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Davis Cup Semifinal

dagmar7
09-08-2003, 11:50 AM
Okay, I know it's a bit early but...:D
Here we can post articles, analysis, health reports, trash-talking press conference ;), photos and more. It should be a great tie.:)

:bounce:

Schedule and preview from the official site...

World Group 2003 - Semifinal
Melbourne Park, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, AUS
Stadium Capacity: 15,000
19 September - 21 September 2003
Day 1: 1500 hrs tbc (GMT 0500 hrs) 2nd rubber not before 1830 hrs
Day 2: 1500 hrs tbc (GMT 0500 hrs)
Day 3: 1500 hrs tbc (GMT 0500 hrs) 2nd rubber not before 1830 hrs (if live)
Surface: Hard (Rebound Ace) - Outdoors
Ball Type: Slazenger Championship Hardcourt High Visibility


This is the third time that these two nations have faced each other in Davis Cup, Australia have won both previous encounters; in 1930 and more recently in 2000 when Australia defeated Switzerland 3-2 in Zurich. Australia is bidding for a fourth visit to the Final in the past five years, winning here will guarantee the nation the opportunity to stage the Final at home. The Australians have moved through to the semifinals relatively unchallenged helped by a team lead by 2002 ITF World Champion, Lleyton Hewitt. Hewitt has been strongly supported by the talents of Mark Philippoussis, Todd Woodbridge and Wayne Arthurs. In the first round they took advantage of a depleted Great Britain team to win 4-1, and in the quarterfinals they ended Sweden's dreams of glory with a decision 5-0 victory

dagmar7
09-08-2003, 11:54 AM
The Swiss and Australian teams were announced September 3.
An excerpt also from the official site...

Australians and Swiss name Teams, Play-off Teams Start to Follow
Tennis Australia have announced that Davis Cup Captain John Fitzgerald is sticking with the team that has carried Australia to the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas semifinals, for the clash with Switzerland on September 19 - 21.

The squad is therefore Lleyton Hewitt, Mark Philippoussis, Wayne Arthurs, and Todd Woodbridge. Todd Reid and Chris Guccione will join the team as hitting partners.

"There's no doubt this tie is going to be a great tie between some champion players," said Fitzgerald.

Meanwhile the Swiss announced that Captain Marc Rosset has named his sqaud as Roger Federer, Ivo Heuberger, Michel Kratochvil and George Bastl, with Yves Allegro and Stanislas Wawrinka accompanying the team.

Murkofan
09-08-2003, 01:50 PM
Oh dear. I'm afraid Yves Allegro and Stanislas Wawrinka just might give the Swiss the edge :tape:

Murkofan
09-08-2003, 01:59 PM
Filched these from the lovely ladies at Lleytonland:

Hewitt's Swiss thumbs up

By Paul Malone and John Thirske
08sep03
The Advertiser

LLEYTON Hewitt is certain to be fit to spearhead Australia's Davis Cup semi-final charge despite an injury which triggered his US Open exit, captain John Fitzgerald said yesterday.

Fitzgerald flew out of New York yesterday assured by Hewitt he would be recovered from a hip flexor injury in time to play against Switzerland's second singles player on the opening day of the Melbourne Park tie on Friday week.

Sydney orthopaedic surgeon and hip specialist Michael Neil said Australia's top player would be pushing it to be fully fit.

"It all depends on the severity of the strain and how bad he is hobbling at the moment," Dr Neil said from St Vincents Private Hospital yesterday.

"Lleyton needs a combination of rest, stretching and massage."

Australian No.2 Mark Philippoussis, who has struggled with a back injury, is also likely to be fit, Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald and his predecessor John Newcombe agreed Hewitt had made significant progress in his US Open quarter-final campaign from his more listless performances over the previous four months.

"Believe me, he is going to be fine for Melbourne. He has some tightness near his quad. When you play two matches like that you get some sore spots - half of the guys in the quarter-finals would," Fitzgerald said.

"We've discussed it and it's not a big deal. If he gets the right treatment, he will get on top of it.

"Todd and Wayne will be there for us to start on Tuesday or Wednesday and Mark will be there soon after that. Lleyton might go to Adelaide for a couple of days."

Hewitt declined to discuss on Saturday whether he would be needed in Adelaide when his defamation case against the ATP resumes in the South Australian Supreme Court this week.The world No.6 said he expected to be able to play in Melbourne.

Fitzgerald said he had no theory on who Hewitt's first-day rival would be under the Davis Cup schedule formula which would reserve a showdown between Hewitt and Wimbledon champion Roger Federer until the fourth rubber on Sunday week. Veteran Marc Rosset is the second-ranked Swiss player.


Hewitt fit for Davis Cup tie

By PAUL MALONE in New York
08sep03
Herald Sun

LLEYTON Hewitt will be fit to lead Australia's Davis Cup semi-final charge despite an injury that triggered his US Open exit.

Cup captain John Fitzgerald said before flying out of New York that a hip flexor injury would not stop Hewitt playing against Switzerland's second singles player on the opening day of the Melbourne Park tie on Friday week.

And he said Mark Philippoussis had told him his injured back that triggered his fourth-round loss had improved ahead of the team starting practice tomorrow or Wednesday.

Fitzgerald and his cup team predecessor John Newcombe said Hewitt had shown much of his old spark in his US Open quarter-final campaign, ruined when he suffered the injury in the third set of his four-set loss to Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero.

"He will be fine for Melbourne," Fitzgerald said.

"He has tightness near his quad. When you play two matches like that you get some sore spots -- half the guys in the quarter-finals would.

"It's not a big deal.

"Todd (Woodbridge) and Wayne (Arthurs) will be there to start practice on Tuesday or Wednesday and Mark will be there soon after.

"Lleyton might go to Adelaide for a couple of days."

Hewitt, the world No. 6, said he expected to play in Melbourne, but it was a "suck it and see" situation.

Fitzgerald said he had no theory on who Hewitt's first-day rival would be under the Davis Cup formula that would reserve a showdown between Hewitt and Wimbledon champion Roger Federer until the fourth rubber on Sunday week.

Veteran Marc Rosset is the second-ranked Swiss player at No. 128. Ivo Heuberger (130) or Michel Kratochvil (150) could also be considered.

Newcombe, a great supporter of Hewitt, said the former No. 1's feud with the ATP could be influencing his title drought which is now into a sixth month.

"That, and the fact it's been a pretty hectic time for him since he burst on to the scene in 1999," Newcombe said.

"There were some good signs in the three sets of his quarter-final before he was injured.

"His injury may be from him starting to hit the ball harder again, which he needed to do.

"There's a lot more torque involving that part of the body.

"He is playing with guys bigger and stronger than him and his body takes a bit of battering.

"I don't think this year will do him any harm, provided his own confidence is OK.

"He has to work hard and keep himself really strong."

Hewitt said last week that reports he would appoint Peter McNamara as his coach were wrong and he had no intention of replacing Roger Rasheed, who was promoted from conditioner to coach when Jason Stoltenberg left in June.

"Roger never came on board as a coach," Newcombe said.

"It's no slight to Roger, but I'd imagine in his mind it's a question of whether Lleyton thinks they are getting the job done."

Fitzgerald said Hewitt's more frequent ventures to the net in New York and a greater aggression against short balls were good signs for his Davis Cup and Australian Open campaigns.

"He can become No. 1 again by continuing to improve his game," Fitzgerald said.

"Ferrero played as well as I've seen him play on hardcourts."

Former world No. 1 Jim Courier said Hewitt's "decent result" in New York had shown he could re-enter the top three next year.

dagmar7
09-08-2003, 02:05 PM
Thanks for posting those articles, Marly, and thanks to the lovely ladies at Lleytonlands--that's a lot of ls.:)

I wonder about the context of that Newcombe quote about Roger never coming on board.:)

Does it mean that Rasheed's days are numbered? *hopefully*:)

Stupid f**king lawsuit... *grumbles*

:bounce: Feel better soon Lleyton and Mark! Yay, Todd and Wayne!

Lisbeth
09-09-2003, 09:23 AM
If Lleyton and Mark are both OK, that could be a rivetting weekend of tennis! I think if one of them can beat Federer then Oz will certainly win. If Federer wins both his singles I'd still give Oz the slight edge (because of such experienced doubles players) but it will be close. Hope they don't stuff up trying to make Lleyton play doubles like the final debacle a couple of years back.

Knockers LaBroad
09-09-2003, 04:56 PM
Ticket sales struggle for cup semi-final
By Linda Pearce
September 10, 2003

Nine days before Australia hosts Switzerland at Rod Laver Arena, tickets for the Davis Cup semi-final featuring the past two Wimbledon champions and a two-time grand slam finalist making his cup debut in his home city are selling at a trickle rather than a flood.

Perhaps the scheduling clash with AFL preliminary final weekend is to blame, or the impact of the coming Rugby World Cup, or maybe local tennis fans are so confident of victory against Roger Federer's one-man team that they are saving their money for the final, which, significantly, will also be held at Melbourne Park should Australia qualify.

Whatever the reason, a rate of ticket sales that Tennis Australia describes as "slow but steady" has left officials relying on a big walk-up attendance to the 15,000-seat stadium, particularly for days two and three.

Adult series tickets cost $250, and single-session seats between $70 and $95, and have been available since July 7.

Advance sales are healthiest for Friday week, and the Wimbledon finals rematch between Federer and Williamstown-bred Mark Philippoussis. After the doubles rubber the following day, Lleyton Hewitt will lead off the reverse singles against world No. 2 Federer on Sunday afternoon should the tie not already be decided.


Swiss captain Marc Rosset and the balance of his squad aside from Federer and Michel Kratochvil - both due tomorrow - arrived in Melbourne yesterday morning to begin hitting on Melbourne Park's outdoor courts in a brief, closed session. The resurfaced Rebound Ace on Rod Laver Arena will be unavailable for practice before Sunday night.

Hewitt, who struggled with a hip flexor injury during his quarter-final loss to Juan Carlos Ferrero at the US Open, will be the last to arrive, after detouring via Adelaide for several days of rest. Philippoussis and US doubles champion Todd Woodbridge are due in today to join Wayne Arthurs, the third member of John Fitzgerald's quartet with a base in Melbourne.

Although both doubles combinations are fluid, the greatest selection uncertainty surrounds the choice of the Swiss singles No. 2. Kratochvil is the highest ranked at 127th, while the other candidates are Ivo Heuberger, George Bastl and Rosset himself, the veteran former top-tenner who has contested just six ATP events this year and lost in the first round of four of them. He played doubles with Federer in the quarter-final defeat of France.

Meantime, the demands of host broadcaster Channel Seven mean that play will start each day at 3pm, later than for any local tie in Davis Cup memory. On Friday and, potentially, Sunday, the second singles rubber will begin no earlier than 6.30pm, to be shown on delay after the network news.

That would seem a portent should Australia host the final, to be staged from November 28-30, against either Spain or Argentina. Led by Ferrero, the new world No. 1, the Spaniards are hosting their claycourt rivals next weekend.

dagmar7
09-09-2003, 05:06 PM
Thanks for the article, Elke, even if I'm not the biggest Linda Pearce fan.:o

Pfff...I wish I was as confident as all these non-ticket-buying fans.
I would think that there's a chance the Swiss will gamble and have Federer play the doubles as well--it should be interesting to see what they decide.:unsure:

:bounce:

star
09-09-2003, 05:13 PM
Federer is the Davis Cup hero supreme. It seems that he alone can deliver the 3 rubbers needed for a victory.

dagmar7
09-09-2003, 05:17 PM
Is this trash-talking?:) He hasn't won yet.;)

Edit: Don't make me say the words "David Nalbandian".:eek:

Seriously, Federer has an incredible DC record--very commendable, fantastic player etc. That said, I hope Mark gets some payback.:)

Knockers LaBroad
09-09-2003, 05:21 PM
it's a nice jinx to start with!:devil:

dagmar7
09-11-2003, 11:14 AM
The latest health report. Mark is sniffling...*worries*

Philippoussis and Hewitt okay for Davis Cup semi, says captain
Agence France-Presse
Melbourne, September 11

Australian captain John Fitzgerald on Thursday gave the okay for his two leading singles players Lleyton Hewitt and Mark Philippoussis in the countdown to next week's Davis Cup tennis semi-final against Switzerland here.
Philippoussis joined team-mate Wayne Arthurs in a training session here on Thursday, but raised some concerns with a persistent hacking cough.

Philippoussis and Fitzgerald dismissed suggestions the Wimbledon finalist was ill.

"I've just got some phlegm so that will go in a couple of days," Philippoussis said.

He arrived home after being dumped out of the US Open in the third round by Argentinian David Nalbandian but said he was happy with his form.

"I'm feeling pretty good. I had a bit of a break, went back to San Diego and just relaxed and did some surfing - cleared the mind to get ready for this," he said.

Fitzgerald said: "We all get jet-lagged a bit and he does a lot of travelling so, he'll be fine.

"I think he's just a little bit sniffly off the plane and give him a day or two, he'll be fine."

Fitzgerald said Hewitt, who went down to eventual US Open finalist Juan Carlos Ferrero in the quarter-finals, would not be concerned by a slight hip injury next week.

"He's okay, he ran a lot of miles over there on those hard courts and you get a bit sore sometimes. That's nothing out of the ordinary," Fitzgerald said of Hewitt, who arrives home this weekend.

The Swiss will rely heavily on Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, who defeated Philippoussis at the all-England club, but the Australian said that would not be preying on his mind.

"Every match is different, especially Davis Cup - it's completely different," he said.

"Obviously we know how we all play."

The semi-final tie will be held at Melbourne Park on September 19-21.

tournesol
09-11-2003, 11:43 AM
thanks dagmar for the article

happy to see that LL seems to be ok :)

Murkofan
09-11-2003, 06:34 PM
More articles courtesy of Lleytonland! :p

Our toughest yet, Scud
By REBECCA WILLIAMS
12sep03

MARK Philippoussis yesterday shrugged off a persistent cough to declare he was fit and ready to lead Australia into next weekend's Davis Cup semi-final against Switzerland.

Philippoussis joined Wayne Arthurs for his first team training session ahead of the Davis Cup tie, starting next Friday, at Melbourne Park yesterday morning.

The Wimbledon finalist appeared troubled by a nasty cough as he was given a solid drill by squad coach Wally Masur and young hitting partner Todd Reid, but was quick to dismiss suggestions he was ill.

"I've just got some phlegm, but that will go in a couple of days," said Philippoussis, who suffered a third-round loss to Argentine David Nalbandian at the US Open.

"I'm feeling pretty good. I had a bit of a break (after the US Open). I went back to San Diego – just relaxed, did some surfing and cleared the mind to get ready for this.

"It's definitely going to be our toughest yet. We'll try and do everything we can to make our preparation perfect for the tie."

But Philippoussis said a rematch against Swiss Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, who he lost to in the final, would not serve as added motivation.

"Every match is a different match and especially Davis Cup, it's completely different," he said.

Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald said he was impressed with Philippoussis's form during yesterday's hit-out, dismissing his cough as jet-lag.

"He's just a little bit sniffly off the plane and give him a day or two and he'll be fine," Fitzgerald said.

"I thought he hit the ball pretty well, Mark, his timing is incredible really. He just walks from one surface to another and seems to hit the ball in the middle."

Lleyton Hewitt is the only team member yet to arrive, but is expected on the weekend.

Fitzgerald did not expect world No. 7 Hewitt to be troubled by the hip injury that triggered his US Open exit.

Hewitt suffered a hip flexor injury in the third set of his four-set loss to Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero in a quarter-final at Flushing Meadows.

"He'll be fine," Fitzgerald said. "He ran a lot of miles over there on those hard courts and you get a bit sore sometimes," he said.

Fitzgerald said he had been encouraged by Hewitt's form at the US Open.

"I think Lleyton's made tremendous strides over the last two months," Fitzgerald said.

A win against Switzerland at Melbourne Park next weekend would guarantee Australia a home final later this year.

World No. 3 Federer had his first hit with the Swiss team at Melbourne Park yesterday.

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Aussies have a sniff
By REBECCA WILLIAMS
12sep03

MARK Philippoussis yesterday shrugged off a persistent cough to declare he was fit and ready to lead Australia into next weekend's Davis Cup semi-final against Switzerland.

Philippoussis joined Wayne Arthurs at Melbourne Park early yesterday for his first team training session ahead of the tie, which starts next Friday.
The Wimbledon finalist appeared troubled by a nasty cough as he was given a solid drill by cup coach Wally Masur and young hitting partner Todd Reid. But he was quick to dismiss suggestions he was ill.

"I've just got some phlegm, but that will go in a couple of days," said Philippoussis, who suffered a third-round loss to Argentine David Nalbandian at the US Open.

"I'm feeling pretty good. I had a bit of a break (after the US Open). I went back to San Diego -- just relaxed, did some surfing and cleared the mind to get ready for this.

"It's definitely going to be our toughest yet. We'll try to do everything we can to make our preparation perfect for the tie."

But Philippoussis said a rematch against Swiss Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, who beat him in the Wimbledon final, would not serve as added motivation.

"Every match is a different match and especially Davis Cup, it's completely different," Philippoussis said.

Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald said he was impressed with Philippoussis's form during yesterday's hit-out, dismissing his cough as jet-lag.

"He's just a little bit sniffly off the plane. Give him a day or two and he'll be fine," Fitzgerald said.

"I thought he hit the ball pretty well, Mark, his timing is incredible, really.

"He just walks from one surface to another and seems to hit the ball in the middle."

Lleyton Hewitt is the only team member yet to arrive in Melbourne. He is expected at the weekend.

Fitzgerald did not expect world No. 7 Hewitt to be troubled by the hip injury that triggered his US Open exit.

Hewitt suffered a hip flexor injury in the third set of his four-set loss to Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero in a quarter-final at Flushing Meadows.

"He'll be fine," Fitzgerald said. "He ran a lot of miles over there on those hard courts and you get a bit sore sometimes."

Fitzgerald said he had been encouraged by Hewitt's form at the US Open.

"I think Lleyton's made tremendous strides over the last two months," Fitzgerald said.

"He's attacking the ball. He wasn't far away over there from going the whole way."

A win against Switzerland would guarantee Australia a home final later this year.

And Fitzgerald said Australia would hold nothing back against the Swiss.

"We're going to come out with all guns blazing . . . we won't be leaving anything in the locker room," he said.

"We think we've got a good chance. We think we've got a very solid team, one that's desperate to win this semi-final."

World No. 3 Federer arrived in Australia early morning and had his first hit with the Swiss team at Melbourne Park in the afternoon.

Federer, who has won 26 consecutive Davis Cup singles sets, said he was looking forward to a rematch against Philippoussis.

"To play each other in the finals is so special in Wimbledon. I was more fortunate, I won the two tie-breakers which were important in the end. I'll try to repeat it the same way," Federer said.

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Swiss get a sniff of Davis Cup upset
September 12, 2003

Limbering up: Mark Philippoussis stretches his hamstring before a Davis Cup practice session at Melbourne Park yesterday. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Hewitt and Philippoussis are looking strong, but an on-fire Federer could take some subduing, write Linda Pearce and Karen Lyon.

Mark Philippoussis has a cough and, through Roger Federer, Switzerland has the sniff of an upset in next week's Davis Cup semi-final.

Both Wimbledon finalists arrived at Melbourne Park yesterday to begin preparing for Friday's rematch, with Swiss captain Marc Rosset declaring that although Australia deserved their position as favourite, "a guy like Roger is able to win two matches, and so then we'll see".

Having arrived on Wednesday from California, Philippoussis practised twice with 2002 Wimbledon junior champion Todd Reid under the supervision of captain John Fitzgerald and coach Wally Masur, dismissing his persistent coughing as "some phlegm . . . that will be gone in a couple of days".

Federer, who flew in about 4am yesterday from Basle, where he retreated for several days after losing in the fourth round of the US Open, hit for about 90 minutes with Michel Kratochvil, the world No 127 who is favoured for the second singles spot.

Federer, who will also play doubles, admitted he would need some time to adjust to the Rebound Ace surface that is slightly slower than a New York-style hardcourt, as well as to the Australian balls and the cool and windy weather, but claimed to be undaunted by the load he will carry next weekend.

"I'm used to the situation and I don't feel any extra pressure," said the world No 3, who has lost just one set in his past nine Davis Cup singles matches. "For me the most important [thing] is that we have a good team spirit and I feel good, and then I think the tennis follows. It's still far away from the tie so I still have to get used to Australia a little bit."

So, in some respects, do the Australians, who have not played at home since crushing Britain in Sydney in February. Spearhead Lleyton Hewitt is due in to complete the squad tomorrow.

He is already in Adelaide and the suspicion is that tonight he will be in Brisbane to watch his beloved Crows. The two-time grand slam champion showed glimpses of his old self at Flushing Meadows before suffering a hip flexor injury and is famously quick to settle on a new surface.

Philippoussis said he had "cleared his mind to get ready for this" in the San Diego surf before returning to Williamstown for the first time since reaching the Wimbledon final in July.

"It was obviously an important step in my tennis career," he said of his All England Club performance. "I've had a sniff at the title and I know what it is all about, and I have been there on the last Sunday and it feels good to be there, so now I'm looking forward to going all the way."

It was Federer who did so, with two almost perfect matches to end the championships and fulfil his glorious potential at last.

"I feel much better, much more in control of what I'm doing on the court," he said. "More confident obviously. Obviously I am the Wimbledon champion, I am the one to beat a little bit, next to a few other guys, but hardcourt [tennis] can be tough for me, so I'm really looking forward to the end of the season coming up."

Before then, there is a Davis Cup to be won, and a finals appearance would count as Switzerland's second, Australia's 47th. Yet, despite his belief that Rebound Ace will slightly favour the hosts, doubles candidate Wayne Arthurs rejected the notion that Australia deserved to be more than a mild favourite.

"I wouldn't say we are overwhelming favourites, but having the home tie obviously gives you a little bit of favouritism," he said. "Obviously if we win this we have another home tie in Melbourne and we're all fired up for it. I think it's going to be a very close tie, because Roger Federer is playing very well; obviously Lleyton and Mark are going to have their work cut out beating him."

donna
09-12-2003, 12:33 PM
:wavey:

Hi everyone,
I'm Donna and I have actually been a lurker for a while :o but due to technical reasons :rolleyes: :mad: I have been un-able to post.
I am going to the first day of the Davis Cup :yippee: and would be willling to post a report if anyone was interested since Lleyton will be playing that day. :)

:wavey:

dagmar7
09-12-2003, 12:37 PM
:wavey: Welcome Donna! :bounce:

I think I speak for the majority when I say that we would be extremely interested in your report.:D

That's great that you're going to Davis Cup--it sounds like so much fun. I'd love to see a tie--and this tie, in particular--live.:D

star
09-12-2003, 12:42 PM
Oh, Donna!! It would be lovely to have a frist hand report from the first day of DC!!

I'm sure there will be a great atmosphere there. The Aussie crowds are always so sporting and lively. :)

And glad to have you posting and not just lurking! :wavey:

star
09-12-2003, 12:44 PM
And even better to have a first hand report. :o

tournesol
09-12-2003, 01:36 PM
:wavey:

Hi everyone,
I'm Donna and I have actually been a lurker for a while :o but due to technical reasons :rolleyes: :mad: I have been un-able to post.
I am going to the first day of the Davis Cup :yippee: and would be willling to post a report if anyone was interested since Lleyton will be playing that day. :)

:wavey:

:wavey: welcome, i'm danielle

and 1000 thanks in advance for your report

dagmar7
09-13-2003, 01:07 PM
From The Age (Melbourne) Swiss players talk about their chances. Not sure it qualifies as talking smack though...;) Both doubles combinations undecided still--no surprise there.

Federer plays down past flops in Melbourne
By Chris Lines
September 13, 2003

Roger Federer is confident of performing against Australia.

Swiss Davis Cup star Roger Federer says his past failure to make an impact in Melbourne should not be read as a shortcoming ahead of next week's semi-final against Australia.

Federer and the Swiss team arrived in plenty of time to acclimatise to the conditions and time, and practice on Melbourne Park's Rebound Ace surface.

The reigning Wimbledon champion has not progressed past the fourth round of the Australian Open in four attempts.

"I have played a few OK matches here, but I never made that big breakthrough like I did in Wimbledon," Federer said.

"I actually enjoy playing on Rebound Ace.

"I've missed my opportunities, but I can play well on this surface."

While Federer will spearhead the Swiss challenge for a first ever Davis Cup title, much of Australia's hopes lie with Lleyton Hewitt.

The contrast in the on-court demeanour of the feisty Hewitt and the laid-back Federer is marked, but the Swiss said he gets more excited in Davis Cup ties than any other match.

"We're two different characters on the court but I show more emotion in Davis Cup than I do in other events," he said.

"When you are playing Wimbledon, it's fantastic, but you can reach the same emotion if you play well in Davis Cup."

The other Swiss singles player is likely to be Michael Kratochvil, who said underdog status did not concern them.

"We've got a good team spirit and Roger is probably the best Davis Cup player - we are outsiders, but we came to win," Kratochvil said.

Captain Marc Rosset said a decision on the doubles combination had not been made yet.

Australian captain John Fitzgerald said his doubles combination was undecided, with the length of the opening singles rubbers a likely factor in the decision.

- AAP

star
09-13-2003, 01:14 PM
Federer is very scary in DC. He has the ability to deliver at least two rubbers for the Swiss, and he is a major threat in the doubles too. I am bery bery worried about the Aussies in this tie.

AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE

OI OI OI

dagmar7
09-13-2003, 01:21 PM
Christina, Federer is scary, indeed, but the difficulty makes the prize more worth winning.

Here is a pic of Roger, looking very fierce and strangely like he is wearing eyeliner...:unsure:

http://foxsports.news.com.au/common/imagedata/0,5001,284244,00.jpg

Jess
09-13-2003, 01:53 PM
Good luck to the Aussie's with the DC!!! Hopefully it'll go well! Could be tough against Federer though...

dagmar7
09-13-2003, 02:20 PM
From the official site again...:D
We should acknowledge the remarkable achievements of future hall-of-famer Todd Woodbridge, following his latest grand slam doubles title with more DC records.

Age cannot wither him, nor time decay...;)

12 Sep 2003
Woodbridge On Verge Of Davis Cup Record
Australia’s Todd Woodbridge is on the verge of making Davis Cup history when the Aussies line up against Switzerland in Melbourne.

Woodbridge, fresh from his US Open doubles victory with Swede Jonas Bjorkman, is just one match away from setting his third Davis Cup record for the year. Should Woodbridge play against the Swiss he will equal the record held by Adrian Quist of the number of Davis Cup ties played for Australia with 28.

The 32-year-old has played in both his country’s ties so far this year and has set two Australia Davis Cup records along the way – years played with 12 and most doubles rubbers won with 21.

Woodbridge is already part of the most successful doubles team of the modern era winning more titles with fellow Australian Mark Woodforde than any other, and his recent US Open victory with Bjorkman puts him level with John McEnroe and just one title behind Tom Okker who holds the record for doubles titles won with 78.

Australia’s Davis Cup Captain John Fitzgerald has named Woodbridge along with Lleyton Hewitt, Mark Philippoussis and Wayne Arthurs as the team to take on Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and his Swiss teammates Michel Kratochvil, Ivo Heuberger and George Bastl in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas semifinal at Melbourne Park on 19-21 September.

Tennis Australia President Geoff Pollard recently paid tribute to Woodbridge’s commitment to Davis Cup and his career achievements so far.

“Todd is one of the true champions of the Open Era who now finds himself with two more major records at his fingertips.

“His commitment to playing Davis Cup in particular, and an impressive 24-9 win-loss record, has been instrumental in much of Australia’s Davis Cup success in recent years and he shows no signs of easing up in his desire to win.”

Fitzgerald will nominate which players he has selected to play the doubles rubber at the Davis Cup draw, to be held at Melbourne Park on Thursday 18 September.

star
09-13-2003, 02:42 PM
Toddy has been a hero. But, you know he has a tendency to be brittle in tense situations. I wish Jonas could play doubles with him.

Federer... eyeliner and then he's doing something odd with his tongue.... lol

Yeah, you are right Dagmar, if the Aussies win, it will be sweet indeed.

dagmar7
09-13-2003, 03:00 PM
I know what you mean, but I can't see them not playing Todd. He understands doubles better than anyone else out there, and he has had a great year. Lleyton and Mark showed some promise, but didn't prove enough to change anyone's mind, and the gamble of tiring out both is far too great imo. Wayne has had a very disappointing year in singles, but a good year in doubles--can they play as well as they did against Sweden though...? So many question....:unsure:

I would love to make Jonas an honorary Australian for the tie, but I don't think the Swedish team (or Jonas for that matter) would go for it.;)

dagmar7
09-13-2003, 06:59 PM
Another one from The Age (Melbourne) with quotes from Lleyton...:eek:
:D...presumably after his first hitting session.:D

Australians gear for tough tie
By Karen Lyon
September 14, 2003

The final piece of the jigsaw in Australia's Davis Cup preparations was put in place yesterday when the nation's No. 1 player, Lleyton Hewitt, arrived in Melbourne to start preparations for this week's semi-final against Switzerland.

For the would-be stars of the future in the middle of their Saturday morning tennis lessons, Melbourne Park provided a feast of world-class talent before lunch time.

While Hewitt spent the better part of two hours smashing balls back and forth with teammate Mark Philippoussis and Wimbledon junior champion Todd Reid under the watchful eye of the Australian coach Wally Masur, the Swiss team, with its star Roger Federer, went through its paces just 20 metres away.

The rest of the Australian contingent, Wayne Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge, spent the morning working with team captain John Fitzgerald.

Hewitt had left his Adelaide home at 4am yesterday to arrive at the courts by 9am for his first practice session.

Although disappointed by the elimination of his beloved Crows from the AFL finals series by the Brisbane Lions on Friday night, Hewitt was happy with his first hitting session and his recent performance in the US Open, where he lost in the quarter-finals to eventual runner-up Juan Carlos Ferrero.

His form has been debated recently but Hewitt believes he started to really hit his straps mid-way through the rain-delayed US Open.

"I played really well, I felt from the third round onwards I played really well, to beat Paradorn Srichaphan, that was tough, especially waiting three or four days to finish the match.

"I felt like I played pretty good tennis and I started getting it going, I had two set points to go up two sets to one on Ferrero and you get two aces."

The less-than-ideal swirly, cool conditions yesterday were not to Hewitt's liking although he did enjoy the solid workout.

"It is always tough, especially in these conditions coming out here and having our first hit. Pretty similar courts to the US Open, just a bit different, higher bounce," he said.

Masur believes this is a "dangerous tie" for the Australians and not just because of Federer's fine year where he captured his breakthrough grand slam title at Wimbledon.

"It is a dangerous tie. When people come to play the Australians - obviously Australia has such a great name in Davis Cup and we have had such good teams in recent years - they lift, they want to beat Australians, they fire up to beat Australia," he said.

"The guys come home and there is a lot more going on, too. When we go away it is clean and simple, when we come home there is a lot happening.

"It is finding that balance, it is making sure the guys are happy, they haven't got too much outside pressure and they can just concentrate on what they will do."

Hewitt is delighted to be home for the semi-final which, if won, will deliver Australia and Melbourne a home final against the winner of the Argentina-Spain semi-final.

"It is always nice to come home, all the boys look forward to playing Davis Cup ties back home. We see this as a huge opportunity for us, obviously a semi-final at home and the possibility of playing a Davis Cup final again at home." Masur was delighted with Hewitt's early progress in the practice session. "He has basically stepped off the plane, as in got up at 4am in Adelaide to be here, he is smacking the ball for two hours in cold, windy conditions, so we are pretty happy.

"All the guys have had a lot of tennis in America and we are mindful of that and they are coming from a hardcourt to a rebound.

"There is not a great deal of difference, so it is a question of hitting enough balls to get in the right rhythm and find their timing on this surface but also staying fresh."

dagmar7
09-13-2003, 07:08 PM
Here is the pic of Lleyton and Mark from the same article. It is small, but interesting...:)

http://www.theage.com.au/ffxImage/urlpicture_id_1063341813027_2003/09/13/hewitt_mp_1409.jpg

Chesty Larue
09-13-2003, 07:18 PM
oh hey Dagmar..do you get the sports channel Score?

dagmar7
09-13-2003, 07:21 PM
No, and I see that they have Davis Cup semis listed, so I'm going to call my provider and try to get it sorted on Monday...in between all the angst, of course.:o

Thanks for the heads-up though.:)

Chesty Larue
09-13-2003, 07:24 PM
No problem..I just noticed it last night..I was pretty :eek: The first thing I did was run to the tv and check if we get it :p I'm so happy I've never seen a Davis Cup match before :D :bounce:

Angele
09-13-2003, 08:40 PM
Score is covering Davis Cup? Are you serious? :eek: :eek: Omg, I have Score :D :bounce:

Chesty Larue
09-13-2003, 08:45 PM
Score is covering Davis Cup? Are you serious? :eek: :eek: Omg, I have Score :D :bounce:

Let's bounce together! :D

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Angele
09-13-2003, 08:50 PM
Let's bounce together! :D

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
And now let's slowly fall back together :o I checked their website and they're showing Canada vs. Brazil :(

Jess
09-14-2003, 11:43 AM
Well we only get coverage of GB vs Morocco. Less than impressive...

dagmar7
09-14-2003, 12:52 PM
Pictures! :D

All glory belongs to the fabulous tara, who found them first and posted them in Lleytonland.

:worship:

Some are really nice....:)


http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13388341.jpg

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13388342.jpg

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13390058.jpg

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13390059.jpg

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13390060.jpg

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13390113.jpg

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13390116.jpg

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13390115.jpg

Angele
09-14-2003, 01:02 PM
Thanks for posting those here dagmar :kiss:

NOMAD
09-14-2003, 01:28 PM
thanks Dagmar :worship:
Sorry about not posting here recently
i'm really busy recently...not trying to ignore you guys ;)
really miss you all :kiss:

Angele
09-14-2003, 01:29 PM
Tara :kiss: thanks for finding the pics :yeah:

star
09-14-2003, 01:35 PM
Great pictures. I am so glad Lleyton's hair has grown out.

Kimmy1023
09-15-2003, 02:38 AM
There great pictures!
Thanks,dagmar^_^

Chesty Larue
09-15-2003, 04:15 AM
Great pics! :D Thanks for finding them Tara and thanks for posting them Dagmar :kiss:

That pic of LL and Mark sitting is kind funny ;) btw Lleyton..he always sits like such a guy :p

possie
09-15-2003, 06:23 AM
That pic of LL and Mark sitting is kind funny ;) btw Lleyton..he always sits like such a guy :p

I know :o :p

Thanks for the combined effort Tara and Dagmar. Great pictures :)

Kate05
09-15-2003, 06:40 AM
Thanks for the pics.

Other than the sitting like a guy, Lleyton has very small ears I noticed in the 6th pic. :o :p :lol:

tournesol
09-15-2003, 07:22 AM
:worship: :worship: dagmar and tara :kiss:

LL with hair and smile :) :cool:

great way to start the week

Ashie_87
09-15-2003, 09:49 AM
thanks heaps for them dagmar!!!! :kiss: :hug:
the blue shirt, tummy pics, hair...yes today is a very good day....
although....CURSE THOSE INFERNAL NEWSPIX WATERMARKS!!!!! :fiery:

Angele
09-15-2003, 10:51 AM
:bounce: :bounce:

There's a nice pic of him sitting with Jaslyn in there :angel:

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13397783.jpg

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13397782.jpg

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13397780.jpg

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13397779.jpg

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13397778.jpg

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13397770.jpg

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13397768.jpg

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13397767.jpg

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13397766.jpg

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13397765.jpg

dagmar7
09-15-2003, 11:01 AM
:bounce:

Thanks for the pics...:worship:
I like this photographer who takes so many photos of Lleyton. A red sweatband hmmm....:D

Some very nice action shots in this lot.:bounce:

Here's one of Todd and Wayne--team spirit and all that.:angel:

http://www.newspix.com.au/images/Sports/lores/13397784.jpg

dagmar7
09-15-2003, 12:06 PM
From foxsports site....I'm worried about Mark now...:eek:...sounds like preparation is going well otherwise.

Scud misses Davis Cup practice
From correspondents in Melbourne
September 15, 2003

AUSTRALIA'S Mark Philippoussis missed practice ahead of this weekend's Davis Cup tennis semi-final against Switzerland.

Philippoussis is yet to have a full practice session since arriving in Melbourne late last week.

The Wimbledon finalist had a cough when he stepped off the plane, but team captain John Fitzgerald said there were no concerns over Philippoussis' health.

"Mark is always inclined to practise a little less," Fitzgerald said.

"But we're happy. He had a bit of a cough after getting off the plane.

"Professional athletes play with niggles all the time."

Despite the captain's assurances, the absence from the team's first training session at the semi-final venue at Rod Laver Arena is less than an ideal lead-up to such an important match.

In contrast, former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt had another strong session, as did Australia's likely doubles pair Todd Woodbridge and Wayne Arthurs.

Hewitt spent more than two hours on court, following a three-hour session the day before.

Jess
09-15-2003, 02:17 PM
Thanks for all the pictures everyone.... Lleyton is looking good!
Does anyone know where you can follow the Davis Cup scores online as they won't be showing it on TV over here.

NOMAD
09-15-2003, 03:20 PM
http://www.tiscali.co.uk/sport/galleries/ten/images/large/20030915_06_2426928sg007_davcup.jpg

http://www.tiscali.co.uk/sport/galleries/ten/images/large/20030915_06_2426928sg002_davcup.jpg

http://www.tiscali.co.uk/sport/galleries/ten/images/large/20030915_06_2426928sg005_davcup.jpg

duck
09-15-2003, 06:03 PM
Lleyton's handy man
September 16, 2003

THE man known in tennis circles as Mr Fix It has worked wonders on Lleyton Hewitt's hip injury and the former world No.1 expects to be at peak fitness for the Davis Cup showdown with Switzerland.

Hewitt has been struggling with the hip flexor problem since his tough US Open quarter-final against Juan Carlos Ferrero.

But Melbourne chiropractor Andreas Bisaz revealed yesterday he had Hewitt on the mend.

"I've got to know Lleyton's physical strengths and weakness over five years both in my job with the Davis Cup team and also travelling with him personally at the grand slam tournaments," Bisaz said.

"I'm confident there will not be a problem and he should not be bothered by it when he plays his opening singles on Friday."

Australia play Switzerland in a semi-final on the Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park starting on Friday for the right to meet either Spain or Argentina in the final in December.

An Australian triumph this weekend will give Hewitt and co another home advantage in three months time.

The Davis Cup semi-final will be part of a monster sporting weekend in Melbourne - a fact that may influence the crowd numbers at Melbourne Park. Just a high lob from Centre Court is the MCG and on Saturday, Victoria's only team left in the AFL finals, Collingwood, meet Port Adelaide for the right to play in the grand final.

Mark Philippoussis is certain to be named as Hewitt's offsider in singles with Todd Woodbridge and Wayne Arthurs as the doubles combination for day two.

All eyes will be on the Wimbledon final rematch of last July when Philippoussis takes on the champion Roger Federer on day one.

Hewitt's opponent will either be Michel Kratochvil or George Bastl and in the reverse singles on Sunday it will be Federer. Australia took out the last Cup meeting in Zurich in the opening round of the 2000 competition with Philippoussis beating Bastl in the deciding fifth rubber.

The Daily Telegraph

kit
09-15-2003, 07:17 PM
Thank you so much for all the pics.
I like this one with Jaslyn.She looks good ;)
But where is Kim??? :confused:

Knockers LaBroad
09-15-2003, 10:06 PM
Sporting Life
Lleyton's pressing matters

The Davis Cup semi-final between Australia and Switzerland hasn't even started yet but already Lleyton Hewitt is dominating proceedings. The former world No. 1 is such an influential individual, particularly on home soil, that when Melbourne was originally chosen as the tie's venue - even though it was up against the AFL preliminary final and the Royal Melbourne Show - one train of thought was that officials did so knowing it would please the players, not least footy nut Hewitt. And then there were the events of last Saturday. As the two teams gathered at Melbourne Park, a Tennis Australia media officer announced to the gathered newshounds that Hewitt would be happy to briefly speak to them after a training session. Now, Hewitt's reluctance to deal with some sections of the media, particularly the press, is well documented so the newspaper people in particular welcomed news. Their joy, however, was short-lived, the same official sheepishly advising them soon afterwards that Hewitt had decided he would speak only to the TV reporters - which is precisely what he did, much to the dismay of everyone. Now, if you're wondering why both of Melbourne's Sunday papers had quotes from our top tennis player the next day, it's because some of the TV people, being the kind souls that they are, were happy to play the tape of their "presser" to the scribes afterwards, even though only a small part of it went to air on that night's news bulletins. Add to all this Hewitt's previous reluctance to do anything but the mandatory post-draw press conferences because of a dispute with team sponsor Optus, with whom he last year won an out-of-court settlement, and we're tipping that his off-court encounters may well be as entertaining as the tennis itself.

dagmar7
09-15-2003, 11:05 PM
Thanks for the articles duck and Elke. This one was in The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald and has more speculation on the missing Philippoussis *freaks out*



Home > Sport > Tennis > Article
Missing Scud no cause for alarm
By Linda Pearce
September 16, 2003

What is an Australian Davis Cup tie without a whiff of Mark Philippoussis intrigue? Back in the bosom of the Davis Cup family, Philippoussis has missed the past two days of practice for this week's semi-final against Switzerland at Melbourne Park.

Skipping a session is one thing, but after two days away, so close to the start of a tie, injury speculation mounts. The Victorian's manager, IMG's Brian Cooney, insists he is unaware of any problem. So what's up?

Captain John Fitzgerald said the absences had nothing to do with injury (Philippoussis suffered lower-back soreness at the US Open) or illness (he arrived on Wednesday from his brief surfing hiatus with a persistent cough), and there was no suggestion of friction within what has become a tightly-knit, harmonious group.

"He doesn't hit quite as much as the other guys," Fitzgerald said after the team's lengthy practice session at Rod Laver Arena. "He's always been inclined to probably practise a little less. But he is hitting the ball very well - we're very pleased with the way he's hitting the ball. He's quite happy with his form and he'll be here tomorrow.

"Mark doesn't have any health problems. He did have a bit of a cough after he got off the plane but that's cleared up pretty much. He might still have an inkling of it but by the weekend it will be well and truly gone."

Fitzgerald said Philippoussis had been spending time with his mother, Rossana, but had moved into the squad's city hotel and was joining his teammates for dinner each night.

He said the two-time grand slam finalist felt sufficiently prepared to take a break from training and had the happy knack of adapting swiftly to a change of surface without needing lengthy practice stints.

The same goes for Lleyton Hewitt, who struck the ball sweetly in a spirited morning session without being troubled by the hip-flexor injury sustained at the US Open. Hewitt has had three solid workouts since arriving on Saturday.

"It's almost getting to the stage where he might deserve a light [practice] day," Fitzgerald said.

"His form's good, he's physically very healthy and . . . he's just peaking at the right time, we hope."

If the first two points are split - and the odds of that shorten greatly if Philippoussis, taking on Roger Federer, is less than 100 per cent fit - much will depend on the outcome of Saturday's doubles, in which Fitzgerald predicted Todd Woodbridge would join Wayne Arthurs.

The two have shared a patchy Davis Cup partnership but their quarter-final match against Sweden was their best. Good enough that Fitzgerald flagged their reselection, which would have the twin benefit of spreading the playing load.

The Federer-reliant Swiss have no such luxury, and will need three points from their No.1 in what Swiss captain Marc Rosset describes as "a great opportunity to write a big page of the Swiss tennis history".

Pic accompanying Sydney Morning Herald article! :)

http://www.smh.com.au/ffxImage/urlpicture_id_1063624981667_2003/09/15/TENhewitt.jpg

tournesol
09-16-2003, 07:38 AM
Thanks for all the pictures everyone.... Lleyton is looking good!
Does anyone know where you can follow the Davis Cup scores online as they won't be showing it on TV over here.

www.daviscup.com

edit: it has a scoreboard when the ties are on

Ashie_87
09-16-2003, 09:16 AM
thanks for all the articles!!! :kiss: and the pics :kiss:
although...Lleyton's stubble update-should find razor...but then again...SOME face fuzz is kinda cool...ok im rambling-never mind :p

dagmar7
09-16-2003, 10:11 AM
He actually shaved! He must have heard you, Ashleigh! :D
There's also a pic of Kim watching--I'll put it up in a second. Apparently, she practiced indoors. Mark practiced today--phew.

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13403381.jpg

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13403382.jpg

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13403383.jpg

Angele
09-16-2003, 10:13 AM
Thanks for the pics dagmar :kiss: Kim practiced in Melbourne? Where did you get your info? I've been looking all morning for something about Kim being in Melbourne and haven't found anything beyond that one picture :p

dagmar7
09-16-2003, 10:20 AM
Assorted newspix. I think Lleyton had a light day, as Wally and Fitzy mentioned. Curse the watermark on Kim's face.:( Mark looks either really happy or really pissed off...:unsure:

http://www.newspix.com.au/images/Sports/lores/13405640.jpg

http://www.newspix.com.au/images/Sports/lores/13405644.jpg

http://www.newspix.com.au/images/Sports/lores/13405626.jpg

http://www.newspix.com.au/images/Sports/lores/13405636.jpg

Edit: Oh, and I fixed the previous post--whoops.:o I'll try to find the Kim info. for you :angel:e.:kiss:

tournesol
09-16-2003, 10:25 AM
thanks for the pics dagmar

expectations rising

Angele
09-16-2003, 10:26 AM
Thanks dagmar :kiss:

dagmar7
09-16-2003, 10:29 AM
Now I remember *slaps forehead*

I read this post in Lleytonland--it sounds pretty credible. I have to stop posting early in the morning, but when else am I going to...:unsure:

Here it is...

Just watched Lleyton, Flip, Todd & Wayne practise. They played a match against each other in practice that went to a tie break, Wayne & Lleyton lost there serve for memory (these things are hard to remember when there is no scoreboard), teams where Lleyton & Mark v Todd & Wayne. Nick was present as was Leyton's folks. Also Kim was practicing indoors. Roger and the Swiss team where loitering around the grounds as well being interviewed. Will post photos later if time. [R] - D, Sep/16/2003 10:14:44 [+02]

Angele
09-16-2003, 10:31 AM
Thanks dagmar :kiss: I guess the reason I couldn't find anything re Kim is because I didn't check lleytonland :o

Knockers LaBroad
09-16-2003, 02:35 PM
Thans for the pics and articles! :kiss:

I still don't like those red shoes...:o

Knockers LaBroad
09-16-2003, 02:47 PM
Scud ready to stick his neck out for Australia
By Linda Pearce
September 17, 2003




Mark Philippoussis mucks around during training yesterday at the Rod Laver Arena in preparation for the Davis Cup semi-final against Switzerland.
Picture: Sebastian Costanzo


What Mark Philippoussis did not say yesterday revealed almost as much as his few carefully chosen words. Twice he was asked about his health, his body, any injuries leading into the Davis Cup semi-final. Twice he hesitated.

"Aaaaaaaaah . . . no, no I'm feeling pretty good," Philippoussis said after one query yesterday at Melbourne Park. "Can't complain."

"Uuuuuum . . . I'm feeling pretty good," he said after the other.

"Um, I had a bit of a cough but it's a lot better . . . I took the day off on Sunday, did some gym work yesterday and stuff, so just want(ed) to take some time off."

For the record, and however vehement the denials, Philippoussis's problem has been a stiff neck, similar to that which controversially kept him out of the Colonial Classic final in 2000, and which prevented him from practising on Sunday and Monday. Team sources confirmed he has been receiving treatment, but also that he will be available for Friday's Wimbledon rematch with Roger Federer.


The Australian No.2 hit yesterday, as promised, but his only match play was partnering Lleyton Hewitt in doubles. After a tentative start, Philippoussis served at close to full pace at times, although his flexibility was slightly restricted. His serve is his biggest and best shot; in two days he will face the world No.3.

Philippoussis's 10th Davis Cup tie will also be his home-town debut, on friendly Rebound Ace, in front of family and friends, wearing his new green and gold shirt. This year, he has beaten Federer on clay and lost to him on grass. He trails 1-3 overall.

"Obviously it's going to be a huge one; I'm looking forward to it," Philippoussis said. "I thought he played a good match at Wimbledon and obviously this is going to be a totally different match, Davis Cup, a different situation, but I think something we're both looking forward to.

"Being from here I've always loved this surface, I'm comfortable on it, I think it's a very fair surface for either serve-and-volleyers or groundstrokers. Obviously I think Roger can play on any surface, so it's going to be a tough one."

Knockers LaBroad
09-16-2003, 02:51 PM
By Linda Pearce
September 17, 2003

Swiss captain Marc Rosset.

Swiss captain Marc Rosset fears Melbourne's September chill could jeopardise player safety during this week's Davis Cup semi-final, and believes Rod Laver Arena's retractable roof should be closed at night to minimise the injury risk.

Switzerland's team, led by Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, has been surprised by Melbourne's cold and windy weather since its arrival from warmer northern hemisphere ports about a week ago.

It has prompted Rosset to question the roof policy and the International Tennis Federation's approval of Australia's request for an outdoor tie.

The Swiss have already complained to Portuguese referee Jorge Dias, who confirmed the subject would be discussed at today's captains' meeting with Rosset and John Fitzgerald, the pair having already spoken informally.

Both teams must agree to change the tie to an indoor event, and as recently as Monday the Australians were sticking with their preference for the cold outdoors - the players, including Lleyton Hewitt, believing it provides their best chance of toppling Federer, the smooth-stroking world No. 3.


"At the moment, the reality is that it's an outdoor event, and we have to try to do our best to play outdoors," said Diaz, who said there was no minimum temperature trigger for a roof closure.

"The tie was requested as an outdoor event on Rebound Ace in Melbourne. We have a mobile roof and we'll use it if it rains."

The weather bureau yesterday forecast a temperature of about 14 degrees at 7pm on Friday, about 20 minutes after the start of the second singles match, dropping to 12 degrees within two hours.

The weather is expected to improve over the weekend, with maximum temperatures of 20 and 19 expected for Saturday and Sunday, up from 17 with the chance of showers on Friday.

That may help to appease Rosset, who expressed surprise at the federation's sanction. He said the uncertainty of some matches being played at night, and others during the day, and with the roof open or closed for rain, had complicated both teams' preparations.

