when I've had little hiccups, I've bounced back from them pretty well," said Hewitt, who will play Korea's Sydney International winner Hyung Taik-Lee in the second round.

"I'd like to think I'm pretty mentally tough. I think with my style of game, there's one edge that I probably have over a lot of guys.

"You still need goals, things to motivate you, dreams to follow, as well.

"This is a different tournament. This is a grand slam. This is what gets you motivated.

"Thankfully in tennis we have four grand slams, not like the Olympics for athletics and that -- they've got to wait four years to get their big chance."

Triple Wimbledon champion John McEnroe said on US television that Hewitt's father Glynn had told him that one reason for his son's uneven past five tournaments, which have brought him just seven match wins, was that the former world No. 1 was "too happy, his intensity was not high enough".

The effort of Hanescu, ranked No. 85, in the final games of the 91-minute encounter was dismal.

On match point, he could not even summon a lunge at a Hewitt return bunted short around the service line.

"I'm going to have to play a lot tougher and better players than I did tonight. For me, it's a good opportunity to forget some of those losses," Hewitt said.

Hewitt's camp will be pleased at his aggression on short balls and his 23 net raids, which yielded 18 points, as pointers to a prominent Open with the help of a kind first-week draw.

The South Australian had his serve broken for the only time at 1-0 in the first set, but broke Hanescu for the second time in the next game.

Australians Mark Philippoussis, the 20th seed, and Australian No 3 Scott Draper were kept on a low flame by tournament organisers when they were scheduled for a day-three start.

The ceremony honouring Sampras overshadowed any of the tennis on the first day of the tournament, which could crown any of three men as a first-time No. 1 to succeed Andre Agassi.

Spain's third seed Juan Carlos Ferrero, generally regarded as much less of a threat here than Roddick or Roger Federer, said after an unconvincing 6-2 4-6 6-3 6-2 defeat of Czech Jiri Vanek that he gave himself a chance of reaching the summit.

France's ninth seed Sebastien Grosjean was beaten 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 4-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 by Paraguay's Ramon Delgado.

South African Wayne Ferreira, a "shop steward" in the rebel International Men's Tennis Association, promised political fireworks in the sport by the end of the US Open, with disaffected players losing faith with the progress made by the ATP in increasing prizemoney.

"The ATP-grand slam discussions are going on and on and the results aren't that good," said Ferreira, who can count on Hewitt's support. "I think they will start making decisions, rather than sitting around and waiting."

French Open runner-up Martin Verkerk escaped when opponent Alex Bogomolov Jr, of the US, was taken off court on a stretcher and had to retire with severe cramp with Verkerk ahead 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 3-6 7-6 (9-7) 1-0.

Australians scheduled for action on day two were Wayne Arthurs, who drew Australian Open runner-up Rainer Schuettler, and Nicole Pratt, who was to confront American battler Jill Craybas.

kit
08-26-2003, 07:51 PM
Thanks for the articles.
Come on Lleyton in your next match.Good luck!!! :worship:

dagmar7
08-26-2003, 10:25 PM
Lleyton's first round interview...shocking revelations like he's taking it one match at a time...;)

THE MODERATOR: Questions.

Q. Pretty convincing. How are you feeling?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's a good one to get under my belt, I think. You know, obviously turned out to be a late night with all the ceremonies. That's why I wanted to try to get out there and get off to a good start, put up some pressure on him early. I was able to do that.

Only lost my serve once for the night, sort of the second game where I was 30‑Love up. I lost a little bit of concentration there. Apart from that, I played pretty well.

Q. Fitzy said you have been hitting the ball exceptionally well in practice. You agree with that?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I've been hitting the ball well. I've got to take that over into the match court, match situation. I felt like tonight was a start.

Obviously, I'm going to have to play a lot tougher and better players than I did tonight. Hopefully as the two weeks goes on, you just got to sort of deal with whoever is put in front of you. This guy, to his credit, he would have been in qualifying a few months ago. He made third round in the French, and Wimbledon, beat some decent players in the French especially.

For me to take care of him that easily, I was pretty pleased.

Q. Why is it not transferring always into match conditions? Has that affected your confidence a bit?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, not really actually. I feel like, you know, this is a different tournament to Cincinnati or Montreal or even LA. Obviously, this is a Grand Slam, this is what you play for. This is the big time. This is what gets you motivated. You want to go out there and save your best for these tournaments.

Thankfully tennis, we have four Grand Slams, not like the Olympics, obviously for athletics and that, they've got to wait four years to get their big chance. We get a few every couple of months.

For me, it's a good opportunity to forget some of those losses. I feel like I'm hitting the ball a lot better in practice. Week and a half after Cincinnati, I was sort of, you know, going into LA and that anyway.

Q. Where do you think you need to improve your game, lift the level to win a Grand Slam again?

LLEYTON HEWITT: You know, I feel like I'm hitting the ball pretty well at the moment. You know, I think you need a little bit of luck with the draw probably opening up a bit and taking your chances when you get them.

You know, I feel like even the matches I lost over the last couple weeks, I feel like I've played a set, set and a half of real good tennis. I just haven't taken my chances. Probably especially obviously losing to Mirnyi and the final. I had match points in LA. Apart from that, I played a pretty good tournament.

Q. Do you feel any different when you get in New York, the site of your first Grand Slam title, atmosphere?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's a nice feeling, I guess, to know. But, you know, I look forward to, you know, all Grand Slams. I think it's a buzz walking into any one of the four Grand Slams.

Yeah, I still have to say probably just the Aussie, because I grew up there. When I walk in there, it's probably even more special.

But to come back to places that you've played well at, especially big tournaments, it's always ‑‑ probably gives you a little more confidence when you get out there and the memories come back.

Q. Fitzy said to us the other day that he thought you were trying from now on to play more aggressively on short balls, perhaps volley more when you can. Is that the case? When did you sort of come to that frame of mind?

LLEYTON HEWITT: It's not something that I'm really working on. I'm trying to work on little areas of my game, you know, in the future. I think, you know, obviously when I'm playing well, I take advantage of short balls and am aggressive. You know, I think still obviously first serve percentage and stuff like that, getting cheaper points on my first serve, that's one of the main key aspects. Even when I was No. 1 and won two Slams and the Masters and everything else, that was still an area of my game I felt like I could work on. Still at the moment, that's an area.

So it's just little things, trying to piece it all together, I guess, trying to get it together so everything's working for these two weeks ‑ if not these two weeks, then hopefully Davis Cup or the Australian Open.

Q. Given the consistent success you've had the last two years, summer has been kind of up and down results‑wise. Has it been frustrating for you? How do you deal with that?

LLEYTON HEWITT: With losses?

Q. Just with trying to deal with inconsistent results after being so consistent for two years. >

LLEYTON HEWITT: As I said, we're fortunate enough as tennis players, you lose one week, you've always got another tournament to sort of redeem yourself, I guess. You know, that's the good thing. As I said, we've got four majors.

Obviously, my goals at the start of the year, the priority are the four majors and Davis Cup. I'm fortunate enough that after my Wimbledon loss, coming through the American stretch, I've got the US Open to look forward to, then obviously a semifinal in Davis Cup back home, the possibility of playing a final in Davis Cup.

I think those things sort of try to put the losses to the back of your mind because it makes you go out there and work even harder to try to perform better in those bigger events.

Q. Are you fairly happy with the draw?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I'm taking it one match at a time at the moment. Hyung‑Taik Lee, he's a tough player. He's played well on these courts before at this tournament a couple years ago.

Q. Not being the defending champion this year, does it feel better, less pressure?

LLEYTON HEWITT: You know, I guess people are probably talking more about the guys who are in better form going into it. It doesn't bother me really, you know, either way. I felt like last year, even as the defending champion, I put up a great effort. I felt like I had a bloody tough draw last year. When you look at playing Blake in the third round, to play Novak, El Aynaoui in the quarter, then Agassi. In the end, I probably ran out of a bit of steam against Andre.

I gave everything I had. Hopefully this year I can just go out there and give everything I got again. Hopefully might be good enough.

Q. Could you give a comment about Pete Sampras' retirement?

LLEYTON HEWITT: It was a great ceremony. I was watching it in the locker room, in the gym. For us I think every tennis fan, to actually witness that tonight, I think is incredible. As they all said, everyone who went out there kept saying the kind of guy like Pete Sampras only comes around once probably in our lifetime.

I'm fortunate enough, I can boast that I was the last person to beat him here. I'm pretty happy.

You know, yeah, if you could write a fairytale ending, I think this is pretty much it. Beating his long‑time rival in the US Open final, doesn't get much better.

Q. A guy like Hanescu, was it good to get a guy like him, a little awkward, get into a rhythm? As the match went on, you get better and better.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I got better, but he's an awkward player because he doesn't give you a lot of rhythm either. Yeah, he had a great backhand up the line. I felt like I was setting up a lot of points. Out of the blue, he'd come up with a huge backhand winner as good as anyone.

It was just sort of awkward. He had service games where he was kicking most of his serves in, then games where he had bigger serves. It was an awkward game, but I felt like I was in control. I hadn't seen him play. I watched a few practice sessions.

For me to go out there the way I did and start, I was happy.

Q. You came to the net 23 times, you won 18 of those points. Pretty impressive stat.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, obviously he doesn't have ‑‑ when you rush him, as you said, he's not the most fluent guy moving around, so it was always going to be tough. I tried to put a lot of pressure on his second serve, as well.

Q. Are you sort of one that gets rattled or loses a bit of self‑belief if things aren't going particularly well at work or in your career, or are you able to say, "I'm still the bloke who won two Grand Slams and was No. 1"?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I think when I've had little hiccups, I think I've bounced back from them pretty well. I'd like to think that I'm pretty mentally tough, probably one of the more mentally tough players out there, I'd say. I think with my style of game, you know, that's one advantage or one edge that I probably have over a lot of guys. That's one of the reasons why I've been able to get and do everything and achieve everything that I've had to so far.

You know, you still need goals, I guess things to motivate, dreams to follow, as well.

Q. You said you were working on little things in your game. Some people say if you have some small problems in your game, you have less margin for error than other guys in the Top 10.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Less margin for error?

Q. If a few things are off in your game, some will say you have less margin for error than some of the other guys in the Top 10. Is that fair?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I think everyone has strengths and weaknesses. That's the great thing. You look at a guy like Marat Safin. He's built possibly the perfect tennis player. He's got every shot in the book. Sometimes little things let him down. You know, there's always those things I guess which aren't quite working. That's the great thing about tennis. It's on a daily basis.

If my strengths aren't working, I've got to go back to my more percentage game, I guess, try to make them play a lot more and keep running and use, I guess, my basic strengths.

Q. You just mentioned dreams to follow. Is it as straightforward as winning more Grand Slams or something beyond that?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, pretty much. Obviously, you know, I'm not looking too far ahead, looking at winning this one. I'm taking it one match at a time. That keeps driving you to try to get better in Grand Slams, keep winning matches in Grand Slams. Obviously the Davis Cup coming up is very high on the list.

