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Adidas International 2004

01-10-2004, 12:41 PM
Okay, it's not the most creative thread name but I am a literalist.

Best of luck to Lleyton.:)

Here's the main draw...
Ferrero (1) - Guccione (WC)
Ferreira - Blake
Q1- Mantilla
Reid (WC) - Massu (6)

Moya (3) -Q2
Llodra (SE)- Youzhny
Robredo - Costa
Bjorkman - Srichaphan (5)

Verkerk (8) - Arthurs (WC)
Calleri - Mirnyi
Rusedski -Chela
Q3 -Philippoussis (3)

Hewitt (7)- Sargsian
Lopez - Kucera
Clement - Fish
Q4 - Schuttler (2)

This looks like a reasonable draw for Lleyton. The qualifiers should be tough for this tournament as well so there aren't many really weak spots in the draw--JCF's quarter looks like the softest,. Massu hasn't been playing very well to start the year, so this is a pretty good draw for Todd Reid too. Please note Rusedski versus Chela in a 'positive test' match.:o

Edit: a link to the official site in the interests of those who prefer the one-stop shopping approach to tennis results...:)

01-10-2004, 12:52 PM
If Schuettler plays like he did in Qatar, it's ok for Lleyton, but if Schuettler was only tanking to take the appearance money (:)) Lleyton might have some trouble with him.

Verkerk and WayneO. That might be an interesting match. I'd also like to see a Blake Ferrero match, but Blake might be a little flat coming off the Hopman Cup.

01-10-2004, 01:05 PM
Schuettler's played great tennis obviously, although Lleyton usually matches up fairly well against this type of player--see Nalbandian.

Here is foxsports take on the draw.:)

Scud faces big hitters
By Darren Walton
January 10, 2004

FOUR of his own kind stand between Mark Philippoussis and a semi-final showdown with Lleyton Hewitt at next week's adidas International in Sydney.

The fourth-seeded Philippoussis was today thrust into a dangerous quarter of the draw featuring a swag of fellow huge servers.

The 2003 Wimbledon runner-up will meet a qualifier first up and is then projected to meet Greg Rusedski or Juan Ignacio Chela in the second round.

Chela served a three-month suspension in 2001 for taking nandrolone, while Rusedski this week confessed to testing positive for the banned anabolic steroid and will fight to save his career at a hearing in Montreal next month.

Should Philippoussis survive the first two rounds, he will likely face either Davis Cup teammate Wayne Arthurs, French Open finalist Martin Verkerk or the powerful Max Mirnyi in the quarter-finals.

Arthurs, one of three Australian wildcards in the 32-man draw, has been pitted against the eighth-seeded Verkerk in a first-round clash of two of the biggest servers in tennis.

Like Philippoussis, the seventh-seeded Hewitt will open against a qualifier and is positioned to confront last year's Australian runner-up Rainer Schuettler in the quarter-finals.

Today's draw in Sydney offered the potential for not only a Philippoussis-Hewitt semi-final, but also a last-four match-up of Spanish Davis Cup teammates Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya.

Ferrero, the No.1 seed bidding to go one step further than his final defeat last year at the hands of Korean qualifier Hyung-Taik Lee, will meet Australian wildcard Chris Guccione in the first round.

Fellow Australian teenager Todd Reid drew Chile's sixth seed Nicolas Massi.

Eight of the world's top 10 women's players have entered the Australian Open lead-up event, with the four top seeds Justine Henin-Hardenne, Kim Clijsters, Amelie Mauresmo and Lindsay Davenport all having first-round byes.

With Alicia Molik forced to withdraw with her foot injury, Nicole Pratt and Cindy Watson are the only two Australians in the draw.

Pratt will meet rising Russian Vera Zvonareva and Watson will take on seventh seeded American Chanda Rubin.

The tournament starts tomorrow with some women's main draw encounters and the completion of the men's qualifying matches.


01-10-2004, 01:32 PM
I noticed that quarter packed with servers. Obviously just more of that Aussie draw rigging. ;)

I was thinking...... well, Lleyton's only got to play one of them. :)

01-10-2004, 05:35 PM
Media crowd Greg Rusedski--the one with the towel naturally--and look forward to a tournament with plenty of storylines.:unsure:

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01-10-2004, 05:38 PM
I was forbidden. :sad:

01-10-2004, 05:39 PM
It's okay--fixed now.:)

01-10-2004, 07:26 PM
Thanks. :)

01-11-2004, 12:07 AM
It's such a shame Lleyton rarely got reasonable draws when he was the number one seed.

01-11-2004, 01:03 PM
Hewitt ready for another tilt at elusive Aussie crown
Agence France-Presse
Sydney, January 11

Lleyton Hewitt says he is priming himself for another tilt at an elusive first Australian Open crown.

Hewitt, 22, is set to play his first ATP tour match in more than four months here on Monday against unseeded Armenian Sargis Sargsian in the first round of the Sydney International.

Australia's former world No.1 said his lack of tournament tennis since his US Open quarter-final loss to Juan Carlos Ferrero last September left a query over his preparation for the season's first grand slam tournament, starting in Melbourne on January 19.

But an unbeaten run in Davis Cup -- including successes over Ferrero and Wimbledon champion Roger Federer -- during his sabbatical and three victories at the non-sanctioned Hopman Cup last week had made him optimistic about his chances at the Australian Open.

"(Preparation-wise), I'm not really sure what the right balance is. Until you hold up the trophy you'll never really know what the best is for you," Hewitt said on Sunday.

"From the situation that I've come in on - from not playing as many tournaments towards the end of last year, who knows. If you go out there and lose first round (in the Australian Open), you have got to reassess it.

"But I feel like I played pretty well last week in Perth, so I'll go out there and take it one match at a time this week and see what happens.

"I love playing in Melbourne, I love that arena and it's one of my favourite tournaments of the year. I really enjoy going out there. There's a big buzz leading into the tournament."

The former Wimbledon and US Open champion was top seed at the past two Australian Opens, only to crash out in the first round in 2002 after suffering from chicken pox and falling to an inspired Younes El Aynaoui in the round of 16 last year.

Ranked 17th, Hewitt looms as one of the most dangerous lower seeds in the draw and he is content not having to deal with the pressures that come with being top dog.

He also believes the experience of carrying the nation's hopes in Davis Cup has ensured he and fellow local hope Mark Philippoussis are well equipped to cope at the Open.

"The spotlight's more on Mark and myself coming into Melbourne, but we've had to deal with that in so many big Davis Cup ties in our home country," he said.

"You're playing in your home tournament and you're playing under the Australian banner, but it's still 'game Hewitt' instead of 'game Australia' in Davis Cup ties.

"So there's probably that extra pressure and extra expectation in Davis Cup ties that you've got the whole nation behind you and willing you on.

"I think because I've been able to deal with that situation so well that coming into Melbourne, I don't get that much more nervous or put any more pressure on myself to go out there and win the tournament."

----------------------------------------------------------------------Hewitt backs Rusedski's right to play
January 11, 2004

LLEYTON Hewitt has backed former world No.4 Greg Rusedski's decision to continue playing tennis in the lead-up to his drug hearing next month.

Rusedski remains committed to playing this week's adidas International in Sydney and the Australian Open starting next week after acknowledging on Friday that he'd tested positive to the performance-enhancing steroid nandrolone.

Hewitt told a pre-tournament press conference in Sydney today that he supported Rusedski's right to keep playing tour events until his case was heard and said he would have no problem dealing with the Briton in person.

"You can't find a guy guilty till he's actually proven guilty," Hewitt said.

"At the moment it's fine. He's playing here and in Melbourne.

"I'd say hello to him. I'm not that close to Greg but I wouldn't ignore him or anything – that's for sure."

Rusedski has strongly denied committing a doping offence.

He trained at Olympic Park again today in preparation for his first-round match with Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela. In an ironic twist Chela was suspended for three months in 2001 after testing positive to a steroid.

While refusing to answer direct questions, Rusedski read out a brief statement to tennis reporters saying he was heartened by the support he'd received from other players.

"I've had nothing but support from people – even in the locker room," he said.

"I've been particularly pleased by the players' reactions. They've been very positive and sympathetic towards me.

"I want to concentrate on my tennis right now. I've got a match coming up and I want to get ready for Sydney this week and I've got the Australian Open as well.

"I would just like to say I'm looking forward to playing my match against Chela – it's obviously going to be a difficult first round match but one I'm going to try and do my best in."

Rusedski, who submitted the positive test in July 2002, said yesterday he'd been "singled out" while another 46 of the world's top 120 players had also shown elevated levels of nandrolone in 2002 and 2003.

The ATP last night admitted it may have been at fault in the instances mentioned by Rusedski, saying it could not "exclude the possibility that the contamination may have been an electrolyte supplement that the ATP's trainers provide to players."

It went on to say the process stopped two months before Rusedski's test.

"Since the ATP trainers stopped distributing vitamin and nutritional products in May 2003, the presence of nandrolone has largely halted," the statement said.

But Hewitt said it was a concern that Rusedski incident was being treated in isolation.

"I guess it does worry everybody if you do get singled out with something ... a lot of other people have had that same thing in their body (then) they've (got) off because there's a group of them," he said.

01-11-2004, 01:44 PM
Thanks for the articles, Tara.:kiss:

Good to see Lleyton giving Greg the benefit of the doubt. Here is the Centre Court oop for Monday. Lleyton is up third. I hope Pim-Pim enjoys his night match.


Monday, January 12, 2004

Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Chela vs. Rusedski
2. Martinez vs. Maleeva
3. Hewitt (7) vs Sargsian
4. Navratilova/Raymond vs. Dragomir-Ilie/Pratt
5. Watson vs. Rubin (NB 19.30hrs)
6. Johansson vs. Schuettler (2)

01-11-2004, 03:35 PM
From the Sydney Morning Herald....more on the prohibited substance crisis.

Rusedski affair frightens all players: Hewitt
By Jacquelin Magnay
January 12, 2004

Lleyton Hewitt admitted yesterday that players feared they might unwittingly take banned substances supplied during matches but added he had complete faith the tour's trainers were dishing out only drug-free products.

Hewitt voiced his concerns on the opening day of the adidas International in Sydney after the tennis world was rocked by news on Friday that Greg Rusedski had returned a positive test to the steroid nandrolone.

Rusedski has claimed he is being singled out because 43 other players have tested positive to nandrolone that has come from the same source, a US supplier of electrolyte-replacement products that were used by the ATP's own trainers.

Tennis sources yesterday confirmed 36 players had been found to have nandrolone in their samples between August 2002 and May 2003, but at levels below what constituted a doping offence.

A further seven, including the Czech player Bohdan Ulihrach, had high levels of nandrolone and had been before an ATP drugs tribunal. All were cleared because of evidence ATP trainers might have inadvertently been giving players a contaminated electrolyte-replacement drink.

Hewitt said trainers employed by tennis authorities to supply drinks and electrolyte tablets to players during matches were trustworthy but the thought of unknowingly ingesting drugs supplied by them was a concern.