"It would have been easier for everybody, even for the Australia team, I think, to play indoors," Rosset said. "I just hope that nobody is going to get injured because I think it's a pity if one of the top player(s) in the world get injured during the tie.

"When it's 17 degrees during the day, it's a good chance to be even colder at night and I think that for the spectators it's not nice, either, and for the players it's quite tough to play, and there is a good chance that you can do a sprint or run on the ball and get injured just by the weather conditions."

Rosset then quipped that the Swiss should have the option of staging an outdoor tie at home next February in the depths of the European winter. "Minus 10 degrees," he said with the prompting of Federer, his likely doubles partner. "I think ITF would agree also."

Federer said he had been surprised by the cold, and the wind chill, and emphasised the importance of a thorough warm-up.

"I'm just going to play, roof open or closed, and it's not going to change anything, so we'll see," he said. "The tie is supposed to play outdoors; I'm ready to play outdoors. If it's indoors, I play indoors."

Otherwise, the Swiss preparation is progressing as planned, after some initial jet lag. "I found the rhythm and I'm playing well," said Federer, who is due to play Mark Philippoussis on day one. "There's just the last few practice sessions left now and I'm ready to go."

Knockers LaBroad
09-16-2003, 02:56 PM
And there's a really nice pic of Lleyton at www.foxsports.news.com.au/tennis/
:yeah:

tournesol
09-16-2003, 03:03 PM
And there's a really nice pic of Lleyton at www.foxsports.news.com.au/tennis/
:yeah:

thanks elke for articles and pics

edit : totally :topic: any idea whether xaxa is playing for belgium?

NOMAD
09-16-2003, 03:59 PM
check the link :)
audio of LL's interview (http://www.daviscup.org/news/interviewaudio.asp?id=12461)

Angele
09-16-2003, 06:20 PM
Thanks everybody for the articles/interview :kiss:

Hearing Lleyton talk so passionately about Davis Cup is really :hearts: :angel:

thalle
09-16-2003, 10:27 PM
:wavey:

Hi everyone,
I'm Donna and I have actually been a lurker for a while :o but due to technical reasons :rolleyes: :mad: I have been un-able to post.
I am going to the first day of the Davis Cup :yippee: and would be willling to post a report if anyone was interested since Lleyton will be playing that day. :)

:wavey:
Omg, that'd be so nice of you:kiss:

thalle
09-16-2003, 10:31 PM
He's looking real good, as always:D

dagmar7
09-17-2003, 11:50 AM
Thanks Elke for the articles and picture, and thank you, Tara, for that link. His voice...:hearts:

thanks elke for articles and pics

edit : totally :topic: any idea whether xaxa is playing for belgium?

Xavier is listed as an official nomination for Belgium on the D. C. site so I surmise that he is playing.:D

Here are a couple of newspix. Slow today with the pictures and no Mark...:eek:
I have the same shirt as Lleyton, sort of...:)

http://www.newspix.com.au/images/Sports/lores/13413739.jpg

http://www.newspix.com.au/images/Sports/lores/13413740.jpg

dagmar7
09-17-2003, 12:13 PM
From The Age--Mark was at practice after all so I was needless alarmed by slack photographers. Fitzgerald standing his ground about the roof thing. The weekend temps don't look that cold, so I think this is just Rosset trying to be tactical :p--nice to have the roof in case of rain anyway.:)

Roof 'will stay open': Fitzgerald
September 17, 2003 - 6:31PM

Australian Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald says the open roof for this week's tie against Switzerland a "non-issue".

Fitzgerald emerged from a captains' meeting with Swiss skipper Marc Rosset saying the roof would remain open for the twilight tennis match.

Rosset and Swiss Wimbledon champion Roger Federer wanted the roof closed, claiming the cool temperature could cause an injury.

"It would have been easier to play it indoors," Rosset said.

"I'm surprised the ITF (International Tennis Federation) agreed (to an outdoor tie)."

But Fitzgerald said he would only agree to the roof being closed if it was raining, although the referee could use his discretion if rain was imminent.

"I think (Rosset) would prefer it closed but he was fine, I mean there's no issue," Fitzgerald said.

"It's no problem. It's an open roof unless it rains.

"But if a ball is struck after the roof is closed then the match will finish indoors which I would think would be very similar to the Australian Open.


"It's an outdoor event and we just want to play outdoors," Fitzgerald said.

"We think it's best for the competition and it's the best conditions for tennis."

Fitzgerald dismissed talk the weather could contribute to an injury.

"They play footy here in the sleet, don't they," he said.

He also said Mark Philippoussis, runner-up to Federer at Wimbledon this year, would be fit after coughing his way through several practice sessions.

"Everyone's fine, we're almost ready to go. We'll be ready to go in 24 hours.

"They'll all hit for a short period tomorrow and make sure they're fresh."

Fitzgerald said Philippoussis would be "well enough to play and play to a high standard".

"I thought he hit the ball extremely hard today, even by his standards.

"I think the good thing about our guys is you can tell a couple of days beforehand - they start to get a few butterflies and the get a little bit more tense," he said.

"That's a good thing because it means they're ready," he said.

possie
09-17-2003, 12:19 PM
He's looking good :yeah:

I can't wait for Friday!

Thanks to all for the photos / links / articles :kiss: :kiss:

dagmar7
09-17-2003, 02:25 PM
Nice article--even if it is by Linda Pearce:p--about Todd Woodbridge. Includes a blip at the end about Mark's practice and more on the roof-debate.

Woodbridge poised to equal Davis Cup record
By Linda Pearce
September 18, 2003

In 12 years and what will this weekend become a record-equalling 28 ties for Australia, Todd Woodbridge has seen what Davis Cup failure can do to people. As examples he nominates Jamie Morgan, whose sole appearance was against Russia in 1994, and Andrew Ilie, whose career was stalled, perhaps for all time, by last year's wipe-out on debut in Argentina.

When Woodbridge reached his own nadir, in Budapest in 1995, he was determined that the disappointment would not overwhelm him. Hungary had dumped Australia from the world group for the first and only time. Woodbridge had dropped both his singles matches, including a crushing 7-5 loss in the fifth set of the deciding rubber.

Yet Woodbridge insists that he never doubted that he would be selected again, even if his singles duties were effectively over.

He worked to improve, and the next three years were his best on the singles court, including a semi-final appearance at Wimbledon. Not only did he remain part of the Davis Cup picture, he will tie the late Adrian Quist this weekend for the most ties played by an Australian.

"After Hungary I really felt that I had to do a lot on my game to improve, and I did," Woodbridge said in the lead-up to the semi-final against Switzerland, which starts tomorrow. "I've seen people, and been in teams with people, that have experienced what I went through there and never recovered.

"Jamie Morgan, Andrew Ilie, they've just never come back from what that put them through. For me I really felt like it taught me something about what I had to do . . . out of that worst low I still got something positive."

The high was combining with Mark Woodforde in the 1999 final in Nice at the end of what had been their worst year. A glorious recovery in their farewell Davis Cup tie provided the impetus for a record-breaking 2000 season. Together, the Woodies lost just two of 16 Davis Cup matches.

Since then Woodbridge has twice teamed with Lleyton Hewitt, and is currently ensconced with Wayne Arthurs. They have had their moments, not all of them good, but the quarter-final match in Sweden in April was the standout. Only something extraordinary will persuade captain John Fitzgerald to make a late substitution.

For Sydney-born Woodbridge, the Quist-equalling achievement adds to the significance of playing in his adopted home town. He has bought a home in Melbourne, where he plans to settle with his family once his playing career ends, probably next year, after a fourth Olympics.

The Davis Cup records - for most years played, as well as the most ties - are something he expects to appreciate more fully in retirement. "The whole thing's gone so quickly: 12 years and all the different places we've played. There's been some incredible memories, good and bad . . . the longevity is something that I never expected."

Woodbridge, 32, looks young enough to be starting out. If he was, he would change one thing: the pressure he placed on himself to achieve all that he has, including another soon-to-be-attained record as the most successful doubles player of all time.

For that, he hopes to team with another 77-time doubles winner John McEnroe, who has promised to partner Woodbridge as he attempts to equal Tom Okker's all-time mark of 78. "While the momentum's hot I'd like to knock it off this year," Woodbridge said. "I'm going to try and get in touch with [McEnroe] and see if we can hook it up." Perhaps as early as next month, in Vienna.

For Woodbridge this has been a renaissance year, producing Wimbledon and US Open titles. Fitzgerald claims not to have seen him hit the ball better, which is good news for a veteran who regards the Davis Cup as the greatest challenge of all.

"It's a soul-searching exercise, because you run the gamut of every emotion, and you learn a lot about your own personality," Woodbridge said.

"It's not like a tournament. You just walk out and play one match, and from the first hit you've got to hopefully be playing as well as you can. That is why Davis Cup to me is so much harder, and . . . so rewarding."  Only rain will close the retractable roof on the Rod Laver Arena. Swiss captain Marc Rosset yesterday accepted Australia's preference for an outdoor tie, despite his fears that playing in cool night-time temperatures would increase the risk of injury.

Of more concern for Rosset is whether to nominate himself for Saturday's doubles. His has been troubled by a back injury.

Mark Philippoussis moved more freely a fiery practice session with young hitting partner Todd Reid yesterday. "Mark hit the ball extremely hard today, even by his standards," Fitzgerald said.

dagmar7
09-17-2003, 02:31 PM
More on roof-gate:p from Pearce. Some notes on the condition/fitness of the swiss team and some very awkward writing.:o

Swiss chief thaws as roof stays open
By Linda Pearce
September 18, 2003

Only rain will close the retractable roof on Rod Laver Arena when the Davis Cup tie starts against Switzerland tomorrow, chilly night-time temperatures notwithstanding. Swiss captain Marc Rosset accepted yesterday's confirmation of an outdoor tie, while using his own wintry metaphor to explain the size of the visitors' task.

If this year's quarter-final defeat of France in France was the equivalent of Mont Blanc, Europe's highest peak, Rosset said, then upsetting Australia in Australia would be Mount Everest. The Swiss need three points from Roger Federer and his doubles partner, and the Australians believe the wind will work to their advantage.

Fitzgerald and Rosset met referee Jorge Dias yesterday for the traditional captains' meeting, clarifying the circumstances under which the roof can be shut. Australia's preference for an outdoor tie means that will occur in the event of rain only, despite what Rosset had earlier claimed to be a heightened injury risk if the temperatures dropped significantly below the day's forecast 19-degree maximum.

"There's no issue," said a slightly bemused Fitzgerald. "It's an open roof unless it rains. If there's imminent rain, (Dias) has the discretion to close it. If it starts to close and the radar is clear, we'll just reopen it, but if a ball is struck after the roof is closed, then the match will finish indoors, which I would think is very similar to the Australian Open.

"We want it open. It's an outdoor event and we just want to play outdoors. They play footy here in sleet, don't they?"

Publicly retreating from his previous stance, Rosset claimed to be unperturbed. "I think we have a good team indoors or outdoor. There's not any preference for us. Roger won Wimbledon, which is I guess an outdoor event, so he's a good player on any surface or any weather. So I don't think there is an advantage for either country."

Of more concern now for Rosset is whether to nominate himself for Saturday's doubles, for his preparation has been compromised by a back injury. Michel Kratochvil, the probable Swiss singles No. 2, required knee surgery several months ago, and his last tournament outing was in a Challenger event in Turkey.

Australia's selection is more clear-cut, with Lleyton Hewitt's touch improving and Mark Philippoussis moving more freely on serve yesterday, his stiff neck appearing to loosen during his second day back on the practice court. In fact, his was a fiery session with young hitting partner Todd Reid, the air almost as blue at times as Philippoussis's shirt.

"Mark hit the ball extremely hard today, even by his standards," Fitzgerald said, "and with our guys you can tell a couple of days beforehand that they start to get a few butterflies and they start to get a little bit more tense, and that's a good thing. It means they're ready."

The winner will claim a new perpetual trophy named after Peter Carter, the South Australian who coached both Federer and the Swiss team before his death last year in a car accident.

tournesol
09-17-2003, 02:34 PM
thanks for the article, since you're so resourceful any idea if a transcript from LL interview on dc website is available somewhere?

i don't have sound on my office comp (could not stand all those soundbites for opening, closing, saving, errors so this is a :tape: machine :devil: )

dagmar7
09-17-2003, 02:39 PM
Your wish is my command.:worship: :p

Here it is, although it is the sound of his voice that is the main attraction:hearts:

Lleyton, the Davis Cup semifinal between Australia & Switzerland, many people in Australia are suggesting that it’s Australia vs Roger Federer, but I think you’d obviously know better than that.

Yeah, it’s gonna be a tough tie. When we played them in Switzerland a few years ago in the first round, Roger obviously played extremely well, beating Flip and winning the doubles. But George Bastle, you know, I only scraped through in four sets, a tough match against him, and Flip won 7-5 in the fifth and deciding match, so, it’s gonna be a tough match. Obviously Marc Rosset as well, a very capable doubles player.

Playing at home, in Australia, in Melbourne?

Yeah, it’s great. All home ties are great. And the crowd support that we all get down there, and Flip’s really looking forward to playing in Melbourne as well, his hometown.

Can you put into words what Davis Cup really means to you?

I guess just playing for your country’s an incredible honour. When you go out there, and put on the green and gold track suit and listen to the national anthems, it’s probably one of the greatest feelings you can ever have, and one of the greatest memories that I’ll take away from playing tennis. To hear them say game Australia instead of game Hewitt, it’s very unique, and it’s been one of my dreams obviously to win the Davis Cup and I was fortunate enough to do that and hopefully we can do it again.

Is it a different crowd at Davis Cup?

It’s a totally different crowd. You’ve either got everyone for you or everyone against you depending on if you’re playing at home or away. I love that atmosphere though, and going out there and sort of putting it all on the line. And I think that’s why some of my best results have been in Davis Cup.

You set yourself two goals each year, I think, to win a grand slam or at least one grand slam, or to win the Davis Cup, don’t you?

Yeah, pretty much, they’re the priorities at the start of the year. And for me to have a good year, it would be great to finish it off if we can make the Davis Cup final and be successful.

tournesol
09-17-2003, 02:43 PM
Your wish is my command.:worship: :p

Here it is, although it is the sound of his voice that is the main attraction:hearts:



:worship: you're a magician :hatoff:

edit: the less you get the more you appreciate it :kiss:

NOMAD
09-17-2003, 02:48 PM
pics from yesterday
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NOMAD
09-17-2003, 03:17 PM
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dagmar7
09-18-2003, 01:04 AM
From foxsports. Interesting details about the late Peter Carter and his coaching/mentor role for Federer. Forget Nick Bolletteri (sp.:o)--is Peter Smith the greatest coaching guru of his time? Certainly you could make a case as far as producing coaches goes.

Cup teams to honour Carter
By Richard Yallop
September 18, 2003

THE Australian and Swiss teams will hold a minute's silence before tomorrow's start of the semi-final tie to commemorate Peter Carter, the South Australian who coached Roger Federer towards a Wimbledon title.

Carter, a former leading junior player who switched to coaching in Switzerland, died in August last year in a car accident in South Africa. He was 37 and on a holiday to celebrate the fact that his Swiss wife Silvia had recovered from Hodgkin's disease.

Australia and Switzerland will also compete for the Peter Carter memorial trophy each time they meet in the Davis Cup. Carter's parents, Bob and Diana, who live in the Barossa Valley, will fly to Melbourne for the tie.

Federer's game was shaped by Carter from the age of 10, when the Australian was coach at the tennis club in Federer's home town of Basel. At the time of Carter's death, he was Swiss Davis Cup captain, at the request of Federer and the other players.

This week the Swiss No.1 turned down requests to talk about Carter because he still finds it too emotional. He broke down in tears when he won the Vienna tournament in October last year, dedicating the win to Carter, and when he won at the All England Club in July he told the Swiss media he still thought about Carter every day. "They were great friends," one Swiss journalist said.

Australia captain John Fitzgerald, who shared the same Adelaide coach, Peter Smith, as Carter, said yesterday he was delighted that Carter would be honoured. "Peter was one of the nicest guys you'd ever meet," Fitzgerald said.

According to Smith, who was instrumental in bringing on Lleyton Hewitt, Australia's No.1 singles player in the weekend's tie, ghosts of Carter's stylish serve-volley game will be visible in the play of Federer. "We can see a lot of Peter in him - the classical, all-court game," Smith said.

Smith had heard about the young Carter when he was South Australia state coach in the late 1970s. He invited Carter to live with his family in Adelaide to take up full-time coaching. A friend and contemporary of Darren Cahill, Carter was ranked seven in the national junior rankings, and sprang to senior prominence when he beat veteran John Alexander in the first round of the 1982 South Australian Open.

A succession of injuries stopped him rising higher than a senior tour ranking of 173, in 1987, but an invitation to play team tennis for Basel launched him into a coaching career with the Basel club and later the Swiss federation.

While Smith was guiding the career of Hewitt back in Adelaide, Carter was nurturing Federer, six months younger than Hewitt, in Basel. The two coaches would exchange information by phone.

Smith recalled: "He saw Lleyton playing in a 14-and-under event in Europe and said 'I saw your boy today, but I think mine's slightly better'. He felt Roger had this wonderful, artistic ability, which we now know he has, and Lleyton was more intense."

Smith is behind the CAP Foundation, in honour of Carter and two other young South Australian tennis players, Nick Altman and Jeff Penfold, who died when they were 17. Proceeds go to funding tennis opportunities for people with disabilities.

NOMAD
09-18-2003, 05:17 AM
nice to see LL looks so happy

http://www.archive.newspix.com.au/photolib/images2/lores/13419320.jpg

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Lleyki pic :D :angel:
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NOMAD
09-18-2003, 05:28 AM
Davis Cup draw for Australia v Switzerland
MELBOURNE, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Draw for the Davis Cup world group semi-final tie between Australia and Switzerland on September 19-21 (Australian names first):

Friday, September 19

ADVERTISEMENT


Singles

(0500 GMT): Lleyton Hewitt v Michel Kratochvil

(not before 0830) Mark Philippoussis v Roger Federer

Saturday, September 20

Doubles:

(0500) Wayne Arthurs/Todd Woodbridge v Federer/Marc Rosset

Sunday, September 21

Reverse singles

(0500) Hewitt v Federer

(not before 0830) Philippoussis v Kratochvil

NOMAD
09-18-2003, 05:40 AM
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2003
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Tall task for Kratochvil
Sportal



Switzerland’s Michel Kratochvil may well hold the key to his nation’s success in its Davis Cup tie against Australia, beginning on Friday at Melbourne Park.

The 129th-ranked Kratochvil will face world No. 7 Lleyton Hewitt in the first singles rubber on Rod Laver Arena, knowing the odds are stacked against him.


Hewitt won their only previous meeting in straight sets two years ago in Tokyo.

But with Wimbledon champion and world number three Roger Federer set to represent the Swiss in both singles and doubles, an upset by Kratochvil on the first day would put his country in the box seat.

“I’m the underdog and he’s the favourite, so I have nothing to lose,” Kratochvil said of his match against Hewitt, following the draw on Thursday.

“The last (Davis Cup) match I played was in Holland and I had a great feeling winning that one for Switzerland, so I’m really looking forward to go out there again and be able to make a little surprise, maybe.”

Kratchovil defeated world No. 14 Martin Verkerk in four sets in the first round of the Davis Cup and pushed No. 13 Sjeng Schalken to five sets.

He was replaced by George Bastl for the quarter-final tie against France, but Bastl lost both matches in Switzerland’s 3-2 victory.

Federer is not fazed about the prospect of playing world No. 15 Mark Philippoussis in the feature match at night and then having to back up for the doubles at 3pm the following day.

“For me it really doesn’t matter,” he said. “I’m at a point where I really don’t care. I think I’ve played 70 per cent (of my matches) second, so I’m used to that. I’ll maybe have two or three hours of a break less before Saturday, that’s alright.”

Federer leads the Australian 3-1 in their head-to-head record, with the last meeting between the pair in this year’s Wimbledon final, which the Swiss won in straight sets.

“Obviously he’s known for his serve, so it’s all about handling that weapon,’ Federer said of Philippoussis.

“I did quite well in the past. I think a lot of people are looking forward to this match, myself as well. It’s going to be a nice one and hopefully there will be a full stadium.”

Swiss team captain Marc Rosset has named himself as Federer’s doubles partner on Saturday, with Bastl - the fourth member of the team – not scheduled to play.

However, with teams permitted to change their line-up within the group of four until one hour prior to each match, Rosset said the doubles pairing – which will face Todd Woodbridge and Wayne Arthurs – is far from certain.

“It’s not the final decision on who is going to play in doubles,” he said. “First of all I have to see how it goes on Friday – how I react after spending two matches as a captain. Then we will see what the results are on Friday night and we will make our decision.”

possie
09-18-2003, 05:43 AM
Thanks so much for the pictures and articles Tara :kiss:

He looks GREAT!!! And the way he's looking at Kim :hearts: :hearts:

Less that 24 hours to go...

NOMAD
09-18-2003, 05:52 AM
another Lleyki pic :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2003-09-18T043200Z_01_MEL02D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORTS-TENNIS-DAVIS-AUSTRALIA.jpg

bigger one (http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2003-09-18T043200Z_01_MEL02D_RTRIDSP_3_SPORTS-TENNIS-DAVIS-AUSTRALIA.jpg)

NOMAD
09-18-2003, 06:02 AM
more :bounce: ... what a day for Lleykis :D :angel:

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:D :D :D
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Chesty Larue
09-18-2003, 06:07 AM
omg Lleyki pics!! :D :bounce: *uncontrollable excitement* :p

In the first one you can see LL's white legs :o :p

also..in the first one Kim looks like she straightened her hair.

Ashie_87
09-18-2003, 06:23 AM
yes straightened AND lightened...or is that just me? :scratch: thanks heaps to everyone who posted stuff! :kiss: :hug:

Knockers LaBroad
09-18-2003, 07:03 AM
Thanks a lot! :kiss:

possie
09-18-2003, 07:07 AM
omg Lleyki pics!! :D :bounce: *uncontrollable excitement* :p

Yes....I'm like that too! :D

also..in the first one Kim looks like she straightened her hair.

I noticed that too :angel:

:kiss: Tara

tournesol
09-18-2003, 08:17 AM
pics :worship: :worship: :worship:

NOMAD
09-18-2003, 08:54 AM
new shoes :confused: :eek:
is the red one gone forever :p

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2003-09-18T063905Z_01_MEL07D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORTS-TENNIS-DAVIS-AUSTRALIA.jpg

bigger pic (http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2003-09-18T063905Z_01_MEL07D_RTRIDSP_3_SPORTS-TENNIS-DAVIS-AUSTRALIA.jpg)

NOMAD
09-18-2003, 09:01 AM
:eek: can't believe there's so many lleyki pics :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

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tournesol
09-18-2003, 09:11 AM
you're a treasure, 1000 thanks

Ashie_87
09-18-2003, 09:39 AM
:bounce: :woohoo: lleyki pics!!! *faints*

possie
09-18-2003, 10:08 AM
You've gotta love that second last one :hearts: :hearts:

Ashie_87
09-18-2003, 10:10 AM
lol yeh i reckon hey?

tournesol
09-18-2003, 10:11 AM
You've gotta love that second last one :hearts: :hearts:

DC Lleyki ritual? ;)

edit: :wavey: anne, ashleigh

Ashie_87
09-18-2003, 10:21 AM
it reminds me of in the movies how someone grabs someone else by the collar of their shirt and yells at them!!!! :tape: :p

Lisbeth
09-18-2003, 10:22 AM
You've gotta love that second last one :hearts: :hearts:

Yes :D : "Now LLEYTON, you win this thing, you hear me!" Good work Kim!

hewittclijsters
09-18-2003, 11:51 AM
Thanks everyone! :kiss:

dagmar7
09-18-2003, 12:46 PM
Tara....:bowdown:

What can I say but thank you.:kiss:

Here are some photos from the DC gallery. He looks so amazing and no cap.:eek:

http://www.daviscup.org/shared/medialibrary/image/gallery/DC_1676_gallery.jpg

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tournesol
09-18-2003, 12:50 PM
thanks to all pics posters, we're really spoilt :worship: :hatoff:

Chesty Larue
09-18-2003, 01:57 PM
omg that last batch of Lleyki photos are adorable! :hearts:

:worship: @ Tara. Thank you Thank you :D :kiss:

dagmar7
09-18-2003, 02:30 PM
Linda Pearce again. Tension mounts...:eek:

Scud to come out firing
By Linda Pearce
September 19, 2003

Favourite: Australia's Lleyton Hewitt is expected to get Australia off to a winning start in his match against Switzerland's Michel Kratochvil. Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

The quiet satisfaction with yesterday's Davis Cup semi-final draw was not limited to the television types who had insisted on a day-night tie and were rewarded with a Wimbledon final rematch between Mark Philippoussis and Switzerland's Roger Federer in prime time tonight.

Davis Cup draws are not what they used to be since a decision some years ago that the respective No.1 must automatically meet in Sunday's first reverse singles, leaving chance to determine nothing more than the order on day one. Mostly, that means little. This time, any benefits, however subtle, appear to be Australia's.

Lleyton Hewitt will play first at 3pm and is heavily favoured against world No.129 Michel Kratochvil, despite the Australian's recent flat patch and Kratochvil's heroics against Martin Verkerk in the deciding rubber of the first round tie against the Netherlands.