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Goonergal
08-27-2003, 10:58 AM
Lleyton's first round interview...shocking revelations like he's taking it one match at a time...

lol ;)

Thanks for the articles & interview :D

Good Luck in the next round Lleyton :D

duck
08-27-2003, 11:04 AM
*sigh* Ll needs to say something more interesting in his interviews -but then he'd get a hailstorm of abuse so maybe best not. Most interesting line:
'You know, you still need goals, I guess things to motivate, dreams to follow, as well.' Possibly lacking those atm?

tournesol
08-27-2003, 01:04 PM
*sigh* Ll needs to say something more interesting in his interviews -but then he'd get a hailstorm of abuse so maybe best not. Most interesting line:
'You know, you still need goals, I guess things to motivate, dreams to follow, as well.' Possibly lacking those atm?

yes i think this is the key, where do you go when your dreams are fulfilled? i hope kim can inspire him :couple:

btw the new smilies are really sweet

duck
08-28-2003, 09:33 AM
Hewitt's task: Recapture old form in Open


By Patrick Hruby
THE WASHINGTON TIMES



NEW YORK — Forget Paris in the spring. For Lleyton Hewitt, there's nothing like Flushing Meadows in the fall.
Bright lights. Raucous crowds. Smashmouth tennis. All of it unique to the U.S. Open. All of it a flashback to Hewitt's first major title.
"It's a buzz walking into any one of the four Grand Slams," Hewitt said. "But to come back to places that you've played well at, especially big tournaments, it's always — probably gives you a little more confidence when you get out there and the memories come back."
The Open champion two years ago, Hewitt needs all the confidence — and mojo-infused memories — he can muster. And then some.
Coming off a summer of discontent, the 22-year-old Australian enters his second-round match against Korea's Hyung-Taik Lee as the tournament's No. 6 seed, a muzzled version of the scrambling, snarling, fist-pumping force who dominated the men's game for much of the previous two seasons.
"Basically, for the first time in his career, he's had a little bit of a lull," said Australia's Todd Woodbridge, the No. 4 doubles seed and Hewitt's Davis Cup teammate. "I'm amazed he hasn't had one before."
As a puny 16-year-old who needed a safety pin to hold up his shorts — no, really — the precocious Hewitt announced his tennis arrival in 1998, upsetting Andre Agassi en route to his first ATP Tour title. Three years later, Hewitt pummeled Pete Sampras in the Open final, capturing his first Grand Slam.
Hewitt followed that with a Wimbledon title last summer, becoming the first baseliner to triumph at the All England Club since Agassi in 1992. From November 2001 through June, Hewitt spent all but one week at the top of the ATP rankings, winning nine tournaments while establishing himself as one of the Tour's fiercest — and prickliest — competitors.
Case in point: During a 2001 Open match against James Blake, who is black, Hewitt was called for a pair of foot faults by an African-American linesman. Agitated, Hewitt approached the chair umpire, demanded that the linesman be removed and yelled, "Look at him, and you tell me what the similarity is!"
The remarks touched off a media frenzy and accusations of prejudice. Hewitt later apologized, stating that he had cleared the air with Blake and that his comments weren't racial.
Still, the imbroglio aptly reflected Hewitt's punchy persona, the Marty McFly-like fighting spirit that has allowed a 5-foot-11, 150-pound gnat to stand out in a sport dominated by taller, heavier men.
"I'd like to think that I'm pretty mentally tough, probably one of the more mentally tough players out there," Hewitt said. "I think with my style of game, that's one advantage or one edge that I probably have over a lot of guys. That's one of the reasons why I've been able to get and do and achieve everything that I've had so far."
Lately, however, Hewitt's edge has been dulled. He won a pair of hardcourt titles in the spring, then suffered a third-round upset loss to Spain's Tommy Robredo on the red clay of Roland Garros.
At Wimbledon, Hewitt fell immediately to Croatian qualifier Ivo Karlovic, becoming the third defending champion to lose in the first round of a Grand Slam in the open era.
"The last three years, I haven't lost before a semifinal," the stunned Hewitt said afterward. "I've got to try and get this out of [my] mind as much as possible."
Hewitt's summer has been equally erratic. After reaching the final of a tournament in Los Angeles, he lost early at subsequent Masters Series events in Cincinnati and Montreal, succumbing to the likes of Belarus' Max Mirnyi and Belgium's Xavier Malisse.
In the L.A. final, Hewitt failed to convert a trio of match points against South Africa's Wayne Ferreira, losing in three sets.
"The matches I lost over the last couple of weeks, I feel like I've played a set, a set and a half of real good tennis," Hewitt said. "I just haven't taken my chances."
Hewitt maintains that his current problems are technical — an errant forehand here, a missed backhand there. In particular, he points to his oft-inconsistent serve.
In a four-set loss to Agassi in last year's Open semifinal, for instance, Hewitt connected on 40 percent of his first serves; with the second set on his racket, he unloaded a double fault.
"First-serve percentage, getting cheaper points on my first serve, that's one of the main key aspects," Hewitt said. "Even when I was No. 1 and won two Slams and the Masters and everything else, that was an area of my game I felt like I could work on. At the moment, that's still an area. It's just little things, trying to piece it all together."
Noting that Hewitt's game depends less on an overpowering serve than a relentless return game — Hewitt led the tour last season in return games won — many observers believe the Aussie's woes stem from off-court distractions.
Jason Stoltenberg, Hewitt's coach for 18 months, abruptly quit two weeks before Wimbledon, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. Shortly thereafter, Hewitt filed a $1.5 million defamation lawsuit against the ATP, claiming he was unfairly fined $106,000 for not giving an interview to ESPN at the Cincinnati tournament last August.
The fine was later reduced to $20,000 on appeal but not before Hewitt repeatedly ripped Tour management, calling the ATP a "circus" and vowing to reduce his playing schedule this season.
Hewitt's suit also charged that a Tour representative tried to convince Hewitt to refuse a drug test, a move that could have resulted in a two-year ban from tennis. In response, the ATP released a statement dismissing Hewitt's allegations as "without merit."
According to Woodbridge, the ongoing feud could be affecting Hewitt's play.
"Sometimes, that's what drives people," he said. "They feed off that energy. But I think right now, Lleyton needs to feed off winning."
Whether Hewitt can feast at the Open remains to be seen. During his first-round victory over Romania's Victor Hanescu, Hewitt appeared energized: Pouncing on a Hanescu second serve, he stepped well inside the baseline, then pounded a forehand return winner down the line.
Pumping his fist, Hewitt turned to the crowd and bellowed "C'mon!" — the same fiery gesture the former Open champ makes on the cover of the ATP media guide, a familiar move inspired by familiar surroundings.
"I feel this is a different tournament to Cincinnati or Montreal or even LA," Hewitt said. "This is a Grand Slam. This is what you play for. This is the big time. You want to go out there and save your best for these tournaments. For me, it's a good opportunity to forget some of those losses."
And perhaps notch a few more memorable wins.

duck
08-28-2003, 09:34 AM
Philippoussis surfs his way to success
Mark Philippoussis has found his own way to prepare for the US Open - surfing in San Diego, California.

Instead of spending hours in the gym or on the practice courts, the Australian indulged in his favourite pastime to get his body and mind ready for the year's final Grand Slam.

"I spent my time in San Diego, just surfing and doing fitness every day. I had the chance to relax and it was really nice," said the Wimbledon finalist following his 6-2, 7-6, 6-4 first-round win over Serb qualifier Janko Tipsarevic.

"Lleyton (Hewitt) and I get on really well and I invited him to my house for five days. We trained really hard, played golf, relaxed."

While his rivals relentlessly travelled around the hardcourt circuit to get much needed practice before the New York Slam, the Australian has played just two events since losing the Wimbledon final to Roger Federer.

Although Philippoussis used to enjoy partying late into the night and living in the fast lane with his fleet of sports cars, the Australian has now embraced the simple life.

"I went on a surf trip to Mexico and was sharing a room with a pro surfer. He apologised because we were sharing, but I was excited because I've never shared a room with somebody," said the 26-year-old.

"They're looking at me like I'm crazy because I'm happy sharing a room, but simple things make life a lot easier, I think.

"They take a backpack, a surf board, they go out and travel. They share a little house, wake up, go and surf. They're the happiest people in the world."

Even though he grew up near some of Australia's most beautiful beaches, Philippoussis did not discover the thrill of surfing until he moved to California.

"I always liked water as a kid, and this has just put everything together," he said.

"It just makes so much sense when I'm in the water. I just feel so relaxed. I feel like a different person when I come out, so energised.

"Some of the things you see, dolphins swimming underneath you, around you. Things like that make it so beautiful."

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dagmar7
08-28-2003, 11:49 AM
Thursday's schedule--okay a little late posting...:o

Arthur Ashe - 11:00 AM Start
1. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Jelena Dokic (YUG)[22] vs. Mary Pierce (FRA)
followed by:
2. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Todd Martin (USA) vs. Martin Verkerk (NED)[16]
3. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Silvija Talaja (CRO) vs. Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL)[2]




Arthur Ashe - 7:00 PM Start
1. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Jennifer Capriati (USA)[6] vs. Martina Sucha (SVK)
followed by:
2. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Andre Agassi (USA)[1] vs. Andreas Vinciguerra (SWE)




Armstrong - 11:00 AM Start
1. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Hyung-Taik Lee (KOR) vs. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)[6]
followed by:
2. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Tatiana Perebiynis (UKR) vs. Elena Dementieva (RUS)[11]
3. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Karol Kucera (SVK) vs. Mardy Fish (USA)[24]
4. Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Wayne Ferreira (RSA)[23] vs. Robby Ginepri (USA)

duck
08-28-2003, 06:27 PM
Result: Hewitt 5-7 6-2 6-2 6-4 Lee



Fourth set:



Hewitt 6-4 Lee
Game, set and match Hewitt! The Australian survives four break points to take the match and book a meeting with either Radek Stepanek or Fabrice Santoro.



Hewitt 5-4 Lee
Hewitt grabs a vital break of serve, winning a spectacular rally and now has the chance to serve out the match.



Hewitt 4-4 Lee
Hewitt is once again forced to work hard to hold his serve but does just enough to level proceedings.



Hewitt 3-4 Lee
Lee shows real character to move ahead in the fourth set. It has been a gutsy performance from the Korean.



Hewitt 3-3 Lee
The ever confident Hewitt thunders an ace past Lee to hold his serve easily.



Hewitt 2-3 Lee
Lee digs in to take the fifth game of the fourth set. The Korean is anxious not to give this match up easily.



Hewitt 2-2 Lee
Another comprehensive service hold from Hewitt moves the Australian to within four games of victory.




Hewitt 1-2 Lee
Lee delivers a flawless service game, reminding Hewitt that he still has a fight on his hands if he wants to book his place in the third round.



Hewitt 1-1 Lee
Hewitt is forced to battle to hold his serve but he eventually overcomes his opponent, winning to 30.



Hewitt 0-1 Lee
Lee crucially hangs onto his serve in the opening game of the fourth set to prevent a repeat of Hewitt's dominance in the last set.


Third set:



Hewitt 6-2 Lee
Hewitt is forced to fight to win his serve but eventually clinches the third set. The Australian is now in complete control of this match.




Hewitt 5-2 Lee
Lee shows his fighting spirit by holding his serve but must now break the Hewitt serve to stay in the set.




Hewitt 5-1 Lee
Lee, who defeated world number four Juan Carlos Ferrero to win the Sydney International earlier this year, fails to break the Hewitt serve despite an impressive return game. Hewitt is now just a game away from taking the third set.




Hewitt 4-1 Lee
Hewitt consolidates his double break with a confident service hold and, unless Lee can rediscover his early form, the Australian looks likely to take the third set.



Hewitt 3-1 Lee
A poor return game from Hewitt allows Lee to get his name on the scoreboard in the third set.



Hewitt 3-0 Lee
Hewitt is now running away with the third set after moving a double break up. The Australian has used his variety of groundstrokes to tire his opponent and it is finally working.


Hewitt 2-0 Lee
Lee does his best to break back but the stubborn Hewitt refuses to budge and eventually holds easily.



Hewitt 1-0 Lee
Hewitt, who looks pumped up after winning the second set, breaks Lee in the opening game of the third set to move ahead for the first time in the match.


Second set:



Hewitt 6-2 Lee
After a poor start, the Australian has really stepped up his game and takes the second set in style. The question is - can he maintain this form?