He said the seven players who were cleared last year were found innocent because there was a group of them. "That happened in one tour and yeah, it worries everybody," said Hewitt, who added he tried to control what he ate and drank, did not take supplements and had everything he took checked by doctors and tournament officials.

"If an ATP trainer comes on the court because you are cramping and says to take a tablet of electrolytes, well that is what ATP trainers are out there for . . . players can trust them. I would like to think you can trust what you are given."

The trainers stopped supplying the electrolyte-replacement product in May last year, two months before Rusedski gave his drug sample, in late July.

The British No.2, who was so stressed about the drug scandal his left leg shook uncontrollably during a short media address at Homebush Bay yesterday, faces a career-ending two-year ban if found guilty. He faces an ATP drugs tribunal on February 9 but is allowed to play until the tribunal hands down its findings.

Rusedski's lawyer, Mark Gay, told UK newspaper The Observer: "There are probably six players out there scared out of their minds that they will be dragged through this the way Greg is being. I am sure they are all innocent.

"There is no drug problem in tennis, the problem is with the ATP's administration. There has only been one proven case of nandrolone abuse in tennis in the past 10 years [Petr Korda in 1998, although in 2001 Guillermo Coria was banned for nandrolone and Juan Ignacio Chela was banned for another steroid. Last week, Mariano Puerta was banned for another steroid.] The scandal here is what the ATP have done, not what the players are doing."

Tennis officials said they could not release the names of six of the seven players who had faced drugs tribunals because they were found not guilty. Ulihrach was found guilty but later cleared.

"They all had their day in court, they convinced the independent tribunal and they were all exonerated and under ATP rules they are not guilty and there is nothing to announce," said a source close to the cases.

Gay told another UK newspaper The Sunday Telegraph he was unaware the ATP had taken the six cases to the tribunal stage.

"We would expect to have been told that by the ATP but we haven't been told that," he said. "If this is true, then it's really big news for us. That would indicate that this is fairly brainless.

"Why go to all that trouble if all you are going to do is to produce that same exoneration? Also, if you have identified the problem as being the ATP giving ATP players things . . . why waste time, money and effort? Why subject Greg to all this stress and strain?"

He said he would consider launching a compensation claim against the ATP if Rusedski was cleared of a doping offence.

"The thing I would then be doing would be asking for an awful lot of costs and I'd be thinking about commencing proceedings against them in the United States because it's crazy," Gay said.

"Greg has gone to considerable expense and been subjected to a lot of stress and strain, so if we show up and all they say is, 'Here's another one, bang, you're off', as a picture of futility it is hard to think of a greater one."

Yesterday, Rusedski would not comment on the case other than to quash rumours he was being ignored in the locker room. He refused to take questions, explaining he wanted to concentrate on his first-round adidas International clash with Argentinian Chela, who has previously served a steroids ban.

"I have been very encouraged by the reaction I have had from people," Rusedski said. "I have had nothing but support from people in the locker room - everyone has been very positive and supportive towards me."

Hewitt said he would not ostracise Rusedski and supported his decision to play until the decision of the ATP drugs tribunal in Montreal on February 9.

The World Anti-Doping Agency is investigating tennis but its ability to enforce any findings is limited. The ATP and WADA are yet to sign off on an agreement, with full compliance not due until August 1 this year.

WADA chief executive David Howman said the problem in tennis "may have nothing to do with trainers and electrolytes".

"We are very concerned that perhaps the conclusion that the electrolytes provided by the ATP trainers were responsible for the positive results is wrong and there is something else going on out there," Howman said.

01-12-2004, 04:26 AM
Hewitt, Rusedski through in Sydney :bounce:

Lleyton Hewitt has recorded a straight sets win over Armenia's Sargis Sargsian to march through to the second round of the Sydney International tennis tournament.

Hewitt was a 6-4, 6-2 winner in one hour and six minutes. He fired four aces and made just 12 unforced errors as compared to 21 from the world number 38 Armenian.

Hewitt now faces a second round match against either Spain's Feliciano Lopez or the Slovak Republic's Karol Kucera.

01-12-2004, 06:30 AM
:yeah: well done LL!

01-12-2004, 07:54 AM
Yo! good job Lleyton :yeah:

01-12-2004, 11:53 AM
Way the go LL!!!

01-12-2004, 12:25 PM
So now Lleyton might have to face the mighty Pim-Pim.


01-12-2004, 12:40 PM
Slump all in the past, says Hewitt

By Richard Hinds
January 13, 2004

Since he stumbled at Wimbledon last year during his sudden fall from the game's top step, the tennis world has waited with some scepticism to see if Lleyton Hewitt could recapture his best form. A routine first-round victory at the adidas International is hardly compelling evidence, but perhaps he already has.

Hewitt played solidly yesterday in a mostly uneventful 6-4, 6-2 victory over Sargis Sargsian, the type of fit, fast and relentless opponent who can trouble more gifted players if they are not at their best.

Yet Hewitt soon found his rhythm on the baseline and his best serve when required to coast to the sort of victory that seemed almost inevitable in 2001 and 2002, when he topped the world rankings. That was particularly pleasing given he had to adjust to the more difficult conditions outdoors after playing under the roof at the Hopman Cup last week.

And given this was his first regular tour match in four months, this tournament has been cast as a new beginning for Hewitt - a chance to regain momentum after the disappointments of last year, particularly his first-round defeat at Wimbledon.

However, Hewitt believes he had already turned his game around at the US Open, where he reached the quarter-finals and "played some of the best tennis I've ever played".

"Even though the Davis Cup matches were spread out over a fair period of time, I was still able to handle the pressure and expectation of those two obviously huge matches against two of the best players in the world [Roger Federer of Switzerland and Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain]," he said.

Hewitt next meets the winner of today's match between Karol Kucera and Feliciano Lopez. Even a moderate run here should ensure the public expectations of a player now ranked No.16 at the Australian Open are just as great as they were in the previous two years, when he was the top seed.

"There's always pressure and expectation coming into the national title when, realistically, we've probably only got two main guys who are contenders, Flip [Philippoussis] and myself," said Hewitt.

"But it's great for tennis that I think the emotion is still there from the Davis Cup victories the last few times.

"So I think tennis is on a bit of a high in Australia at the moment, and I think they would like to see an Australian winner. That probably puts the same pressure on as being the No.1 seed the past two years."

01-12-2004, 01:52 PM
So now Lleyton might have to face the mighty Pim-Pim.

Johansson thanks Hewitt
January 12, 2004

SWEDISH giant-killer Joachim Johansson paid tribute to Lleyton Hewitt after sending second seed Rainer Schuettler packing from the adidas International in Sydney today.

Johansson stunned last year's Australian Open runner-up 6-4 6-4 on centre court at Olympic Park and then revealed he'd spent a fortnight over Christmas hitting with Hewitt in Adelaide.

The 21-year-old qualifier - ranked a lowly 150th - is a former world No.3 junior but best known on tour for being the boyfriend of Hewitt's younger tennis-playing sister Jaslyn.

"I should say thanks to him (Hewitt) because I practiced with him for two weeks and he introduced me to a higher level," Johansson said.

"We've been playing golf every day as well, so she gets a little bit jealous :lol: ."

Johansson began going out with Jaslyn, 20, after they both won Traralagon junior tournament in Victoria in 2000.

Johansson's previous best win of his career came in November in Stockholm against Chile's world No.35 Fernando Gonzalez.

He had to survive five match points against American Paul Goldstein in the second round of qualifying at the weekend just to make the Sydney main draw of 32.

Schuettler will now head to Melbourne Park for Monday's start of the year's first grand slam in tatters.

The world No.6 also crashed out in the first round last week in Qatar and will head to Melbourne Park for Monday's start of the Open low on confidence and match practice.


01-12-2004, 05:52 PM
thanks everyone, keep going Lleytong! :D
btw hi ;), I haven't posted in here for ages, but now i'm back ;)

01-12-2004, 07:58 PM
Lleyton's press conference from before the tournament.

2004 adidas International

January 11, 2004


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How do you like the court?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's nice. Yeah, I haven't played on this court for, you know, on the Rebound Ace, obviously. Last match was on a clay court out there in the Davis Cup. So, yeah, I like playing out here at Homebush. I've had pretty good success here, so...

Q. Is it a question of trying to find the right balance in the lead-up to the Australian Open?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I guess. I'm not really sure what's the right balance, I guess. Until you hold up the trophy, you know, you'll never know what's the best for you. I guess it depends on how many matches you play towards the end of the year before as well. So, obviously, I played three matches in the Hopman Cup last week. I'm looking forward to hopefully getting as many matches as possible this week under my belt.

Q. Do you feel not playing as much at the end of last year gives you a better chance this year?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I think for the situation that I've come in not playing probably as many tournaments at the end of last year, you know, who knows? If you go out there and lose first round, then you've got to reassess it. But, you know, I feel like at the moment I played pretty well last week in Perth. And, you know, go out there and just take it one match at a time this week and see what happens.

Q. Can you talk about playing in Melbourne.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, you know, I love playing in Melbourne. I love that arena. That's one of my favorite tournaments of the year. I really enjoy going out there. It's a big buzz just leading into the tournament. Yeah, you just got to go out there and take it one match at a time, though. Davis Cup ties, you can just focus on that one or two matches that you got to play; whereas in a Grand Slam like the Australian Open, you've got to worry, you know, obviously if you're gonna win it, you've got to win seven best-of-five set matches. But you don't want to get too far ahead of yourself at all. There's a lot of good players in those 128 that are in the draw.

Q. Do you have a favorite to win?

LLEYTON HEWITT: There's a lot of tough players, mate. There's probably a group of 10 to 15.

Q. Can you just talk about how it feels to be under the kind of pressure that you're under when you play there.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, sure, there's probably more expectation and pressure, or the spotlight's on you more, I guess, on both Mark and myself, coming into Melbourne. But, you know, we've had to deal with that in so many Davis Cup ties, and big Davis Cup ties in our home country. You're playing in your home tournament and you're playing under the Australian banner, but you're still "Game, Hewitt" instead of "Game, Australia" in Davis Cup ties. There's that probably extra pressure and expectation in Davis Cup ties that you got the whole nation behind you, willing you on. It's a totally different situation, I guess, in a lot of ways. But, you know, I think I've been able to handle that situation so well that coming into Melbourne, I don't get that much more nervous or put any more expectation on myself to go out there and win the tournament. You try and not lose focus. It's always that old saying, but you've got to take one match at a time. You just don't know who your next opponent is going to be, and draws can open up, and you've got to take your chances.

Q. You obviously get a lot from the crowd as well?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, you know, obviously the crowds are great there. And, you know, you got to relax and stay positive and, you know, realize that, sure, you're gonna be in the spotlight, but you got to try to block it out as much as possible and just think about what's ahead of you, and going out there and trying to perform and doing all the preparation, the right things; that you're going to go out there and perform as well as possible and, I guess, have no regrets at the end of the day.

