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Pacific Life Open 2004

dagmar7
03-02-2004, 11:08 AM
http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/10/

Above is the link to the official site of this masters series event. The men's draw has been expanded this year to 96 players. Accordingly, Indian Wells has changed to a 2-week format, although men's matches for the main draw begin only on March 12.

Lleyton won this tournament in 2002 and 2003, his only masters series titles--not including the two year-end championship wins.

The top seeds look healthy, so I assume Ll will be seeded 9th or 10th.

Good luck to Lleyton.:D

Lisbeth
03-02-2004, 11:17 PM
Thanks for posting this.

Good luck Lleyton! Regardless of ranking, I don't think the top 8 seeds will be wanting to draw Lleyton in the 4th round!

tournesol
03-03-2004, 07:53 AM
Go for it Ll :woohoo:

kim4eva
03-03-2004, 09:05 AM
Good luck Lleyton :clap2:

dagmar7
03-03-2004, 11:17 AM
I'm going to wait for the player's list to be updated before posting it, but--as it is always important to know the competition ;)--here are the probable top sixteen seeds, their 2004 record and some general notes.

Roger Federer::16-1 (won Dubai) World #1 begins the year in dazzling fashion. I doubt he'll be troubled by the loss to Henman in Rotterdam, and he is the favourite here too.

Juan Carlos Ferrero::9-4 Showing good competitiveness this year, compiling a respectable record while apparently battling fatigue and off his best form. Historically, hasn't performed well here, but after the U.S. Open maybe this 'jinx' is lifted.

Andy Roddick::17-4 (lost sf Scottsdale) After Federer, probably the favourite to win. Playing with a lot of confidence and usually performs extremely well in the U.S. Perhaps troubled by swedes...

Guillermo Coria::9-3 (lost 1st rd Dubai) Lleyton's 2nd rd opponent last year has the game to succeed on hardcourts.

Andre Agassi::8-2 Has won here before and this is historically a great time of year for him, although he skipped IW last year. Withdrew from Scottsdale, but this is most likely strategic.

Rainer Schuettler::2-5 (lost 1st rd Dubai) The vultures are circling over Schuettler, but I expect this gritty competitor to make a stand here. He was a semi-finalist last year.

Carlos Moya::18-3 (won Acapulco) In fabulous form before Sydney injury. Tough to assess at the moment.

David Nalbandian::5-2 (lost 1st rd Dubai) Seemingly unbeatable at the beginning of the year. Out with an injury for a while; defeated in straight sets by Nieminen.

Lleyton Hewitt::14-1 Last year's tournament winner seems in good form. Apparently, suffered some mild strain in Rotterdam final.

Mark Philippoussis::5-6 (lost 1st rd Dubai) Along with Schuettler, the only one on this list with a losing record. Famously struggling after AO exit and problems are fairly extensively documented/analyzed.

Tim Henman::8-4 (lost 1st rd Dubai - sound familiar) Coaching change seems beneficial. Upset Federer again but then lost to Thomas Zib in opening rd Dubai match.

Paradorn Srichaphan::10-6 (lost 2nd rd Dubai) String of two consecutive opening match losses broken by Domenik Hrbaty's forfeit. Another victim of tennis parenting?

Nicolas Massu::7-7 (lost qf Acapulco) Rough start to the year. Looking to get back on track.

Sebastien Grosjean::6-2 Injured and status questionable.:sad:

Sjeng Schalken::11-5 (lost qf Dubai) Year off to a good start. No really big wins so far though...

Gustavo Kuerten::14-4 Win in Brazil should raise confidence for last year's finalist.

dagmar7
03-03-2004, 11:38 AM
More notes...I am in a posting mood.:D Please feel free to make corrections.

Who is injured: Jiri Novak, Younes El Aynaoui and, of course, Grosjean are all questionable.:sad: Taylor Dent too, I think.

Who is making a come-back: Andrei Pavel, Thomas Johansson both playing well on their return.

Trends to watch:

1) Swedes - young and old: Jonas Bjorkman has scored big upsets this year over Roddick and Safin. Bolstered perhaps by Davis Cup success, Enqvist also took out Roddick. Joachim - alias Pim Pim - Johansson has his first atp title.:D Robin Soderling is also now in the top 50 and made his first final last week.

2) Old french guys: Anthony Dupuis wins his first tournament at around thirty. Gregory Carraz is scoring big upsets and crushing qualifiers 6-0, 6-0. At this rate, will Cedric Pioline come back?

3) Wunderkinder: Rafael Nadal is playing great to start the year, and Richard Gasquet is also winning some matches and not forfeiting.

4) It's not really a trend, but food-poisoning. Last year, both IW and Miami were plagued by ailments of this nature. If it happens again, I will be suspicious.:(

tournesol
03-03-2004, 11:48 AM
:wavey: dagmar

thanks for posting, at least we can be busy analysing the situation while counting down the days :)

dagmar7
03-03-2004, 11:57 AM
You are welcome, dani.:D

I already spotted an error...oops.:p

I guess it's pretty obvious that I can't wait to actually see some more tennis. Did you hear any Grosjean updates on the french sports news?