Hewitt 5-2 Lee
Hewitt has fire in his belly once again and moves two breaks up. He now has the chance to serve out the set.



Hewitt 4-2 Lee
Hewitt, who is beginning to focus now, sends his fifth ace past Lee on his way to holding his serve.




Hewitt 3-2 Lee
Lee keeps himself in the set with a confident service hold. Both players are looking very assured in what is becoming an intriguing encounter.



Hewitt 3-1 Lee
Lee puts Hewitt on the back foot with some impressive baseline tennis but the Australian holds out to secure an important service hold.



Hewitt 2-1 Lee
Lee fires his fourth ace past Hewitt on his way to holding his serve.




Hewitt 2-0 Lee
Hewitt consolidates his early break to put himself in control of the second set.



Hewitt 1-0 Lee
Hewitt, who has so far looked a shadow of his former self, makes the perfect start to the second set, breaking the Lee serve.


First set:




Hewitt 5-7 Lee
Hewitt, who squandered two break points in the previous game, suddenly finds himself three set points down. The Australian buckles under the pressure, serving a double fault and loses the first set.



Hewitt 5-6 Lee
Lee wins the most competitive game of the contest so far. Hewitt strikes the first blow with an audacious lob before Lee replies with a textbook baseline winner.



Hewitt 5-5 Lee
Hewitt produces his second love service game in a masterful display of baseline tennis to level proceedings.




Hewitt 4-5 Lee
Lee thumps his fastest serve (120mph) of the day past Hewitt in his most solid service game to date to move within a game of the first set.




Hewitt 4-4 Lee
Hewitt manages to hold his serve this time and will now look to capitalise on Lee's mediocre serving.





Hewitt 3-4 Lee
Curiously, both players seem to be playing with more confidence on their returns. This time it is Hewitt's turn to overcome the Lee serve.



Hewitt 2-4 Lee
Hewitt cracks on break point allowing Lee to move a break up in the opening set. Lee has now overcome his early nerves and looks confident both at the baseline and at the net.




Hewitt 2-3 Lee
A big serve at game point ensures Lee stops Hewitt collecting his third game on the trot. But the 12th seed's form looks ominous after a nervy start.



Hewitt 2-2 Lee
The Australian finally begins to show some semblence of the form which won him Wimbledon two years ago on his way to levelling the match.


Hewitt 1-2 Lee
A tigerish display in the third game secures Hewitt two break points and a thunderous backhand wins him the game.


Hewitt 0-2 Lee
Lee gets a confidence boost, blasting a fizzing backhand past Hewitt on his opening serve and earning two break points. Hewitt survives the first but loses the second to fall two games behind.




Hewitt 0-1 Lee
Lee opens proceedings with a thumping serve but Hewitt responds with a typically ferocious forehand and wins the opening three points. Lee surivives the breaks and the blustery conditions to take a lengthy game with his second ace.

Murkofan
08-28-2003, 08:13 PM
Lleyton Hewitt def Lee
8-28-03

LLEYTON HEWITT

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Lleyton.

Q. He was really going for his shots. Hard opponent to get a rhythm against.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah. I knew he was a talented player. I actually watched him on the TV a little bit when he won Sydney earlier in the year.

Yeah, he's a shot-maker. He plays very flashy. He's a great mover. He hits the ball very flat out there. Felt like actually the better I played, the better he played. I think, you know, the standard sort of showed. You know, the best game of the match was obviously the last game. I would have liked to have went out a little bit easier. But, you know, still happy to get through.

Q. Was that a step up from your first round?

LLEYTON HEWITT: The opponent was a lot tougher today. You know, he's had big wins. As I said, he beat Ferrero in Sydney, Roddick. He's beaten a lot of tough players. I didn't take him lightly at all. You know, I just didn't feel like I was probably as aggressive at the start, and that's probably where I changed the match around in the second set.

Q. Even though it's only the second round, it seems like it's a nice evolution to move from a fairly easy first-round match? Only four sets, but felt like it was five.

LLEYTON HEWITT: It was a tough match. Yeah, even in the first set, I was down a break twice and I had to fight back from it. You know, in the end, 5-All, he hit sort of a shank dropshot. Then he played a good game to break me at 6-5.

Yeah, it was tough tennis. I felt like when I stepped it up, you know, took the initiative a little bit more, you know, I played some of my best tennis in the second and third sets.

In the fourth, he started serving a lot better.

Q. How would you describe your form, the way you think you're playing in this hard court swing?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I played some good matches. In LA, I played pretty well the whole tournament, I felt. Against Ferreira, I didn't play my best tennis, but still a point away from winning.

Where did I go then? Montreal, played great against Bob Bryan the first round. Second round against Mirnyi, one of those matches where he served big, I lost five in the third. I lost five in the third to Ferreira the week before, five in the third to Mirnyi. Went to Cincinnati, didn't play a great match against Malisse.

Q. What was your sort of mental attitude coming in here? How did you feel?

LLEYTON HEWITT: You know, you walk into this place, it's not like walking into Cincinnati or Montreal. This is a Grand Slam. You know, this is what you play for. This is what tennis is all about.

Yeah, not many people will remember what happened in Montreal or Cincinnati if you go out and win this tournament.

I walked into the place, trained as hard as possible the last week and a half since I lost in Cincinnati. You know, I felt like I've given myself every opportunity of playing well here, whether it happens or not. I've started well enough, got to keep going.

Q. You practiced a bit with Federer.

LLEYTON HEWITT: I practiced one day with him.

Q. Is it good to practice with a guy that good?

LLEYTON HEWITT: You know, obviously I hit with Flip down in Florida for a few days down there, then came here. The guys I pretty much hit with, Federer, Flip. That's about it pretty much. You know, but they're two classy guys. Henman, as well.

It wasn't like I was hitting against the best players. I felt like I was grinding, getting my game going coming in here anyway.

Q. Even when you were No. 1, I think you probably said many times you wanted your first serve to get better. Is that an area you'd like to improve in?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah. I didn't serve great today. I felt like my ball toss was all over the shop today. It's an area that, yeah, I want to work on. Then again, you're sort of between a rock and a hard place a little bit. You go for it. A guy my size, you either can kick it in, get the point started, get a high percentage in, or you can go for it and try to get a lot of cheap points. You're going to have a lower percentage.

There's some matches I feel I served great in the past. When I won here two years ago, towards the end of the tournament, I probably served as well as I ever served, even at Wimbledon last year. I do have times where I feel like my motion is good. Right at the moment, I don't feel that comfortable with it. But I'm getting through matches.

If that comes together, I feel like I'm playing pretty well.

Q. What is a happy medium, you play more difficult opponents, come against people like Agassi with a great return, what's a happy medium? Do you go for it more then, just get them in?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I'll do it depending on how I'm feeling, how the match probably starts a little bit. Yeah, Andre is probably one in a million, return of serve, as well. If you got to play him, it's going to be tough no matter how well you're serving - I think for anyone.

At the time, you play with instinct once you get out there.

Q. You've done great without a huge serve. Have you thought about tinkering with technology, longer racquet, trying it out?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really. I've picked it up before. It just doesn't feel right to me, picking it up. You know, I think for what I'd get out of maybe helping my serve, I'd probably lose in -- you know, I think it would probably take a while to change, if you were going to change to something like that.

I don't know how easy -- when you sort of hold it, volleying with a longer racquet, it feels a bit weird. It feels like it gets in the way. It feels a lot more than an inch, inch and a half longer.

Q. Three match points, failed on, is there a danger of frustration creeping in at that point?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah. For sure, I think for anyone. It's hot enough out there, you want to get back in the locker room as soon as possible. Especially when I played a good game to break, to finally break at 4-All, to come out. Yeah, I felt like I played a pretty good game, yet I wasn't in the locker room. He really stepped it up.

As I said before, the better I played, the better he ended up playing. You know, he took it to me. I just had to hang tough there. Obviously, I came up with a huge backhand up the line on one of the breakpoints.

Q. With time you get experience, savvy about how to play. Is there something about the Lleyton Hewitt of 2001 that you would like to have back, something that you sort of miss a little bit?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really (smiling). You know, I still feel like I've got all the weapons and all the strengths that I had back then. You know, right at the moment, I just feel like I'm not quite peaking at the moment. I think one match can turn that all around.

Q. None sort of that reckless, fearless stuff of youth?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No. I don't think too many guys would have gone for the backhand up the line on breakpoint today.

Q. There are wins and wins in guy's careers. Hindsight, this might be an important one for you, do you think?

LLEYTON HEWITT: You know, it's pretty important to get through any early rounds of Grand Slams. You know, I know that as well as anyone after Wimbledon.

You know, for me to keep fighting, obviously you could have got down a little bit on yourself, after losing the first set and having chances. I had to put my head down and grind back. In the end, I'm happy to come through this one. I can't look too far forward, though.

Q. Yesterday ScottDraper was saying to him the only difference in 2000, 2001, under pressure you hit every line. He said maybe now you're missing it by just a little bit. That's enough to lose a point here and there. Is that sort of the way you see it? Is it that simple?

LLEYTON HEWITT: You know, I think there are times like that, yeah. I feel like I'm hitting the ball as well as I've ever hit it in practice. I just got to try and take that over to the match court.

Yeah, tennis is such a funny game. I felt like I've had a lot of breakpoints; even today I had a lot of breakpoints, didn't quite capitalize on them. I think probably in the couple years before that, I probably made a lot more of those chances. That's something that you can work on, to a certain extent, but there's still a little bit of luck involved, I guess, seeing whether the guy makes a big first serve on a breakpoint or not.

Q. Is it fair to say the one thing you probably miss this year is being right at the heart of a Grand Slam, right in there challenging?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, well, I think if I get towards the quarters or the semis, that's probably when I'm at my most dangerous. You know, I know what you got to do to win slams. I think if -- I've always said, even with my game, I guess, is my personality to a certain extent, if I can get through the first couple of rounds, sometimes they're the toughest.

If I can get through this one, obviously get myself into the second week, hit the ball, have that confidence going, I've been in that situation before.

(This is a partial transcript)

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Lisbeth
08-29-2003, 01:15 AM
Yay Lleyton! Looks like he is going for it more - net points are really good, which he hasn't done so much before. I was trying not to have too high expecations for him this tournament but he seems to be picking up the motivation and form a little bit.

dagmar7
08-29-2003, 10:29 AM
Very listless start for Lleyton had me scared...:eek:
However, he got it together and started hitting his shots a lot better.
The fourth set was played at a really high level on both sides.:worship:

I noticed the net approaches too, Jane, he won 27 of 35 = 77 % --:D
This was good against Hanescu too, but Lee has much better passing shots, making the statistic even more impressive.:)

:bounce::bounce:

dagmar7
08-29-2003, 12:53 PM
Nice account from the Guardian on Lleyton turning the match around.:) Mention of the red shoes :) and again the Lleyki rift rumour :(...

Hewitt fights to turn the tide

Former world No1 takes steps to salvage a dismal season

Stephen Bierley at Flushing Meadows
Friday August 29, 2003
The Guardian

For two years the Australian Lleyton Hewitt was the world No1 and the living was easy, but recently life has turned into an almighty struggle. The defence of his Wimbledon title was dramatically cut short in the first round, and since then he has battled inner demons as his confidence and self-belief see-sawed from day to day and match to match.

On a New York morning of high heat but intense clarity, with the Manhattan skyline pencil sharp, Hewitt entered the Louis Armstrong stadium yesterday in red shorts and red shoes as if demanding to be noticed. It was in this city that he won the first of his two grand slam titles, rushing Pete Sampras to an ignominious defeat in the 2001 final. This summer, having dropped to No6 in the world, there has barely been a suggestion he might win this title again.