Q. Can you talk about Roger.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, Roger's been great. We've spent a lot of time together. You know, he probably hasn't got the credit that he's deserved for working so hard leading into those Davis Cup ties where he gets very little reward out of Davis Cup ties. He spent a lot of time with me when I went to Kooyong for a week or so earlier than everyone else. We spent a lot of time in the gym building up leading into that, not only for that Davis Cup final, but also preparing for the whole Australian summer and try and get a good base for 2004. So, you know, at the moment I feel good, and it's all about going out there, though, and the little areas you work on on the practice court, producing that in a match situation.

Q. Did you wait until you were feeling more mature until you went into the gym?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really. I've always done a little bit. I've probably just done probably a fair bit more, though, the last year or so under Roger, I think, more than anyone else. It was just an area of my game that I felt like, you know, I could maybe capitalize on and to take me to another level - not only on hard court, but on all surfaces. It will probably pay benefits physically getting a little bit stronger on clay more than any other surface, I'd say.

Q. How do you feel about Greg's situation?

LLEYTON HEWITT: What's that?

Q. Greg Rusedski.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, I thought you were talking about Greg Norman, sorry. Mate, I don't know anything about it.

Q. Has it surprised you?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I've heard rumors about you know, obviously, all those other players, that something had happened. I didn't play those last few tournaments of the year, so I really wasn't paying too much attention to the tour at all. So I didn't know much about that at all. You know, you can't find a guy guilty until he's actually proven guilty. So at the moment, I think Greg is fine. Greg's playing here and in Melbourne, so...

Q. How do you deal with that sort of thing? I guess you can't really speculate. He's saying 46 other people had it in their system. How do you deal with that sort of thing in terms of supplements? Are you wary after the past year or two?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, I think you're wary the whole time you come in, what goes into your body. It's a tough situation because there's been problems, and we've seen there's been problems in the whole listing of it with the Bohdan Ulihrach case. I think that's a classic example. But I don't know all the little ingredients that puts the whole case together, and it's very hard for myself to comment.

Q. So in terms of your own advisors and stuff like that, in terms of the things that you will take...

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, anything you take, you got to get it checked by your doctors and tournament officials and everything just to make sure.

Q. Does it frighten you, the fact that Rusedski is suggesting it may have been ATP trainers who gave him the supplements?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, there's already been one situation where, I think, a few came out that that happened in electrolyte tablets or something at one tournament. And, yeah, I guess it does worry everybody. Because if you do get singled out with something and a lot of other people have had that same thing in their body or whatever, and they've been given off because there's a group of them, you just don't know the background. But I don't know the whole testing procedure with those other, what Greg says, 47 people or whatever happened. So, you know, it's very hard to comment on Greg's individual situation.

Q. Do you take tablets from the trainers on court, or do you have a system where you try to teach yourself what to take?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, I don't take any tablets extra at all, apart from if you're playing out on the court and you're cramping or whatever and you have your ATP trainers come out to the court and tell you, "You got to take these tablets; otherwise, you got no chance of finishing the match," or electrolytes, you're not feeling well out there, that's what the ATP trainers are out there for. They're the ones who have done all the research. They know what's best for fitness-wise and for your body. You know, the ATP has employed them so the players can trust them. So I'd like to think that you'd be able to trust what you get given.

Q. Do you know of any other players that the same thing happened to them as well, to Bohdan Ulihrach?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know anything about all those others. I've got no idea who they are and know nothing.

Q. Somebody wrote that Greg would be ostracized by other players.

LLEYTON HEWITT: I got no idea. You know, I'd say hello to him. I'm not that close to Greg, but I wouldn't ignore him or anything; that's for sure.

Q. Do you think drugs is a problem in this sport?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I guess probably in a lot of sports. It's not only tennis that's had people being singled out, I guess, or had issues and been banned for three to nine months. There's a lot of sports that have problems. You just got to deal with every case individually, you know, and on the situation.

Q. Do you think tennis has more than any other sport?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I think everyone's had issues throughout time.

Q. How is your ankle?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, not bad. It was still a little sore playing against Kucera the other night after I hurt it against Malisse. It was funny, I went over a couple extra times that match against Kucera, just not quite as bad as the first time against Malisse. So it was weird to have it a few times in one event, but I'll be fine to play.

Q. Could I ask you a question about the marketing of tennis. The last few years, the women's tour has marketed tennis a lot on women's sex appeal.

LLEYTON HEWITT: You like that?

Q. Huh?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Do you like that?

Q. Not personally. I know that sounds strange. But at the top of the men's game, you've got Andy Roddick, Federer, Juan Carlos, yourself, Andre, Moya, all very sexy guys.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Are we? I don't know, mate.

Q. Well, they're now appearing in Vogue, GQ. Andre has his own cologne. Have the men actually caught up to the women in terms of marketing sex appeal?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know. I'm not sure, mate. No, I don't know. I really don't know. I don't know how much people would like to get that kind of sex appeal, or the fans would like to, you know, see the players in that kind of side. I really don't know. I don't know whether that would be a positive or if it is, for someone like yourself, as you said, you'd prefer not to see it. So I really don't know if more of that would work in a positive or a negative.

Q. In terms of bringing more fans.

LLEYTON HEWITT: It may or it may not. See, you said that you didn't prefer it, so...

Q. Will Kim play in Melbourne?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I'd say in Melbourne she'd probably be certain.

Q. Certain?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, I'd say she'd at least try. It's a Grand Slam anyway. You know, I'd say it's getting better every day. So I'd say Melbourne is a very good chance of playing.

Q. What about here?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Here, I don't know.

End of FastScripts….

01-12-2004, 08:18 PM
Where did you find that angele? The official site for Sydney's got almost no information on it at all!

01-12-2004, 08:25 PM
Where did you find that angele? The official site for Sydney's got almost no information on it at all!

01-12-2004, 08:47 PM
Thanks for that link - it's got loads of old Lleyton interviews I've never read before.

01-12-2004, 09:18 PM
Nice first win :bounce:

He better be committed this year!

01-12-2004, 09:57 PM
Thanks for posting that star, saved me the trouble. SMH also had another article which mentioned Pim Pim thanking Lleyton, but I can't find it online right now. Thanks for all the other great articles too, people!

01-12-2004, 10:37 PM
I think Nomad posted that one. :)

01-13-2004, 06:15 AM
thanks Angele :kiss: it's a great interview :D

01-13-2004, 12:15 PM
Oop for centre court. Ll third again. Kucera defeated Lopez in three arduous sets. The former gave Lleyton a tough match in best of luck, Lleyton.:D

Chris Guccione winning over Ferrero!:eek:

Centre Court

Justine Henin-Hardenne vs Conchita Martinez
Meghann Shaughnessy vs Amelie Mauresmo
Lleyton Hewitt vs Karol Kucera
Greg Rusedski vs Mark Philippoussis

Night Session

Anastasia Myskina vs Amanda Coetzer
Chris Guccione vs Wayne Ferriera

01-13-2004, 12:17 PM
Oop for centre court. Ll third again. Kucera defeated Lopez in three arduous sets. The former gave Lleyton a tough match in best of luck, Lleyton.:D

Chris Guccione winning over Ferrero!:eek:

Centre Court

Justine Henin-Hardenne vs Conchita Martinez
Meghann Shaughnessy vs Amelie Mauresmo
Lleyton Hewitt vs Karol Kucera
Greg Rusedski vs Mark Philippoussis

Night Session

Anastasia Myskina vs Amanda Coetzer
Chris Guccione vs Wayne Ferriera

:wavey: dagmar
thanks for the oop: Greg Rusedski vs Mark Philippoussis should be spectacular

01-13-2004, 12:52 PM
2004 adidas International

January 12, 2004

L. HEWITT/S. Sargsian
6-4, 6-2


THE MODERATOR: Questions for Lleyton, please.

Q. Solid start, Lleyton.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it was good. Conditions were very different from Perth last week. So it took me a while. The ball was flying a lot more, obviously, outdoors. The wind was quite swirly out there as well, which I didn't have to deal with last week. So all in all, it's nice to have another win under my belt and get off in straight sets.

Q. Good memories of that court for you?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I've had some big wins there not only in this tournament in the past, but also in Davis Cup. Probably more so against Sweden that year where I beat Bjorkman and Johansson in two tough matches. So, yeah, it's a great court to play on, great arena.

Q. How different is it playing a tour match again? It's been quite a while since you played a tour match. Is it a different feeling?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not that different, no.

Q. He's kind of a perfect opponent to play at this time, this stage of your preparation.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I was expecting a tough match. I think he beat Philippoussis in the Aussie Open last year in the third round, and he's a very tough player on this kind of court, I think. You know, it bounces up. He hits the ball pretty flat out there. He's a great mover around the court. And I just felt like, you know, he's a guy that you can get very grooved with as well because he hits the ball very clean off the baseline. It was tough conditions for him as well. He's obviously flying in from wherever he played last week. To come out here in different conditions when the ball's flying a bit more - I found anyway - it was whoever could probably adjust to that quicker, I'd say, was a lot suited.

Q. Does this sort of feel like a bit of a fresh start for you? I mean, it is a new season, after all. Last season wasn't the best you've had. Does this feel like a new beginning for you?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Little bit. Not so much a new beginning, I don't think. I felt like from the US Open, every match that I played after that, even though it wasn't a lot, the Davis Cup matches and right through the US Open to the quarters there, I played some of my best tennis I've ever played. So, obviously, even though the Davis Cup matches were split out over a fair period of time, I was still able to handle that pressure and expectation of those two - obviously two huge matches against two of the best players in the world. So I think after those matches you sort of want to get back out on the court as soon as possible and keep performing week in and week out.

Q. How is the ankle?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, felt okay out there today, so...

Q. Your forehand is getting better?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, hitting my forehand better. I feel like I went for it out there today. As I said, the conditions, you really had to try and always get something on the ball. You had to try and hit with a little bit more topspin out there. Otherwise, the ball was just flying. Whereas in Perth last week it just felt very heavy, sort of dead conditions indoors. The balls seemed to be fluffing up a lot more than they are here this week. You know, you've got to be probably a little bit wary, whereas last week you felt like you could really hit through the court because the balls were a lot heavier. Whereas this week, it feels like you've just got to be careful, get a bit more extra topspin work on the ball; otherwise, it might fly long.

Q. Do you expect similar conditions in Melbourne next week?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I'd say so, yeah. I'd say so.

Q. Based on your past experience there, how does it compare with this court?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Melbourne's changed. The last few years, it's probably been a little bit slower than it has. There was that one year it was pretty quick, in 2000 it was. Apart from that, the last few years it's actually probably been a little bit slower. Last time I played on this court in these tournaments, it was slower than Adelaide and Melbourne. It was probably the slowest because it was the newest arena put in. So, you know, I'm not really sure. I just have to work it out when I get there.