In all probability, Federer will be playing to level the tie at 1-1 in the first of three consecutive matches that will minimise his recovery time.

Australian captain John Fitzgerald believes the draw is over-rated, with the team nominations no more of a secret than the fact Federer must play three times. But, that said: "I don't think it hurts us having Roger play second on the first day, and then backing up for the doubles on the middle day and then of course having to play first match on the Sunday."

Privately, the Swiss had hoped that Federer would play the opening match. However, publicly, there were no complaints.

"For me it doesn't matter, really," Federer insisted. "I'm at a point where I really don't care. I think I've played 70 per cent second, so I'm used to that. I know that I have maybe two to three hours less of a break before Saturday. That's all right."

Philippoussis's health and neck permitting, it should be a contest to savour. It is the first time the pair have met since Federer's astonishing Wimbledon performance stretched his head-to-head advantage to 3-1.

"Obviously he's known for his serve, so it's all about handling that weapon," Federer said of the Scud. "I did that quite well in the past, so I think a lot of people are looking forward to this match, myself as well."

Philippoussis is playing his first hometown cup tie in the type of big-match night environment he experiences each year at the Australian Open.

He knows he must start quickly to help avoid a Wimbledon-style result, an experience he says taught him a lot.

"He definitely played well and I think he's the kind of person that, if he's leading, he just gets on a roll and gets tougher and tougher," Philippoussis said. "I'm not really known for my fast starts, but hopefully I can come out and just concentrate really well early, keep the pressure on from the start. Obviously every match is so key in a Davis Cup tie, but this is a special match, I think, for a lot of different reasons."

The only change to the nominated teams was entirely predictable: the inclusion of Swiss playing captain Rosset at Ivo Heuberger's expense. Barring a late change, Rosset will partner Federer tomorrow against Todd Woodbridge and Wayne Arthurs. "[They] may as well have just said that before they arrived," said Woodbridge, who equals Adrian Quist's Australian record by playing his 28th tie.

"That's what we've been expecting the whole time, and what we've been practising for, and I think our preparation is in good shape to be playing against those two guys."

Hewitt's opening opponent, Kratochvil, has struggled since his return from knee surgery earlier this year and the Australian convincingly won the pair's only previous match.

"I'm the underdog, and he's the favourite, so I have nothing to lose, but Davis Cup has got its own rules, and the last match I played was in Holland and I had a great feeling winning that one for Switzerland," Kratochvil said.

"So I'm really looking forward to going out there again and being able to make a little surprise, maybe."

tournesol
09-18-2003, 02:33 PM
12 hours to go.............

NOMAD
09-18-2003, 03:59 PM
AUDIO: Hewitt says he won't take Kratochvil lightly (http://www.sportal.com.au/audio/hewitt_preview-1.wma)

Knockers LaBroad
09-18-2003, 04:58 PM
Thanks for all the really nice pics and articles!:kiss::D

Papa's presence makes Scud a happy camper
By Linda Pearce
September 19, 2003

Davis Cup captain Mark Philippoussis practises under the eye of father Nick yesterday.

So unwelcome are private coaches in Billie Jean King's US Fed Cup squad that Jennifer Capriati does not represent her country because she is unable to prepare with her father, Stefano.

Similar conflict has been avoided at Melbourne Park in the past week, where Nick Philippoussis has played an unusually prominent practice role with his son, Mark.

Philippoussis jnr has often said that no one is more familiar with his game than his father, despite the family's hiring and firing of such professional coaches as Peter McNamara, Gavin Hopper and Pat Cash.

McNamara having been dispensed with before this year's French Open, Nick is again back in charge, and his involvement now appears to extend to Davis Cup.

While Lleyton Hewitt's coach, Roger Rasheed, will also be at Rod Laver Arena this weekend, Rasheed has spent the lead-up period in Adelaide.

Meanwhile, Nick Philippoussis has been a courtside fixture at Australian practice sessions, contributing as much or as little input as he believes Mark has required.


"He's very welcome," captain John Fitzgerald said.

"Nick's the guy that knows Mark's game better than anybody, so if Mark feels comfortable with Nick there helping, then whatever gets the best out of Mark is good for me.

"If Mark misses a serve, Nick can normally tell you why: too far to the left or too far back - and he's pretty spot on.

"I want it to be a happy camp as much as anything, and if one of the guys says, 'Look, Fitzy, I think it would be helpful for me to have such-and-such there that week', no problem. But there was no discussion, really. Nick was always coming to the tie and he knows Mark's game, so no problem."

Kimmy1023
09-18-2003, 05:19 PM
Thanks a lot for the new Lleyki pictures!
So great^_^

NOMAD
09-18-2003, 06:11 PM
he looks so cute
http://www.theage.com.au/ffxImage/urlpicture_id_1063625150140_2003/09/18/scud_hewitt,0.jpg
Lleyton Hewitt and Mark Philippoussis share a joke during yesterday's Davis Cup draw ceremony.
Picture: RAY KENNEDY

Cup draw favours Australia
By Linda Pearce
September 19, 2003


The quiet satisfaction with yesterday's Davis Cup semi-final draw was not limited to the TV types who had insisted on a day-night tie and were rewarded with a Wimbledon finals rematch between Australia's Mark Philippoussis and Switzerland's Roger Federer tonight in prime time.

Davis Cup draws are not what they used to be; not since a decision some years ago that the respective No. 1s must automatically meet in Sunday's first reverse singles, leaving chance to determine nothing more than the order on day one. Mostly, that means little. This time, any benefits, however subtle, appear to be Australia's.

Lleyton Hewitt will play first, at 3pm, and is heavily favoured against world No. 129 Michel Kratochvil, the Australian's recent flat patch and Kratochvil's heroics against Martin Verkerk in the deciding rubber of the first-round tie against the Netherlands notwithstanding. In all probability, Federer will be playing to level the tie at 1-1, in the first of three consecutive matches that will minimise his recovery time.


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Australian captain John Fitzgerald believes the draw is overrated, for the team nominations were no more of a secret than the fact that Federer must play three times. But, he did say: "I don't think it hurts us having Roger play second on the first day, and then backing up for the doubles on the middle day and then of course having to play first match on the Sunday."

Privately, the Swiss had hoped for Federer to play the opening match. Publicly, there were no complaints. "For me it doesn't matter, really," Federer insisted. "I'm at a point where I really don't care. I think I've played 70 per cent second, so I'm used to that. I know that I have maybe 2-3 hours less of a break before Saturday. That's all right."

Philippoussis's health and neck permitting, it should also be a contest to savour, the pair's first since Federer's Wimbledon performance stretched his head-to-head advantage to 3-1.

"Obviously he's known for his serve, so it's all about handling that weapon," said the Swiss. "I did that quite well in the past, so I think a lot of people are looking forward to this match, myself as well."

And Philippoussis, too, for Williamstown's finest is playing his first Melbourne cup tie, in the type of big-match night environment he experiences annually at the Australian Open. He knows he must start quickly to help avoid a Wimbledon-style result, an experience that he claims taught him plenty.

"He definitely played well and I think he's the kind of person that if he's leading, he just gets on a roll and gets tougher and tougher," Philippoussis said. "I'm not really known for my fast starts, but hopefully I can come out and just concentrate really well early, keep the pressure on from the start. Obviously every match is so key in a Davis Cup tie, but this is a special match . . . for a lot of different reasons."

The only change to the nominated teams was predictable: the inclusion of Swiss playing captain Marc Rosset at Ivo Heuberger's expense. Barring a late change, Rosset will partner Federer tomorrow against Todd Woodbridge and Wayne Arthurs.

"(They) may as well have just said that before they arrived," said Woodbridge, who equals Adrian Quist's Australian record by playing his 28th tie. "That's what we've been expecting the whole time, and what we've been practising for, and I think our preparation is in good shape to be playing against those two guys."

Both Australians have had outstanding doubles results this year, Woodbridge winning two grand slam titles with Jonas Bjorkman and Arthurs thriving with his Australian partner, Paul Hanley. Together, their quarter-final win against Sweden in Malmo achieved a level about 20 per cent above what Fitzgerald had seen in their four previous collaborations.

The tie's most unexpected success, should it occur, would be Kratochvil's, the 24-year-old having struggled since his return from knee surgery earlier this year. Hewitt convincingly won the pair's only previous match, in the 2001 Tokyo final, and is an old hand at leading off important ties such as these. This time, the prize is a home final against either Spain or Argentina.

"I'm the underdog and he's the favourite so I have nothing to lose, but Davis Cup got its own rules, and last match I played was in Holland and I had a great feeling winning that one for Switzerland," Kratochvil said. "So I'm really looking forward to go out there again and be able to make a little surprise, maybe."

kit
09-18-2003, 07:27 PM
Good Luck Aussies!!!! :worship: :worship: :worship:
And Lleyton,I believe in you,COME ON!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Kimmy1023
09-18-2003, 07:35 PM
OMG!

I love this picture so much^_^

Thanks!

http://www.theage.com.au/ffxImage/urlpicture_id_1063625150140_2003/09/18/scud_hewitt,0.jpg

Lisbeth
09-18-2003, 11:57 PM
Great to see both of them looking so happy - and wearing the Aussie uniform!

GO GUYS!

NOMAD
09-19-2003, 01:02 AM
Hewitt, Former No. 1, Looks for Davis Cup to Salvage His Season
Sept. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Lleyton Hewitt hopes to salvage a disappointing season with a Davis Cup championship.

After starting the year as the world's top-ranked player, Hewitt failed to reach a Grand Slam semifinal and dropped to No. 7 in the rankings. His frustrations might be forgotten if he can lead Australia to its 28th Davis Cup title.

Australia plays a Swiss squad led by Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in a three-day semifinal that starts Friday in Melbourne. Spain plays Argentina for the other berth in the final of tennis's top team event, which will be held Nov. 28-30.

``Davis Cup is always totally different,'' Hewitt said. ``Just hearing `game Australia' rather than `game Hewitt' gives me a buzz. :angel: And then of course there is the crowd -- either totally for you or totally against you. It's unique and I love it. :D ''

Hewitt's Davis Cup record reflects his attitude. The two- time Grand Slam champion has won 23 of his 29 matches, including a 7-0 record on the type of hard-court surface that will be used in the semifinal against Switzerland.

Federer also has an outstanding Davis Cup record, winning 20 of 27 matches. Against France in the opening round, he won both his singles matches and teamed with Marc Rosset to capture the doubles in Switzerland's 3-2 series victory.

``I'm hoping this time maybe I'll get a little help from my teammates,'' he said.

Doubles

Given their rankings, that's unlikely. The other singles spot will be filled by George Bastl or Michel Kratochvil, neither of whom is ranked in the top 100. Australia's other singles player is 15th-ranked Mark Philippoussis, who was runner-up to Federer at Wimbledon this year.

So if Federer wins both his singles matches, the outcome will probably hinge on Saturday's doubles competition where Federer and Rosset are likely to face Todd Woodbridge and Wayne Arthurs. Woodbridge, whose 77 career doubles titles are one behind all-time leader Tom Okker, can tie Adrian Quist's Australian record of 28 Davis Cup appearances.

Argentina's chances against Spain were dealt a blow by the withdrawals of Wimbledon runner-up David Nalbandian and fifth- ranked Guillermo Coria, who are sidelined by injuries. Their probable replacements in Malaga, Spain, are Mariano Zabaleta, who's ranked 24th in the world, and No. 32 Gaston Gaudio.

No. 1 Ferrero

Spain will be represented by Juan Carlos Ferrero, who took over the No. 1 world ranking from Andre Agassi by reaching the U.S. Open final, and 1998 French Open champion Carlos Moya.

Moya has extra incentive to win because a back injury prevented him from playing when Spain won the Davis Cup title in 2000.

``When I was a kid I used to get very excited watching the Spanish team play even though they weren't very good then,'' he said. ``Now we have a strong team so maybe we can motivate a few young kids to take up the game.''

The first round of singles is played tomorrow, followed by the doubles on Saturday and the final two singles matches on Sunday.

Last Updated: September 18, 2003 06:12 EDT


Hewitt to test form in Davis Cup opener
Lleyton Hewitt is hoping to take an improved streak of form into this afternoon's opening singles rubber of the Davis Cup semi-final against Switzerland in Melbourne.

After a disappointing year, Hewitt showed glimpses of his old game at the US Open two weeks ago.

Today the former world number one faces Michel Kratochvil, who is ranked 129th in the world.

Despite going into the match as the short-priced favourite, Hewitt said he was not expecting a walkover win.

"I've only played him once in the final at Tokyo nearly two years ago now, but I've got a lot of respect for his game," he said.

"I'm going to go out there and concentrate more on my game. If I've got to change anything while I'm out there, then Fitzy (Australia's Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald) and I will work on that while we're out there.

"I've played some big matches to open ties before and hopefully this is going to be no different. I normally handle these situations pretty well."

In today's other singles rubber, Mark Philippoussis will be out for revenge when he takes on Roger Federer.

The Swiss champion beat Philippoussis in this year's Wimbledon final.

NOMAD
09-19-2003, 01:09 AM
same pic but without watermark
love his hair :hearts:

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tournesol
09-19-2003, 07:26 AM
:bounce: :bounce: :clap2: :clap2:

congrats LL

go Flip

Lisbeth
09-19-2003, 07:32 AM
Yeah - Yay Lleyton! 6-4 6-4 6-1 - I wonder if Lleyton got better or Kratchovil just ran out of steam.

tournesol
09-19-2003, 07:43 AM
Yeah - Yay Lleyton! 6-4 6-4 6-1 - I wonder if Lleyton got better or Kratchovil just ran out of steam.

i got on scoreboard at 5-4 LL serving for the 1st set after 52 min of play, then i had to leave for work, just to tell you how relieved i was to see that it was over when i came in :)

duck
09-19-2003, 08:04 AM
Hewitt gives Aussies lead
September 19, 2003

LLEYTON HEWITT got Australia off to the perfect start in its Davis Cup semi-final against Switzerland today, notching a straight-sets win in the opening singles rubber.

The world No.7 had been expected to crush his Swiss opponent Michel Kratochvil and he didn't let anyone down, winning 6- 4 6-4 6-1 in 108 minutes.

"Obviously I felt good out there," Hewitt said.

"I played well and I was aggressive from the start."

Hewitt asserted himself at the earliest opportunity, breaking Kratochvil's serve in the opening game of the tie.

It turned out to be the only service break of a set in which Hewitt's own serve was never seriously threatened.

In the second set Hewitt broke in the third game to lead 2-1, with the remainder of the games again going with serve.

With the 129th-ranked Kratochvil now under extreme pressure, Hewitt rolled through the third set in a tick under half-an-hour, breaking serve in the third and fifth games.

"I tried to keep the pressure on when I was 2-0 up and tried to get on top of him," he said.

"Whether it was three, four or five sets I was just happy to win."

Despite coming up against a comparatively lowly-ranked opponent, the win will have been a relief for Hewitt.

He had been troubled by a hip problem that hampered him during the recent US Open and before that had been playing slightly below his best.

But today's success helped rid him of any doubts he may have had.

"I felt confident, I was moving well and I've had a good preparation this week." he said.

In today's second match, Mark Philippoussis meets Roger Federer in a repeat of this year's Wimbledon final, which was won by the Swiss.

AAP

tournesol
09-19-2003, 08:07 AM
Hewitt gives Aussies lead
September 19, 2003

He had been troubled by a hip problem that hampered him during the recent US Open and before that had been playing slightly below his best.

AAP

???? slightly below ???????????
we obviously don't share the same scale

edit: oops thanks duck for the articles

Knockers LaBroad
09-19-2003, 09:34 AM
Hewitt too strong for Kratochvil
1 hour, 38 minutes ago


MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) - Lleyton Hewitt put Australia one-up in the Davis Cup tennis semi-final after a dominant 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 win over Switzerland's Michel Kratochvil at Melbourne Park here on.

Hewitt, the world's seventh ranked player and former number one, improved his Davis Cup singles record to 21-5 in four years' competition with his one hour 48-minute victory over the 129th-ranked Swiss on Friday.


It was just the tonic the Australians needed ahead of Mark Philippoussis' anticipated rematch with Wimbledon (news - web sites) champion and world number three Roger Federer later Friday.


The winner of the weekend tie has a home final against either Spain or Argentina on November 28-30.


"This is a great advantage for Australia going into the next match, which will be a beauty," Hewitt said.


"I tried to put pressure on him (Kratochvil) right from the start, I felt like he had a bit of a dodgy serve but to his credit he served extremely well and I had to go after it a bit and he made me make a few more errors than I normally would.


"I didn't drop my serve for the match, which is a pleasing thing for me."


Hewitt jumped on Kratochvil's unthreatening serve, crashing home 12 forehand winners during the rubber and gained in intensity as he gradually got on top of the 24-year-old Swiss before a full house at the home of the Australian Open (news - web sites).


The Australian took control of the match, reeling off the second set in 35 minutes and broke Kratochvil three times in the final set for a comprehensive victory and his second over in the Swiss in as many meetings.


Hewitt won their other encounter 6-4, 6-2 in Tokyo two years ago.

tournesol
09-19-2003, 10:08 AM
from dc website

Hewitt Gives Australia 1-0 Lead in Melbourne
Lleyton Hewitt has swept past Michel Kratochvil to give Australia the early advantage in the semifinal tie of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas against Switzerland. Hewitt gave the home side the first point in the best of five series when he beat Kratochvil 64 64 61 in just over two hours.

"I played good aggressive tennis out there," said Hewitt. "I hit the ball well right from the start and kept the pressure on and didn't lose serve for the whole match. I felt like my serving got better and better as the match went on."

The Aussie broke serve in the first game of the match and after saving three break points at 0/40 in the fourth game, he was never in trouble and constantly lifted his level of play. Kratochvil was not able to match it with Hewitt who was being buoyed by the support of the Australian cheer squad the Fanatics as their bongo drums drowned out the faint clanging of cowbells.

The threat of rain was constantly about and referee Jorge Dias took the decision to have the roof over Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park closed. The conditions became a bit heavier inside and Hewitt, who had been informed of the decision to close the roof 45 minutes before the match, just put it to one side and went about playing his brand of tennis.

The Australian No.1 broke serve in the third game of the second set and then kept the pressure on Kratochvil with penetrating returns. In the third set the Australian broke three more times and the match was surrendered when Kratochvil netted a backhand on the one and only match point.

"I had a high percentage of serves, a lot higher than usual. I tried to mix it up as much as possible there as well and just keep him under a lot of pressure," said Hewitt. "I tried to use the crowd to my advantage, that's what they are there for and it was a great atmosphere. I tried to not him have a chance to sneak back in. I just really took it one game at a time."

The next time that Hewitt plays will be against Roger Federer on the third day in the reverse singles. They have quite a history and the last time they played was at the tennis Masters Cup last November in Shanghai. Hewitt won that match 75 in the third set.

"It will be a tough match, every match I have played against Roger has been tough and he's playing as well as he's ever played at the moment so I'm expecting an extremely tough one so I have to go out there and play even better than I did in this one ... play one of my best Davis Cup matches to get through."

In the next match on court Australia's No. 2 Mark Philippoussis takes on the Wimbledon champion and Swiss No. 1 Roger Federer.

Angele
09-19-2003, 11:03 AM
Congrats Lley :kiss:

tournesol
09-19-2003, 11:11 AM
:sad: flip

Angele
09-19-2003, 11:43 AM
Some pics... a cute one with Fitzy :angel:

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tournesol
09-19-2003, 11:52 AM
:kiss: :angel: e

NOMAD
09-19-2003, 02:38 PM
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NOMAD
09-19-2003, 02:52 PM
Lleyki pic :angel: :bounce:

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2003-09-19T120651Z_01_MEL12D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS-DAVIS-CUP-AUSTRALIA.jpg

Australia's Lleyton Hewitt (bottom) reaches out to Kim Clijsters, his girlfriend and top women's tennis player from Belgium, during the Davis Cup semi-final tie against Switzerland at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne September 19, 2003. Hewitt won the match 6-4 6-4 6-1, but team mate Mark Philippoussis lost to Roger Federer to even up the tie 1-1. The winner of this Davis Cup tie will play either Spain or Argentina in the final. REUTERS/David Gray

NOMAD
09-19-2003, 02:57 PM
Hitting back ... Lleyton Hewitt celebrates his win against Michel Kratochvil (http://images.news.com.au/thedailytelegraph/215352_lleyton260x380.jpg)

http://www.theage.com.au/ffxImage/urlpicture_id_1063625215391_2003/09/19/20s_hewitt2,0.jpg.

Hewitt and John Fitzgerald were celebrating (http://www.sportal.com.au/photos/gallery/008803gallery.jpg)

Hewitt ran almost everything down (http://www.sportal.com.au/photos/gallery/008801gallery.jpg)

Lleyton Hewitt made a solid start (http://www.sportal.com.au/photos/gallery/008799gallery.jpg)

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NOMAD
09-19-2003, 03:15 PM
Audio: Lleyton Hewitt (http://www.sportal.com.au/audio/hewitt_friday-1.wma)

Audio: Lleyton Hewitt(from DC site) (http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/windows/DC_1773_windows.WMA)

you can hear his croaky voice

Ill Hewitt wins first up :sad:
September 19, 2003

A RELIEVED Lleyton Hewitt put Australia one-up in the Davis Cup tie against Switzerland as more shadows of illness descended on the home team.


A croaky-voiced Hewitt defeated Swiss No.2 Michel Kratochvil 6-4 6-4 6-1 in the opening semi-final rubber at the National Tennis Centre in Melbourne.

"I've got a bit of a cold...I was happy to get through today," Hewitt said after his 108-minute victory.

It was the last thing Australian captain John Fitzgerald wanted to hear after listening to Mark Philippoussis cough his way through practice all week with a chest infection.

Hewitt at least said he was untroubled by a hip problem which hampered him at the recent US Open.

The world No.7 was wary of his Swiss opponent despite – or because of – the disparity in their rankings.

Kratchovil is ranked 129th in the world and with bitter memories of his first round Wimbledon loss this year to unknown Croatian Ivo Karlovic.

Hewitt said he was on "a hiding to nothing".

"It's a different situation than a few years ago when I first stepped out there and had to play guys like (American) Todd Martin and (Frenchman) Cedric Pioline, who were a lot higher ranked than I was in Davis Cup," Hewitt said.

"When you're playing away from home...Kratchovil, he really had nothing to lose out there today.

"No-one really expected him to win the match, I guess and it's a tough situation to perform in sometimes.

"But I think I handled the situation pretty well."

There was just one service break in each of the first two sets before Hewitt charged through the final set.

But he said he was focused from the beginning, gaining more in confidence as his serve improved.

"My intensity right from the start was pretty high like it has been in every Davis Cup match I've played in the last two years," he said.

"I felt like in the first set I wasn't serving great but I really got it going in the second and third sets...getting some three quarter pace kickers and setting the point up with my forehand."

He described Kratochvil as a player with a "dodgy" serve after he won their only previous meeting in Tokyo two years ago but was not able to attack at will.

"I saw that as an opportunity to try and get on top of him and I thought that right from the start," Hewitt said.

"He didn't really break down his serve that much today – maybe two double faults – he served a lot better than I thought he was going to.

"He went for a lot more second serves."

Kratochvil said later he was disappointed in his performance.

"I had a bad beginning and he was always up and I was always chasing the score," he said.

"I made too many mistakes too early. I had my chances in the first two sets but I just didn't take them.

"Maybe my game plan was not as good as I thought."

AAP

NOMAD
09-19-2003, 03:20 PM
Hewitt can rain on Swiss parade
By Mark Stevens
September 20, 2003
MARK Philippoussis last night declared Roger Federer was far from unbeatable, backing Lleyton Hewitt to "take him out" in the reverse singles.







Federer, who has won his past 10 Davis Cup singles outings, is the man standing between the Australians and the Davis Cup final.

The Swiss superstar, fresh and supremely confident after downing Philippoussis to level the tie at 1-1, will take his superpowers on to court in the doubles today.

He will team with playing captain Marc Rosset against Todd Woodbridge and Wayne Arthurs in what is a crucial rubber, before taking on Hewitt in the first of the reverse singles tomorrow.

"I wouldn't think the guy's unbeatable. If Lleyton plays solid, I think Lleyton will take him out," Philippoussis said after Federer's 6-3 6-4 7-6 win.

Philippoussis sensed Federer was vulnerable when the pressure came on in the third set, but lamented not taking advantage as the world No. 3 repeated his Wimbledon triumph against the Scud.

Earlier, Hewitt predictably cruised to a 6-4 6-4 6-1 win over Swiss No. 2 Michel Kratochvil to get the Australia off to a perfect start.

But Federer made sure this would be no whitewash, also warning that he was ready to tackle his hectic schedule head-on.

"I'm used to it and ready for it . . . physically it shouldn't be a problem," Federer said.

Philippoussis was frustrated that he couldn't get off to a bright start, knowing Federer thrived as a front-runner.

"He just played too good for me. The bigger points, he just played a lot more solid that I did," Philippoussis said.

"He came out ready to go. I was one step slow."

Australian captain John Fitzgerald early in the week warned today would be a "sweaty palms kind of day".

It will be even more so now, given Federer's form.

"The middle day's always big, particularly when it's one-all," Fitzgerald said.

The roof was closed for both matches at Rod Laver Arena after Melbourne's weather turned ugly, leaving Fitzgerald feeling disappointed.