But Hewitt can never be underestimated, as Korea's Hyung-Taik Lee, having won the first set of their second-round match, was uncomfortably to discover in a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 defeat.

Lee first won attention for both himself and his country here three years ago when he reached the last 16, putting Korea on the tennis map. He had never played Hewitt before but yesterday, having broken serve almost at will in the opening set, a glint of victory was in his eyes, coupled with immense relief.

If Hewitt was low on confidence before the start of this tournament Lee was virtually devoid of it, having lost eight successive first-round matches prior to this week. Small wonder Hewitt could barely believe what was happening to him early on.

He picked at his racket strings between points with almost manic obsession and constantly muttered to himself, invariably a bad sign. He also found himself trying to control play from yards beyond the baseline, and his attack on the Korean's backhand bordered on the monotonous. And nothing worked.

This appeared not simply a lack of self-belief but a genuine crisis of confidence. Hewitt's inability to open up the court, or to take the initiative in tight situations, made him seem like an automaton. He was simply waiting for something to happen, rather than trying to make it happen, quite unlike the Hewitt of a year ago.

Some have blamed his loss of form on the fact that he no longer has a qualified coach travelling with him; others say the lawsuit he is pursuing against the tour professionals' organisation, the ATP, has taken his mind off tennis; there have been whispers of a rift between him and his Belgian girlfriend Kim Clijsters. Whatever the truth, Hewitt has been struggling with his game, but retains the belief that if he can get through the first week here then he has as good a chance as anybody of taking the title.

Certainly the power of positive thinking came to his rescue yesterday. Whatever thoughts were whizzing through his brain as he sat in his chair after the first set, he sprang on to court with the clear intention of backing his ability to turn matters around. The backhand down the line, a trademark shot, was unleashed, together with the top-spin lob, and the power behind his forehand increased sharply. Lee began to wilt under the barrage, and when Hewitt won the third set the veins almost popped out of his neck, such was the intensity of his celebration.

"It was tough tennis, but I was much more aggressive in the second set and I think that turned things around," said Hewitt. "You walk into this place and know that this is what tennis is all about."

Lee actually served much better in the fourth set whereas Hewitt's first serve was erratic throughout the match, and when the crucial break came for him at 4-4 in the fourth set it took him seven deuces to finish off the Korean.

"I still feel I have all the strength and weapons that I had when I won this tournament, but I just haven't been peaking. It may take just one match to turn it all around," said Hewitt. It is possible this might have been the match.

Goonergal
08-29-2003, 02:21 PM
There were quite a few Q & A’s that were not on LL's interview transcript that were featured on the real player (audio video)

They asked Lleyton how he felt about Kim becoming the new world No.1. He said that it was an incredible acheivement. When both of them were young their dream or their goal was to become No.1. Lleyton said that it was his dream to be No. 1 for even a week, and being No. 1 means no-one can ever take that away from you. He also said that not many couple can say that they've been No.1 in the world at what they do.

He was then asked about inviting Fitzy to watch his practice sessions. He said that Fitzy is mainly there as preparation for the Davis Cup. They asked whether they talked tactics. He said not really. Fitzy has been going to Federer's matches to scout him for the DC, and Lleyton as he said before has been practising with Federer. He also added that he & Flip thought it was great that both Fitzy & Wally Masur were there. He stated that they both really enjoy their company & it's nice to have as much support as they can.

The next question was: Have you spoken to Ivo Karlovic? :o
Lleyton said No. He hasn't seen Karlovic around at all since Wimbledon, and this is probably the first tournament that they have been in together since Wimbledon.

Asked on his opinions of Stepanek & Santoro. He said that both were kind of weird players. Stepanek he played at the AO & played really well at the beginning of the match & then lost his way and he was able to capitalise & win the match. He added that Stepanek returns well, he has an all court game, and he likes coming into the net & trying to bluff the opponent. On Santoro he said everyone knows about his game (a lot of variety) but he said that it was important to back yourself up & bring your A game to the court to beat theses players. He emphasised the importance of staying agressive.

He was then asked about his prorities, what he puts first: Grandslam, other individual tournament etc. He said that he felt the Davis Cup was his No.1 goal, as the aussies haven't won it for a few years. He said anything else (aka: A grandslam) would be a bonus.

tournesol
08-29-2003, 02:35 PM
thanks for the additionnal info

duck
08-29-2003, 04:08 PM
Tennis
August 29, 2003

Hewitt battles poor form to stay in hunt
From Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent in New York



HE HAD to dig deep, and like much of the way this difficult year has gone for him, Lleyton Hewitt spent much of the time telling himself to keep hanging in there. Reaching the third round of the US Open is not good enough for a player of his gravitas, but he has reason to be content to have leapt the first two hurdles.
Hewitt was totally out of sorts in the early exchanges against Lee Hyung-taik, of South Korea. He recovered a semblance of poise but his final service game was a microcosm of the match as he endured seven deuces, four break points and won through with a searing ace on his fourth match point. The scream he emitted at the end of his 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 victory came from the very depths of his soul.

There has been much screaming from Hewitt in 2003. A wretched spell since he won the Masters Series in Indian Wells in March that peaked in the first round of Wimbledon has shown little signs of abating on this hard-court swing through the United States. Though he reached the Los Angeles final — where he squandered three match points against Wayne Ferreira — early losses to Max Mirnyi and Xavier Malisse in the Masters of Montreal and Cincinnati brought him here in dire need of a shot in the arm.

He was kept hanging around until the Pete Sampras festivities finished on Monday night and wasted little further time in dispatching Victor Hanescu, of Romania. From last to first, with two days in between to twiddle his thumbs, Hewitt opened proceedings on the Louis Armstrong Stadium yesterday, further evidence of the sadistic tendencies of the schedulers at this championship. How it is possible for anyone to get into a rhythm here is beyond reason.

And Hewitt needs to be on a roll more than most. He has not been to the quarter-finals of any of the first three grand-slam tournaments this year and it is when he can sniff the trophy that Hewitt is so very hard to beat. “That is when I’m at my most dangerous, I guess I have the kind of personality that really gets focused around the quarters and semis. Early on, I just need to get through,” he said. “I didn’t serve great, my ball toss was all over the shop — I’d like to get back to the way I was serving here when I won the title two years ago, probably my best ever.”

dagmar7
08-29-2003, 04:14 PM
Thanks duck! :worship:

I really like Neil Harman, and I especially like the mention of the "sadistic tendencies" of schedulers here.

At first, I wondered why Agassi wasn't the first night match, but when I heard about the Sampras tribute, my question was answered. The organizers would never make Agassi wait almost two hours for his (greater) rival to be honoured, but, of course, this is fine for Lleyton--not that he seemed to mind.

:angel:

duck
08-29-2003, 04:24 PM
too true - it's not the full piece in the paper either only most of it unfortunately.

kit
08-29-2003, 08:04 PM
Thank you for all the articles.

Good luck Lleyton against Stepanek :bounce:you can beat him,come on!!! :clap2:

duck
08-29-2003, 09:51 PM
Friday, August 29
Hewitt's bark has lost its bite
By Greg Garber
ESPN.com


NEW YORK -- It's been a cruel summer for Lleyton Hewitt. The stuff got so thick before the U.S. Open that he wondered aloud if he might leave tennis and start playing Australian Rules Football.




Lleyton Hewitt has slipped to No. 6 in the rankings and hasn't won a tournament in five months.


Reportedly, Hewitt was a 13-year-old terror playing for Immanuel College back in Adelaide and he remains the biggest fan of the Adelaide Crows. Still, it isn't likely he will quit his day job.


Hewitt lost the first set to Hyung-Taik Lee on Thursday with a typically disinterested beginning. He rallied to win 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4, but he looked less than regal doing so. Lee has some big wins this year -- over Andy Roddick and Juan Carlos Ferrero -- but he is also ranked No. 69.


"I didn't feel like I was probably as aggressive at the start," Hewitt said. "Felt actually like the better I played, the better he played. I would have liked to have went out a little bit easier. But, you know, (I'm) still happy to get through."


No, it isn't easy being Lleyton Hewitt. When he became the youngest man to ever achieve the ATP's No. 1 ranking, there was nowhere to go but down. And so it has come to pass.


Hewitt, still only 22, has slipped to No. 6 and hasn't won a tournament in five months. He was the first defending Wimbledon champion in the Open era to lose in the first round -- to a qualifier, no less. The drive, the belief that carried him past players with far bigger weapons, seems to have dissipated.


Earlier this month, Hewitt had three match points in the Los Angeles final against Wayne Ferreira and failed to convert one. A year ago, that wouldn't have happened.


"I think it's a bit of the Tiger Factor," said Robert Lusetich, a correspondent for The Australian and a close observer of Hewitt. "Once you've gone down, you lose that invincibility. Prior to this, there was a feeling in the locker room that if you got into a third-set tiebreaker or a fifth set, there was no way this little guy was going to let you win.


"No one thinks that anymore."


Which begs the big question this year in men's tennis: Why?


Theories abound. The consensus opinion is that he is distracted by off-court issues.


The centerpiece of this argument is his ongoing dispute with the ATP. Hewitt was fined $193,065 for failing to do an interview with ESPN last year in Cincinnati. Although the fine was later reduced to $20,000, Hewitt is suing. He says the adverse publicity has cost him $2.5 million in income. The arguments will be heard in the South Australian Supreme Court after the U.S. Open.


And then there is Hewitt's unsettled coaching situation. Under Darren Cahill, he became No. 1, but Cahill left late in the 2001 season in a messy divorce driven by philosophical differences. Successor Jason Stoltenberg was sacked two weeks before this year's Wimbledon -- an awful piece of timing that probably contributed to Hewitt's loss there to Ivo Karlovic -- although it has been written that Stoltenberg walked because he could no longer bear the daily histrionics. Roger Rasheed, Hewitt's former fitness coach, has been handling the coaching duties, but his tenure appears tenuous. Peter McNamara is viewed as the favorite for the job.


“ The media, they're always going to try to break the player down as soon as it's not going well. I think that's definitely what's going on with him at the moment. ”
— Kim Clijsters on Lleyton Hewitt


When Hewitt was climbing the tennis ladder, some observers believed he would never become No. 1 because his game wasn't big enough. Oh, but it was. He won his first Grand Slam at the 2000 U.S. Open and finished the year at No. 1. He was the 2001 Wimbledon champion and again finished with the top ranking.


He won at Scottsdale and Indian Wells, but that was in March. Since then, he has digressed. The following players ushered him from his last eight tournaments: Francisco Clavet, Fernando Gonzalez, Tommy Robredo, Sebastien Grosjean, Ivo Karlovic, Wayne Ferreira, Max Mirnyi and Xavier Malisse. Hewitt is listed at 5-foot-11, 150 pounds, but he is closer to 5-10, 140. Lately, in the absence of his trademark drive and determination, Hewitt's game has been downsized to merely formidable.


"It's a tough world out there," Aussie doubles icon Mark Woodforde told an Australian newspaper. "There are a lot of guys out there that see Lleyton Hewitt as a prime target. They want to beat him and Lleyton has to work hard in every match he plays. And over the summer he's come up a bit short."


Some believe that the rise of Hewitt's girlfriend, Kim Clijsters, to the No. 1 spot he once occupied also has been a factor. He watches her matches when he can and is clearly thrilled with her success.


Clijsters, for what it's worth, blames the media.


"The media, they're always going to try to break the player down as soon as it's not going well," Clijsters said. "I think that's definitely what's going on with him at the moment."


Noted tennis commentator John McEnroe had a fresh perspective on Hewitt's on-court troubles. According to McEnroe, Hewitt's father, Glynn, says his son is "too happy."