Q. Has that got something to do with the way they treat the court in Melbourne?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I'm not sure. I know the guys who do it in Melbourne and Adelaide; I don't know if he does it in Sydney as well. I know the guy pretty well. He does it in Melbourne and Adelaide. They do those pretty much the same. I know he doesn't do Perth. I know someone else does that. But I'm not sure who does Sydney.

Q. Do you feel less pressure going into the Australian Open this year given your ranking and so forth, than you did the previous two years?

LLEYTON HEWITT: There's always pressure and expectation coming into the national title when, realistically, we've probably only got two main guys who are contenders, Flip and myself, I think. So we've really got to try and -- you're always in the spotlight. We try and put it in the back of our mind as much as possible. But it's great for tennis that I think that emotion is still there from the Davis Cup victories the last few times. Flip and I have had a couple of cliffhangers as well. So I think tennis is on a bit of a high in Australia at the moment, and I think they'd like to see an Australian winner. That probably puts that same pressure as being the No. 1 seed the last two years.

Q. Do you feel just as confident as you did the last two years when you had the No. 1 ranking?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I feel like I'm hitting the ball just as well - if not better. It's been just a totally different preparation, whereas the years before I've always come off the Masters Cup and playing a lot of matches. This year, I just focused on the Davis Cup final and did a lot of hard work and training that I'd last right through the Australian summer.

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01-13-2004, 05:39 PM
Hewitt set for "family" showdown
January 13, 2004 - 5:30PM

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He avoided tennis's much-hyped love match with fiance Kim Clijsters at the Hopman Cup, but Lleyton Hewitt might find it more difficult averting a mini family war at this week's adidas International in Sydney.

Emerging force Joachim Johansson, the boyfriend of Hewitt's younger sister Jaslyn, has set his sights on a showdown with the former world No.1 after announcing his arrival on the international scene with a stunning win at Olympic Park.

Having staved off five match points against American Paul Goldstein in the qualifying tournament, Johansson followed up with a 6-4 6-4 upset of world No.6 Rainer Schuettler to advance to the second round of the men's main draw of the Australian Open lead-up event.

But, towering above his opponents at 198cm tall, the 21-year-old from Bjorn Borg's home town of Sodertalje, half an hour from Stockholm, considers himself more of a giant than giantkiller.

After spending the last two Christmases at the Hewitt family home in Adelaide practising with the dual grand slam champion, Johansson said he wouldn't be afraid to take on Australia's Davis Cup hero in the quarter-finals should the two both win their next match.



"Everything I do, I'm not trying to lose and he is the same. It's fun with two guys trying to win," Johansson said after thanking Hewitt for taking his game to a new level.

If they don't clash in Sydney, they may do battle in Adelaide next month when Australia plays Sweden in the first round of the Davis Cup.

Johansson was a member of Sweden's squad when it suffered a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Australia in last year's quarter-final in Malmo. He received a taste of what it was all about in a tight three-set loss to Wayne Arthurs in a dead singles rubber.

With Magnus Norman and Andreas Vinciguerra out injured, Johansson is in the frame for another crack at Australia - and more particularly Hewitt.

"For me, it would be an opportunity to play singles. If I got to play Lleyton, it would be fun," he said.

The big-serving Johansson, who improved his ranking more than 100 places last year to be on the cusp of the world's top 10, has been going out with Jaslyn for several years after meeting when they both won the Traralagon junior tournament in Victoria in 2000.

Jaslyn has spent between April and September in Sweden with him for the past two years, with Johansson enjoying his past three summers with the Hewitts.

"They treat me very nice and I really like being around them," he said.

Johansson has also been playing golf most days with Hewitt, saying it made Jaslyn "a bit jealous" and he planned to buy her some clubs for Christmas until her parents Glynn and Cherilyn beat him to the punch.

Despite the couple's close relationship, there are no immediate plans to follow Hewitt's lead and ask for his girl's hand in marriage.

01-13-2004, 06:09 PM
Thanks for the article :kiss: I hope that match does happen, it would be interesting :)

01-14-2004, 12:31 AM
It's intersesting how both Lleyton and Jaslyn are have both been in a long-term relationship for 4 years and they're both so young :eek:

01-14-2004, 09:49 AM
third again

Centre Court



HEWITT, Lleyton (AUS) V CLEMENT, Arnaud (FRA)


01-14-2004, 12:13 PM
It's intersesting how both Lleyton and Jaslyn are have both been in a long-term relationship for 4 years and they're both so young :eek:
It really is amazing.... :worship: for them and I think for Glynn and Chezza as well cuz they must of done something right in raising them :p

01-14-2004, 12:14 PM
Well done Lleyton for his victory yesterday :yeah: Too bad Joachim didn't make it through though :(

01-14-2004, 01:24 PM
Congrats Lleyton :yeah:

01-14-2004, 05:12 PM

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01-14-2004, 09:17 PM
Lleyton sounds Open warning
Comment by Jeff Wells
January 15, 2004

LLEYTON Hewitt is pumped higher than a helium balloon - because he knows he has to be.

Tour followers yesterday strained to remember him so emotional after he came from two breaks down in the first set to beat Czech journeyman Karol Kucera 6-4 6-1.

There was the full range of "c'mons", heart thumps, uppercuts, fist pumps and the old crazy Mats Wilander "vicht" salute as he reeled off eight straight games from 1-4 in a breathtaking exhibition of speed, craftsmanship and dazzling variety as he finally found his rhythm.

For a while it looked like another Australian Open campaign going haywire as the dour Kucera played ping- pong and Hewitt struggled to generate any zip in the wind.

But Hewitt returned to his long-haired teen monster days to rev himself up. And it is because he has admitted that his "new approach" this year is a very large X factor in his career.

Yes, he had those sensational five-set wins over world numbers two and three Roger Federer of Switzerland and Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain, in September and November, to win the Davis Cup.

But they were question mark matches, a fresh but underdone player at the end of a quiet year against two who were overdone from the struggles of a long season.

Hewitt had his two years at the top and dropped to number 17 as he rearranged his priorities in his ongoing battles with the ATP.

Giving his body some necessary rest was one. Getting into the gym and putting on some muscle, when it looked like he had done growing, was another off court.

So was rediscovering the aggression in his game.

Winning the Davis Cup and then coming back for his third grand slam win at the Australian Open were the on-court priorities as he abandoned the fight for his No.1 ranking and decided to do things his own way.

But the plan wobbled slightly when both he and Alicia Molik got ankle injuries at the Hopman Cup.

He only got three out of four matches, so he needs some fine tuning here. It is 10 years since Pete Sampras won the NSW-Australian Open double. And before that it was Roscoe Tanner in 1977.

It has only been done 10 times since 1905. No player today wants to have to win 12 straight matches on hot, sticky Rebound Ace in hot, sticky weather to win a grand slam.

Or, in Hewitt's case, counting the Hopman Cup, 15 straight.

"I've done it before," he said later, unfazed. And he has never been this fresh.

So Hewitt's timing between this week and next week will have to be a work of art.

And, I asked him, if he wins in Melbourne will he be tempted to chase No.1 again.

"I might retire," he said. :eek::eek:

Don't bet on it.

But don't underestimate anything the new-look Hewitt might do.

The Daily Telegraph

01-14-2004, 09:53 PM
Since when was Kucera a "journeyman"?

I don't think Lleyton's going to retire. He just says this stuff - or the media invents it for him like the AFL incident.

01-14-2004, 10:12 PM
Since when was Kucera a "journeyman"?

I don't think Lleyton's going to retire. He just says this stuff - or the media invents it for him like the AFL incident.

I know. Kucera has six titles, one last year and a win over Ferrero at the master's series in Montreal last year. Sheesh--he can play.

01-15-2004, 01:37 AM
I know. Kucera has six titles, one last year and a win over Ferrero at the master's series in Montreal last year. Sheesh--he can play.
His nickname is "The Cat" 'cause of his movement. You're right, cat can play. ;)

01-15-2004, 05:45 AM
Hewitt promises to keep roll going
| ... 15 January 2004 12:01pm |
Lleyton Hewitt boldly declared he could better his career-best 17-match winning streak and end his Australian Open drought after storming into the quarter-finals of the adidas International.

Sydney teenage wildcard Todd Reid and Davis Cup teammate Mark Philippoussis followed suit to join Hewitt in the last eight with equally impressive second-round victories.

Later, Victorian teenager Chris Guccione, the shock first-round conquerer of world No.3 Juan Carlos Ferrero, lost out 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 to the experienced Wayne Ferreira, but his narrow defeat failed to detract from a memorable day for Australian tennis.

"It's awesome. It shows that everyone's still riding that wave of Davis Cup," Philippoussis said after the host country stitched up three quarter-final berths at the tournament for the first time in six years.

But it was the tough-talking Hewitt who raised hopes of a long overdue local winner of the season's first grand slam after continuing his great affinity with the Olympic Park centre court.

Hewitt's 6-4 6-1 disposal of Karol Kucera - his second success against the cagey Slovak in a week - improved the two-time champion's marvellous win-loss record to 15-1 at the venue.

More significantly, Hewitt is now 8-0 since the US Open last September and on a serious roll heading to Melbourne Park.

Asked if it wasn't beyond him to string together the 18 wins it would take to continue his streak and triumph in Sydney and then Melbourne, the super-confident Hewitt had no doubt he could. :bounce:

"I've won that many before," he said.

Not quite that many on the ATP tour, but his 17-match winning streak in 2001 yielded his first grand slam at Flushing Meadows and he's clearly now in the same frame of mind.

"It's good. I keep winning," he beamed. ;)

"I think going into big tournaments and having that winning feeling and being match-hardened is definitely a good thing."

Hewitt, who trailed Kucera 4-0 before taking 12 of the next 13 games to close out the match in blazing style, will meet Arnaud Clement for a place in the semi-finals after the Frenchman eliminated the South Australian's summer hitting partner Joachim Johansson 6-4 7-5.

Reid, 19, had too many guns for Spain's world No.23 Felix Mantilla, prevailing 6-4 6-1 to book a date with Ferreira, the South African he thumped 6-0 6-1 last week in Adelaide.

Philippoussis was the third Australian on court - and didn't disappoint.

The fourth seed again demonstrated his new-found ability to dig himself out of a hole to deny embattled Briton Greg Rusedski 6-3 1-6 6-4 and confirm a showdown with fellow 2003 grand slam runner-up Martin Verkerk.

The eighth-seeded Verkerk, who lost to Philippoussis in four sets at last year's Australian Open, will be backing up from an epic 6-7 (0-7) 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-5) victory over doubles specialist Max Mirnyi.

The 39 games exchanged between the two were the most in a match at the Sydney tournament since 1990, while Mirnyi's elimination also cleared the path for a potentially easier semi-final for Hewitt.

The Belarussian holds the honour of being the only player to beat Hewitt at Olympic Park, having found the former world No.1's measure at the 2000 Sydney Games.