Fitzgerald had been keen for an outdoor tie all along, believing it would add to the home tie advantage. "What can you do?" he said.

Hewitt conceded even his bullet-proof confidence took a hit when he discovered the roof would be shut ahead of his clash against Kratochvil.

Hewitt, who has battled a cold for two days, had mixed feelings when told 45 minutes before the match that the roof would be closed.

"It's a lot heavier conditions when the roof's closed in there. With Kratochvil, I actually thought it might be better with the roof open," Hewitt said. "I tried to block it out though. Once the decision was made, that was it; you have to deal with it."

And Hewitt dealt with it with his usual brutal efficiency, dispatching the Swiss baseliner and slow court specialist comfortably to give Australia a 1-0 lead.

"I've won enough big matches indoors, I guess, and I've played indoors at Rod Laver Arena before," Hewitt said.

Hewitt took advantage of what he labelled a "dodgy" Kratochvil serve, making his intentions clear early.

It was obvious Hewitt had a head cold when he fronted the media and is looking forward to a rest today ahead of tomorrow's showdown with Federer.

"I'm happy to get through today," Hewitt said.

But Hewitt showed no real signs of lethargy in front of a near-capacity crowd, dominated by the chants of the Fanatics cheer squad.

Hewitt admitted it was a challenge to adjust to being an overwhelming favourite.

"It's different from a few years ago when I had to step out there and play guys like Todd Martin, Cedric Pioline and all these guys who were a lot higher ranked than I was in Davis Cup," Hewitt said.

"He (Kratochvil) really had nothing to lose out there today. No one really expected him to win the match, I guess. For me, you're on a hiding to nothing out there.

"I thought I handled the situation pretty well today."

Hewitt, who admitted he would have more than a passing interest in today's AFL Collingwood-Port Adelaide preliminary final at the MCG, is hopeful of a relaxing day watching Todd Woodbridge and Wayne Arthurs down Rosset and Federer.

"They (Arthurs and Woodbridge) have been playing well," Hewitt said.

"Todd's very confident at the moment in doubles and Wayne's had a pretty good year, not his best in singles, but he's had some great doubles results as well. I give them a good chance."

NOMAD
09-19-2003, 04:04 PM
from DC site
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Chesty Larue
09-19-2003, 04:13 PM
Lleyki pic :angel: :bounce:

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2003-09-19T120651Z_01_MEL12D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS-DAVIS-CUP-AUSTRALIA.jpg

Australia's Lleyton Hewitt (bottom) reaches out to Kim Clijsters, his girlfriend and top women's tennis player from Belgium, during the Davis Cup semi-final tie against Switzerland at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne September 19, 2003. Hewitt won the match 6-4 6-4 6-1, but team mate Mark Philippoussis lost to Roger Federer to even up the tie 1-1. The winner of this Davis Cup tie will play either Spain or Argentina in the final. REUTERS/David Gray

:hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

How cute :angel: It's an '01 USO-ish pose :p

Angele
09-19-2003, 04:19 PM
Lleyki pic :angel: :bounce:

http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2003-09-19T120651Z_01_MEL12D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS-DAVIS-CUP-AUSTRALIA.jpg

Australia's Lleyton Hewitt (bottom) reaches out to Kim Clijsters, his girlfriend and top women's tennis player from Belgium, during the Davis Cup semi-final tie against Switzerland at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne September 19, 2003. Hewitt won the match 6-4 6-4 6-1, but team mate Mark Philippoussis lost to Roger Federer to even up the tie 1-1. The winner of this Davis Cup tie will play either Spain or Argentina in the final. REUTERS/David Gray
Awww :hearts: :angel:

Thanks Tara for all the pics :worship: :kiss:

Knockers LaBroad
09-19-2003, 04:23 PM
Thanks for the pics, really naais!:D

And the Lleykipics...:angel:

Knockers LaBroad
09-19-2003, 04:29 PM
Honours even as Hewitt, Federer dominate
By Linda Pearce
September 20, 2003

The start provided for Australia by Lleyton Hewitt was last night retrieved for Switzerland by Roger Federer, levelling a tense Davis Cup semi-final at 1-1 and reducing the tie to a best-of-three contest that could effectively be decided by today's doubles rubber.

Federer's 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) defeat of Mark Philippoussis rather predictably realigned a contest that had tilted Australia's way through Hewitt's routine 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 dismissal of Swiss No.2 Michel Kratochvil in the afternoon. Hewitt and Federer are scheduled to meet tomorrow in the first reverse singles, and one can confirm his country's place in the final.

To win three consecutive matches is a huge task for Federer, but he does it routinely, and the Wimbledon final rematch against Philippoussis emphasised why such team-carrying is not beyond him. By doing so in three sets and just over two hours, sufficient energy was also conserved for today's doubles partnership with his captain, Marc Rosset.

"I feel fine. I would also feel fine playing four or five sets. It's just basically three matches . . . and if you can't handle three matches, I think something's wrong as a 22-year-old," said Federer, who has now won 10 consecutive cup singles matches and 27 sets. "Seems like it's just really going well in Davis Cup lately."

A masterful understatement, but one in keeping with Federer's exquisite game. He broke Philippoussis three times in his first five attempts, and by early in the second set had won almost half the points on the Victorian's crashing first serve. When the pattern continued early in the third, the result looked beyond doubt, only for Philippoussis to ride consecutive breaks to a 5-3 lead. He served for the set at 5-4, only for Federer to force a tie-breaker, which he won with his 14th ace.

"Obviously, he came out ready to go, and I was a little step slow at the start and he took advantage of that," said Philippoussis, who has beaten Federer just once in five attempts, and had flagged the importance of beginning well. "I think on the bigger points, he just played them a lot more solid than I did, and any chance I had, he came out with a big serve on a big point."

The baton had been safely passed by Hewitt, who has lost just three live Davis Cup singles matches in his brief but brilliant representative career, and each has been in a final. This weekend is no more than the penultimate round, and his opponent was no more than the world's No. 129, but the lopsided result was no less than had been expected.

Both matches were delivered from the threat of rain and gale-force winds by the closure of Rod Laver Arena's retractable roof, which resulted in humid, still conditions. Hewitt, heavy with a cold that set in several days ago, had been told only 45 minutes before the 3pm start that the match would be played indoors, just as Switzerland had wanted. It would not have been Hewitt's choice, but by early in the third set, he had found enough rhythm to have beaten Kratochvil in any conditions, almost anywhere.

Indeed, any fears that Hewitt's modest recent form would carry over on to the Davis Cup court were unfounded. His serve did not fail him, even if Kratochvil's was not as shaky as he had anticipated. "My intensity right from the start was pretty high; just like it is in every Davis Cup match that I've played in the last few years," he insisted, after improving his cup singles record to 21-5.

Kratochvil's effort was rather passive, almost feeble. Hewitt took less than two hours and landed a pleasing 66 per cent of his first serves; Kratochvil did not have the weapons to hurt the former world No. 1, or at least he could not locate them yesterday, and was bitterly disappointed with his effort, particularly on the return.

The Australian made a few more errors than usual, but played aggressively enough to conjure an early break in each set. He was challenged most strongly in the first, facing his only three break points of the match before holding for 3-1. By the third, it was a thrashing, Kratochvil losing all heart and the last shred of any slim hope with which he had begun.

Both captains confirmed their nominated doubles teams, John Fitzgerald hailing the practice form of Todd Woodbridge and Wayne Arthurs as cause for their inclusion in a match of great significance to the tie's outcome. "The middle day's always big: whether you're up 2-0 or down 2-0. It seems particularly when it's 1-1 it's a pivotal day and we're aware of that," Fitzgerald said. "That's a big one."

Knockers LaBroad
09-19-2003, 04:32 PM
Sunny break can't dry reign of winter
September 20, 2003

A patriotically clad Lleyton Hewitt wallops a forehand during his victory over Michael Kratochvil yesterday.
Picture: Ray Kennedy


Colourful and noisy, top-level tennis has come to Melbourne in September. Some people may even notice, writes Greg Baum.

True to Melbourne's reputation for turning on several seasons in a single day, a Davis Cup tie broke out at Melbourne Park yesterday, right in the middle of the football finals. It had the effect on sensibilities of a sudden cloudburst in the middle of a sunny spring afternoon. The tennis was accordingly mercurial. Lleyton Hewitt eclipsed Michael Kratochvil in the afternoon, but the Wimbledon rematch between Mark Philippoussis and Roger Federer in the cauldron of evening featured all the elements, hot, cold and freakish.

Suddenly, the names and faces of high summer, including the past two Wimbledon winners and this year's Wimbledon finalists, were here to make the sounds and spectacles of high summer. In fact, they have been here all week, but have been swamped for attention by changeless indigenous sporting happenings.

How bemusing it must have been for the Swiss media, increased three-fold since Federer's rise, to hear Hewitt asked for his thoughts about happenings "over the road", and for Hewitt to reply in such a way as to indicate that patriotic fervour for Australia pales next to his patriotic fervour for South Australia.

Grasshoppers v Young Boys of Berne was never this big. Besides, talk of a place called "Port" does not make much sense to the Swiss at the best of times.

But the Davis Cup itself is a disorienting experience, and all the more engaging for it. It bobs up here and there, now and then, relieving the grind of the tour. It is a team event in a fiercely individual sport, and all the more enjoyable to the players for it. Coaches on bended knee cajole players at every change of end in a way that is not only impossible but forbidden on the regular tour.

While Hewitt played yesterday afternoon, 10 others in Australian team tracksuits sat along the sidelines, matching him "c'mon" for "c'mon". When he was done, Hewitt was keener to talk about Philippoussis' prospects than his own performance. He then took on the role of cheer leader. Philippoussis himself, usually the most impassive of tennis players, stalked across the court to question one line call as his match with Federer livened up.

Davis Cup is colourful. The players wear their national liveries, proudly. Philippoussis' strip looked to have been borrowed from the Socceroos or left behind by the Australian one-day team. The fans also come in ritual dress. So it was that the Australians in their gold and the Swiss in their red created two riots of colour and the atmosphere of a carnivale.

It is noisy, officially so. Two years ago, a Swiss fan watching Roger Federer in an Australian Open quarter-final here had his cowbell confiscated, then even a handbell. Yesterday, cowbells rang out loudly, fetchingly and with full approval, countering the trumpets and drums of the Fanatics, and that other noise so readily identified with Australia sport, the ringing of mobile phones. The fact that the roof was closed, though irritating to Australia, amplified the atmosphere of the evening.

Australia broke with tradition for this tie by playing on the existing surface at Melbourne Park. It also insisted on having the roof open. Melbourne ran up and down the scales of its seasons and the roof remained closed anyway. Asked if he had minded, Hewitt replied: "Yes and no."

His match was more straightforward. His recent form has been like that of his beloved Crows - short of the benchmark - but Kratochvil was no match. An early break of serve in the first two sets was enough. In the third set, Hewitt's serve sharpened and Kratochvil's deteriorated, and the Australian won the last six games.

Whatever its outcome, this three-day semi-final will occupy less consciousness in this city than a two-hour football match across the footbridge this afternoon. In Melbourne, it is really only ever one season.

Angele
09-19-2003, 04:37 PM
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Knockers LaBroad
09-19-2003, 04:40 PM
:angel:

Playing for Pete
By Bruce Matthews
September 20, 2003

A CUP to honour the late Australian tennis player Peter Carter evolved from an idea by Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt.

The Peter Carter Cup will be awarded to the winner of the semi-final tie between Australia and Switzerland. Carter was Federer's coach and seemed certain to be named Swiss Davis Cup coach when he was killed in a car accident in South Africa last year.

Hewitt said he and Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald discussed the cup idea before approaching Federer.

"Fitzy and I came up with that at the start of the year. I remember in Miami I was about to go out and practise with Roger. We had to play Sweden the next week and they (Swiss) had to play France," Hewitt said.

"I went up to Roger and asked if we both (nations) got through, would he want to play for some sort of cup in Peter's honour? Roger was over the moon.

"I always remember going over to (junior coach) Peter Smith's place and he was telling me how similar I was to Peter Carter. We were both small for our age, had blond hair and good groundstrokes.

"I knew Peter the whole time he was coaching Roger. He was a great guy, probably one of the nicest guys I've ever met. It was a sad day for Australian tennis and Swiss tennis."

Knockers LaBroad
09-19-2003, 04:59 PM
Hewitt beats Kratochvil

September 19, 2003

Lleyton Hewitt gave Australia an emphatic 1-0 lead over Switzerland at the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Semifinal at Melbourne Park today, defeating Michel Kratochvil 64 64 61 in the first singles rubber.

Playing to a near capacity crowd under a closed roof at Rod Laver Arena, Hewitt showed Kratochvil why he is ranked 122 places above the Swiss in world rankings, from the moment he snatched the first break in the first game of the match.

Kratochvil stayed close to Hewitt in the first set, even threatening to break back in the fourth game, but the second and third sets saw the fiesty Australian dominate with an aggression rising to match the tribal drumming of the Fanatics (Australian) cheer squad.



Lleyton Hewitt salutes the fans at Rod Laver Arena

Hewitt's trademark 'C'mons,' first heard when he saved three break points in the fourth game of the match, evolved into neanderthal grunts as he clubbed forehand winners midway through the match.

"I played really well and I was aggressive right from the start," Hewitt told his ecstatic supporters, one of the most vocal being girlfriend Kim Clijsters, world No.1 women's tennis player. :angel::hearts:

"I tried to keep the pressure on when I was 2-0 up and tried to get on top of him," he said. "Whether it was three, four or five sets I was just happy to win."

Serving seven aces, one at 193 kmh, the world No.7 cleaned up in 108 minutes, taking his overall Davis Cup singles to 21 wins for 5 losses.

Hewitt said he had tried to exploit Kratochvil's vulnerability – his serve – but was surprised that the Swiss only came up with three double faults.

"I saw him nearly beat Henman in the round of 16 at Wimbledon last year. He had two sets to one and a break up and he should have definitely beaten Henman in that match," Hewitt said. "I just felt like it was an opportunity to get on top of his serve, especially his second serve and put a lot of pressure on. I did that right from the start."

Later today, Australia's No.2 player Mark Philippoussis will take on Swiss No.1 Roger Federer in a rematch of their Wimbledon final, which Federer won in straight sets.

While he was hoping for an insurmountable 3-0 lead after tomorrow's doubles, Hewitt said he was well prepared for a reverse singles against Federer, whom he leads 7-2 in career meetings.


Michel Kratochvil: over powered by Hewitt.

"If it is a live rubber I guess I'd prefer to be 2-1 up than 2-1 down," said Hewitt, who appears to have caught Mark Philippoussis' cold.

"It's going to be a tough match. We've had some great matches in the past. The last time we played was in the Masters Cup in the semifinal late last year, and that was probably one of the best matches I've been involved in.

"I beat him 7-5 in the third and it was just up and down. About four or five times each of us were probably going to win the match and I ended up scraping through it.

"It's going to be a tough ask, but I feel I like I can play well enough to really give it a run."




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Knockers LaBroad
09-19-2003, 05:04 PM
I wish I would have been there...:angel::D
Even Cowbells Get The Blues

September 19, 2003

By Mark Macgugan

Outside it was dark, windy, rainy and, as the Swiss had been telling us all week, very, very cold. Inside, with the Rod Laver Arena roof firmly locked in the "shut" position, the weather was fine, the light was good, and the crowd was ready for some red-hot tennis action between Australia's Lleyton Hewitt and Switzerland's Michel Kratochvil.

For the previous three hours they had been streaming through the gates. Fans dressed in green and gold, brandishing an assortment of supportive banners and signs, and often clad in afro-style wigs proudly displaying the national sporting colours.

Now, at 2:45pm, they were seated, in place and waiting with anticipation for proceedings to get underway. In one large block was Australia's official cheer squad, the Fanatics. Dressed in yellow t-shirts, and with most donning other accessories such as a painted face, a wig or a giant green Incredible Hulk-style hand, they warmed the crowd up with such traditional chanting gems as, "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi" and "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, [clap], [clap], [clap]". They may have had plenty of new ones up their sleeves, but you can't beat the classics.



In the corresponding block at the other end of the court were a group of people dressed in red t-shirts with medical-looking white crosses on the front. Presuming it was a particularly large contingent of Red Cross workers, I went over and offered to donate blood, but was politely informed that these were actually the Swiss fans. The fact that many of them were enthusiastically shaking cow bells probably should have been a tip-off. Come to think of it, it was still 15 minutes before the first rubber, and already those bells were beginning to become rather irritating. Luckily for the eardrums (and sanity) of those nearby, they didn't end up having much to shake them about during the first match.

Alongside these diehard fans were VIP's like Tennis Australia President Geoff Pollard, Victorian Premier Steve Bracks, former Premier Jeff Kennett, entrepreneur Steve Vizard, jockey Damien Oliver and tennis identities Mark Woodforde, Richard Fromberg and Lleyton's girlfriend Kim Clijsters. One lucky Channel Seven cameraman appeared to have been delegated the sole task of focussing in on Kim's every reaction and facial expression for the entire match.

Once the first rubber got started, it quickly became apparent that the cameraman in question wouldn't have too many winces or cries of distress to capture, as Kim's man did as one of the Fanatics asked him to do before the second point of the game and "wiped the floor" with the Swiss No.2.

For those unaware of the 122-place disparity in rankings between World No.7 Hewitt and No.129 Kratochvil, it fast became evident when, in the very first game of the match, the Australian broke his opponent's serve. The home crowd lifted, the Swiss tucked their cow bells back in their bags ready to be taken home and hung back around the necks of their cows, and Lleyton wasn't troubled from there on in, eventually winning 64 64 61.

In between, the Fanatics unveiled a few songs and chants the average Bay 13 punter at the MCG may not have been so familiar with, such as "Super Lleyton, Super Lleyton Hewitt" and, "Hey, Hey Lleyton (Ooh, Aah)". One wag among their ranks also used a brief break in play to question the policies of Mr Bracks, much to the amusement of the crowd and the premier himself – although whether the suggestion will get a run at the government's next cabinet meeting is doubtful.

For the Swiss part, they were gallant in cheering for a man clearly outclassed and trying to get by with what Hewitt described in his after-match interview as a "dodgy serve". In particular, two fairly rotund men in firemen's suits simply never gave up the battle to out-shout the Fanatics, but in the end, just like their player, they were outdone.

Hewitt sealed the match with a blistering forehand return that Kratochvil was unable to get back, and the crowd rose as one in acknowledgment of a man clearly back in form and ready to claim Davis Cup glory for his country. For the Australian fans ambling out to the concourse for a couple more beers in their green and gold wigs and clothing, the journey to Melbourne Park had already been worth it.

For the Swiss supporters, it was time to regroup with some cheese or chocolate and await the beginning of the second rubber when their Grand Slam-winning hero, Roger Federer, would hopefully come out and repeat his performance in the Wimbledon final by defeating Mark Philippoussis.



Rod Laver Arena rocks to an army of Swiss fans following Roger Federer's victory in the second singles match.

kit
09-19-2003, 08:23 PM
Well done Lleyton :worship:
Good Luck against Federer now :bounce:, Flip against Kratochvil :bounce: and of course in the doubles.
Come on guys,you can do it!!! :rocker: :clap2: :rocker:

Ashie_87
09-19-2003, 10:27 PM
:clap2: :woohoo: GO LLEYTON!!! YAY!
:sad: Flip...

hewittclijsters
09-20-2003, 01:35 AM
Congrats Lleyton!!:)
Good luck in the next match!!!:bounce:

NOMAD
09-20-2003, 02:28 AM
05:30 Join eurosport.com from 07:00cet for the first of today's Davis Cup World Group semi-final matches: Australia versus Switzerland, from the Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park. Can Roger Federer continue his fine form in the prestigious competition? Or will a rejuvenated Lleyton Hewitt upsurge the Wimbledon champion over the course of the weekend

05:45 First up for Australia, former world number one Lleyton Hewitt faces Michel Kratochvil, ranked a lowly 127!

05:45 Mark Philippoussis looks to avenge his Wimbledon final defeat against Roger Federer later. This match is not expected to start until at least 10:30cet.


06:55 The Rod Laver arena in Melbourne Park is packed to bursting... not an empty seat in sight... the line-ups await paitently at the side of the court for Hewitt and Kratochvil to come out

07:10 A slight delay in proceedings, but Hewitt and Kratochvil stepped out onto court to huge cheer...

07:16 The knock-up over, Kratochvil to start!

07:19 The Swiss player clearly nervous is caught cold, as Hewitt lets out the familiar cry of "C'mon!" The Australian crowd react to this and the former world number one rushes to his chair 1-0!

07:22 Hewitt extends his lead, and lie so many times in his Davis Cup career, he saves the best when playing for his country... 2-0!

07:25 Kratochvil takes in the words his experienced captain Marc Rosset, a finalist back in 1992 when he won an olympic Games singles gold medal... the Swiss star holds 1-2

07:29 Hewitt holds serve with ease, three forehand winners, leaving the world number 127 with no chance 3-1!


07:34 Kratochvil storms to his chair serving two aces and regaining his focus clearly shaken by the Australian's early barrage 2-3

07:38 Hewitt 4-2, the team support of Woodbridge, Fitzgerald and Arthurs working wonders... Philippoussis preparing in the locker-room for his match against Federer


07:41 Kratochvil serves out to love... he pumps his fist and races to his chair 3-4 down, with all to play for... the red of the Swiss support in one large cluster high in the stands... drums beating loud

07:44 Hewitt opens up with two aces and is gifted an unforced error by Kratochvil on the forehand side... but the Swiss player returns well twice and the Australian has to sweat out what should have been an easy game 5-3

07:47 Switzerland keep it interesting, Kratochvil targetting Hewitt's backhand side and forcing his way up the court 4-5

07:52 Hewitt with a fierce focus, the familiar twitching and adjusting of cap and top is all there for the crowd to see... he opens up a two point gap on serve before Kratochvil can get a return in court... a serve-volley winner and "C'mon" is aired... TWO SET POINTS... Kratochvil wins one back off return, but Hewitt ACES for the FIRST SET 6-4!!!

07:55 Kratochvil, wearing the red of Switzerland to open up the second set, against Hewitt wearing the the green and gold of Australia...

07:56 Kratochvil holds serve for the loss of one point and jogs to his chair, looking slightly tight in the legs... 1-0

07:59 Hewitt adjusts his cap and his golden jersey that appears to baggy... the Australian has relied on first serves to get him out of trouble so far, but Kratochvil is beginning to play to his potential... starting to attack off the return of serve

08:01 Hewitt levels for Australia 1-1... losing two points, through the growing confidence of Kratochvil and the increasing predictability of serve

08:05 BREAK POINT HEWITT!!!! The Aussie crowd chant: "Super, Super Lleyt, Super, Super Lleyt, Super, Supr Lleyt, SUper Lleyton Hewitt," the former world number one clearly enjoying the battle and breaks as Kratochvil crumbles witha double fault and needless backhand unforced error... HEWITT and AUSTRALIA 2-1!

08:07 Hewitt wraps up his service game with a forehand down the line, which he had to move quickly to get... running around his backhand, Kratochvil can only look in admiration... 3-1

08:10 The Swiss 24-year-old holds serve, but hasn't looked likely to break Hewitt, who has a Davis Cup win/loss record for Australia of 23/6... KRATOCHVIL 2-3

08:14 Hewitt firing down the ACES and directing his serve to leave Kratochvil flailing. The Aussie holds for 4-2 and captain John Fitzgerald lifts himself from his courtside chair to applaud this fine performance

08:18 Wherever Kratochvil is serving now, Hewitt can get a racket on it; two forehand return winners down the line and the Swiss player is under pressure: 30-30; Hewitt returns out, breathing space ADV; Hewitt dumps a backhand into the net... KRATOCHVIL 3-4!

08:23 Hewitt serves out with an ACE! He calmly walks back to a ball boy asks for his towel, 5-3 up, Kratochvil looking for help from Rosset on the Swiss bench...

08:26 Hewitt overcooks successive backhands, well long of the baseline, gifting Kratochvil an easy service hold... 4-5 down, Rosset is already off his seat and talking to his man


08:30 Kratochvil keeping Hewitt eager, but you feel it's too little too late... HEWITT sets up TWO SET POINT with an ACE! A second serve kicker, aimed at the Swiss right-hander's forehand is dumped into the net... HEWITT takes the SECOND SET 6-4


08:32 Kratochvil with it all to do, starts the third set...

08:34 The Swiss player confidently holds serve 1-0

08:38 Hewitt comes through the first stern test of his serve with flying colours to the delight of the green and gold... 1-1

08:42 Hewitt lets out yet another familiar cry as Kratochvil crumbles under pressure... the Aussie with TWO BREAK POINTS; Hewitt dumps into the net 30-40, one more chance; the Swiss player taking his time, first serve out wide, but Hewitt snaps it back for a winner... HEWITT 2-1

08:49 Neither player giving way now, Kratochvil after a long talk with Switzerland captain Marc Rosset fighting for every point, but Hewitt doesn't give up and holds serve for 3-1... 17 minutes gone in the third set

08:52 TRIPLE BREAK POINT HEWITT... Kratochvil dumps his first serve into the net, the second is deep but stands up, Hewitt crucnhes a forehand return down the line, the Swiss player can only lob, Hewitt smashes back but Kratochvil spanks a backhand down the line 15-40

08:53 HEWITT breaks the next point though, as Kratochvil nets a routine forehand approach off the Australian's return... 4-

08:57 Hewitt holds and now is one game away from giving Australia their first point of this World Group semi-final... 5-1

09:02 MATCH POINT HEWITT courtesy of a Kratochvil double fault... Hewitt returns down the line... GAME SET MATCH 6-4 6-4 6-1... Australia 1 - Switzerland 0! The Aussie team wave to the crowd, they begin chanting... Kratochvil never played consistently well... now the pressure is on Roger Federer

Goonergal
09-20-2003, 08:59 AM
The Aussies are 2-1 up :bounce:

Aussies Edge Ahead With Doubles Win
In a stunning comeback in the doubles rubber of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas semifinal tie between Australia and Switzerland, the home side has taken a vital 2-1 lead in the best of five match series.