Billabong
03-03-2004, 11:59 AM
Hi guys :wavey:!
Thanks for the article dagmar:)!

tournesol
03-03-2004, 12:02 PM
You are welcome, dani.:D

I already spotted an error...oops.:p

I guess it's pretty obvious that I can't wait to actually see some more tennis. Did you hear any Grosjean updates on the french sports news?

nothing i'm afraid

tournesol
03-03-2004, 12:08 PM
Hi guys :wavey:!
Thanks for the article dagmar:)!

:wavey: bonjour

dagmar7
03-03-2004, 12:12 PM
Hi guys :wavey:!
Thanks for the article dagmar:)!

You are welcome, although the writing is all mine, so I take full responsibility for any opinions/errors etc.;).

The evil atp's official site provided statistical info though.

Lisbeth
03-04-2004, 07:11 AM
Thanks Dagmar, you are more insightful than some who do this professionally!

dagmar7
03-05-2004, 12:09 AM
Thanks Jane!:)

I like to think that I have some of the sportswriter's gift for stating the patently obvious...

I should have included Tommy Haas, who is one of the wildcard recipients, and Guillermo Canas as two more listed players coming back from injury.

SomL.
03-05-2004, 06:29 AM
I wish , Lleyton is the Champion.

dagmar7
03-06-2004, 03:47 PM
I wish the same thing, SomL.:)

The Desert Sun has a special section for tournament news. Here is a link...
http://www.thedesertsun.com/pacificlifeopen/

The March 4 article is heavily promotional, but worth a look. It seems as if some patrons aren't satisfied with the new venue. In responding to their complaints, the writer expresses hope for a new golden age in men's tennis.

Also, I updated the results for the competition on the first page. Three of the top sixteen are in finals (Federer) or semi-finals (Roddick,Moya).

star
03-07-2004, 09:04 PM
I see you found that link! I didn't think the inset would be online. :)

Agassi has been sighted staying at the La Quinta Resort that is about 10 -15 minutes away from the tennis site. It also has a tennis court with the same surface as the ones at IW.

star
03-07-2004, 09:05 PM
Moving this from the other thread.

The Sunday paper had an inset on the P.L.O. ( I like to call it that) Kim and Lleyton are on the cover. They are photos from last year's tournament. Kim in red Fila gritting her teeth hitting a backhand, and Lleyton is stepping forward for a ball just beginning to take his forehand back in preperation, his eyes intent on the ball.

Inside it has a list of events. Of course, on Tuesday they are having the draw.... a public event in the village... (women's on Monday).. I guess I will go, just to see how they manage to rig it.

One of the sweet things is this:

Pacific Life Open Reading Aces Day - Saturday March 13
Local schools and southern California County Libraries have participated in the second annual Reading Aces program. A special presentation by Lleyton Hewitt (subject to change)[I guess in case it interfers with a match or match preperation] will adress these children on the Villiage Stage in the afternoon. Exact time to be determined.

Lleyton :angel:

dagmar7
03-07-2004, 10:54 PM
I see you found that link! I didn't think the inset would be online. :)

Agassi has been sighted staying at the La Quinta Resort that is about 10 -15 minutes away from the tennis site. It also has a tennis court with the same surface as the ones at IW.

Thanks for the update and let me express my gratitude for the on location reports.

I really like the way you write.:)

Results have been updated to reflect Federer and Moya's latest tournament wins and Roddick's semi-final loss.

Moya is quietly playing some amazing tennis, I surmise - we all know about Federer, of course.

Thanks for the Ll news. :angel:

As I mentioned in the chat thread, I don't think he spent too much time in school though. He does, however, have a certain facility with words.;)

I look forward to the report on draw-rigging. I've always wondered how they did that.:p

star
03-07-2004, 11:38 PM
I'll see if I can be there to give you the inside scoop. :)

Maybe I should post on WTAWorld that I'm going to the draw to report just how it gets rigged. ;)

Raquel
03-08-2004, 02:44 AM
Good Luck Lleyton! :bounce:

tournesol
03-08-2004, 08:54 AM
I'll see if I can be there to give you the inside scoop. :)

Maybe I should post on WTAWorld that I'm going to the draw to report just how it gets rigged. ;)

:worship: thanks for sharing your experience with us

and i second dagmar: i love your reporting

do i need to add have a nice day?

dagmar7
03-08-2004, 12:32 PM
Queen Christina :worship:

I love that film too...:) Here is another preview from the Desert Sun. The article points out that Ll could join Chang and Connors as three-time winners. Historically, IW has really been an american-dominated tournament. Courier and Sampras also won it twice, Agassi once. Besides Agassi and Lleyton, the two other past champions in the draw are Philippoussis and wildcard entrant Alex Corretja.

The website also has an interesting article (featuring a lot of Rod Laver quotes) on the trend towards early retirements.

Tennis tourney starts today
By Leighton Ginn
The Desert Sun
March 8th, 2004


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With a bigger men’s draw, the Pacific Life Open has proclaimed itself as the Grand Slam of the West.

That assertion will be put to the test when the Pacific Life Open officially opens today with women’s qualifying.