Third seed Carlos Moya, who claimed the Indian Open title last week, continued his ominous early-season form with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 defeat of Frenchman Michael Llodra, a finalist last week in Adelaide.

Fifth seed Paradorn Srichaphan completed a rain-interrupted 7-5 1-6 6-1 first-round victory over Jonas Bjorkman early before backing up to lose 4-6 6-1 7-6 (7-4) to Tommy Robredo.

01-15-2004, 08:29 AM
congrats LL :clap2: :bigclap: :clap2: :clap2:

and thanks for the articles

01-15-2004, 09:23 AM
Good job Lleyton!!!!! :bounce:
:banana: :clap2: :clap2: :woohoo:

01-15-2004, 10:27 AM
Hewitt fights way out of jam to reach semi-final
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SYDNEY (AFP) - Lleyton Hewitt conjured one of his signature back-to-the-wall efforts to jump Frenchman Arnaud Clement into the semi-finals of the Sydney International tennis tournament.

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The tenacious Australian stretched his winning streak at the Australian Open (news - web sites) lead-up event to 13 matches with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 victory over the former Open finalist to set up a Friday semi-final with big-hitting Dutchman Martin Verkerk.

Verkerk, last year's French Open (news - web sites) finalist and tournament eighth seed, was too strong for Australian fourth seed Mark Philippoussis, winning the night match, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).

Hewitt, who won the Sydney International in 2000 and 2001, began in the zone running off the opening set in 28 minutes, but Clement levelled the second set and was up 0-40 in the fifth game of the third set.

But the former world No.1, who through inactivity last year has dropped to 16 in the rankings, fought magnificently to fend off the three break points and go on and take victory.

"It was a huge game to get out of because I was telling myself if I could get out of that game then I felt like I could break him in the next game and go to 4-2," Hewitt said.

"Obviously, he was going to be on a bit of a downer after not breaking in that game. It was a huge turnaround and I just tried keeping the pressure on him early in that next game."

Hewitt, who extended his record against Clement to 4-0, said to fight his way out of trouble augured well for next week's Australian Open in Melbourne.

"You only get those situations in matches, you can't get that from playing practice sets and getting in that same situation because it just isn't the same with the crowd and the pressure."

Hewitt described 26-year-old Clement as an awkward customer and difficult to predict what he was going to do on each point.

"He's tough. He mixes it up. He's an awkward player to play against," Hewitt said. "He's not someone you would say is technically the most sound guy out there, not a textbook player, but he makes it work for him."

Todd Reid lost the chance to become the second Australian into the semi-finals when he went down to South African veteran Wayne Ferreira, 6-4, 6-4.

Ferreira, who dashed the hopes of another Australian youngster Chris Guccione on Wednesday, now has a semi-final with in-form Spaniard Carlos Moya.

Moya, the world No.7, is unbeaten in eight matches this year after brushing past compatriot Tommy Robredo, 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday.

Moya's winning streak began in Madras last week where he downed Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan in the final and he has carried it on here with wins over American Alex Bogomolov, Frenchman Michael Llodra and Robredo.

"Now I'm playing really well. I was lucky in Chennai (Madras). In the second round I was match point down (to American Paul Goldstein), but I won and since then I've played very solid tennis," Moya said.

"Here since the first day I've been playing well. And today it has been my best match here so far."

01-15-2004, 01:58 PM
2004 adidas International

January 14, 2004

L. HEWITT/K. Kucera
6-4, 6-1


THE MODERATOR: Questions for Lleyton, please.

Q. What happened at the beginning of the match there?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I had chances in probably all four of the first four games that I lost. I was probably trying to attack a little bit too much, especially for the conditions that it was out there. And, yeah, after that I just decided to go back to playing consistently, trying to get some rhythm early, and then try and build it up again. Yeah, I was able to do that. Obviously, in the second set, once the momentum had really changed, I was able really to get on top of him and start playing some good, aggressive tennis in those tough conditions.

Q. When you're 4-nil down, obviously just said you try to find some more consistency. What do you try to do mentally in that position? Do you have to be more aggressive mentally even though that doesn't mean you'll be more aggressive with your game?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know about aggressive. You can't get too down on yourself, I think. You got to try and realize that it's a tough match and, you know, you still got another two sets even if you go down in that set to bounce back. I wasn't giving up that first set no matter what, but I was gonna hang in there. But if I did end up losing the first set, then I wanted to try and find that rhythm by the end of the first set that I'd be ready to go right from the start in the second set. Fortunate enough that I was able to get back out of it and win in straight sets.

Q. Is that a difficult thing, balancing that sort of defense with the attack?

LLEYTON HEWITT: In those conditions today it was. I'm trying to play a little bit more aggressive in my whole style of game, and the conditions are just totally different to what I really warmed up in this morning. It was real overcast out there. Obviously, it was a lot heavier conditions than when I first played my first match. The ball was flying a lot more. The wind, I just really couldn't get a hold of it early. Karol is a kind of player that no luck can go wrong with his game, you know, wind or no wind. He doesn't go for too many heroic shots. He runs a lot of balls down. He makes you play that extra ball. He's a great mover out there. So I think that sort of all combined with, you know, getting off to a slow start.

Q. Are you pretty close to your own game now?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's good. I keep winning. I think going into, you know, big tournaments and having that winning feeling and being match-hardened is definitely a good thing.

Q. You looked pretty pumped up there in the second set. Are you enjoying your tennis at the moment?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, you enjoy it when you get out of jail like I did in the first set. Then, you know, the momentum really swung there. Obviously, if you're 4-love up and at a point to go 5-love up and then end up losing the first set 6-4, I just felt like I really had to keep the pressure on him early in the second set. I was able to do that. The whole body language had changed on Karol's side of the net as well.

Q. Do you feel like you're peaking at the right time for the Aussie Open?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I feel like I'm playing well. You still got to go out and do the job next week. You know, I don't know if form will play a huge part in next week's game, in next week's tournament. Still, Juan Carlos Ferrero lost first round here, and I still think of him as one of the favorites next week so...

Q. What's a good result for you this week, is it to win the tournament or just go into next week feeling like you're in good form?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I think that's more so. Obviously, if you get to the semis or finals here, then everyone wants to win titles. At the moment, it's trying to get matches under your belt. Try and work on little areas of your game, get that rhythm going. So far, so good. Got another match tomorrow against Clement to try and work on that again.

Q. How have you changed, do you think, from two years ago and the year before and three years ago when you played Adelaide and played Sydney and won and were on a winning streak? What's different now about you as a person?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, I think I set, you know, different goals now. Yeah, back then, I think every tournament, week in and week out, is like a Grand Slam. Nowadays, the priorities are Grand Slams and Davis Cup for me. Obviously, the bigger picture. And when you're able to win Grand Slams, you know, the thing that drives you to keep going and get better is to win more of them. Obviously, you know, it's nice coming and playing smaller tournaments, but you still miss preparation for the big ones.

Q. Is it just too draining to have that intensity all the year round?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I think a little bit. But I think, you know, for me, obviously when I first came up, it was more about ranking, getting your ranking high, playing a lot of events, I guess, to do that and get your ranking when you're 16, 17 years old. Obviously, winning titles like Adelaide and Sydney is a huge bonus for anyone that age. But, you know, after you win a Grand Slam, then your priorities, I think, are to try and win more of them. You have to prepare as well as possible, I think, for the Grand Slams.

Q. Do you get a feeling that other players might think now that you're not as intense as you were a couple of years ago?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know. I don't really care what they think.

Q. You won three matches in Hopman Cup.


Q. This is five to win here.


Q. Another seven to win the Australian Open. That's 15 straight you have to win. Is that too much?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I've won that many before, so...

Q. You're not worried?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not at the moment. I didn't play that many matches at the end of last year. It's a totally different situation to when I've come probably and played here in the past. I'd played a lot of matches towards the end of the year. The last few months, I only played three Davis Cup matches. They're highly pressure matches, but I still feel like I can bounce back and not be too flattened, I guess, by playing so many tour matches.

Q. How long can that freshness last? How far can you carry that break?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know. I guess depends on how well you do and how many matches you play during the next few weeks. At the moment I feel good so...

Q. There's a really good team environment you have in Davis Cup. What do you get as individuals when you're in a Grand Slam from the Davis Cup experience?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Davis Cup's always helped me. You know. The team atmosphere. I always found after I was at ties, even when I was the orangeboy not playing, I just felt like I'd hit a lot of balls, been around a good environment. I'd really gone out there with a positive attitude, I think, to improve. I think that's definitely what Todd Reid and Chris Guccione are feeling at the moment. They were at the Davis Cup final. Todd's been in a few of the last ties towards the end of last year. I think they're both making huge in-roads because of that experience, and I think because of Fitzy's and Wally's presence and helping them out at Davis Cup ties. I think all the team really embrace them not only as the orangeboy, but really the next players in Davis Cup for Australia.

Q. Does it spill over into the other tournaments?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I hit with Todd Reid here, as soon as I arrived here in Sydney. You know, I think, you know, it spills over. We talk and hang around in the locker room and whatever, in between matches and stuff for sure. I think it's a pretty good situation. Obviously, Frommy is working with Todd and Chris as well. So that's a guy that I played Davis Cup ties with and Todd Woodbridge did. So it's a pretty good group of guys.

Q. Just along that line, what do you have to do mentally, just you're advancing through a tournament, suddenly you're in the semifinals and you have to play Mark. What do you have to do then mentally?

LLEYTON HEWITT: You know, you just got to go out there and worry about your game more than anything. You got to forget who you're playing. Obviously, Mark and I, we had to play in the Scottsdale final at the start of last year. We lost a doubles final. We were in the doubles final straight after that final, the singles. It was an awkward situation for both of us, but it was a good result for Australian tennis that we're both playing well at that stage. When you go out there, we just got to forget about it. The matches can go either way. We both know exactly how each other plays. We've practiced a lot together. We've played doubles. We both know how each other thinks. We've helped each other in Davis Cup. You just got to try to forget about it. It's awkward for anyone.

Q. When you come off the court, say, as you did in Scottsdale, is it straight back into the relationship that you had previously, or is there sort of like a period of..?

LLEYTON HEWITT: It's probably about two minutes and then... Obviously, if you win a title and the other guy's lost a title, then it's obviously -- you don't want to go up and start talking about the match too much. But, yeah, especially in that situation, because we had to go out and focus on the doubles final straight after, so... Yeah, it's an awkward situation, but it's something that you got to try and deal with.

Q. How excited are you by Todd Reid and Chris Guccione performing well this week? And having been through the same process at that age, successful yourself, what are the things they need to know for the next few weeks?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's not only the next few weeks; it's the next few months and trying to really, you know, ride the wave and keep it going, you know, not just think you're home and you're on the Senior Tour now week in and week out. They've had great results this week, and they've shown what they can do and the potential they've got. But that's got to make you want to work harder to get even higher and to realize that -- they've both got a real chance of, you know - I don't know how far they could get - but of doing really well and being on the Senior Tour week in and week out. So, in my mind, yeah, this success, who knows, you know... Todd's out there playing at the moment in a tough match with Mantilla. If they win a few more matches, if they lose today, they've both had big wins and now they've got to be more and more hungry to go out there and get better.