Perhaps when you reach the No. 1 ranking, bag a pair of Grand Slams and have a Slam-winning girlfriend, it's hard to stay angry at the world.


Another thing that may have skewed Hewitt's single-mindedness is Davis Cup. It's true that he led Australia to championships in 2000 and 2001, but with his game in remission Hewitt seems to have placed even more emphasis on representing his country. Hewitt's 3-0 record is a big factor in Australia's berth in the semifinals against Switzerland, to take place after the U.S. Open.


Most likely, it is all of the above. In the world of professional tennis, the daily margin for error is minuscule. The weight of all the changes in his life may have tipped the scales against him, however subtly.


In the end, it simply may be about confidence.


"The only difference I've seen this year is that he's playing a little more not to lose," Lusetich said. "I think Wimbledon shattered his confidence and you can see it in his results."


With the rise of Roger Federer and Andy Roddick, Hewitt will have to raise his level of concentration if he wants to push his Grand Slam total past two.


"You walk into this place, it's not like walking into Cincinnati or Montreal," Hewitt said. "This is a Grand Slam. This is what you play for. This is what tennis is all about. Not many people will remember what happened in Montreal or Cincinnati if you go out and win this tournament.


"I still feel like I've got all the weapons and all the strengths that I had back then. Right at the moment, I just feel like I'm not quite peaking. I think one match can turn that all around. I think if I get towards the quarters or the semis, that's probably when I'm at my most dangerous.


"If I can get ... myself into the second week, hit the ball, have that confidence going, I've been in that situation before."


Greg Garber is a senior writer at ESPN.com.

duck
08-29-2003, 09:53 PM
Hewitt could yet be the danger man
By Caroline Overington
New York
August 30, 2003


Lleyton Hewitt showed some of the grit he will need if he wants to win another US Open, but also some of the weaknesses he will need to overcome.

Hewitt dropped the first set against his second-round opponent, Hyung-Taik Lee of South Korea, on Thursday and then let three match points go before sealing the match with an ace, winning 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.

Nicole Pratt also made it past the second round of these championships, something she has done only once before, with a 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-1 defeat of 31-year-old Italian Silvia Farina Elia.

Later, Hewitt said he was "not quite peaking" at the moment but his confidence is growing and, if he gets into the second week, he thinks he could be dangerous.

"I know what it takes to win a grand slam," Hewitt said. "If I can get myself into the second week, the memories (of winning one) will start flooding back.

"With my game, with my personality, if I can get through the first couple of rounds, sometimes they are the toughest. If I get towards the quarters or the semis, that is when I'm at my most dangerous."

Hewitt acknowledged that his match against Lee was tough tennis. "I didn't serve great today," he said, something of an understatement with only 49 per cent of first serves going in. That would be fine, if he also had a lot of aces, but there were only nine.

"I felt like my ball toss was all over the shop. It's an area I want to work on. But there are some matches in the past where I served great. I do have times when I feel like my motion is good. But right at the moment, I don't feel comfortable with it."

He said he had tried a longer racquet, of the type that Michael Chang developed, but the extra 2.5 centimetres made him feel clumsy. "I've picked it up, it just doesn't feel right to me," Hewitt said. "I think for what I'd get in my serve, I'd lose somewhere else. And it would take a while (to get used to) the change. It feels a bit weird, like it gets in the way. It feels like a lot more than an inch."

Hewitt's opponent, the 27-year-old Lee, reached the fourth round at the US Open three years ago. He said Hewitt seemed nervous, "maybe because he's lost some games recently".

Lee said through an interpreter that he had studied Hewitt's game on TV and was surprised by how much more powerful the young Australian was on the court. "It was more difficult than I expected," he said.

Hewitt also said the Davis Cup was probably "sitting No. 1" in terms of his immediate goals. "Haven't won it for a few years," he said. "If we win the Davis Cup, I'll be happy. If I can do well here, that's a bonus as well."

Pratt, who will now meet Ai Sugiyama of Japan, believes she might have reached more major third rounds with a little more help.

"But I didn't have direction," Pratt said. "There are very few people who believed in my ability, to be quite honest. Everything came from within myself. I always loved playing tennis, but I didn't have people backing me, saying, 'We believe you can be a top-50 player, or a top-20 player'."

She said Tennis Australia used to encourage women to "play the same way". "There was always one exceptional player, someone that Tennis Australia thought was a top player, and the players behind sort of got left behind a little bit."

Pratt said things started to improve only when she left Australia "and started anew". But she is careful not to let herself feel bitter about missed opportunities. "I just dropped it and said, 'Right, this is the new me, this is a new career, at whatever age. I don't care how old I am'."

Now 30, Pratt said she had basically reinvented her game over the past 12 months, admitting that she never learnt to hit a topspin backhand, and had a serve that top players could easily combat.

"I had to totally revamp that," she said. "These are big changes. But the building blocks are starting to come together."

Pratt admitted to being frustrated at not having tackled problems in her game when she still had youth on her side.

But she wants to finish her career knowing she can beat top-20, or top-10 players: "That's what it's all about right now."

And she has decided that she wants to coach when her career ends. "You look at younger players and you get frustrated," she said. "You want to grab them and say, 'Come on, you really need to develop your game before you get out there and grind, grind, grind'."

Australian Mark Philippoussis plays his second-round match today against Anthony Dupuis of France. And Alicia Molik plays Paola Suarez of Argentina.

Murkofan
08-29-2003, 10:26 PM
Greg Garber needs a fact-checker.

dagmar7
08-29-2003, 11:56 PM
Arthur Ashe - 11:00 AM Start
1. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Amy Frazier (USA) vs. Elena Dementieva (RUS)[11]
followed by:
2. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Jennifer Capriati (USA)[6] vs. Emilie Loit (FRA)
3. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Andre Agassi (USA)[1] vs. Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS)[28]




Arthur Ashe - 7:00 PM Start
1. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Robby Ginepri (USA) vs. Todd Martin (USA)
followed by:
2. Women's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
Martina Navratilova (USA)[4]
vs. Lisa Raymond (USA)
Maria Sharapova (RUS)





Armstrong - 11:00 AM Start
1. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Mary Pierce (FRA) vs. Shinobu Asagoe (JPN)
followed by:
2. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)[6]
3. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Taylor Dent (USA) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)[15]
4. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)[3] vs. Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG)[33]

Good Luck Lleyton! :bounce: :hearts: :bounce:

KaseyL
08-30-2003, 03:31 PM
Thanks for all the news! :kiss:


Think we don't have this one here yet: (date unknown)

Hewitt tries to light a fire under himself

What happened to the fearsome Lleyton?

By Eleanor Preston
Special to tennisreporters.net


Susan Mullane/Camerawork USA, Inc.
FROM THE US OPEN – Lleyton Hewitt is a hard guy to figure out. The whirling, seething Mr. Angry who walks on court, eyes bulging, sounds nothing like the shy, gentle young man his friends describe.

This is the same guy who was so incensed at being asked to do a five minute interview with ESPN last summer that he ended up embroiled in a legal battle with the ATP that rages to this day. It's also a guy who gave up an hour of his time to run a pre-tournament coaching clinic with players with learning difficulties last week, grinning throughout.

After two unconvincing wins over lesser opponents, Hewitt must now beat Radek Stepanek for a foothold in the second week of the US Open. Stepanek is a talented player with a taste of big-name scalps but it was once the sort of match that Hewitt would eat for breakfast. Nowadays the feisty Australian is a lot less predictable than he used to be.

Perhaps we will never figure Hewitt out. Judging by his almost pathological hatred of the media he doesn't much want to be figured out, but that makes him all the more intriguing.

Take his year so far. In March, following what appeared at the time to be a blip against Younes El Aynaoui at the Australian Open, Hewitt hung on the No. 1 position which had been his for two years by winning back-to-back titles in Scottsdale and Indian Wells. At that point there seemed to be no end to his competitive drive. He was the undisputed King of the ATP Tour before, inexplicably, his crown began to slip.

Indian Wells was his last title, though he came within a match point of winning in LA before allowing Wayne Ferreira to steal the trophy from under his nose. At Wimbledon he walked on court against 6-foot, 10-inch Ivo Karlovic and walked away a broken man, the first defending Wimbledon champion in the Open era to be beaten in the first round.

In between he parted his coach Jason Stoltenberg, who has stayed loyally silent on the reasons behind the split but whose absence hasn't helped Hewitt's game any.

SLIPPING DOWN THE LADDER
Now down to No. 6 in the world, Hewitt is no longer talked about as a shoe-in for Grand Slam titles, and has slipped into the bottom the men's draw at Flushing Meadows virtually unnoticed – that is despite the fact that he won the US Open crown pretty handily less than two years ago.

He has won the year-end Masters Cup the last two years in a row, securing the year-end No. 1 ranking in the process. This year he will need a miracle to make the elite eight-man field. How he will fare against Stepanek is anyone's guess, and Hewitt himself admitted as much.

"I think there are times when you miss by a little bit," he said after beating Hyung Taik-Lee in four long, unconvincing sets. "Tennis is such a funny game. Today I had a lot of break points and didn't capitalize on them. I think probably a couple of years ago I probably made a lot more of those chances."

Hewitt seems to have lost his fire, and Hewitt without fire is like Superman after a dose of kryptonite. That fire may return now though, as Hewitt gets his teeth into the tournament and finds streak of meanness that made him so good in the first place. If he can get into the second week he could turn his year around in the space of a few days.

"I've still got all the weapons and the strengths but I feel like I'm not quite peaking at the moment," he said. "But one match can turn all that around. I think when we get towards the quarters and the semis, that's when I'm at my most dangerous. I know what you've got to do to win Slams."

Hewitt may be an enigma but it seldom pays to write him off.

Goonergal
08-30-2003, 05:54 PM
Lleyton into the 4th Round :worship:

6-1, 3-0 ret over Stepanek. A truly awesome performance from LL :worship:

Angele
08-31-2003, 01:15 AM
This U.S. Open needs some pizzazz
By FILIP BONDY
New York Daily News

NEW YORK - I am trying to breathe some tabloid life into the U.S. Open, which isn't easy because the event has become as polite and docile as a golf tournament.

The players have stopped screaming at the chair umpires, who are being watched by shot spot graphics and aren't making as many mistakes as they once did. Damir Dokic has stopped throwing salmon, or food of any kind, at the workers. Richard Williams isn't around anymore to take on the world, to beat it into submission.

There are only about eight women who can play tennis that is worth watching. The men's field is deeper, but nobody cares about these guys because they all think it's enough to let their topspin speak for itself. Outside of Andy Roddick, James Blake and Andre Agassi, they all might as well be Phil Mickelson.

Earth to Roger Federer: Get a shtick.

So I am searching for the next Jeff Tarango, a man passionate enough to pull down his shorts during a match in Japan, a man whose wife will slap an umpire at Wimbledon.

And then I spot Anna Kournikova. She is wearing a short pink dress and high heels and she is stomping around the upper players' lounge with two security guards. Somebody has called her on a cell phone.

"I don't know," she says to that somebody, "because I'm doing TV so I have to be ready to go at any moment."

Kournikova is what passes for a crack news reporter these days, which means that it is now official: The world is insane and commentators are far more fascinating sideshows than the players who can't hold our attention. Long-time New York newsman Gabe Pressman is looking over his shoulder, no doubt.

On Thursday, Kournikova is walking around with Kim Clijsters, giggling off camera.

"You said that to Lleyton?" Anna says. "There's one bed in the room?"

And there you have it, your tabloid moment at the Open.

Oh, I can tell you a few other tidbits. Clijsters doesn't watch her boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt's match on Thursday, because she says she must prepare for doubles - a rather shaky alibi, considering Hewitt's commitment to sitting courtside for his girlfriend's excruciating singles matches.