Wayne Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge rallied from two sets to one down to beat Roger Federer and the Swiss captain Marc Rosset to win 4-6 7-6(5) 5-7 6-4 6-4. It was an enthralling, nail-biting clash which Australia captain John Fitzgerald described as "one of the best Davis Cup doubles matches I have ever seen".

NOMAD
09-20-2003, 10:32 AM
:bounce: WAY TO GO, Todd and Wayne :worship:

GREAT SUPPORTERS ;)
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:angel:
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Marc Rosset (R) from Switzerland reacts after his teammate Roger Federer missed a shot, while Australia's Lleyton Hewitt (red cap) and Mark Philippoussis (white cap) cheer on the Australian team, during the Davis Cup semi-final doubles match against Australia's Wayne Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne September 20, 2003. The Australian pair won the match 4-6 7-6 5-7 6-4 6-4 to give Australia a 2-1 lead in the tie. The winner of this Davis Cup tie will play either Spain or Argentina in the final. (http://www.gotennis.com/Photos/2003-09-20T101250Z_01_MEL12D_RTRIDSP_2_SPORT-TENNIS-DAVIS-CUP-AUSTRALIA.jpg)


Some highlight videos of earlier tie

Davis Cup .TV (http://ssl.sportev.com/davis/sportal/app.jsp)

Angele
09-20-2003, 11:19 AM
Thanks for the pictures and the video link :kiss: Kim is in one of those videos from Sweden :angel:

dagmar7
09-20-2003, 12:16 PM
Thanks to everyone who posted pictures and articles! :worship: I thought--in light of the doubles victory--I'd post this--Rosset calling Wayne the weakest link.

Rosset identifies Arthurs as weak link
By Linda Pearce
September 20, 2003


Switzerland has nominated Wayne Arthurs as the potentially vulnerable link in Australia's Davis Cup chain, with captain Marc Rosset hoping to exploit Todd Woodbridge's older but less celebrated partner in today's pivotal doubles match of the semi-final tie.

"The weakest point in the Australian team is Arthurs, how he will react when it's one-all after the first day," Rosset told Swiss journalists in the lead-up to yesterday's opening singles matches on Rod Laver Arena.

Rosset recalled the doubles rubber in the first round in Zurich in 2000, the last time the nations met in Davis Cup competition. Australia won the tie 3-2, but Rosset harked back to the fact that Roger Federer was making his Davis Cup doubles debut in tandem with Lorenzo Manta and that the scratch pair still managed a four-set victory over Arthurs and Sandon Stolle. Switzerland was thus able to take a 2-1 lead into the final day, and it took brave wins by Lleyton Hewitt and a limping Mark Philippoussis against Federer and George Bastl to salvage an Australian victory.

Yet Woodbridge, who shares a 4-2 cup doubles record with Arthurs after a shaky start, said he considered his left-handed partner a worthy member of the improving combination.

Woodbridge predicted that Arthurs would prove particularly valuable against the expected Swiss team of Federer, the Wimbledon champion, and Rosset, the big-serving veteran.

"I think you need someone like a Wayne to combat a Federer, and if Rosset plays I think you need Wayne there, too: for the reach, the quick serving games, free points, and the unpredictability," Woodbridge said.

"If you have perhaps a Lleyton and I together, it's too smooth for them, there's too many nice balls coming back and we make everything, but with Wayne they don't know if it's going to be a missed return or it's going to be a winner and that can make guys nervous. It makes them a little bit uncomfortable."

Arthurs, 32, a doubles specialist before his singles career burst into belated bloom at Wimbledon in 1999, has enjoyed one of his best doubles years in 2003, teaming with fellow Australian Paul Hanley to reach the quarter-finals or better at three of the four grand slams, and building his ranking to a career-high No.12.

star
09-20-2003, 02:56 PM
Nasty about Wayne. He's been a Davis Cup hero before and he was again yesterday... or today... or whatever the hell you call time in Australia. ;)

dagmar7
09-20-2003, 03:09 PM
Yeah, star, I'm not too sure about Rosset's forays into gamesmanship, but he's passionate about his swiss team and I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt--he's under a lot of pressure as captain/player. Here is a nice account of the match from Linda "I cover Davis Cup like a blanket" Pearce. I like the quotes from Todd. :angel:

Arthurs fashions epic fightback
By Linda Pearce
September 21, 2003

Wayne Arthurs had not played on Rod Laver Arena since the tearful, traumatic experience in the deciding fifth singles rubber of the 2001 final against France, and for one awful service game yesterday it seemed the nightmare had not ended.

Nobbled by nerves, he blundered through two double faults, a volleying error and a embarrassing airswing in the first game.

And yet, just over three hours later, Arthurs was being rightly acclaimed for the doubles match of his life, burying his Davis Cup ghosts to partner Todd Woodbridge to a 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer and Marc Rosset that delivered an Australian stranglehold on the Davis Cup semi-final against Switzerland.

"I was a little bit nervous, just trying to maybe erase some memories from last time I was out on this court, 2001," Arthurs said. "And I think the way I competed and the way I played today is going to go down as one of the biggest matches I've ever played."

His captain, John Fitzgerald, rated the Arthurs performance as equal in quality with his display in the quarter-final in Sweden, but considered it superior overall because of the pressures involved. In Malmo, Australia led 2-0; yesterday, it was 1-1. The happy sub-plot is that Woodbridge, too, is now in credit with his eighth Davis Cup partner in a record-breaking 12-year, 28-tie career.

"My partner played way better than I did today," Woodbridge said. "He kept me in there. That makes up for a couple of five-set losses that we've had; we deserved to win this one, and it feels much, much better."

Federer had not previously lost a Davis Cup doubles match when also required for singles duty, as he was on Friday and will be again against Lleyton Hewitt this afternoon. But this Australian combination of thirtysomethings is improving with age, and their latest effort ranks as their most tenacious.

While Arthurs steadied and lost only three points in his next seven service games after that potentially crippling beginning, it was Woodbridge who faltered early in the second set when unable to consolidate a 2-0 lead, and who had to stave off three more break chances in the 11th game. But when the tie-breaker came, Federer dropped successive service points and, from being on the brink of a two-sets-to-love deficit, the Australians equalised on their fourth set point.

Set three was effectively decided by one shot: an Arthurs backhand return that cannoned flush into his partner's left ear off Rosset's serve in the 11th game. Woodbridge walked off clutching his head, and was clearly unsettled, dropping his next service game to love to give the Swiss a two-sets-to-one lead.

But, throughout, Arthurs was the rock, showcasing his improved net play and that world-famous serve to help push the match into a fifth set, where the Australians finally achieved the breakthrough against Federer - a player they regard as a fine frontrunner, but more vulnerable under the pressure they hope Hewitt will apply today.

Early in the match, Collingwood euphoria from the MCG wafted over the railyards, but today tennis will become the main event, in the denouement of a tie that has now swung firmly back in Australia's favour.

It's not over, not officially, but Arthurs can be justifiably proud that Australia's 47th Davis Cup final is only one match away.

"We've got a long way to go," Fitzgerald said. "This next match has the potential to be a classic, but all I'll say is, our singles boys are ready both of them, and I'd rather be up 2-1 than down 2-1 by a country mile."

Scotso
09-20-2003, 03:26 PM
Go Australia :D

I want an Aussies vs. Spain showdown again :D

GO LLEYT!

Chesty Larue
09-20-2003, 03:49 PM
Thanks for the pictures and the video link :kiss: Kim is in one of those videos from Sweden :angel:

oh god she's wearing "the hat" :o :o

"the hat" must die! :fiery:

hewittclijsters
09-21-2003, 01:08 AM
Go Aussies!!:bounce:

NOMAD
09-21-2003, 07:31 AM
pics so far ;)

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hewittclijsters
09-21-2003, 07:49 AM
GO LLEYTON!!!!!!!!:bounce:

NOMAD
09-21-2003, 08:49 AM
05:00 Join eurosport.com/co.uk from 07:00cet for Australia v Switzerland from the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. With the green and gold leading Roger Federer's outfit 2-1 after Saturday's enthralling doubles, Federer and former world number one Lleyton Hewitt are up first for a crucial singles tie. It could well be a classic, so JOIN US

06:55 MELBOURNE: The roof is off, the sun is out! The crowd are full of colour, song, and funny banners... the cow bells are out too! Players expected shortly. A fantastic atmosphere for the first reverse singles of the final day... former world number one Lleyton Hewitt versus current Wimbledon champion Roger Federer10:35 MELBOURNE: Federer still gaining encouragement from the Swiss cow bells, but the Australian support is becoming deafening...

07:02 MELBOURNE: Out Hewitt and Federer come, they get quickly into their knock-up!

07:12 MELBOURNE: Roger Federer to begin... play!

07:14 MELBOURNE: Two aces from the Swiss Grand Slam champion... Federer starts well... SWITZERLAND 1-0!

07:14 MELBOURNE: Hewitt now getting the cheer of the Australian crowd... his first serve!

07:18 MELBOURNE: TWO BREAK POINTS SWITZERLAND... Hewitt started with an ACE, but Federer's return is on the spot straight away! The Aussie saves one with a fine forehand, but Hewitt tamely double faults... SWITZERLAND 2-0

07:22 MELBOURNE: BREAK POINT AUSTRALIA! Hewitt now with a chance, the ferrociousness of his returns paying dividends... Federer serves into the net, his second effort short, long rally backhand to backhand... eventually the Swiss man nets... AUSTRALIA BREAK 1-2! Federer walks to his chair shaking his head

07:25 MELBOURNE: Hewitt back on track, with the support of the crowd, the familiar signs of his determination are showing... 2-2

07:30 MELBOURNE: Federer muscles his way through with breathtaking groundstrokes, particularly on the backhand side. Hewitt improving fast! Big matches require big attitudes! SWITZERLAND 3-2

07:33 MELBOURNE: With Lleyton Hewitt's service hold... AUSTRALIA 3-3! He cry's out "C'mon Lleyt!" This gives the crowd the incentive to strike up "Super, Super Lleyt..."

07:37 MELBOURNE: Federer fltting between sheer brilliance and major stupidity... he oftens wins the first couple of points easily, then throws in a short serve of double fault to let Hewitt back in the door... he holds, but he'll have to improve his consistency against his pocket-sized opponent... SWITZERLAND 4-3

07:42 MELBOURNE: BREAK POINT SWITZERLAND! Hewitt pinned to the back of the court, wearing the green and gold of Australia, Federer knocks away an approach for the break chance; Hewitt quells the threat firing a forehand winner off the service return... "C'mon!"; moments later Hewitt takes the game to level up... 4-4

07:45 MELBOURNE: Hewitt returning the Federer serve two yards behind the baseline, then not moving forward off the return; Federer moving the ball around the service box nicely, keeping the Aussie 22-year-old guessing...

07:45 MELBOURNE: Hewitt wins two in a row and forces Federer to DEUCE; the Swiss man ACES TWICE! GAME SWITZERLAND 5-4

07:50 MELBOURNE: The Australian bench on their feet after every point, as Hewitt begins to feel the pressure of Federer's return prowess... a couple of "C'mon" shouts and Hewitt is playing as well as he ever has; he holds serve AUSTRALIA level for 5-5! Davis Cup play certainly brings out the best in him

07:53 MELBOURNE: Federer playing the big points well on serve... looking to have tied up his unforced errors! An unreturnable serve and another ACE give SWITZERLAND a 6-5 lead

08:00 MELBOURNE: Hewitt feeling confident enough to rally with Federer, instead of aiming for first serve penetration; the Wimbledon champion making life difficult for the Australian with groundstrokes that are finding the lines; FEDERER tightens his game and forces the mistake... SET POINT SWITZERLAND... Hewitt first serve out down the middle, and then a backhand into the net off the return... SWITZERLAND FIRST SET 7-5 in 48 minutes!!!!

08:02 MELBOURNE: Federer to start the second set!

08:05 MELBOURNE: Federer holds, with three well-placed first efforts, sailing close to the Hewitt racket! The Aussie with no chance of latching onto a big return SWITZERLAND 1-0

08:08 MELBOURNE: Hewitt holds easily... 1-1

08:10 MELBOURNE: Federer hits a further two ACES as the standard of play continues to increase... the Swiss fans elated by the fine start of the Wimbledon champion! SWITZERLAND 2-1

08:16 MELBOURNE: BREAK POINT SWITZERLAND... Hewitt too busy rallying and not concentrating on moving in on the short ball to put away...30-40; Federer watses the chance by dumping into the net off return; ACE and an unreturnable... Hewitt out of trouble and getting pumped up AUSTRALIA level up for 2-2

08:18 MELBOURNE: Federer holds his easiest service game of the match so far; he looks more likely to break, the nerves aren't getting to him; i wonder how Philippoussis and Kratochvil are feeling watching on from the locker-room? SWITZERLAND 3-2, 15 minutes of the second set gone

08:22 MELBOURNE: DOUBLE BREAK POINT SWITZERLAND! Federer sets up the chance through fine approahces to the net and a deft volley, leaving Hewitt on the backfoot; Hewitt anxious, nets a backhand and gifts Federer the game... SWITZERLAND 4-2

08:25 MELBOURNE: Federer confirms the break with destructive serving, leaving Hewitt no chance; the Australian bench looks stunned at this display, but can only support their former world number one... he's not playing badly, it's just Federer is playing his "A" game! SWITZERLAND 5-2

08:28 MELBOURNE: FEDERER on the prowl again opening up a two-point cushion on Hewitt's serve, from fine returns; Hewitt changes things up and comes to the net - never his most comfortable position on a court - Federer rips a backhand cross court past him.... TRIPLE SET POINT SWITZERLAND! He gets them as Hewitt crumbles; SECOND SET to the SWISS 6-2

08:30 MELBOURNE: Federer, crucially, to start the third set! How is Hewitt going to react?

08:32 MELBOURNE: Federer wraps up his fifth straight game in under 60 seconds, two ACES, two giving Hewitt little chance... SWITZERLAND 1-0 THIRD SET

08:34 MELBOURNE: The open-roofed stadium erupts as Hewitt, needing all the support he can get, holds serve 1-1

08:36 MELBOURNE: Federer in the ascendency, Philippoussis and Kratochvil start preparing! SWITZERLAND 2-1

08:39 MELBOURNE: Hewitt ACES to level the third set for ASUTRALIA, 2-2! Federer can only watch a series of determined and well-placed serves fly by

08:43 MELBOURNE: Hewitt starting to play at just the right time, two returns winners, forehand then backhand down the line... Federer 0-30; ACE 15-30!; Hewitt snaps at a return and frames out 30-30; Federer serves another ACE 40-30; Hewitt holds firm from the back of the court and steps up to whack away a forehand approach DEUCE; Federer unreturnable, Hewitt not happy ADV; the Aussie frames a backhand out SWITZERLAND 3-2! Hewitt thinks about chucking his racket, but doesn't!

08:48 MELBOURNE: Hewitt battling it out from the back, content on rallying with the Swiss star, Rosset on the bench offers encouragement; AUSTRALIA level at 3-3

08:51 MELBOURNE: Federer races to his chair having fired away an off-forehand well wide of Hewitt; SWITZERLAND 4-3 and cruising... members of the Aussie squad leave the court; Fitzgerald encourgaing Hewitt

08:54 MELBOURNE: BREAK POINT SWITZERLAND... Hewitt looking a shadow of his former self, the speed looks to be dwindling and the drive is not there; Federer thrashes a forehand return back off a short kicker... SWITZERLAND 5-3... Federer pumps his fists at the Swiss bench!

08:55 MELBOURNE: Federer two sets and 5-3 up to serve for the rubber and level the tie 2-2! Play!

08:58 MELBOURNE: HEWITT unbelievably pulls-out a BREAK POINT! Federer serving as well as ever, but the Australian steps a yard up the court on return, taking the ball earlier and reacts well to hit the decisive winner... AUSTRALIA just about in it... 4-5! "Waltzing Matilda" in full flow now!

09:04 MELBOURNE: Hewitt reacting to the Rod Laver Arena support, the Swiss cow bells still ring loud; the Australian keeping his cool under the most enormous of pressure; Federer at DEUCE... two points away from leveling for Ssitzerland; Hewitt serves deep, Federer returns out ADV AUS; Federer backhand return winner down the line off a short second serve

09:05 MELBOURNE: Federer returns out, the umpire has to make the call; Hewitt looks at the linesman - who didn't make the call - in pure frustration ADV AUS; Hewitt forehand winner "C'mon!" AUSTRALIA level 5-5!!!

09:10 MELBOURNE: Federer beginning to feel the pressure for the first time in the match; the usual demeanour of coolness deserting him momentarily; The Swiss man hits a good serve and approach for putaway ADV; Hewitt return winner DEUCE!; Federer has had enough and serves TWO ACES SWITZERLAND 6-5, 39 mniutes gone in the third set!

09:10 MELBOURNE: Fitzgerald talking to Hewitt now, the Australian with all the pressure to stay in the set and attempt to get back into the match

09:14 MELBOURNE: Hewitt firing on all cyclinders now; Federer talking to himself between points; three fine forehand approach winners by the Australian takes the third set to a TIE-BREAK 6-6

09:17 MELBOURNE: Federer serving, forces Hewitt to net forehand 1-0; Hewitt ACE 1-1; Hewitt deep kicker, in to put away forehand wide of Swiss reach 2-1; Federer serving, Hewitt return winner 3-1; Federer ACE, very questionable call 2-3; Hewitt serving, long rally, Federer hits a wild forehand out 4-2; change ends

09:21 MELBOURNE: Hewitt serving, nets a simply forehand, the crowd scream their annoyance 4-3; Federer back on serve, first effort into the net, second to the backhand Hewitt recognises it early and fires a winner 3-5; Federer serving, long long rally, Hewitt forces the Swiss right-hander to make a mistake 3-6... TRIPLE SET POINT AUSTRALIA... Hewitt to serve, first in the net, the Aussie nets a backhand, rushing slightly 6-4; HEWITT takes his time and ACES... AUSTRALIA THIRD SET 7-6(4)!!!!!

09:23 MELBOURNE: Federer goes off the court; Hewitt wraps himself in a towel to keep warm

09:30 MELBOURNE: HEWITT to start the fourth set, Hewitt out early after the prolonged changeover to do some stretching and keep warm...

09:32 MELBOURNE: Hewitt serves out for the loss of one point... 1-0

09:36 MELBOURNE: Federer serves out a close game with a customary ACE... the Swiss echo the support of the Australian din... 1-1... rountine holds so far in the fourth set

09:39 MELBOURNE: Hewitt with greater confidence than at any other time this weekend; the fire burns... Federer struggling to reach the wide service angles... AUSTRALIA 2-1

09:42 MELBOURNE: Federer holds for Switzerland as the pressure builds once more... 2-2

09:46 MELBOURNE: Hewitt beginning to serve out with ease, as Federer tightens his game up... the pressure often got to the Swiss Wimbledon champion, can it again in the pressure cooker of Davis Cup? AUSTRALIA 3-2

09:51 MELBOURNE: BREAK POINT AUSTRALIA... Hewitt sets it up through two forehand winners, giving Federer no chance... Federer hits his sixth DOUBLE FAULT of the game... AUSTRALIA in raptures 4-2... the Swiss bench off their feet!

09:55 MELBOURNE: Hewitt on the crest of a wave... the Swiss support falls silent, as the guts and determination of the Australia - for two years a world number one - begins to tell... a servivce hold for AUSTRALIA 5-2 is met with a "C'mon!"

09:58 MELBOURNE: Federer holds serve, but now all he can do is hope that the level of play that Hewitt has shown in recent games suddenly ends... SWITZERLAND 3-5

10:02 MELBOURNE: DOUBLE BREAK POINT SWITZERLAND!!!! What a match! Hewitt fires his first serve long, the second is kicked to Federer's forehand... the Swiss champion rallies, but is gifted the game through an Australia unforced error SWITZERLAND 4-5

10:10 MELBOURNE: Federer finding it difficult to close out his service game; Hewitt so close but never getting a BREAK POINT opportunity. Snatching at returns the Australian has the chance... FEDERER ACES for SWITZERLAND to level at 5-5!

10:13 MELBOURNE: Swiss captain Marc Rosset can only smile as the standard of play goes through the roof... Hewitt serves out for the loss of a point and now finds himself moving up the middle of the court at every opportunity... Federer hitting the short balls... AUSTRALIA 6-5!!!

10:17 MELBOURNE: Federer fighting for his life... A DOUBLE FAULT at DEUCE! AUSTRALIA SET POINT... Hewitt and Feder both attack the net, the Australian dives for a volley... HE GETS IT... spread out over the court he pumps his fist... the noise is deafening... AUSTRALIA TAKE THE FOURTH SET 7-5! UNBELIEVABLE!!!!

10:20 MELBOURNE: Hewitt to open up the fifth and final set; at present the Australian looks in fine form and with crowd support could send his nation to their 47th Davis Cup final

10:23 MELBOURNE: Hewitt holds serve to love... "Waltzing Matilda" starts up again for the 20th time today! Fitzgerald off the Aussie bench in a flash, his opposite number Rosset consoling and encouraging Federer

10:28 MELBOURNE: Both players hold routine serves... AUSTRALIA 2-1

10:32 MELBOURNE: BREAK POINT AUSTRALIA... Federer again double faulting, long rally, the Swiss man kicking his first serve in deep... Hewitt scrambling side-to-side never in control of the rally... FEDERER nets a backhand on approach to the net... ASUTRALIA BREAK 3-1!

10:34 MELBOURNE: HEWITT serves out to love... Mark Philippoussis, Kim Clijsters and Lleyton's parents on their feet applauding his tremendous comeback... The Australian races to his chair, jumping into the congratulatory hug of Fitzgerald... AUSTRALIA 4-1! But Fitzy will warn him that the tough part is to come!

10:35 MELBOURNE: Federer still gaining encouragement from the Swiss cow bells, but the Australian support is becoming deafening...

10:39 MELBOURNE: BREAK POINT AUSTRALIA! Hewitt being lifted endlessly by the home support... Federer saves the chance with a net cord winner... tense stuff... DEUCE; first serve out, second really short, Hewitt a good three yards behind the baseline, short rally... Federer hits backhand long... SECOND CHANCE FOR AUSTRALIA... another bachand error for the Swiss man... AUSTRALIA 5-1! Hewitt pumps his fist to the Aussie bench... he'll have to serve for it

10:39 MELBOURNE: Hewitt, to take Australia to their 47th Davis Cup final...

10:43 MELBOURNE: Hewitt ACE 15-0; Federer backhand error 30-0; Hewitt first serve in net, takes his time to deliver his next effort... double fault 30-15; Federer backhand error down the line 40-15; AUSTRALIA TWO POINTS FOR A PLACE IN THE FINAL... Hewitt takes his time again... first serve in... SMASH WINNER!!!! Hewitt falls to his knees... CAME SET MATCH HEWITT... 5-7 2-6 7-6 7-5 6-1!!! Australia take an unassailable 3-1 lead and reach the final!

10:45 MELBOURNE: An incredible fourth rubber, Federer close to tears; his one man challenge taking Switzerland to the brink of the final ends; will Mark Philippooussis play Mark Kratochvil in the dead rubber now? Or will both teams swop their selection, that has become meaningless?

tournesol
09-21-2003, 09:02 AM
LL

:worship: :worship: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :woohoo: :woohoo: :worship: :worship: :worship: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: :kiss:

you' re simply the best

Jess
09-21-2003, 09:22 AM
WOW!!!!
That was truly amazing!!!!
Lleyton - you're a STAR!

NOMAD
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NOMAD
09-21-2003, 09:34 AM
Hewitt leads Australia into Davis Cup final

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By Greg Buckle

MELBOURNE, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Lleyton Hewitt gave Australia an unbeatable 3-1 lead in their Davis Cup semi-final against Switzerland on Sunday, recovering from two sets down to beat Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in an enthralling battle.

Australia will play either Spain or Argentina in the November final.

Hewitt won 5-7 2-6 7-6 7-5 6-1, breaking the world number three's serve twice in the fifth set as Federer began to tire in his third match in three days.

"This beats the hell out of winning the (2001) U.S. Open and (2002) Wimbledon, I tell you right now," ;) said Hewitt, who was carried off the court by Australian captain John Fitzgerald.

"This is an incredible feeling. He was pretty much unstoppable in that second set. I really had to dig deep."

Federer, needing a victory to keep the tie alive for Switzerland, broke Hewitt's serve in the second game of the match but the former world number one broke back in the next game.

Hewitt's serve failed him again in the 12th game as he put a backhand into the net on break point to hand the world number three the first set.

Down three break points at 2-3, Hewitt could save only one before dropping serve again in the sixth game of the second set.