Q. Doing this well, is there a chance you are going to change your priorities at all? Are you still going to just play what you want to play, or will there be a temptation to go back to No. 1?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know until if it happens. You know, I really can't comment. I don't know. Maybe I'll retire (smiling).

End of FastScripts….

01-15-2004, 02:05 PM
Lleyton :bounce: :woohoo: Great week so far, and long may it continue :D

01-15-2004, 03:27 PM
Sydney Thursday: Hewitt & Moya March On

New audio of Lleyton Hewitt (

Third seed Carlos Moya continued his sizzling early-season form by defeating fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the semifinals of the adidas International in Sydney on Thursday. Moya, who captured his 15th career title in Chennai last week, improved his 2004 record to 8-0.

It is Moya's best start to the season since 1997 when he went 10-1 by reaching the final of both Sydney and the Australian Open. Moya now has the opportunity to win consecutive titles for the second time in his career (Bastad and Umag in 2002).

Veteran South African Wayne Ferreira avenged his humbling 6-0, 6-1 35-minute loss to Todd Reid in Adelaide last week, defeating the rising Sydney native 6-4, 6-4 to reach the Sydney semifinals for the second straight year.

Lleyton Hewitt continues to close on his 20 th career title and his third Sydney crown by defeating Frenchman Arnaud Clement 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 and advancing to the semifinals.

Hewitt looked in trouble at 2-2 0/40 in the third set. But he rallied to hold serve and then claimed the match-winning break against Clement in the next game, eventually winning 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. Hewitt is undefeated this season in six matches, including three match wins at the Hopman Cup in Perth.

Hewitt next meets big-serving Dutchman Martin Verkerk, who upset Mark Philippoussis 6-4, 7-6(4). Roland Garros finalist Verkerk last year went 1-3 during the Australian swing and lost to Philippoussis in the first round of the Australian Open.


Moya: “It is the most important thing, being confident. You win matches even without playing great tennis. That's because of the confidence. Now I'm playing really well. I was lucky in Chennai. In the second round, I was match point down. But I won that match. Since then I have played very solid tennis. Here, since the first day I was playing very well. And today I think it has been my best match here so far.

“I have great memories from that tournament [the Australian Open], from that court. Always when I get there it is a great feeling for me. Everything started there for me in '97, so I never forget that.”

Hewitt: [The fifth game of the third set] was obviously a huge game to get out of because I was telling myself if I get out of that game, then I felt like I could break him the next game to go 4-2. Obviously, he's gonna be on a bit of downer after not breaking that game. It was a huge turnaround, I guess. Just tried keeping the pressure on him early in that next game. I had a lot of 0-30 games out there on his serve in the second and third set, and I just couldn't capitalize.

“It's always nice to get out of those situations in any tournament. But to go through at such a close stage in the third set was positive.

“The ankle's been good. It's recovered well. Took a couple of days off, obviously, when I didn't have to play the final in Perth. Traveling here and got on the court the next day after I landed here. Yeah, I haven't felt it at all, which is good.” :bounce:

Reid: “It was totally different conditions [to Adelaide] as well. I think it was his first match of the year, and I probably had played lots of matches. It was real windy that day.

Today, he's had a couple of matches under his belt. Obviously, he's gonna be a different player.

“I've got no complaints [about my week]. I came back from 4-0 down in the third in the first match. Then won my second match.”

Ferreira: “I kind of expected not to play well last week, but I didn't expect to play that badly. Just the conditions were tougher. It was my first match of the year. I hadn't practiced very much. It just was a terrible day. But I practiced hard after that. I got a couple matches in here this week so far. I can't really take much from that match last week. I mean, there's nothing to say, really, about it. It's just beginning-of-the-year blues, I guess.

“The first week is always tough because it's my first match of the year, being off for a while. Once I get out of that little hurdle, I'm normally fine. I always do well on this surface; I like it. It's a little bit quicker, gives me more opportunities to be a bit more aggressive. Suits my game a little bit more. I always have a good time and enjoy coming down here.”

Verkerk: “I started off really well. I broke him straight away. In the second set I hit some good passing shots. I'm happy to win in two sets because he was playing better and better.

“I had to fight hard in the first round, in the second round I won 7/6 in the third and now I'm starting to play well. I have to play Hewitt next so I'm not thinking about the title yet. But whoever is in the semis can win [the tournament].”

Philippoussis: “I'm a little frustrated with my match. I came out a little flat. But I'm feeling positive heading into the Australian Open. I'm feeling good physically.

“I was feeling good, relaxed. I had played two good matches and my practice sessions had been good. Maybe I went into that match too relaxed. Martin came out firing and took advantage of that.”

01-15-2004, 11:33 PM
Yay, Lleyton.:) Best of luck against Verkerk, who should be a challenging change of pace from the previous combatants. Nice win against le petit Arnaud, who seemed like he was playing very well and can be really dangerous.:)

Carlos Moya is on fire it would seem. I'm sure he's really missed Lleyton.:eek: :fiery: :p

01-16-2004, 05:26 AM
Lleyton's in the final - Verkerk retired down 6-2.

Yay Lleyton but it's a shame it had to be that way. Good luck tomorrow!

01-16-2004, 08:04 AM
Lleyton's in the final - Verkerk retired down 6-2.

Yay Lleyton but it's a shame it had to be that way. Good luck tomorrow!

waouw :banana:

01-16-2004, 11:17 AM
First final of the year for Lleyton. Go Lleyton, show the homecrowd you can beat Carlos!

01-16-2004, 12:57 PM
What happened to Verkerk?

It's too bad. I like Verkerk.

But GO LLEYTON in the final.

01-16-2004, 01:10 PM
Good to see him go through :bounce: Now hopefully he can go out there and finish off Moya. ;)

01-16-2004, 01:11 PM
I found this at foxsports. It says that Verkerk retired with an upset stomach. I also heard 'dizziness'. He was down 0-40 on his serve in the opening game of the second set. Apparently, the crowd wasn't too pleased as they waited out an hour and a half rain delay and then didn't get to see much tennis, but that's the way it goes sometimes.

Hewitt to meet Moya in final
January 16, 2004

LLEYTON HEWITT and his Spanish nemesis Carlos Moya will shape up tomorrow for the Davis Cup decider that never was.

Hewitt and Moya, sparring partners from way back, will showcase their Australian Open credentials in the final of the adidas International in Sydney after romping to easy victories today.

Persistent rain posed more of a problem to Hewitt than Dutchman Martin Verkerk, who retired with an upset stomach after losing the first set 6-2, and probably realising he was only in for more physical torment from a ravenous opponent hungry for more titles and grand slam success.

"I've played pretty faultless tennis, I think, this week," Hewitt said.

"I guess I couldn't be happier with my game right at the moment."

The two-time champion acknowledged tomorrow's final would be "another step up in class" against Moya, one of the few players on tour boasting a winning head-to-head record over Australia's former world No.1.

The sixth-ranked Moya has won five of his eight meetings with Hewitt and is unbeaten in 2004 after taking out last week's Indian Open and continuing his roll in Sydney.

"He's obviously playing extremely well," Hewitt said.

"He's one of the best players in the world at any time, but he's come off a win in Chennai last week and he's gone through his matches pretty convincingly this week.

"It's going to be a tough match for me."

Moya, who was waiting to get at Hewitt in the Davis Cup final last November before Mark Philippoussis famously sealed the tie for Australia with victory over Juan Carlos Ferrero, has reached the final without the loss of a set and thrashed Wayne Ferreira 6-2 6-1 today.

The former French Open champion said he feared no-one, but he refused to talk up his chances of again conquering Hewitt, having found his measure in four of their last five clashes.

"He's a very complete player. The other times I beat him I played really well," Moya said.

"I think if I play well, 100 per cent, I can beat any player. It just happens that against him I played very well all the time.

"So I'm just going to try to play my game, hitting the ball hard. I expect to have a very tough match tomorrow."

Hewitt will be gunning for his third title in Sydney after going back-to-back in 2000-01.

The 22-year-old is riding a 17-match winning streak at Olympic Park.

"I've always really enjoyed the tournaments in Australia at the start of the year," he said.

"For some reason, I've always performed well here at Homebush Bay."


01-16-2004, 01:16 PM
Leo Schlink's version b/c there's no such thing as information overkill where tennis is concerned.:D It has more details about the disgruntled crowd.

Damp but deadly Hewitt faces nemesis Moya in final
By Leo Schlink

LLEYTON Hewitt yesterday patiently endured wretched Sydney weather to reach his third consecutive final at the rain-ravaged adidas International.

Hewitt was spirited into the decider when Dutchman Martin Verkerk retired because of illness when trailing the Australian 2-6 0-1 on a program already ruined by the withdrawal of Lindsay Davenport from the women's singles semi-final.

Davenport withdrew from her match with world No. 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne because of shoulder soreness.

Hewitt will today face nemesis Carlos Moya, who has beaten the Australian in five of eight clashes, after the Spaniard destroyed Wayne Ferreira 6-2 6-1. "I felt like I was hitting the ball well," Hewitt said. "I'm thrilled to be in another final here.

"I always play well at this tournament, even when it was at White City. I beat (Jonas) Bjorkman when he was four in the world and (Pat) Rafter and (Nicolas) Kiefer the next year and after that I've won it twice.

"I've always enjoyed the tournaments here in Australia at the start of the year."

Persistent rain was a miserable backdrop to the negotiations which eventually led to a men's doubles semi-final being moved to an outside court, Hewitt's match being brought forward and the other semi-final between Moya and Ferreira being shunted to court one.

With officials desperately hoping for conditions to improve long enough to present an hour of play – the amount required to avoid ticket refunds – Hewitt sat through the long delays with his coaching staff, Roger Rasheed and Jim Chaousis.

When the 2000-01 adidas champion finally emerged on court at 3.24pm, he wasted no time in shredding French Open finalist Verkerk's pounding delivery with service breaks in the first and third games to lead 4-0.

Untouchable on his own serve – Hewitt won three of his four service games to love – he then lost concentration in the sixth game to have his lead cut to 4-2.

Only three more points were played before the rain returned and there was a 74-minute break before he again took to demolishing Verkerk's game.

When play restarted, Verkerk won only one of the 11 points.

Just 10 minutes into the resumption – and having dropped serve with a bloated forehand – Verkerk called for trainer Bill Norris and, after a short discussion, told umpire Norm Chryst he could not continue, triggering a chorus of boos from a frazzled crowd.

"I felt very dizzy and I had some stomach problems before the match," Verkerk said. Hewitt's winning streak is now 10. His last loss was to Juan Carlos Ferrero in the US Open quarter-finals, where he was hampered by a hip injury. He has won 14 matches in a row at the adidas International.