Methinks that Lleyton likes Kim more than Kim likes Lleyton. :rolleyes:

"When we were growing up," says Lleyton, "Our dream, our goal, was to one day be No. 1. There's not too many couples can say they've both been No. 1."

Hewitt is forgetting about Andre and Steffi, two players who already have produced a future Wimbledon and tabloid champion.

Anyway, Hewitt wins again Thursday, without Kim. He grumbles a couple of times at a lines judge during a four-set victory. But really, he is acting much nicer than before. He doesn't get embroiled in a racial incident, as he once did against Blake, even though Hewitt is playing Hyung-Taik Lee and there is an Asian-American lines judge. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

It must be Kim's influence.

All over the grounds, everybody is behaving himself and herself and itself (there are security dogs sniffing around for nasty things, another paranoid touch at the National Tennis Center).

No one makes a scene. Poor Amer Delic gets jobbed late in a five-set match Wednesday night against Sargis Sargsian, and says nothing. John McEnroe declares he would go insane over such an incident, but Delic internalizes the tough line call and loses meekly.

"I think the officials are better, they're more in control," says Stan Smith, a gentleman champion of the past who agrees there is a new trend toward civility, toward anti-tabloid behavior.

"If the umpire doesn't get on top of it, guys can sense it," Smith says. "You want to see personalities, but you don't want to see them whining."

I don't know how to explain to Smith that whining is a good thing, imperative for the sport's survival. Gustavo Kuerten, the sweetest player in the world, whined Tuesday night until an abusive spectator was thrown out of the stadium. People talked about it. Ashley Harkleroad had some harsh words for an umpire on Wednesday. People read about it.

I wish there were more incidents, I really do, but there aren't. The rest is pure broadsheet agate.

Mary Pierce comes back from down 1-5 in the third set yesterday and beats Jelena Dokic, 6-2, 6-7 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5). The two women don't talk about their famous fathers, the ones who throw salmon or get banned from tournaments.

Pierce thanks God. Dokic must play a doubles match.

Calling Anna.

dagmar7
08-31-2003, 09:22 AM
...and from Reuters...Lleyton doesn't think he's too happy and he practiced after the match...:)

Hewitt revels in current form

Lleyton Hewitt believes he has recaptured his best form of the year just in time to mount a serious U.S. Open bid.

The Australian sixth seed, who won his first grand slam title here in 2001, progressed to the last 16 at Flushing Meadows on Sunday when Czech opponent Radek Stepanek retired injured while trailing 6-1 3-0 in their third-round match.

"I played my best tennis of the year at the World Team Cup (in May)...but that today was right up there," said Hewitt.

"It makes me feel good. I was aggressive, I served great and had a good rhythm. It was a big step up for me."

Hewitt's results in 2003 have fallen short of the high standards he set himself when finishing 2001 and 2002 as world number one.

However, his touch in a truncated performance against Stepanek, who received treatment on his back during the second set, suggested he was set to reclaim his pre-eminence.

Talking candidly about his indifferent season, the 22-year-old rejected accusations he was "too happy" to prosper and played down reports he was considering Peter McNamara as his next coach.

It was John McEnroe, during a television commentary, who claimed that Hewitt's father, Glynn, had told him privately the problem with Hewitt was that he was "too happy".

But Hewitt told reporters: "I don't know where that's come from.

"Some days I feel happier than others...but I don't think 'too happy' has got anything to do with it.

"I still feel hungry and the will to win is still there.

"When you look at the results I've had they're not quite up to the form (of two years ago).

"Probably everyone's expectations rose that much more over the last couple of years.

"There's still a couple of little things in my game I've got to alter, but I've been hitting the ball well and today it felt really clean.

"Sometimes there are matches where I think I'm a better player than (when I won) in 2001, but it's hard to play faultless tennis week in, week out."

Since Jason Stoltenberg quit as Hewitt's coach in June, critics have questioned the success of his link-up with Roger Rasheed.

But Hewitt refused to bite on Australian media reports that former Australian professional and Davis Cup player McNamara would take over his coaching duties.

"I don't know anything about it...I'm not looking at anyone," said Hewitt.

After Stepanek's retirement on Saturday had brought their contest to a premature, 42-minute end, the twice grand slam champion conducted an impromptu 30-minute practice session.

It was his initial preparation for his fourth round match with Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan.

Despite leading their head-to-head meetings 4-1, Hewitt said: "All the matches have been close...he has got every shot in the game."

Source: Reuters
Date published: Aug 31, 2003

Angele
08-31-2003, 12:30 PM
August 31, 2003 -- ANNA KOURNIKOVA'S stint as a TV entertainment reporter at the U.S. Open ended after only three days, when the hard-court cutie
said she was too uncomfortable behind the mike to go on.

The ravishing Russian had been tapped by the USA Network to report on the fluffy behind-the-scenes goings on at the event. But apparently, Kournikova isn't much more of a journalist than she is a tennis player, and she stepped down from her new job after some embarrassing on-screen flubs.

Anna's attempt at TV journalism became a chaotic disaster when a floundering Anna had to be prompted when conducting interviews. Her attempt to be a roving reporter around the grounds also failed when she was mobbed by adoring fans.

Anna, in calling it quits, also said she wanted to give up the gig because she'd been eating too much while roaming the grounds of the Grand Slam event.

*

On a bleak Labor Day weekend yesterday, the Open set an attendance mark, when 55,000 people showed up for the day and night matches yesterday - the most people ever to attend the Flushing Meadow tournament on a single day.

*

Doubles action moved to the players' lounge during the rain break yesterday, when Lleyton Hewitt and Spanish golf star Sergio Garcia teamed up to take on a stream of opponents at the putting machine in the player's lounge. Among the crowd looking on was Hewitt's girlfriend, player Kim Clijsters, with whom the tennis titan kissed and cuddled between putts. :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

"It's a fun way to relax when it's raining," said the No. 1 seed - referring to the golf game, not necessarily the kissing.

Garcia was not convinced.

"Nah," he said. "It doesn't beat the real thing."

*

Get ready for war at Arthur Ashe Stadium today when crowd-pleaser Andy Roddick takes on Brazilian hothead Flavio Saretta. Showman Roddick has already gotten in hot water with opponent Ivan Ljubicic, who complained Roddick egged on the pro-U.S. crowd, affected line calls and distracted him from the game. But, the Brazilian says he won't be rattled.

"I like the anger. It helps me," Saretta told The Post. "I play tennis like a soccer player, with passion."

dagmar7
09-01-2003, 12:51 AM
Arthur Ashe - 11:00 AM Start
1. Women's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[4]
Martina Navratilova (USA)[4]
vs. Henrieta Nagyova (SVK)
Maja Matevzic (SLO)

followed by:
2. Women's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Jennifer Capriati (USA)[6] vs. Elena Dementieva (RUS)[11]
3. Men's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Andre Agassi (USA)[1] vs. Taylor Dent (USA)






Arthur Ashe - 7:00 PM Start
1. Women's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Dinara Safina (RUS) vs. Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL)[2]
followed by:
2. Men's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)[3] vs. Todd Martin (USA)


Armstrong - 11:00 AM Start
1. Women's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Ai Sugiyama (JPN)[15] vs. Francesca Schiavone (ITA)[29]
followed by:
2. Men's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Chris Haggard (RSA)[13]
Donald Johnson (USA)[13]
vs. Bob Bryan (USA)[2]
Mike Bryan (USA)[2]

3. Women's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Anastasia Myskina (RUS)[7] vs. Mary Pierce (FRA)
4. Men's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Paradorn Srichaphan (THA)[11] vs. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)[6]

Best of luck, Lleyton :bounce: :hearts: :bounce:

star
09-01-2003, 02:11 AM
Hewitt into week two as opponent checks out
September 1, 2003

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The 2001 champion is hungry again, writes Caroline Overington in New York.

Ever since the start of this year's US Open, Lleyton Hewitt has been saying he just wanted to get into the second week. Then he would feel as though the prize was in reach.

Well, Hewitt has made it into the second week, even if it did not happen in quite the way he expected. His third-round opponent, Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic, retired injured after just 30 minutes on Saturday.

Hewitt had already won the first set 6-1 and was 3-0 up in the second when the match drew to an unexpected close. For Hewitt, it was a frustrating end, because he felt as though he was playing his best tennis of 2003.

"I would have liked to have kept going," Hewitt said. "I felt like I was in a pretty good routine. I was hitting the ball really cleanly. It was a big step up from my first two matches. It was in the right direction. It was probably up there, with my [best tennis]."

Hewitt left the court and went to a practice court to hit balls with his coach, Roger Rasheed, "just to keep grooving it a little bit, trying to keep the rhythm going".

Stepanek, who is being coached by 1998 Australian Open champion Petr Korda, retired because of pain in his lower back. Had be been able to continue, it is unlikely he would have troubled Hewitt, who beat him in straight sets at the Australian Open earlier this year.

"My feeling from that first set is, you know, he's hungry again," Stepanek said. "For the big matches and the titles. He played pretty well."

Hewitt said it was a "huge bonus" to get into the second week of the tournament "because, as I've said before, you can't win in the first week, you can only lose it".

"You've got to find a way to get through those early matches," he added. "I still feel like I've got plenty in the tank going into the second week."

Asked if he was pleased with his performance so far, Hewitt said: "I'm not out of the tournament yet, so you're happy as long as you're still in the draw."

But he is annoyed by talk of him being in a slump because of what he believes was a "hiccup" at Wimbledon when he lost as defending champion in the first round to qualifier Ivo Karlovic.

In fact, Hewitt thinks he is playing as well as he played in 2001, when he won the US Open.

"Obviously, toward the end of 2001, I probably played pretty much faultless tennis," he said. "It's very hard to repeat that, week in and week out."

Hewitt is next scheduled to play Paradorn Srichaphan, who has never got past the third round of the US Open before.

"He's extremely talented," Hewitt said of the Thai, who beat him earlier this year, in Tokyo, but lost to him in Paris. "He's got every shot in the game."

Srichaphan expects a hard-fought match, saying of Hewitt: "He's tough, especially in this grand slam. His mind is really into it, but I'm really into it, too."

Hewitt's match finished just before rain washed out other matches, including a four-hour marathon between Jonas Bjorkman and Karol Kucera. The players went off with Bjorkman on match point. They stayed off court for three hours and came back for 25 seconds, Bjorkman winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-4.

duck
09-01-2003, 08:55 AM
TENNIS: Lleyton quashes coaching rumours :(

01sep03
AUSTRALIAN tennis coach Peter McNamara says he feels sorry for Lleyton Hewitt's coach Roger Rasheed over rumours that he (McNamara) is set to be appointed as Rasheed's replacement.

Hewitt yesterday sought to end the speculation on the tour about the rumours of an impending swoop for McNamara and said he did not know anything about it.

"I'm not looking at anyone," Hewitt said after he entered the fourth round of the US Open yesterday.

McNamara, who had coached Mark Philippoussis before his dismissal five months ago, was in the stands in New York for Hewitt's match.

Rasheed was promoted by Hewitt from conditioner to the role of coach when Jason Stoltenberg left the Hewitt camp three months ago and the 22-year-old Australian's improved form to reach the second week at the US Open has added stability to the combination.