MISSED SMASH

Federer was serving for the match at 5-3 in the third set but the determined Hewitt broke back and forced a tie-break which he won 7-4 on his second set point.

Federer, who took a break off court after losing the third set, made two successive errors in the sixth game to drop serve and trail 2-4 in the fourth set. He looked vulnerable as he missed a smash then put a forehand long.

Serving again at 5-6 to stay in the fourth set, Federer was pushed to deuce and served a double fault before Hewitt hit an off-balance backhand volley winner to take the set.

It was Federer's first loss in 11 Davis Cup singles rubbers, nine of which were straight-set victories. Hewitt, 22, has won eight of the 10 meetings between the pair.

Wayne Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge ground out an exciting five-set victory over Federer and Swiss captain Marc Rosset on Saturday to give Australia a 2-1 lead. The hosts squeezed home 4-6 7-6 5-7 6-4 6-4 in a doubles encounter that lasted three hours 17 minutes.

The semi-final tie was level after Friday's singles when Hewitt beat Switzerland's world number 129 Michel Kratochvil 6-4 6-4 6-1 and Wimbledon runner-up Mark Philippoussis lost to Federer 3-6 4-6 6-7.

After Hewitt's win on Sunday, Australia opted to use Woodbridge for the dead singles rubber against Kratochvil, replacing Philippoussis.

Australia have won 27 Davis Cup titles and been losing finalists 19 times.

NOMAD
09-21-2003, 09:46 AM
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:hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :angel: :angel: :angel:
he looks so happy :D
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Jess
09-21-2003, 10:17 AM
Superstar Hewitt secures home final
By Joel Zander

Australia's Lleyton Hewitt has played one of the matches of his life to down Switzerland's Roger Federer in five sets in their Davis Cup semi-final fourth rubber in Melbourne.

Federer served for the match after going two sets up and a break in the third, but as he so often does, Hewitt showed great determination to claim the next three sets in an amazing fightback on Rod Laver Arena.

His 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-5, 6-1 victory has given Australia an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the tie and secured his country a home final against either Spain or Argentina in November, most likely to be played on grass.

Hewitt's amazing Davis Cup record has now been extended to 22 wins in 27 matches.

He beat Swiss number two Michel Kratochvil in straight sets on Friday, before Mark Philippoussis was downed by Federer, also in straight sets.

But on Saturday Australia's doubles pairing of Wayne Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge gave Hewitt a crucial 2-1 advantage heading into the clash with Federer.

Woodbridge took on Kratochvil in the dead fifth rubber after the Hewitt match, but retired after losing the first set 6-4.

Federer, playing his third match in as many days after partnering Swiss captain Marc Rosset in the doubles, started well against a rested Hewitt, but the world number seven Australian ran over the top of him as the match wore on.

Hewitt did not get off to a good start in the match when he was broken in his first service game, and while he hit back immediately, he was broken once more as Federer took the set.

The second then lasted just 25 minutes as the world number three blew Hewitt off the court, breaking him twice.

Hewitt started off well in a third set he had to win, but he looked in real trouble when Federer broke him to take a 5-3 lead.

But a gutsy Hewitt broke back under the extreme pressure and then held serve to level it.

The crowd went crazy when he took the tie-breaker to force the match into a fourth set.

Hewitt then made his move at 3-2 in the fourth, breaking Federer and then holding serve to go in front 5-2.

But Federer, after holding serve, then broke back as Hewitt was serving for the set to make it 5-4.

Both players held serve until it was 6-5 to Hewitt, and the Australian grabbed the crucial break to take the set, running to a Federer drop shot and sparring with him up close before producing a shot which the Swiss player could not reach.

Hewitt then had the perfect tonic in the final set, breaking Federer to go 3-1 up as the world number three began to run out of gas.

Spurred on by the crowd and his fightback from oblivion, Hewitt then cruised through his service game to hold a commanding 4-1 lead.

When he once again broke Federer to go 5-1 up, the former world number one could smell blood.

The stadium erupted as Hewitt then finished off a spent Federer, his smash too good as he completed a remarkable comeback.

He jumped into the arms of captain John Fitzgerald and then high-fived all of his team-mates.

NOMAD
09-21-2003, 10:25 AM
Hewitt calls on Cash
Sportal



Pat Cash’s miracle comeback win over Swede Mikael Pernfors in the 1986 Davis Cup final at Kooyong continues to pay dividends for Australia after it helped inspire Lleyton Hewitt to an amazing comeback of his own over a white-hot Roger Federer.

The former world No.1 was in all sorts of trouble when he dropped the first two sets and then found himself down 3-5 in the third with Swiss Federer serving to force the semi-final tie to a decisive fifth rubber.


But just like Cash in that victory 17 years ago a few kilometres down the road at the old home of the Australian Open, Hewitt made some history of his own with what in his own words was the greatest comeback of his career in a singles match.

“I was saying to the boys afterwards I felt like I was in a dream there” Hewitt said. “I was just trying to keep myself in there and give myself a chance, but he played an incredible tennis match.”

“In the second set he wouldn’t have lost that set to anyone in the world. There was very little I could do about it. It’s hard to stay positive in those situations and even when I was 5-3 down in the third set I was telling myself it’s going to be tough to serve this out.”

“I was just trying to hang in there and can try and get it to a tie-break and sneak that out. I knew obviously he has played a lot of tennis over the last couple of days and I felt like I’d be the fitter player and in the end it paid off.”

Having made no secret of how many times he has watched the Cash-Pernfors match, Hewitt added that with victory he had lived out a childhood dream of emulating the 1987 Wimbledon champion.

“I’ve lost count, I know every single shot in that match,” Hewitt said. “I watched it on the Pat Cash video when I was very young and I looked up to that guy, and I looked up to one day being in that situation.”

Having had a disappointing season with no Grand Slam title victories, Hewitt also had something to say to his critics who believe he has lost the hunger and the fire that saw him capture the 2001 US Open and Wimbledon the following year.

“This is a dream, a lot of people have wanted to have goes all year on my form and whatever, this should shut everyone up :devil: ,” Hewitt said. “It was an awkward situation but it was a dream come true.”

As for the support he had enjoyed from the Australian crowd at Melbourne Park, Hewitt also said that he will never forget the feeling he had when he finally claimed victory.

“I think everyone knows how passionate I am about Davis Cup and even if you win Wimbledon or the US Open, the feeling I had there on centre court when I was serving for that match, you just want to box that up and keep it forever,” Hewitt said.

“It’s the most electric feeling you could ever have. I’m so passionate about playing for Australia that to have all the crowd standing up like that, it was incredible.”

NOMAD
09-21-2003, 10:33 AM
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No Lleyki kiss or Lleyki pics :mad: :fiery:

Angele
09-21-2003, 10:50 AM
Thanks for all the pics Tara :D :worship:

OMG Lleyton :D :worship: :worship: :worship: Well done!!! :yeah:

NOMAD
09-21-2003, 10:51 AM
Australia win Davis Cup semifinal over Switzerland

September 21, 2003

Lleyton Hewitt returned from the brink of defeat to seal Australia's victory in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals at Melbourne Park today. Hewitt was trailing two sets to love and 3-5 in the third against Roger Federer of Switzerland, when he hauled the set into a tiebreak and won it 74.

He powered on to capture the match 57 26 76(4) 75 61.

Australia will now play a home final against either Spain or Argentina in late November, early December.



"It beats the hell out of winning the US and Wimbledon," an elated Hewitt said after the match.

Drawing on Pat Cash's comeback against Swede Michael Pernfors in 1986 when the Melburnian turned around a one-sided match to give Australia victory in the final, Hewitt also believed he could dig out a victory at the 11th hour.

"I looked up to that guy (Cash) and I looked up to one day being in this situation," Hewitt said.

"I really had to dig deep and this is just an unbelievable feeling. I'd like to thank the crowd. You were incredible. Make sure you come back at the end of November because we'll probably have a grass court here."

Optus Australian Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald said grass was a fair option. "There's a good chance we'll play against Spain and grass is their least favoured surface," he said.

Hewitt became the first player to beat Federer's stretch of 10 consecutive singles rubbers in Davis Cup. Going into the match, the Swiss had won 29 straight singles sets and certainly looked like he was about to bag three more on the hop.

The games were close in the first set, but a few loose points by Hewitt gave Federer his chance and he took it, springing into the second set like a praying mantis.

Federer completely outclassed Hewitt for 25 minutes, powering to the finishing line as is his wont. "In the second set, he would not have lost to anyone in the world," Hewitt said.

Again in the third set, his strokes flowing freely, the Swiss appeared untouchable as he broke Hewitt to lead 5-3.

But Hewitt's game had begun to show glimpses of power and consistency, enough to worry Federer when he attempted to serve out the match.

"I know anyone who is serving for a match is always going to be a little bit nervous," said Hewitt. "I believed if I could get that set I would be a fitter player in the end."

Down 30/40, the Swiss netted a backhand and slowly crumpled as Hewitt gained the upper hand.



Roger Federer's spirit waned after losing the third set.

Taking a 10 minute break after the third set, Federer returned looking flat and lacking energy, the toll of playing three consecutive matches over the weekend clearly evident.

"I could tell he was getting a bit down on himself and we haven't seen that all weekend," Hewitt said.

From then on it was Hewitt who became unstoppabble, pumping his chest and blaring out 'C'mons' to the roaring home crowd, even when he stretched out flat on his chest after plopping over a volley to win the fourth set and even up the match.

Hewitt rated today's win as the best of his Davis Cup career, now standing at 16-5 in singles. The only other five set match he has won was against Guillermo Canas at the French Open a few year's ago.

"I've never come back from that far behind before," the elated South Australian said after the match. "That feeling when you're serving for the match ... the adrenalin ... you just want to box that up and keep it forever."

Angele
09-21-2003, 11:04 AM
OMG I just checked newspix and they have a TON of pictures :D I'm gonna start posting them once I get over the shock lol

Angele
09-21-2003, 11:12 AM
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hewittclijsters
09-21-2003, 11:17 AM
CONGRATS LLEYTON!!!!!!:worship::worship::worship:

Angele
09-21-2003, 11:19 AM
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September 21, 2003. Melbourne, VIC. Tennis. Davis Cup. Australia vs Switzerland. Lleyton Hewitt vs Roger Federer. Brownlow contender Andrew McLeod and Rachel Clark
Photographer - FIONA HAMILTON

hewittclijsters
09-21-2003, 11:19 AM
Some pics...;)

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Angele
09-21-2003, 11:25 AM
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From Mark's match vs. Federer

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Angele
09-21-2003, 11:42 AM
Vs. Kratochvil

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Angele
09-21-2003, 11:52 AM
More vs. Kratochvil

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Angele
09-21-2003, 11:57 AM
And still more :yeah:

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duck
09-21-2003, 12:40 PM
Hewitt roars back
September 21, 2003 - 8:31PM

An hour and a half into the match Lleyton Hewitt uttered a visible obscenity, pumped his fist, beat his chest and threw back his head and screamed.

Just like he used to.

Then he began to play the sort of tennis that made him the world's No. 1 player.

With defeat staring him in the face and with Australia's grip on its Davis Cup semi-final against Switzerland looking less than firm, Hewitt invoked the memory of his hero Pat Cash and roared back to life.

At exactly the same point of Australia's final against Sweden in 1986, Cash was 0-2 down to Mikael Pernfors before producing a comeback that has become one of Hewitt's greatest inspirations.

Cash's win, one of the greatest in Davis Cup history, sealed Australia's victory, as did Hewitt's.

Today's hero was only five years old at the time, but he says he has lost count of the times he has watched film of the match.

"I know every shot," he said tonight.

Which was no mean feat considering the hottest player in the world had him two sets down and was two points away from a straight sets victory.

The shot that saved him from an early night and his team from a precarious position also gave Hewitt a sniff of a chance.

He still had to save the set, but it was as though he sensed the previously impenetrable Federer might be human after all.

The Swiss had strung together a 10-match winning streak in Davis Cup matches that extended back to February last year.

Not only had he won every match since then, he hadn't dropped a set.

But Hewitt's blood was up and it forced him into a tiebreak which he dominated.

Federer then left the court for what you can only imagine was an absolutely essential pit stop.

If not, it was a huge tactical error.

It wasn't that Federer was a shadow of his former self when he returned, but he wasn't the same player.

He still produced some impeccable shots that left Hewitt hopelessly stranded.

But from the first game of the fourth set, he shot the occasional doubtful glance at his captain Marc Rosset at courtside.

"I could tell he was getting a little bit down on himself," Hewitt said.

"It felt like his confidence dropped off."

Hewitt admitted that, before that, Federer was playing as though he was unbeatable.

"He wouldn't have lost the second set to anyone in the world," he said.

Until the third set of today's match, Federer had won 31 straight sets in Davis Cup matches.

Which may explain his loss of composure when he finally dropped one.

Federer still produced some miraculous shots and still fought it out.

But once Hewitt found that old feeling, there was no stopping him.

"I've been copping a lot of shit," he admitted. "But this will answer that."

As prickly as he sometimes feels compelled to be, Hewitt also showed tonight that his maturity is catching him up.

He described playing Davis Cup as a passion that surpasses any other in tennis and that winning it would exceed even his US Open and Wimbledon titles.

And tonight's win?

"That feeling when you're serving for the match ... the adrenalin ... you just want to box that up and keep it forever."

AAP

NOMAD
09-21-2003, 12:57 PM
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NOMAD
09-21-2003, 01:10 PM
AUDIO: Lleyton Hewitt speaking on how he found his inspiration (http://www.sportal.com.au/audio/hewitt_sun_1.wma)

star
09-21-2003, 01:23 PM
AUSSIE!!!!! AUSSIE!!!! AUSSIE!!!!

OI!!! OI!!!! OI!!!!



What a wonderful way to wake up!! Lleyton is the Davis Cup hero!!!!

star
09-21-2003, 01:24 PM
Sorry about that yellow, but you get the idea. :)

star
09-21-2003, 01:40 PM
Nomad!!!!

Thanks so much for posting that Eurosport commentary. :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:

What a stiring match. It had everthing! The agony of defeat; the triumph of victory!

star
09-21-2003, 01:41 PM
"A visible obsenity" :lol:

NOMAD
09-21-2003, 01:55 PM
http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/tennisau/tennisau.nsf/891434f5e5a48cefca256b800018d1e4/cf91483f5777d1d9ca256da8003f4fed/Body/0.414?OpenElement&FieldElemFormat=jpg
September 21, 2003

Aussies on a grass course to the final

The Optus Australian Davis Cup team are highly favoured to contest the Davis Cup final on grass, Aussie captain John Fitzgerald said today.

And most who saw Lleyton Hewitt defeated Swiss Roger Federer at Melbourne Park today, believe the Australians will capture their 28th Davis Cup.

While pointing out the great depth of the Spanish team, currently 2-1 ahead of Argentina in its semifinal being played in Malaga this weekend, Federer tipped the balance in favour of the Australians when they play the final in late November.


The Optus Australian Davis Cup team: coming back for
the big one in November.

"It's going to be a difficult match for you guys," Federer said. "Home ground with choice of surface, you guys should be favourites if everyone's healthy. :angel: "

Added Swiss captain Marc Rosset, "If I had to put some money, I would bet on Australia. :D "

After today's performance by Hewitt, Fitzgerald believes his No.1 player can return to the No.1 world ranking. :worship:

"Considering the opposition, that's as good as it gets," Fitzgerald said.

Hewitt came from two sets to love down and 3-5 to beat Federer, arresting his 31 straight singles sets streak in Davis Cup.

"In the second set, Roger was just lighting up," Fitzgerald said.

"After he won a tight first set he just opened his shoulders and away he went."

Fitzgerald had advised Hewitt to stay with Federer until he came down a peg or two. "To come back from that, you've gotta have a lot of self belief," Fitzgerald said.

"If that was me, I reckon I'd be believing I could be the No.1 in the world." :D :angel:

A disappointed Federer said he had left the court after the third set to have treatment on his legs. "I just wanted to get them back to order. Work better," he said.
But to no avail. The magic had vanished from his game as Hewitt sensed his chance and rolled over this year's Wimbledon champion.

"He fought hard and won the match," Federer said. "It's a great achievement. You can only congratulate him. I think I was playing great tennis for two sets but it wasn't enough."

Murkofan
09-21-2003, 01:57 PM
All I can say is: :worship: Lleyton :worship:

I wonder why Todd had to retire.

Scotso
09-21-2003, 02:06 PM
Amazing win today, Lleyton! :bounce:

NOMAD
09-21-2003, 02:13 PM
This one's from the heart
By Ron Reed
September 22, 2003

LLEYTON Hewitt is still only 22 and has at least half of his remarkable tennis career still ahead of him, but he'll be lucky if the game provides him with a more memorable moment than when he finally overcame Roger Federer as darkness fell over Melbourne Park last night.

He said it was better than anything he'd ever done, including winning Wimbledon.

Sometimes such sentiments resonate a little less convincingly when the applause dies and a new day dawns, or another big win rolls around - but time will tell about that.

What is beyond dispute is that in the euphoria that swamped Rod Laver Arena, he meant it from the bottom of his large heart.

The reason for that is easily identifiable.

There are two forms of elite tennis, one being the tournaments through which talented young men and women can play for themselves as individuals and accumulate absurd amounts of money, as Hewitt has certainly done.

The other is the Davis Cup, now well into its second century of providing a platform for patriotism in a sport that often makes you think some players wouldn't know the meaning of the term.

Think of all the Americans - even the Pete Samprases of the world - who have found better things to do over the years than turn out for the Stars and Stripes.

It is to the eternal credit of Australian tennis - in fact, the Australian sporting ethos - that it doesn't happen here.

Kids with tennis talent would no more dream of snubbing the Davis Cup than young cricketers would reject the opportunity to wear the baggy green cap, even those who grow up and have to settle for being prime ministers instead.

This is where Lleyton Hewitt has come from, his passion ignited one unforgettable day 17 years ago - he would have been barely big enough to hold a racquet - when he watched Pat Cash win the cup for Australia with an epic come-from-behind five-setter against Sweden's Mikael Pernfors at Kooyong, the crucible of so much of Australia's Davis Cup history and tradition.

It was that same match that provided him with the inspiration to fight on when he found himself at Federer's mercy yesterday, the Swiss champion serving for a straight-sets victory.

He had dreamed of emulating what Cash did that day - now the chanced presented itself.

If you weren't there, or riveted to a TV, to watch what happened next, you missed the latest in a year of tremendous moments in Australian sport, one to file alongside Steve Waugh's Sydney century, Jason McCartney's return to football and Jana Pittman's win at the athletics world championships.

The atmosphere that prevailed as the pendulum swung, the Swiss spectators clanging their cowbells and the Australians blowing Waltzing Matilda on a trumpet, is simply not to be found at tournament tennis.

The crowd - and Australian captain John Fitzgerald complimented them for it - made it abundantly clear, just as Hewitt was doing down in the furnace, that there is limited credibility to the theory that has been doing the rounds for a while now that the Davis Cup has lost some of its relevance and glory.

Not when it throws up an occasion like this, it hasn't.

What Hewitt also confirmed - and nobody has ever really doubted this - is that his ticker is as formidable as his talent, and they make an irresistible combination.

He has been irked, and didn't mind saying so last night, by the focus that has been applied to his fairly forgettable year on the circuit, which has seen his No. 1 ranking slide alarmingly and his impact on the majors fade.

"I hope that shuts everybody up," he said sharply.


That was my best win ever
By Mark Stevens
September 22, 2003

LLEYTON Hewitt last night described his electrifying comeback victory over Swiss superstar Roger Federer as the best of his career.

Flush with visions of his idol Pat Cash's Davis Cup heroics, Hewitt said the triumph was a "dream come true" and more of a buzz than winning Wimbledon or the US Open.

"Beating an in-form player like that, I think it's probably No. 1," Hewitt said.

"The feeling I had out there on centre court when I was serving for the match, you just want to box that up and keep it forever. It's the most electric feeling you can ever have.

"This beats the hell out of winning the US Open and Wimbledon.

"This is a dream. A lot of people have wanted to have a go all year on my form and whatever - this should shut everyone up."

Federer won the first two sets and served for the match at 5-3 in the third. It looked certain the Davis Cup semi-final at Melbourne Park would be levelled at 2-2.

But Hewitt, with thoughts of Cash's come-from-behind win against Swede Mikael Pernfors in the '86 final at Kooyong racing through his mind, won the third-set tie-breaker and took control to win 5-7 2-6 7-6 7-5 6-1.

The win left the Aussies with an unbeatable 3-1 lead and set up a home final - probably against Spain - at Melbourne Park from November 28-30.

Spain last night took a 2-1 lead into the final day of it's semi-final tie against an injury-hit Argentina.

Hewitt said he had lost count of how many times he had watched Cash's famous win in 1986.

Cash looked just as spent, down two sets against Pernfors, but hauled himself to one of Australia's most memorable Davis Cup victories.

"I know every single shot in that match. I watched it in the Pat Cash video when I was very young. I looked up to that guy and I looked up to one day being in that situation," Hewitt said.

"I was thinking of that match the whole time I was 2-0 down.

"I knew he (Federer) had played a lot of tennis over the last couple of days and I felt like I'd be the fitter player and in the end it paid off."

Hewitt is becoming legendary for his Davis Cup exploits - including beating Gustavo Kuerten in his home country Brazil two years ago - but the 22-year-old said this one was hard to top.

It was just the second time in Hewitt's career he has come back from two sets down - conjuring a comeback not quite so spectacular against Argentina's Guillermo Canas at the 2001 French Open.

"A lot of people gave me a bit of shit because I was 4-3 up a break in the fifth and had to come back the next day," Hewitt said.

"So they said it wasn't really a two sets to love comeback. Hopefully, today will count."

Davis Cup coach Wally Masur had little hesitation in saying it was the best Davis Cup performance he had seen.

"This country's produced so many great players over so many years. I was fortunate enough to play in a lot of teams with Pat Cash and talking about that match against Pernfors, Cashy was awesome," Masur said.

"In the context of the matches that have been played, it's the best one I've ever seen."

Masur said Hewitt would inspire other young Australians, just as Cash did almost 17 years ago.

All indications are grass will be the chosen surface for the final, just as it was in Australia's loss to France two years ago.

Herald Sun

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09-21-2003, 02:35 PM
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Hewitt returns to his best for patriot games
By Linda Pearce
September 22, 2003

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Down but not out: Lleyton Hewitt during his come-from-behind victory over Switzerland's Roger Federer at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena yesterday. The win clinched the semi-final tie for Australia. Photo: Reuters


It was a sight we have rarely seen. Lleyton Hewitt in his courtside chair, despondent, shaking his head, muttering to his Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald that he did not know what to do. Fitzgerald's inaudible suggestion was greeted with an agitated reply. "I can't," bleated Hewitt, who trailed Roger Federer by a set and 2-5. "I can't."

He could, and he did. Hewitt summoned all his fabled tenacity, eventually prevailing in five sets in what he rates above his two grand slam titles as the greatest match, and recovery, and thrill of his career. Federer had led 7-5, 6-2, 5-3 before Hewitt won the final three sets 7-6 (7-5), 7-5, 6-1 to complete a famous victory in three hours and 31 minutes.

"I think everyone knows how passionate I am about Davis Cup, and even when I won Wimbledon and the US Open, the feeling that I had out there on centre court when I was serving for that match, you just want to box that up and keep it forever," Hewitt said later. "It's the most electric feeling you could ever have; the [greatest] adrenalin rush of all time."


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Only once before had Hewitt recovered from a two-sets-to-love deficit; in the 2001 French Open against Guillermo Canas. "A lot of people gave me a bit of shit because I was 4-3 up a break in the fifth and had to come back the next day, so they said it wasn't really a two-sets-to-love comeback," he said. "But hopefully today will count."

Hewitt's early tactics were sound and reasonably effective, giving Federer little pace with which to work, drawing enough unforced errors to keep himself well in the match. Having dropped his opening service game, just as Philippoussis had done on Friday, Hewitt struck straight back and there was little between the players until late in the set.

But from 6-5, through a brilliant second set, through the first eight games of the third, Federer was brilliant while Hewitt was tentative, conservative, defensive, and appeared to have lost all hope. But all he needs is a sniff, and he got one. Serving for the match, Federer played a poor game and Hewitt pounced.

"I know anyone serving for a match is always going to be a little bit nervous, and I just tried making him play every point; he gave me a couple of cheap points in that game and I sensed an opportunity," Hewitt said. "Obviously Roger's played a lot of tennis over the last couple of days, and I believed if I could get that third set I'd be the fitter player in the end."

It was as if he knew, too, that his only hope was to start hitting out, for defensive tennis had brought him to the brink of defeat and the match was as good as lost unless something changed dramatically.

As Federer served at 5-3, Hewitt's former coach Jason Stoltenberg announced in the commentary box that "I've seen Lleyton come back from here before". We laughed. Sure, Jason. But the last laugh was Hewitt's, as it was habitually during his two years at No.1 and has been for all but five of 27 Davis Cup singles matches, including the past six in succession.

Two of those losses were in meaningless dead rubbers, and the other three in the finals of 1999, 2000 and 2001. All three that mattered cut deeply, for Hewitt is fiercely proud and feverishly patriotic. And having ended the season without reaching even a grand slam semi-final, only a Davis Cup can salvage his year.