Hewitt seeks his 20th trophy and his first since Indian Wells in March last year.

"I always play well against Lleyton," Moya said. "If I play my best, I can beat anybody."

01-16-2004, 01:34 PM
Well, then. We'll have to make sure that Lleyton doesn't let Moya play at his best. ;)

01-16-2004, 07:09 PM
2004 adidas International

January 15, 2004

L. HEWITT/A. Clement
6-1, 4-6, 6-3


THE MODERATOR: Questions for Lleyton, please.

Q. That fifth game, third set, Love-40.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it was a big game to try and get out of. First point I hit a pretty good forehand into the corner. Then second point I hit a good second serve. He sort of just pushed it back, and floated long. Third point, again, I went for another forehand and hit it well. You know, was obviously a huge game to get out of 'cause I was telling myself if I get out of that game, then I felt like I could break him the next game to go 4-2. Obviously, he's gonna be on a bit of downer after not breaking that game. It was a huge turnaround, I guess. Just tried keeping the pressure on him early in that next game. I had a lot of love-30 games out there on his serve in the second and third set, and I just couldn't capitalize.

Q. Is it good for your confidence to get into a situation like that and get out of it as emphatically as you did?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's good. You only get those situations in matches. You can't get that from, you know, playing practice sets and getting in that same situation because it just isn't the same with the crowd and the pressure that you're under right at that particular time, serving breakpoints down. It's always nice, I think, to get out of those situations in any tournament. But, you know, to go through at such a close stage in the third set was positive.

Q. You were in such control in the first set. What swung it to put you on the depression in the second?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I just played a couple -- I was 30-15 up in the first game of the second set. Just played a couple of loose points there. His backhand up the line was incredible today. He was hitting it like a passing shot every time. He hit that on breakpoint against the breeze, which was strange, because he was hitting a lot better against the breeze than he was with the breeze. He played a couple of good points there. From then on, he was just sort of having a go on my service games, where I was pretty, you know -- I don't know how many points I lost in those next few service games the rest of the second set, but it wouldn't have been many at all. He served a lot better. He sort of came out and went for it a little bit more. Obviously, his confidence got up because he was a service break up and all he was really concentrating on was holding his service game. Yeah, he's a tough player. You can't hit a lot of winners against the guy. He's very quick out there as well.

Q. Is he also a bit deceptive in what he's doing or not?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, he's tough. He mixes it up. You know, throw in the serve-volley down breakpoint, or second serve serve-volleying he hits a half-volley dropshot winner. Just little stuff like that. He's an awkward player to play against. He's not someone, I guess, that you wouldn't say is technically, you know, the most sound guy out there, I guess, or like a normal, you know, sort of textbook player. But he makes it work for him.

Q. Do you feel your game stepped up a little from yesterday?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, well, the end of yesterday's match, from 4-love down I played pretty faultless tennis out there yesterday. So, you know, the first set out there today I felt like he didn't play badly; I just sort of dominated. I hit my forehand great. Yeah, he really couldn't, I guess, find a weakness out there in the first set. As I said, I just played a couple of bad points start of the second set and it turns out you're in a bit of a dog fight after that.

Q. This is your first semifinal since July. Obviously, you haven't played that much in between. Are you enjoying winning, going through a tournament and having that feeling again?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I guess. You know, the focus mainly is on next week still. You know, just take it one match at a time here and then trying to get the rhythm and the preparation right. And, obviously, the closer you get to playing in a final or having a chance to win another title, then, yeah, it's always a nice feeling.

Q. How will you approach your semifinal if you do play Mark? Any differently?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, it's an awkward match for both of us. You just got to try and block it out, and one of us - if we're playing each other - one of us is gonna get an opportunity to play in the final. But, you know, for Australian tennis it's good because we're both obviously in pretty good form going into the Australian Open. In one way, it's positive for both of us. In another way, yeah, it's an awkward matchup. You'd rather it be a final than a semifinal.

Q. What about tactics-wise?

LLEYTON HEWITT: We both know how each other play. We just got to go out there. It's pretty much on the day, I think, with those kind of matches when you know your opponent so well. Yeah, it's always awkward no matter which Australian you got to play against, especially a guy that, you know, I've spent, you know -- probably the closest to on tour the last 12 months.

Q. Would you say your ankle is 100 percent now? Is there still a twinge there?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, pretty good. The ankle's been good. It's recovered well. Took a couple of days off, obviously, when I didn't have to play the final in Perth. Traveling here and got on the court as soon as I -- the next day after I landed here. Yeah, I haven't felt it at all, which is good.

Q. A lot of the women actually have ankle problems. Is that anything to do with the courts or just coincidence?

LLEYTON HEWITT: The ones I've seen -- I don't know if it's the court. It gets a bit sticky now and then. What happened in Perth, you know, I twisted mine and I don't think it had much to do with the court. I was sort of just recovering for a ball. Kim's is a little bit different with the Achilles' at the back of the foot. I'd say that probably could have happened on any court. Alicia, she's had hers happen on all different kinds of courts. It's still the same problem. I know there's been a history of Rebound Ace, there's been some bad ankle problems over the years, but I feel like mine probably could have happened on any surface.

Q. Is it more widespread than we think, or is it because there are big players suffering those injuries at the moment the attention is on those guys? Or are ankle injuries common across the tour?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, we've probably had a little bit more the last couple of weeks, I'd say, than in general. But you always get some now and then. That's the sport we play in. You know, especially guys like myself or even Kim or whoever, you know, we do so much running out there as well, you know, scrounging for so many balls out there that, you know, stuff like that's bound to happen at some stage or another.

End of FastScripts….

01-16-2004, 08:02 PM
:bounce: Come on Lleyton against Moya!!! :bounce:
You can beat him, come on!!! :bounce:

01-16-2004, 08:32 PM
What happend to Martin???
LL goodluck in the final!!!:bounce:

01-16-2004, 09:45 PM
:woohoo: Lleyton!

Jolly good show old boy :p Good luck in the final against MM, beat him please :angel: :devil: But, win or lose this is great prep for the AO :D

01-16-2004, 11:09 PM
What happend to Martin???
LL goodluck in the final!!!:bounce:

Said he was sick. Tummy upset, I think.

01-16-2004, 11:31 PM
Go Lleyton! I agree that the important thing is that he's got this far and played some great matches. Win or lose, this should pep up his hunger for next week! But I still hope he wins!

01-17-2004, 03:02 AM
Well done Lley :worship: even though Moya retired, ya did great through out the week....keep it up! :yeah:

01-17-2004, 06:30 AM
Hewitt wins 20th title
January 17, 2004

LLEYTON HEWITT joined exalted company today when he became the youngest Australian in open-era tennis to capture 20 ATP titles.

Hewitt with the adidas International trophy.

Hewitt confirmed his status as a genuine modern-day great when he took out the adidas International in Sydney for the third time with victory over Spaniard Carlos Moya in the injury-shortened final at Olympic Park.

The gritty South Australian is just 22 years and 11 months old and only all-time champions Bjorn Borg, Boris Becker, Mats Wilander, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl have collected as many titles at a younger age.

Borg was the quickest to achieve the feat, chalking up his 20th career victory in Nice in 1977 at 20 years and 10 months – one month older than Hewitt when the Adelaide baseliner became the youngest year-end world No.1 in history in 2001.

John Newcombe took until he was almost 29 to secure his 20th title, while Pat Rafter – Australia's only other player to have reached No.1 since rankings began in 1973 – had won just 11 tournaments before retiring at 29.

Hewitt said he was chuffed at his latest milestone.

"I knew it was my 20th. It's an awesome achievement to win any titles and especially to win 20 ... it's a nice sounding number at the moment," Hewitt told AAP.

"There's not been many people that have been able to do that, so it's a pretty special feeling."

His 20-title haul adds further lustre to a remarkable career that has already yielded Wimbledon and US Open crowns and an unbroken 75-week reign as world No.1.

Despite slipping to 16th in the rankings after a relatively moderate 2003 season, Hewitt will head to Melbourne Park oozing confidence having established a tour-best 10-match winning streak dating back to the US Open in September.

"I'm playing pretty well at the moment, getting more and more confident with every win I get under my belt," he said after he'd established a break of serve against Moya before the world No.6 retired with a badly sprained ankle while trailing 4-3 and 40-15 in the first set.

"I felt like I really, really went up a notch today. You've got to against a player of the calibre of Carlos Moya.

"Carlos is obviously one of the best players out there at the moment ... probably most of the time as well.

"He's a former world No.1, he's won a grand slam, he's a big-match player. I knew I had to go up a level today and I felt like I was able to do that.

"I thought it was a very high-standard match early on."

Hewitt has now snared three titles in Sydney, having gone back-to-back in 2000-01, and is riding a 17-match winning sequence at a tournament he believes offers him the best preparation for the Australian Open.

The 15th seed will open against a qualifier next week and said the Sydney experience had stood him in great stead for a serious tilt at his home grand slam.

"I had to face break points out there today, so I've come through a small pressure situation in a match condition but I didn't have to waste that extra energy," Hewitt said.

Moya's Australian Open hopes don't look quite so rosy after he was rushed to hospital for X-rays this afternoon, with Sydney's tournament doctor John Ackerman fearing the 1998 Melbourne Park runner-up may have fractured his right ankle.

Moya rolled on the ankle trying in vain to stave off a break point in the seventh game of today's final.

"I don't know how it's going to be," he admitted.

"I hope it's not going to be that bad, but it really hurts a lot. It's disappointing (but) these things happen in tennis.

"I was very confident. I was playing pretty well today."

01-17-2004, 07:17 AM
congratz lleyton :worship: too bad i couldn't go over and watch him play even though i was living next to the courts :o

01-17-2004, 11:41 AM
Congrats Lleyton :yeah: Too bad about the way it ended though :( This season is looking more and more like last man standing, literally :o

01-17-2004, 01:37 PM

01-17-2004, 03:23 PM
2004 adidas International

January 16, 2004

L. HEWITT/M. Verkerk
6-2 (ret.)


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How was that?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I felt like I hit the ball well, considering, you know, for most of the morning didn't really know what was going on with the weather and who was going on first or, you know, how things were gonna pan out. So in that regard, you know, I was happy to get off to a good start. Never played against Martin before. Felt like I handled his serve pretty well.

Q. Did you have any clue whatsoever what was going on with him?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, I couldn't tell anything. When I was out there, it was a little bit weird because, obviously, he was down Love-40 in that first game of the second set. Sort of was lining up, ready to serve, and I was ready to return. Then he sort of walked off to the chair. I wasn't quite sure what was going on. I heard afterwards that he wasn't feeling great out there. Yeah, I felt like with my game, though, I was concentrating pretty well on just my game.