"There are always rumours. I'm interested to do it (coaching a top player) again. But I'm not looking at the moment," McNamara said.

kit
09-01-2003, 07:10 PM
Good Luck Lleyton against Paradon tonight *in Germany it's tonight* ;)
You can do it,come on.You're fighter!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

dagmar7
09-02-2003, 11:12 AM
Grandstand - 11:00 AM Start
1. Men's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Sebastian Prieto (ARG)
Jim Thomas (USA)
vs. Martin Damm (CZE)[8]
Cyril Suk (CZE)[8]

followed by:
2. Men's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Paradorn Srichaphan (THA)[11] vs. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)[6]
3. Women's Singles - 4th Rnd.
Anastasia Myskina (RUS)[7] vs. Mary Pierce (FRA) T/F 4/2
4. Women's Doubles - 3rd Rnd.
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)[4]
Martina Navratilova (USA)[4]
vs. Henrieta Nagyova (SVK)
Maja Matevzic (SLO)

5. Mixed Doubles - Qtr. Finals
Lina Krasnoroutskaya (RUS)[5]
Daniel Nestor (CAN)[5]
vs. Alexandra Stevenson (USA)
Vincent Spadea (USA)

Lleyton...keep that focus and good luck.:bounce:

possie
09-02-2003, 08:48 PM
Don't know whether this has been posted already. Its from the USO website.....cute and funny :D


Oh, the Games they Play (That is, When They're Not Playing Tennis)
by Elizabeth Schatz
Tuesday, September 2, 2003


With the courts under water and the schedule of play consistently up in the air, players wandering the halls under Arthur Ashe Stadium have to find something else to do.

Poker, anyone?

Top-seeded players like Kim Clijsters and Juan Carlos Ferrero, who have matches scheduled today and must be ready at a moment’s notice should the clouds part, are keeping their competitive juices flowing with different sorts of contests. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat are present, only now it’s mostly about card games and something called Spoons.

No. 1 Clijsters and a group of friends set up camp at a large round table in the player dining room and began an impromptu game involving quarters that, from the casual observer, had absolutely no point. They flicked them between other quarter “borders,” then occasionally slapped them down on the wooden tabletop with a squeal. Maybe a break from mental challenge was what she was looking for.

“We were doing nothing, just playing around,” Clijsters said, giggling, as she sat next to boyfriend Lleyton Hewitt. “We’re bored!” Any Euros on the table from the Belgian? “No, no, just quarters.”

Jonas Bjorkman, the Swede who is scheduled to play No. 5 Guillermo Coria today, wasn’t risking his quarters, instead using Scrabble letters as currency in a nearby poker game with several friends, including Wayne Black from Zimbabwe.

“We are playing – how do you say it? – a friendly game of poker,” said Pancho Segura, the 82-year-old Hall-of-Fame player and coach of Jimmy Connors, who was showing fine form against his much younger opponents.

“The Swedes are winning, but they always win. They cheat,” said Carl Neufeld, head coach at Southern Methodist University. When asked the official poker-playing language of the international crew, Neufeld said, “Mostly profanity. That’s the common language.”

No. 3 Juan Carlos Ferrero, awaiting his fourth-round match against American Todd Martin that was supposed to take place yesterday, had tired of foosball last night and was now tucked into a corner playing cards with his coach and girlfriend. He kept a steely gaze as he flipped cards into the middle of the table.

What are you playing?

“It’s a Spanish card game.”

Who’s winning?

“Not me.”

When asked if he was as good at cards as he was at tennis, the French Open champion looked bewildered, unable to understand the question in English. His girlfriend came to the rescue, wagging her finger back and forth and whispering, “Noooooo.”

Junior player Katarina Zoricic, scheduled to meet American Nehi Uberoi in the first round, could have been honing her hand quickness as she dominated a game of spoons. The game involves players furiously passing cards around a table until someone gets four of a kind. He or she then grabs a spoon from the middle of the table, and others follow suit. But there is one fewer spoon than players, meaning one slow poke loses each round. The end of each heated round left players whooping and screaming louder than the pants Bud Collins, standing next to them in the players’ lounge, was wearing.

Zoricic, who is from Canada, said, “The loser has to do something crazy. We haven’t decided what it will be yet.” Possible suggestions: taking on Kim Clijsters in “quarters.”

The most popular of the games in the players’ lounge cum fun house had to be chess. The USTA brought in Dmitry Schneider, the No. 1 player in the United States aged 18 and under, to entertain those brave enough to take him on. Schneider, a tall, thin brunette who, coincidentally, was a high school tennis player before his chess obligations became too time consuming, cruised back and forth a long table, playing seven games at once against players and their friends who tried in vain to outsmart him.

“All the games, I’ve won pretty easily. But a few were interesting, and I had to think, so there wouldn’t be an accident,” Schneider says, alluding to an upset. “If I lost, it would be a big deal. I want to avoid that.”

What better crowd to appreciate that frame of mind than a room full of the world’s best tennis players?

“Max Mirnyi played Roger Federer,” said Schneider. “Roger won.”

So yes, players could be using the rain delay to work on their game strategy or view tapes of their opponent’s play, but coaches really can’t complain. If there’s one good thing that chess, obscure Spanish card games and flying spoons and quarters have in common, it’s this: at least there’s no chance of getting injured.

Cajun Moon
09-04-2003, 01:40 AM
Found this little tidbit about how Ll is spending his time in the players lounge...

Complete article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17368-2003Sep2.html

Rain Has USTA Under Fire
Players Are Irked by Delays, Rescheduling at U.S. Open
By Rachel Nichols
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 3, 2003



...So for now, the system will stay as it is, he said, which means lots of waiting around. Today, players who couldn't get an available spot on a couch or armchair laid down on the floor, and Lleyton Hewitt even perched on the edge of a coffee table.

Michael Chang, whose retirement from the game was supposed to be honored in a ceremony tonight, waited in a lobby with his entire extended family; the USTA eventually announced the ceremony would likely take place on Wednesday. Roger Federer, meantime, seemed calm among the throng, saying "it's okay. I don't mind if they keep us here, as long as I get to play tonight."

Around 9 p.m., he headed out to a practice court to prepare for his match with David Nalbandian. Twenty minutes later, it was postponed.

duck
09-05-2003, 08:47 AM
ANALYSIS: Hewitt, Capriati lead charge
BY ELEANOR PRESTON AND MATTHEW CRONIN
tennisreporters.net
Sep. 5, 2003 6:43 a.m.

NEW YORK— A relentless rain nearly spoiled one of the most exciting U.S. Opens ever, but now fans will be treated to one of the most fabulous Fridays in the tournament's history.
Top seed Andre Agassi will have an opportunity avenge his heart-wrenching quarterfinal defeat to Guillermo Coria at the French Open and American veteran Lindsay Davenport will have a chance to go for the title again when she tries to trip up No.1 Kim Clijsters in the semis, but the two matches that most wet the appetite are 2001 Open champ Lleyton Hewitt against reigning French titlist Juan Carlos Ferrero, and American comeback queen Jennifer Capriati facing off against gritty French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne.

In November of last year, Hewitt was the undisputed champion of the world. He had just secured the No.1 ranking for a second consecutive year thanks to a series of gritty performances at the Masters Cup in Shanghai, the last of which was the unlikeliest of five set wins over Ferrero in the final.

Ten months on Hewitt is down to No. 6 and has had, by his impossibly high standards, an up and down year. His run to the quarterfinals of this year's Open is his best Grand Slam result in a season which reached a low point when he bombed out of the first round of Wimbledon. Now, just when he is beginning to feel like his old self again, he must face Ferrero again and this time it could be even tougher.

"It's going to be a grind again," said Hewitt, with a smile that suggested that the cursed side of his nature has him relishing a rematch. "I don't expect too much different from that match. I'm going to have to put my head down and work extremely hard. I've got a guy out there who's going to run down a lot of shots, he's going to hit a lot of winners. He's got great movement. I've just got to try to make him play as many balls as I can and stay aggressive."


ANALYSIS FROM NEW YORK:

Their match in Shanghai is regarded by all who saw it as something of a mini-classic. Hewitt had won the showpiece event the previous year in Sydney and, having secured the No.1 position earlier in the week, was anxious to prove himself worthy. Ferrero, in those pre-French Open days, was still looking for his first significant title. Both men should have been exhausted after a long, arduous year but if they were, they hid it will during a match that was a battle of wills as well as skills. The Chinese crowd, who lit up the tournament with their enthusiasm throughout the week, created an atmosphere which made the stakes seem even higher.

Their quarterfinal at Flushing Meadows has even more riding on it. A victory over a class player like Ferrero and a place in the US Open semifinals would reaffirm Hewitt's place in the sport's elite. Especially after a year in which rivals like Andy Roddick and Roger Federer and his own inconsistencies have conspired to erode his position.

For Ferrero a win will be further proof that he is neither what John McEnroe colorfully terms a "one-Slam wonder" or a clay-court specialist. He was thought of as French Open champion-in-waiting long before he finally secured the Roland Garros title earlier this year. Taking the ultimate prize here would be more surprising and, in its way, even more satisfying.

Hewitt has never doubted the Spaniard's versatility. Plus, he knows that Ferrero wants to prove that Spaniards can win the Open on hard courts. "He a guy who knows how to play big matches and I've had very tough matches against him in the past on hard courts," said Hewitt. "He's getting better and better on hard courts. He's one of the clay court guys, but he stands up in the court and he's aggressive. There's no reason why he can't play well on this stuff."

No reason, perhaps, except the dogged resistance of Hewitt himself. If he can deny Ferrero again it will surely bring back some happy memories. Possibly enough to propel him all the way to the title.

Capriati has never won the Open, let alone reach the finals. At age 27, this is her best chance to do so without the Williamses sisters around. But the nails-tough Henin-Hardenne hasn't lost a match since Wimbledon and playing with an incredible amount of confidence.

Capriati has been targeting the match the whole tournament and knows that if she doesn't play as well as she can and not back off the ball in the third set, Henin will race past her.

"I have to play my best," Capriati said. "I have to play the tennis I've been playing, but expect much better opposition. She hits the ball big, moves well, she has a lot of confidence. But even though I'm here at the US Open, she's the one you would think is supposed to win."

But not really, Even though Henin owns a 3-2 edge over her, Capriati will be playing a night match in front of her home crowd and has gone to three sets with the Belgian every time they've played. People are excepting Jennifer to finally raise her level in New York, just like she did twice in winning the Australian and once in France. She still feels a little like an underdog, but she had better be a half-starved pit bull when she walks on court.

"On the inside, I always feel like I'm the one who should win," Capriati said with a hopeful gaze. That's the way you got to think out there."

What Henin really ants to do is take home the title immediately and move closer to countrywoman and rival Clijsters' No. 1 ranking. "I came here to win the US Open," she said with a steely glare. Up until this summer, Henin had never felt comfortable playing in New York. Now she 's as tough as any street hood down in the Bowery. "It will be fun, I like to play in big stadiums now," she said. "I was scared a year ago because I wasn't used to it. Now I enjoy it. It's a great experience to play in this big stadium against Jennifer. I'm very impatient. I want to play now."

duck
09-05-2003, 08:48 AM
ESPN:

Juan Carlos Ferrero (3), Spain, vs. Lleyton Hewitt (6), Australia
This matchup is going to be the most compelling of the quarterfinals because you have Hewitt, who wants to salvage his career, and Ferrero hanging on to his desire to be No. 1. Winning this match, and potentially the tournament, would go a long way to solidifying that. Especially with Wimbledon champion Roger Federer losing on Thursday in the round of 16. Ferrero has not been shy about telling people he wants to be No. 1.


Hewitt, though, is a champion. In the '80s it was Jimmy Connors who was the one player who would fight to the death and that player now is Hewitt. This match is going to go the distance and it could come down to the last player still able to stand. It will be played from the baseline, and it will come down to every ounce of strength.
Pick: Ferrero in five


Sjeng Schalken (12), Netherlands, vs. Andy Roddick (4), United States< br> I keep wondering if this year's Open is Andy Roddick's destiny. He's played very good tennis thus far but hasn't been challenged and pushed by a top seed yet. People will be surprised by how much Schalken will push Roddick. Without question, Roddick is the favorite, but he might have to play his best match of the tournament to win this one. Schalken has been in the semis of the Open before, whereas Roddick has not. Schalken knows his limitations. There's nothing real pretty about his game, but he can handle the pace and moves well. Schalken knows what he can and can't do and he doesn't try to do too much with his game.