It still can. Hewitt overwhelmed a weary Federer, who is the competition's best one-man team, but this time he could not do it all. He had beaten Philippoussis in straight sets on Friday, then partnered Marc Rosset through five mentally draining sets of doubles on Saturday before Todd Woodbridge and Wayne Arthurs prevailed.

He should have beaten Hewitt in three sets, and had to win in four or it was obvious he would be trampled by his fresher Australian foe, urged on by a partisan crowd. he took a long break at the end of the third set, and his body language dropped with each missed chance.

In the fourth set he was broken in the sixth game before finding a final effort to level at 5-5. But, much as the first set had been, except in reverse, Hewitt avoided the need for a tiebreak with the help of a double fault at deuce and then a net exchange that left the Australian to bunt a reflex backhand volley into the open court before tripping over his feet and stumbling to the floor.

It was from there, on his stomach, that he launched into a fist-pumping "c'mon". And it was from there, quite clearly, that Hewitt was not going to lose. From a seemingly hopeless situation, when he even doubted himself, the 22-year-old had found a way to win.

"A couple of years ago he won a match against Gustavo Kuerten in Brazil that I thought was the best Davis Cup performance I'd seen from an Australian in the last 20 years, but today he equalled that," Fitzgerald said. "What he did today I'll never forget for the rest of my life."

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Grass court in favour for final
By Linda Pearce
September 22, 2003

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Australia seems certain to resurrect its portable grass court to host either Spain or Argentina in the Davis Cup final in November, after Lleyton Hewitt yesterday credited his miraculous semi-final recovery against Roger Federer to the inspirational memory of Pat Cash's comeback in the 1986 final on the lawns of Kooyong.

That was Australia's last home triumph, though there has since been only one opportunity: the infamous 2001 loss to France on the temporary grass that was laid over Rod Laver Arena as an unintentional welcome mat for Nicolas Escude.

With Spain heavily favoured to win the other semi-final in Malaga overnight, the choice this time is more logical, for although Spain boasts three grand slam champions and 16 singles players in the top 100, only new world No.1 Juan Carlos Ferrero is remotely threatening on grass.

In Hewitt and Mark Philippoussis, Australia has one Wimbledon champion and a finalist from the past two years. It was therefore no surprise that both Hewitt and captain John Fitzgerald flagged the likelihood of a grasscourt final for November 28-30.


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"We'll probably have a grass court here," Hewitt told the crowd. "I think there's a fair chance," Fitzgerald confirmed.

"We'll get together as a team and see what the boys think. I've got a fair idea that they might choose grass. There's a good chance we'll play against Spain, and I think grass probably would be their least favorite surface. So there's a chance, it's our prerogative."

Hewitt admitted he had used the childhood memory of Cash's stupendous comeback from a two-sets-to-love deficit against Sweden's Mikael Pernfors when, in similar strife against Federer, the world No. 3 who served for the match at 5-3 in the third set, only to lose 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5, 6-1, and end his run of Davis Cup successes at 10.

"I've dreamt of playing these matches," Hewitt said, admitting he had lost count of the times he had watched the Cash-Pernfors classic on video. "The whole time when I was two sets to love down and I ended up getting out of that third, I was just thinking of that match."
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Hewitt turns Pat's dream into reality
By Linda Pearce
September 22, 2003

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Lleyton Hewitt said he had used the childhood memory of a historic Pat Cash comeback to inspire his own miraculous triumph to send Australia into another Davis Cup final.

Hewitt said he drew strength from Cash's stupendous comeback from a two-sets-to-love deficit against Sweden's Mikael Pernfors in 1986, when in similar strife against Switzerland's Roger Federer yesterday in Melbourne.

With the world No.3 serving for the match at 5-3 in the third set, Hewitt turned nightmare into dream into reality to somehow produce a 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5, 6-1 triumph, to secure Australia an unassailable 3-1 lead in the semi-final.

"I've dreamt of playing these matches," Hewitt said, admitting he had lost count of the times he had watched the Cash-Pernfors classic on video.

"The whole time when I was two sets to love down and I ended up getting out of that third, I was just thinking of that match. I looked up to that guy and I looked up to one day be in that situation. This is a dream. A lot of people have wanted to have goes all year on my form and whatever. This should shut everyone up."


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Cash in his heyday could not have said it better, and nor does Australian coach Wally Masur believe Hewitt suffers by on-court comparison.

"I was fortunate enough to play in a lot of teams with Pat Cash," he said. "Lleyton said he was a young kid watching Pat Cash perform all those heroics [against Pernfors], well, today I think there'd be a lot of young kids around Australia watching Lleyton perform those heroics and in 20 years time we might be hearing about them. I think in the context of matches that have been played, it's the best one I've ever seen."

Australia seem certain to resurrect the portable grasscourt to host either Spain or Argentina in the Davis Cup final in November, scene of Cash's victory over Pernfors on the Kooyong grass. That was Australia's last home triumph, although there has since been only one opportunity: the infamous 2001 loss to France, on the temporary grass that was laid over Rod Laver Arena as an unintentional welcome mat for Nicolas Escude.

With Spain and Argentina doing battle in the other semi-final in Malaga overnight (for result, go to http://www.smh.com.au) , the choice of surface this time is more logical, for although Spain boasts three grand slam champions and 16 singles players in the top 100, only new world No.1 Juan Carlos Ferrero is remotely threatening on grass.

In Hewitt and Mark Philippoussis, Australia have one Wimbledon champion and a finalist from the past two years.

It was therefore no surprise that both Hewitt and captain John Fitzgerald flagged the likelihood of a grasscourt final from November 28-30.

"We'll probably have a grass court here," an emotional Hewitt told the crowd after his amazing victory yesterday.

"I think there's a fair chance," Fitzgerald confirmed.

star
09-21-2003, 03:51 PM
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kit
09-21-2003, 08:42 PM
:worship: Congrats Australia!!! :worship:
Well done Lleyton!!!He is back!!!! :yeah: :bigclap: :bounce:

Thank you so much for all the pics and articles :kiss:

star
09-21-2003, 11:56 PM
Don't know if someone posted this but here it is again if they did. :)

But I don't know why the Aussies always think they have to drag Guga's name into it. grrrrrr. ;)


It was a sight we have rarely seen. Lleyton Hewitt in his courtside chair, despondent, shaking his head, muttering to his Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald that he did not know what to do. Fitzgerald's inaudible suggestion was greeted with an agitated reply. "I can't," bleated Hewitt, who trailed Roger Federer by a set and 2-5. "I can't."

He could, and he did. Hewitt summoned all his fabled tenacity, eventually prevailing in five sets in what he rates above his two grand slam titles as the greatest match, and recovery, and thrill of his career. Federer had led 7-5, 6-2, 5-3 before Hewitt won the final three sets 7-6 (7-5), 7-5, 6-1 to complete a famous victory in three hours and 31 minutes.

"I think everyone knows how passionate I am about Davis Cup, and even when I won Wimbledon and the US Open, the feeling that I had out there on centre court when I was serving for that match, you just want to box that up and keep it forever," Hewitt said later. "It's the most electric feeling you could ever have; the [greatest] adrenalin rush of all time."

Only once before had Hewitt recovered from a two-sets-to-love deficit; in the 2001 French Open against Guillermo Canas. "A lot of people gave me a bit of shit because I was 4-3 up a break in the fifth and had to come back the next day, so they said it wasn't really a two-sets-to-love comeback," he said. "But hopefully today will count."

Hewitt's early tactics were sound and reasonably effective, giving Federer little pace with which to work, drawing enough unforced errors to keep himself well in the match. Having dropped his opening service game, just as Philippoussis had done on Friday, Hewitt struck straight back and there was little between the players until late in the set.

But from 6-5, through a brilliant second set, through the first eight games of the third, Federer was brilliant while Hewitt was tentative, conservative, defensive, and appeared to have lost all hope. But all he needs is a sniff, and he got one. Serving for the match, Federer played a poor game and Hewitt pounced.

"I know anyone serving for a match is always going to be a little bit nervous, and I just tried making him play every point; he gave me a couple of cheap points in that game and I sensed an opportunity," Hewitt said. "Obviously Roger's played a lot of tennis over the last couple of days, and I believed if I could get that third set I'd be the fitter player in the end."

It was as if he knew, too, that his only hope was to start hitting out, for defensive tennis had brought him to the brink of defeat and the match was as good as lost unless something changed dramatically.

As Federer served at 5-3, Hewitt's former coach Jason Stoltenberg announced in the commentary box that "I've seen Lleyton come back from here before". We laughed. Sure, Jason. But the last laugh was Hewitt's, as it was habitually during his two years at No.1 and has been for all but five of 27 Davis Cup singles matches, including the past six in succession.

Two of those losses were in meaningless dead rubbers, and the other three in the finals of 1999, 2000 and 2001. All three that mattered cut deeply, for Hewitt is fiercely proud and feverishly patriotic. And having ended the season without reaching even a grand slam semi-final, only a Davis Cup can salvage his year.

It still can. Hewitt overwhelmed a weary Federer, who is the competition's best one-man team, but this time he could not do it all. He had beaten Philippoussis in straight sets on Friday, then partnered Marc Rosset through five mentally draining sets of doubles on Saturday before Todd Woodbridge and Wayne Arthurs prevailed.

He should have beaten Hewitt in three sets, and had to win in four or it was obvious he would be trampled by his fresher Australian foe, urged on by a partisan crowd. he took a long break at the end of the third set, and his body language dropped with each missed chance.

In the fourth set he was broken in the sixth game before finding a final effort to level at 5-5. But, much as the first set had been, except in reverse, Hewitt avoided the need for a tiebreak with the help of a double fault at deuce and then a net exchange that left the Australian to bunt a reflex backhand volley into the open court before tripping over his feet and stumbling to the floor.

It was from there, on his stomach, that he launched into a fist-pumping "c'mon". And it was from there, quite clearly, that Hewitt was not going to lose. From a seemingly hopeless situation, when he even doubted himself, the 22-year-old had found a way to win.

"A couple of years ago he won a match against Gustavo Kuerten (yadayadayada :p) in Brazil that I thought was the best Davis Cup performance I'd seen from an Australian in the last 20 years, but today he equalled that," Fitzgerald said. "What he did today I'll never forget for the rest of my life."

Goonergal
09-22-2003, 12:05 AM
Well Done Aussies :bounce:

Congrats Lleyton! :D :bounce: It's these kind of moments that make you proud to be a fan :angel: What a determined and gritty comeback :D

NOMAD
09-22-2003, 12:46 AM
:angel:
Hewitt talking about Kim Clijsters and rating this win against his other great victories (Hewitt talking about Kim Clijsters and rating this win against his other great victories)

Chesty Larue
09-22-2003, 12:48 AM
:angel:
Hewitt talking about Kim Clijsters and rating this win against his other great victories (Hewitt talking about Kim Clijsters and rating this win against his other great victories)

Umm..the link isn't good.

NOMAD
09-22-2003, 12:51 AM
Hewitt can be No.1 again: Fitzgerald

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Lleyton Hewitt proved he could regain his World No.1 ranking, Australian Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald rated Hewitt's comeback against Roger Federer in the cup semi-final against Switzerland the equal to any performance by an Australian player.

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Hewitt sealed a place for Australia in the cup final when he fought back to beat the Swiss star 5-7 2-6 7-6 7-5 6-1.

"If that was me I'd reckon I could be No.1 in the world," Fitzgerald said.

"And I think, why not, why can't he go back there if he plays at that level.

"But they're going to have some battles over the years, those two."

Fitzgerald, who watched Pat Cash's awesome comeback against Sweden's Mikael Pernfors to clinch the 1986 final, said Hewitt's feat was equally as good.

"I think, considering the opposition, that's as good as it gets, " Fitzgerald said.

"That has to be up with any performance by an Australian at Davis Cup level ever.

"The use of great sportsman or great tennis player or great anything in our society is over-used...but in Roger Federer's case he can truly be a great player...

"I thought today, for two sets, he was at his best, at his absolute best - right at the top.

"To come back from that, first of all you've got to run a lot of miles, and you've got to have a lot of self-belief," Fitzgerald said.

"I was there live, I saw the Pernfors comeback with Cashy - that was just outstanding in the circumstances."

He said he was astonished at the level of play by the Swiss Wimbledon champion in the second set but urged Hewitt to stay with him because he could not maintain it. :angel:

"In the second set Roger was just lighting it up," Fitzgerald said.

"I'm not sure if you can play tennis better than that. He just opened his shoulders and away he went.

"It's almost as good as you can play."

Fitzgerald confirmed Australia would lay a grass court for the November final, as it did when it lost to France in the 2001 final.

NOMAD
09-22-2003, 12:55 AM
TRY THIS

Hewitt talking about Kim Clijsters and rating this win against his other great victories (http://www.sportal.com.au/audio/hewitt_sun_2.wma)

Chesty Larue
09-22-2003, 01:07 AM
TRY THIS

Hewitt talking about Kim Clijsters and rating this win against his other great victories (http://www.sportal.com.au/audio/hewitt_sun_2.wma)

Thanks that it's :)

Neither Saturday or Sunday are working for me right now though :( I'll try again later.

thalle
09-22-2003, 05:39 AM
He's just... I'm speechless... He's amazing, incredible, fantastic.... everything!

hewittclijsters
09-22-2003, 11:53 AM
Congrats Lleyton!!:bounce::bounce:

dagmar7
09-22-2003, 12:22 PM
I'm not sure, but these seem like great numbers to me.:D Congratulations to Lleyton and Roger for not disappointing the tennis fans.:)

Hewitt fightback watched by 2m
September 22, 2003 - 10:29AM

More than 2.1 million viewers tuned in around the nation to watch Lleyton Hewitt's phenomenal come-from-behind win yesterday over Roger Federer in the Davis Cup semi-final.

Hewitt was down two sets to love, before staging what many experts have described as the biggest comeback in recent Davis Cup history.

Melbourne recorded the biggest audience share with more than 700,000 television viewers and Sydney was close behind with about 670,000 viewers.

Australia will now take on Spain in the Davis Cup Final in Melbourne at Rod Laver Arena on November 28-30.

AAP

Phoenix
09-22-2003, 12:23 PM
Could one of you please tell me where you found that link, cause i can't open that link and i am very curious what Lleyton had to say about kim. :D TX!!!

Jess
09-22-2003, 12:54 PM
Okay if you can't open the link here's what he says:

You can't hear the question but he's obviously been asked something about Kim -

"Ah yeah, she was in Sweden and we didn't have a lot of team members and groups there and she was making all drinks and stuff at the side of the court. You know I'm sure a lot of former world number ones wouldn't be doing that for anyone so yeah she's great like that. For me it's extra special that she's here to share these kind of moments. It's probably better than the Kuerten match. It's hard to beat that wholoe - it wasn't just the Kuerten match it was that whole weekend down in Brazil you know the three matches not losing a set on my least favourite surface against those guys it's a big ask. But tonight you know playing Federer he's an in form player he hasn't lost a Davis Cup set I think it was up towards 31 or something after he took the first two sets against me beating an in form player like that - I think it's probably number one."

He sounds v happy!

tournesol
09-22-2003, 12:57 PM
thanks jessica for the poor ones without sound

NOMAD
09-22-2003, 04:50 PM
Hewitt had his mind on Cash
By Alex Brown
September 23, 2003

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Lleyton Hewitt wrong-footed Roger Federer on match point, sealed a memorable Davis Cup semi-final victory over Switzerland and, just maybe, ended the most trying period of his professional tennis career.

So said Pat Cash, the former Wimbledon champion whom Hewitt cited as his inspiration for his five-set victory over Federer on Sunday.

Though not present for Hewitt's triumph, Cash believed the 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5, 6-1 result could prove the turning point of the Australian's troubled season - one in which he clashed with tennis officialdom, changed coaches and lost his No. 1 ranking.

"It's certainly a confidence builder; it doesn't get much better than coming from behind to beat a guy like Federer in a Davis Cup semi-final like that," said Cash, who was mid-flight from the Gold Coast to London at the time of Hewitt's win. "If he does nothing else this year, he's got to be happy with that.

"As far as singles goes, this hasn't been his best year. That win has got to be the highlight, putting Australia into the Davis Cup final."


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Hewitt spoke reverently of Cash on Sunday, rating his 1986 Davis Cup-sealing victory over Sweden's Mikael Pernfors among his most treasured sporting memories.

"The whole time I was two-sets-to-love down and I ended up getting out of the third, I was just thinking of that [Cash-Pernfors] match," Hewitt said.

Cash, in response, was overwhelmed at Hewitt's sentiments.

"It gives you great pleasure when someone recognises your achievements like that," he said. "And when it's someone like Lleyton, it's an absolute honour."

Australia as a whole seemed nearly as excited. As word spread that Hewitt was fighting back, TV sets started to go on around the nation. His reputation may be a bit bratty, and his past reception from local crowds less than warm, but when he becomes a little Aussie battler, Australians rally round.

An average of 1.2 million Australians in the mainland capitals watched the match. But that was calculated over four hours.

The show began with less than a million viewers, as Hewitt lost the first set 7/5 between 3pm and 4pm, rising slowly as he lost the second 6/2.

But when he came back to win the third 7/6, Australians apparently started phoning each other.

The coverage reached a peak of 2.1 million viewers in the final hour, as Hewitt won the last two sets, and Seven delayed its 6pm news in the eastern states.

with David Dale

NOMAD
09-22-2003, 05:00 PM
Could one of you please tell me where you found that link, cause i can't open that link and i am very curious what Lleyton had to say about kim. :D TX!!!

i found it here
hope you will hear the sound
http://www.sportal.com.au/optusteamtennis.asp?i=audio

thanks Jessica,you are gorgeous :kiss:

Angele
09-22-2003, 06:53 PM
Thanks for everything tara :kiss:

That interview of Lleyton talking about Kim is so :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

Jess
09-22-2003, 08:47 PM
Thank you so much for posting that news clip!
For once it actually seems to be working on my computer - he looks so happy at the end!

Phoenix
09-22-2003, 08:58 PM
Okay if you can't open the link here's what he says:

You can't hear the question but he's obviously been asked something about Kim -

"Ah yeah, she was in Sweden and we didn't have a lot of team members and groups there and she was making all drinks and stuff at the side of the court. You know I'm sure a lot of former world number ones wouldn't be doing that for anyone so yeah she's great like that. For me it's extra special that she's here to share these kind of moments. It's probably better than the Kuerten match. It's hard to beat that wholoe - it wasn't just the Kuerten match it was that whole weekend down in Brazil you know the three matches not losing a set on my least favourite surface against those guys it's a big ask. But tonight you know playing Federer he's an in form player he hasn't lost a Davis Cup set I think it was up towards 31 or something after he took the first two sets against me beating an in form player like that - I think it's probably number one."

He sounds v happy!


TX JESSICA I REALLY APPRECIATE IT!!!!! :D Good to hear/ read Lleyton is so fond of Kim!!

Phoenix
09-22-2003, 09:03 PM
i found it here
hope you will hear the sound
http://www.sportal.com.au/optusteamtennis.asp?i=audio

thanks Jessica,you are gorgeous :kiss:

A SPECIAL TX TO NOMAD TOO!!! TX FOR LOOKING IT UP FOR ME ;)

donna
09-23-2003, 09:38 AM
:wavey: everyone

Here is my report on the Davis Cup. Sorry its a bit late.

I only went on the Friday because I could only afford to go one day and it was a toss-up between that day and Sunday. I decided to go Friday coz i knew i would definetly see Lleyton, but believe me, I was cursing myself on Sunday!!
:mad:

Anyway, on to the tennis. My friend and I got there about 20 minutes before it started after rushing from school and the place was filling up fast. About 10 mins before Lleyton came out, I spotted glynn , Cherylin and Jaslyn in their fanatics t-shirts but no Kim. Just as i was telling myself that i shouldn't be too disappointed, I saw her and almost whacked my friend in excitement. (Luckily, she is a big fan too so she didn't mind.) so, out came the camera and Kim provided great entertainment during the change of ends. :angel:

Lleyton received a great reception when he came out and you can really tell that he loves playing for Australia. he played pretty solidly and I took some photos which i will post when i eventually get a scanner :rolleyes:
he was doing lots of c'mons and mini jumps in the air. At the end he was being interviewed by John Alexander but we couldn't hear him. he didn't realise though and kept on talking until the fantatics started singing "We can't hear you" *clap clap* "We can't hear you" *clap clap* Lleyton finally realised and Fitzy brought over another mic and they tried again. but we still couldn't hear :o so the Fanatics started up again. Lleyton, being the smart boy he is, reached over and turned the mic on. :p he then said "Testing, one, two three!" :p They then interview him. Nothing really interesting. Just the usual, loves playing for Aust, feeling confident etc.
and that was it. I did stay and watch Mark. P so if you want to know any details about his match just tell me. :D

donna
09-23-2003, 09:51 AM
Oh i forgot the Kim tid-bits!! :o

She does not sit still!! She's always wriggling and talking to everyone around her but she's SO supportive. Standing up, clapping and cheering. :angel:
At one point she left for a few games with another lady and at the next change of ends, they wen to come back but only got half way down the stairs when play started so they had to quickly run back up and wait. Kim found it a bit of a laugh :)
um, what else was there......
Oh, kim came for Flip's match and the Fanatics started singing "if you love the Aussies and you know it clap your hands". *clap clap*. That then moved on to taping your head, spinning around and smacking your bum. Which Kim did all of the actions and even Hayden joined in on the last one :p
Lleyton eventually came out to watch mark P and at almost every change of end, he turned around and talked to Kim (when she wasn' t talking to other people ;) He left for a game or so then walked out and stood below kim. That was when she lent over and held her hand out to him and thye kinda shook hands but in a more romantic way ;) I was cursing myself for not having the camera ready but thankfully there was photos anyway. :p

i think that was about all. Sorry i didn't have any interesting stories about them making out in taxi queues etc :p but being only 17 makes it a little difficult to get into pubs ;)
Hope you enjoyed it anyway :)

:wavey:

tournesol
09-23-2003, 10:38 AM
1000 thanks for your reports :kiss:

dagmar7
09-23-2003, 12:04 PM
Thanks so much for the report, Donna.:D
It sounds like a great time!

star
09-23-2003, 03:53 PM
Great report Donna! All the things we wanted to hear. :)

Hope you get to go to the finals as well.

Kimmy1023
09-23-2003, 04:26 PM
Thanks,Donna^_^

kit
09-23-2003, 07:22 PM
:worship: :kiss: Thank you very much for the viedeoclip,the interview and the great report!!!! :kiss: :worship:

Angele
09-23-2003, 07:24 PM
Thanks for the report Donna :kiss: Lleyton and Kim are so cute :hearts: :angel:

possie
09-23-2003, 10:03 PM
Great report Donna :yeah: Glad to hear you had an awesome time and :kiss: :kiss: for the extra "Kim-bit" section you added :)

NOMAD
09-24-2003, 02:39 PM
wow thanks for the report :angel:


btw,davis cup.tv updated highlight of the DC semifinal
LINK INSIDE (http://ssl.sportev.com/davis/sportal/app.jsp)

Kim was so into the match :angel:

Goonergal
09-24-2003, 04:45 PM
Thanks for the report Donna :kiss: & for the link Tara :hatoff:

Jess
09-24-2003, 10:11 PM
Thanks for the link & report.

dagmar7
09-24-2003, 10:41 PM
Thanks for the link, Tara. You are the queen! :kiss:

Just one more article--I couldn't resist. Todd Reid inspired by Lleyton's victory.

:angel:


Hewitt's passion inspires Reid
By John Thirsk
September 25, 2003
MOVED by Lleyton Hewitt's emotional five-set victory over the Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, teenager Todd Reid says he'd rather play Davis Cup than win a grand slam title.


Coogee-raised Reid, 19, was part of the Australian Davis Cup squad that beat Switzerland to set up a final against Spain in Melbourne on November 28-30.

The move to have Reid as a practice partner for the senior players should stand Australia in good stead for the future. He was so pumped by the experience Davis Cup is now his No.1 priority.

"It was spine-chilling. The emotion Lleyton showed was amazing and will stick in my memory forever," Reid said.

"The Davis Cup atmosphere, the attitude of Lleyton, Mark (Philippoussis), Todd (Woodbridge) and Wayne (Arthurs) is something you can't buy.

"I'll take into my future career what they did and learn from it. It has given me the passion to represent my country.

"Right now, I'd say playing Davis Cup is my priority, even above winning a grand slam title."

Reid was speaking at the launch of the 2004 adidas International tournament at the Sydney International Tennis Centre yesterday.

"It's the second time I've hit with the team for a week and I've been on the sidelines for wins against Sweden and Switzerland," Reid added.

Reid flies out of Sydney today for five challenger events in the US and a week's training at the Nick Bollettieri Academy in Florida.

In last summer's adidas International, Reid was given a wild card.

After serving for the match in the first round, he lost to Argentine Davis Cup player Gaston Gaudio.

Ranked 260 in the world after his rookie year, Reid hopes he will gain the same privilege for the tournament, which runs from January 11 to 16, and again at the Australian Open. © The Australian

Ashie_87
09-25-2003, 08:43 AM
wow thanks for the report :angel:


btw,davis cup.tv updated highlight of the DC semifinal
LINK INSIDE (http://ssl.sportev.com/davis/sportal/app.jsp)

Kim was so into the match :angel:

thanks for the link! :worship: :worship: (finally got to see the last point :( stupid tape ran out with 1 serve to go :fiery: )
how tall is Rosset???? :eek: bloody hell....