Q. Was there any concern that the weather might mean you couldn't play at all today, then there might be a bit of backing up in the weekend before the Open?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it was definitely a concern, no doubt about it. I think probably all the players - singles, doubles, women, men - yeah, organizers, everyone, I think. So, yeah, obviously the crowd's got to be disappointed with Lindsay pulling out tonight as well, and matches changing around left, right and center. It's an awkward situation, I guess, the week before a Slam, or a few days before a Slam now. Yeah, for me, it's awesome to have a chance to go and play for another title. But then again you've got to remember what's on the line the next two weeks as well.

Q. Would you say that was a blessing in disguise?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Could be. I'll tell you in hopefully a fortnight's time.

Q. Have you found the right balance between...?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's not like I need that many matches now, I don't think. I played seven matches now from Perth and through Sydney now. So, you know, I feel like I've got enough matches against worthy opponents. Tomorrow's obviously going to be another step up in class, playing against Carlos.

Q. During the rain delays did you have time to look at the draw?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I've seen the draw, yeah.

Q. What do you think?

LLEYTON HEWITT: You can only look at your first round, you know. There's so many good players around these days that, you know, I got a qualifier first round. I don't even know yet who that's going to be, obviously. I won't be looking too far forward. But there's obviously some pretty tough first rounds which you really expect, I think, in the men's tennis these days - Blake-Moya, Gonzalez-Roddick, Johansson-Philippoussis, so...

Q. Do you think you've improved as the week has gone on?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I was playing pretty well in Perth, I felt. Probably just maintained that level, I guess, the whole way through this tournament. I've had a couple of lapses, obviously - the start against Kucera, couple of loose games against Clement. Apart from that, I've played pretty faultless tennis, I think, this week. For me, yeah, I guess I couldn't be happier with my game right at the moment. Through to another final here in Sydney, so...

Q. Seen much of Moya this week?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I haven't seen him hit a ball. I know how he normally plays. He's obviously playing extremely well. He's one of the best players in the world at any time, but he's come off a win in Chennai last week. He's gone through his matches pretty convincingly this week. It's going to be a tough match for me. I just got to go out there and worry about my game, and hopefully get off to a good start and see what happens.

Q. Your ankle, is that okay?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, no, I'm fine at the moment, yeah.

Q. Good week's work.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, at the moment. Try and finish it off.

Q. Being in a final now, does it mean anything to you?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Oh, you always love playing, you know, in finals at tournaments, you know, playing for titles. Obviously, you know, the bigger titles, the Grand Slams and stuff like that is obviously the priorities. But any titles go on your record. Not everyone is capable of winning too many tournaments. It's not the easiest thing to go through there and win five matches in a row. So, you know, it's tough against worthy opponents like we have these days not to have one bad match within a week.

Q. What is it about this tournament?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I don't know. Don't know. I've always played well, even when it was at White City. Coming off a win in Adelaide and, obviously, Sydney was always stronger than Adelaide, the tournaments. I'd come here, beat Bjorkman when he was No. 4 in the world first round; following year beat Rafter and Kiefer. Then after that won it twice. I've always really enjoyed, I guess, the tournaments in Australia at the start of the year. For some reason, I've always performed well here at Homebush as well.

Q. Looking through the draw gives me the impression ...

LLEYTON HEWITT: Next week or here?

Q. Next week. It is the strongest looking draw I can remember here for a long time. Seems to be so much more depth in the whole thing. When you look at the number of great first-round matches and possible third, fourth matches as well. Do you get that same impression?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, there's a lot of dangerous floaters, I guess, in the draw as well these days. You look at a guy like Safin, he's not 77 in the world or whatever he is. He's a Top 10 player. I don't think anyone would want him in their section as a seeded player. You know, James Blake, he's another guy. Fernando Gonzalez. The guys I've met. Thomas Johansson, the last time he played in Melbourne he won the tournament. There's a hell of a lot of good players out there. You've got to be wary and give respect to every opponent you play. I think that's the thing about men's tennis at the moment; it's very, very open, and to win seven best-of-five set matches is a tough thing to do.

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01-18-2004, 03:34 AM
2004 adidas International

January 17, 2004

4-3 (ret.)


THE MODERATOR: Questions for Lleyton, please.

Q. Apart from your obvious concerns about Carlos, how did you feel about the way you played?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I thought it was a very high standard match early on. Hot conditions out there. Obviously, you know, it was playing a lot quicker out there today, I felt like. And, you know, he was playing as well as I've seen him play. I felt like my game had really gone up another notch today. Even though it was only seven games, I had to fight off a couple of breakpoints early. Did that well at the tougher end. Then knew that I could capitalize on his service game and have a small chance when I was up the better end, which is the further end out there. And I was able to do that. Obviously, when the injury happened, you know, I was Love-40 up, and, you know, had a winner coming, I guess, up the line anyway in the open court. But, you know, I felt like I really, really went up a notch today. You've got to against the kind of player that's the caliber of Carlos Moya, so...

Q. Do you think you're at the peak of your game?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I'm playing pretty well, I think, at the moment. Getting more and more confident with every win you get under your belt. As I said, today was, you know -- throughout the week, Carlos is obviously one of the best players out there at the moment - and, you know, probably most of the time as well. He's a former world No. 1, he's won Grand Slams, he's a big-match player. I knew I had to go up a level today, and I felt like I was able to do that. In the other matches, they probably hadn't been such big names, I guess, as playing guys like Moya.

Q. Is there any part of your game you need to improve on?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, it's hard to say right at the moment. I think just keeping that rhythm going. You still got to go out there and get the job done next week. Next week, even if you're not playing well, you've got to find a way to win. That's what it's all about.

Q. Moya played very impressively the first game.


Q. What were your thoughts? It was really great tennis. You played as well.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, well, obviously, he came out, and his weapon is his first serve and his forehand, obviously; everyone knows that. You know, the first game I couldn't really touch anything. He dictated. Then I played a good game and then I had Love-30 in the third game. He came up with a couple of big serves. But I sensed that that was my opportunity down that end to try and break if I was going to. So I knew if I could get out of that next game, which I was able to fight a couple of breakpoints off, then I'd have a real crack at him the next time I went down that other end. That's what I was able to do to get up Love-40 there and put some pressure on him.

Q. It's a pity. It looked like it was going to be a spectacular final.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, that's how it felt. It felt like a very -- just for those seven games, it felt very high standard. It's obviously disappointing for everyone - both players. Obviously, more so with Carlos. Not so much he's lost the final, but he's got to try and get himself right for next week. Obviously, the crowd, after a pretty rainy, ordinary day yesterday, now to get this.

Q. Yesterday you had a short match against Verkerk. Today was a short match. How do you feel about your preparation?

LLEYTON HEWITT: It's fine, I think. I've played enough matches over the last, you know, two weeks now that -- you know, it could be perfect in one way that I've gone out there and I've had to prepare and warm up and do everything in match conditions, but I haven't actually had to use that full energy that you normally would against a guy like Moya or even Martin Verkerk yesterday. So, you know, could be a blessing, I guess. And the good thing is, though, I had to face breakpoints out there today. So, you know, I've come through a small pressure situation in a match condition, but I didn't have to waste that extra energy, I guess.

Q. Not getting a full match against a real top-notch player, whereas Roddick and Nalbandian and Federer and Agassi are going head-to-head in Melbourne, do you still feel this is a better choice?

LLEYTON HEWITT: That's an XO, though.

Q. Do you feel you're at your best level as in the past?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I'm playing pretty well at the moment, I think. I've trained extremely hard, and I prepared myself as well as I could for the two Davis Cup - well, especially the final of the Davis Cup. But I felt like I was playing really well at US Open as well. That's when I started playing a lot better, I felt like. Roger and I did a lot of work. Against Ferrero that day, I thought that was a great match we were having until I hurt my leg. He was too good in the end. But he showed how good he was when he went out and beat Agassi up the next day. So since then, I've played some great Davis Cup matches, and trying to keep that confidence going now.

Q. The way you're playing now and the way Roger has things going, does that ridicule the stuff that was said early in the year?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I think Roger and I never listened to any of that rubbish anyway. Roger is a great guy. He's worked as hard as anyone I've ever worked with - you know, harder, I'd say. He puts 100 percent into everything he does with me, you know, whether it's scouting other guy's matches, finding out information that we need to do. He does a range of things. It's not only the stuff that we've done on the court, working on tactics and technically and stuff like that, it's also in the gym and sort of the whole package is really taken care of, which it's nice to have a good start to the year like we have so far this week.

Q. Is your preparation for Melbourne as good as it can be?

LLEYTON HEWITT: We'll find out next week. But, you know, at the moment I feel good. You know, you can -- you can always have, you know, some losses out of nowhere, I guess. We won't know that until next week. But at the moment, I'm executing as well as I hope, I guess, going into the first Grand Slam.

Q. Just a quick question on the court surface. Is it just coincidence it's another ankle injury on Rebound Ace?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Today's probably the heat, I'd say, more than anything. It's an extremely hot day out there today. The court, you know, I don't know how hot it is court-side, but on the court it would be, you know, up towards 60, I'd say. So it gets hot out there, it gets sticky. We've seen -- the ones I can remember when I was younger is like Sabatini, Woodforde, they sprained their ankles really bad at the Australian Open on hot days. It's awkward. It's partly probably because of the court as well; I'm not really sure. I know mine last week, it was indoors, so you can't really blame that. Alicia and Kim wasn't really a twisted ankle, so...

Q. On the subject of ankles, is Kim's improving?

LLEYTON HEWITT: It's going all right. She had a light hit yesterday. We just take it day by day.

Q. A couple of days ago she said Sydney is a special place for her. Because you proposed to her here?


Q. Do you have the same feeling, do you also think Sydney is special for you?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I guess. It's a nice city and it's something that we'll always have in the memory bank. You know, it's one of the -- it's a great city. Obviously, you know, having the Harbour Bridge there, the Opera House. There's not too many places that you get those kind of views, I think. You know, I don't play too bad tennis here either, so... (laughter). It's all right.

Q. Australian Open is a much bigger tournament, but it's a similar situation. Do you have very many expectations? You always overcome them here, but the Australian Open, are you not satisfied with the results at the moment? You have a lot of pressure and expectations.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, you know, the last couple of years has been tough, I think. Last year I played pretty well at the Aussie Open. I didn't play here in Sydney. I thought I handled the expectation and the pressure pretty well. Lost to a guy who just played too well on the day. You know, there really wasn't a lot I could do about it against El Aynaoui last year, and the year before I had chicken pox. The last couple of years it's been a little bit out of my control, I think. I think I've handled the situation of being No. 1 seed and have pressure on me pretty well, especially in Davis Cup ties and that. You don't get much more pressure and expectation than in those matches, so...

01-18-2004, 03:44 AM
Thanks Tara... some nice quotes from Lleyton there :hearts: :angel:

01-18-2004, 04:40 AM
thanking-you pplz :kiss:

01-18-2004, 05:30 AM
guys did any of u notice that lleyton thanked kimmy after the final match

01-18-2004, 09:15 PM
What did he say cos they cut that bit on my tv? Was Kim watching the final as I thought I saw a glimpse of her but with only seven games it was hard to tell?!?!?