However, it's still Roddick's match and tournament.
Pick: Roddick in four


Younes El Aynaoui (22), Morocco, vs. David Nalbandian (13), Argentina
Who would have thought El Aynaoui and Nalbandian would be playing for a spot in the semifinals when this championship began? But that's the great thing about the majors - everyone is inspired and inspired tennis wins. In this match, youth just might win out over age. It's been a great run for El Aynaoui, first the semifinals at the Aussie Open, and another great run at the U.S. Open. After Nalbandian's showing against Federer, I couldn't possibly pick El Aynaoui to win this match. I'm just so impressed with Nalbandian's ability to control his emotions during big situations in matches. He has a game that can hurt anyone, and he's been in this position before. He's been in the finals of a major. I think he'll be in the semifinals of the Open.
Pick: Nalbandian in five










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tournesol
09-05-2003, 08:56 AM
thanks for the article duck

c'mon LL if you could do it once you can do it twice

Murkofan
09-05-2003, 03:09 PM
ESPN:

Juan Carlos Ferrero (3), Spain, vs. Lleyton Hewitt (6), Australia
This matchup is going to be the most compelling of the quarterfinals because you have Hewitt, who wants to salvage his career,


Jumping the gun a bit, aren't they? :rolleyes:

kit
09-05-2003, 07:54 PM
Come on Lleytoooon!!!!!
You can do it.You're such a big fighter!!!!COME ON!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

kit
09-05-2003, 09:09 PM
:crying2: He lost!!!! :sad:
It's really sad.
But he wasn't 100 per cent fit. :mad: at the injury!!!
But of course Ferrero played very well.

dagmar7
09-06-2003, 01:59 PM
I know it's late, but I thought I'd post Lleyton's final interview from this year's USO...he played great :hearts:...and is extremely (and typically:)) gracious to JCF in the interview.

Q. Maybe not too many guys would have beaten him today, the way he was playing?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, he was great. You've really got to take your hat off to him.

You know, I felt like I went up another notch from yesterday. I felt like I hit the ball a lot better, especially my backhand. Backhand cross court didn't quite ‑‑ you know, backhand down the line, I probably didn't hit that great today.

But, yeah, he played well. He mixed up his serve extremely well. You know, he's getting tougher and tougher on these kind of courts.

Q. What was the reason for the trainer coming? Did you have some sort of injury?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I got, you know, just ‑‑ actually not sure what it is. It's at the top of my sort of hip flexor area. I just couldn't serve, basically. It was hurting every time I went up to push off serving. It was grabbing. I wasn't sure if it was cramping or not.

The trainer, Doug Spreen, just ‑‑ it was tightening up on me every time I'd gone out to serve. I had the problem once before at the end of the Ferreira match in Los Angeles, and hadn't had a problem since.

So it was a little bit disappointing in that regard. It was very tough to hold serve from then on, especially against a guy who's working the ball so well from the baseline.

Q. Did you know after that when you couldn't get anything on your serve, did you know it was gonna be...

LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, I knew I was gonna be struggling. I was trying to battle, but also trying to play a different style of game to what I'm used to as well. You know, trying to go for a lot of winners, I guess, which off the wrong balls, where normally I'd try and work the point a little bit more.

Yeah, I take nothing away from him, though. He was too good.

Q. In the fourth set, it looked as if it hurt quite a bit?

LLEYTON HEWITT: A little bit. It was mainly the serve, to tell you the truth. My serve was the biggest worry. And once you start getting that feeling, then you don't go after ‑‑ you couldn't go after your serve either. That's the problem. Your mind is telling you there's pain there and you don't want to push up and get that pain.

So it was hurting a little bit on my backhand out wide now and then. But, you know, I don't want to take anything away from him.

Q. Any risk of you not playing Davis Cup because of this?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I don't think so. Unless Fitzy and Wally want to put in Wayne or Scotty or Todd for the singles.

Q. You are not expecting it to be hampering you two weeks from now?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I hope not. You know, I didn't expect anything to hamper me here either. So it could be a little bit of a suck‑it‑and‑see, and hopefully it doesn't happen.

But my plan is to play Davis Cup and give everything I've got, and I'm sure Fitzy and Wally are going to put me in no matter how I'm probably feeling.

Q. What was the diagnosis after the Ferreira match?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I wasn't really sure. My hip had tightened up a little bit. It could be coming from my back as well, so I'm not sure.

Q. Are you worried about it in terms of Davis Cup?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really. I'm a little bit disappointed only ‑‑ it's just frustrating. Last night I felt like I had to do a lot of running against Paradorn and didn't have a problem. I felt great the whole match.

(Inaudible) back up two tough matches, you know, those two and a half sets, three sets, was serious running out there for both players today. Whether I happened to play a guy like that straight after a tough match last night, whether that's just throwing my whole body out of whack a bit with my back, I'm not really sure.

That's probably the most disappointing ‑‑ well, aggravating thing a little bit.

Q. Looking back on the week, Andre Agassi said he could not remember a time in tennis that was more frustrating to him than having to go through these past four or five days. If you could reflect back on, you know, how it hampered your preparation, your thoughts on this lovely week.

LLEYTON HEWITT: It was tough, you know. But it's tough for everyone. That's the try (sic) of mindset that I tried to have, I guess.

We're all in the same situation. It's not too often you get this, and especially in a Grand Slam. You've always got, obviously, that day or two off between every match.

Yeah, you got to be very mentally tough, though, and take it and not let it worry you too much, I guess. The tough thing is sitting around all day and just not knowing those three or four days if you're gonna get on or when you're gonna get on, when to eat. The schedule is getting changed left, right and center. It was just a tough situation for everyone.

Q. Once we had three days of rain here, in your view, should the tournament have gone to a 15th day?

LLEYTON HEWITT: It's a hard one, I think. You know, probably not, if they could squeeze it in. It makes it extremely tough on the players, I guess, especially the men playing five sets four days in a row. It's a big ask for anyone ‑ especially in these conditions. You know, today and probably the next couple days, it can warm up a bit. Playing in the afternoon can get pretty hot.

So, yeah, it's a tough ask, but obviously TV and everything has times and they want the finals on on those times. You got to try and please everyone, I guess.

Q. Jennifer Capriati said after the match with Schiavone that she felt maybe having to wait three days could be tougher than having to play twice in one day. What are your thoughts on the advantages, disadvantages of playing back‑to‑back versus having to hang out?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, women's tennis is different than men's tennis. I could see where Jennifer is coming from. Her match last night probably, I don't know, lasted 50 minutes or something.

So the other girl only played I think just over a set yesterday. For women's tennis, I don't think that's too bad.

Q. Outside of the women's context then?

LLEYTON HEWITT: It's tough for everyone. There's a few days there I didn't get a hit at all. They opened up a couple indoor courts. I had a 15‑minute hit there one day. I don't think I played that day either.

Then I warmed up on Grandstand, on a wet Grandstand court yesterday morning, and had to go out at 5 o'clock or 6 o'clock or something last night and play Paradorn.

So, yeah, it's frustrating for everyone. It's a tough situation whether you've got enough hitting in or whether you've rested enough or rested too much. I don't know what's the right way, what's the best way.

Q. When did you feel the hip? At what point in the match?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Towards the end of the third set at about 4‑3 in the third set I think.

Q. You went up for a serve?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I was feeling it on every serve after that.

Q. You win four matches here then you lose to a guy who's playing pretty well. Do you leave this tournament feeling like you're over this summer hiccup?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I feel good. You know, I'm definitely not as disappointed as, you know, obviously Wimbledon or, you know, other times when you lose matches ‑ only because I felt like I made a huge step up last night playing Paradorn. I played a great match, I felt. Especially coming back from a set down. You had to be mentally tough in that situation last night.

Then today I felt like I even played a lot better than I did against Paradorn. I felt like I hit the ball great. If I can continue hitting the ball like I have and make the improvements that I have over the last couple of weeks, then it's a step in the right direction, yeah.

Q. You focused and structured your season to focus on the majors. It hasn't been up to your standards, your major campaign this year. Are you going to take a look at that next year?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I don't know what I'm doing next year at this stage. I got no idea what I'm doing at this stage.

But my preparation, working on how many tournaments I play before the majors will be , hopefully, that I'm peaking for all four majors. So my scheduling before that, you know, before the Slams will, you know, end up, you know, how I feel like I'm gonna be 100 percent and giving everything in the majors.

Q. The last two years, definitely, you played a lot. Do you think this year maybe you didn't play enough?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, you know, you play a lot if you're winning tournaments or doing well in tournaments, I guess. The last few weeks, I obviously haven't had that amount of success that I've had over the last couple of years.

But, you know, I don't think that was a problem here at the US Open. I still felt like I was hitting the ball well. I got to the second week. You know, I went up a gear, and I wasn't quite good enough today.

Obviously, you know, I took a fair while off after the Davis Cup in Sweden. That was more just I felt like I needed a break more than anything. I just really didn't want to play that many tournaments, especially on clay, leading into obviously the French and then staying over and playing Wimbledon.

Q. You had a great match with Juan Carlos in Shanghai, a close match. What's changed in his game in the last eight months?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, I felt like he played a pretty bloody good game in Shanghai, as well. Obviously, in the end, I was a bit lucky to get over the line being down a break twice in the fifth set.

I felt like I played an incredible match in Shanghai to win that. Probably not a lot's changed. The standard we were playing there for three sets today was pretty good. It was definitely up with the standard of Shanghai. In Shanghai I felt like I played great two sets and then, you know, got a little bit tired, I think, in the third and fourth, and somehow was able to find something late in the fifth.

Q. Did he do anything different?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not a whole heap different. I felt like he was playing pretty well at the end of last year?

Q. What are your plans in terms of treatment for your injury?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Got no idea at the moment. Don't know.

Q. Are you gonna stay and watch Kim for the rest of the tournament?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, probably. It's only a couple of days.

Q. Did you have a feeling today or did you think if you could squeak that third set ‑ somehow ‑ that you still had a chance?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I knew it was gonna be an uphill battle, the way that I was feeling. Especially playing a guy like that, who's so fit. Very rarely do you see him lose a match due to fitness. So even if I was two‑sets‑to‑one up, there was no guarantee I was gonna be able to win one of the next two sets.

You know, I was still somehow trying to get out of that set. At 5‑4 there, came up with two aces on the two wide far lines. You got to just say "too good" to that.

In the breaker, I fought back. He played a pretty incredible breaker. He hardly missed a first serve. Smacked a couple huge forehands on to win. Even his backhand up the line at 6‑5 was a gutsy shot to go for.

Q. How fussed are you about Houston? If it takes a big push in the autumn, will you do that?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No.

Q. Around the locker room during the rain delays, was there a feeling from the players they'd like to go Monday, Tuesday?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I've got no idea. I haven't spoken to anyone about scheduling or anything, really ‑ in the locker room, no other players or anything. So I don't know what the feeling of everyone else is. I'm sure everyone was, you know, pretty frustrated with the situation.

But however it was dealt with, I guess they're all willing to accept it. I'm sure there was a few people that maybe wanted a Monday or Tuesday final or whatever, just to give them a bit more of a break.

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tournesol
09-07-2003, 02:49 PM
:wavey: dagmar

thanks for article, at least things seem to go in the right direction (injury excepted)

J. Corwin
09-11-2003, 10:55 PM
thanks for the interview excerpt