Today’s women’s qualifying will feature Palm Desert High School star Brittany Blalock and Palm Springs resident Martina Nejedly.

This year, the Pacific Life Open expanded its men’s field from 64 to 96 players. Only five other tournaments in the world have both men’s and women’s fields with at least 96 players -- the four Grand Slam tournaments and the NASDAQ 100 in Miami.

The men’s field features the world’s top-50 players, including Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Marat Safin.

The women feature the top two players in the world in Belgians Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne. Joining them will be Lindsay Davenport, as 45 of the world’s top 50 are committed to the field.

Jennifer Capriati withdrew from the tournament Sunday because of a back injury.

Lleyton Hewitt and Clijsters, who are engaged, are the defending champions.

Hewitt, the two-time defending champion, is attempting to become only the third player in tournament history to win three times.

Jimmy Connors and Michael Chang each won three times at Indian Wells, but neither won his titles consecutively.

Clijsters reached the finals of the French, U.S. and Australian opens and was ranked No. 1.

Admission to the women’s qualifying matches is free today and Tuesday.

The women’s main draw begins Wednesday. The men’s main draw will begin Friday. Both finals are March 21.

ace4lleykim
03-08-2004, 03:42 PM
thx 4the news dagmar7

Danni
03-08-2004, 09:56 PM
good luck lleyton! :yippee:

NOMAD
03-09-2004, 01:51 PM
Hewitt coach brings new approach

By Jonathan Overend
BBC Tennis reporter



Sometimes the job of tennis coach can involve little more than booking the practice court and ordering the players' box tickets.
Every coach knows it's not always about the intricacies of a topspin forehand.

But Roger Rasheed brings his own unique qualities to the job of coaching Lleyton Hewitt.

And emergency doubles partner is the latest addition to the job spec.

When Mark Philippoussis withdrew from the ABN-AMRO tournament in Rotterdam last month, Hewitt was left searching for a team-mate.

Unexpectedly, he paired up with Rasheed, who hadn't played for 11 years, to beat Ramon Sluiter and Martin Verkerk in straight sets.

"I actually said to Roger, when I heard Mark wasn't going to be coming, that maybe we could have a game," Hewitt revealed.


"Everybody thought it was a bit of a joke, except for Richard Krajicek [the tournament director] who was good enough to give us a wild card. He had faith in us."


Rasheed added: "We were making out it was a Davis Cup tie, having a bit of fun with it.

"We rang John Fitzgerald, our Davis Cup captain, and said 'have a look at the result'.

"He thought we'd win three or four games and couldn't believe it when he saw we'd won." :lol:

Rumours that Mr Fitzgerald has to hand over a sizeable cash sum, wagered on the outcome, couldn't be confirmed.

Rasheed and Hewitt were mates way back when in Adelaide, South Australia.

A decent player himself, Rasheed's career was halted through injury when he was just 24.


AGGRESSION AND EXCITEMENT
After a spell as fitness trainer, Rasheed was promoted to the top job in May, after the French Open, when Hewitt split from Jason Stoltenburg.

"He's a very positive guy, a great motivator," said Hewitt.

"Fitness-wise he's brought a lot to the table, much more than being just a tennis coach.

"We also get on very well and in tennis, that's probably the main thing."

Rasheed's keywords seem to be "aggression" and "excitement".

They sum up both his larger-than-life personality and Hewitt's new-look all-action game.

"It's about taking a few more risks, adding a few more shots which he can use at different points of matches," Rasheed said.

"It should add a bit more excitement to his tennis and Lleyton, once he gets the adrenalin and is excited by what's going on, is a very hard man to beat."



Hewitt, speaking independently, said: "I am trying to be a bit more aggressive.

"I want to take the initiative more when I get the first hit in and I think that's been happening since the US Open and my match with Ferrero."

The 2002 Wimbledon champion took time off from the tour after Flushing Meadows, primarily to focus on the Davis Cup semi-final and final - which Australia won spectacularly against Spain.

But he also took stock of his individual game and made the necessary modifications.

He admits that, on the 11-month-a-year tennis tour, some time off is useful, if you can afford it.

So 2003 was all about the emergence of young, first-time Grand Slam winners - Ferrero, Federer and Roddick.

But anyone writing Hewitt off as a name from the past should reconsider.

"I still think he's a fair way from being the player he can be," said his excited coach.

"I don't think he's peaked by a long shot. He's a couple of years away from playing his best tennis." :D :angel:

Jess
03-09-2004, 04:26 PM
Thanks for the article Tara ;) :)

Gaga
03-09-2004, 05:39 PM
il joue a partir de quand Lleyton ?

KaseyL
03-09-2004, 08:08 PM
Thanks a lot for the article re Rasheed. I trust (pray) we'll see more of Lleyton's driven nature on court again!

dagmar7
03-09-2004, 10:55 PM
The draw is up...:bounce: :eek: :D

Nalbandian withdrew a day or two ago and El Aynaoui is out :(, but Grosjean and Novak are both playing, and overall the field looks very competitive.

Lleyton is in the top quarter, which is as follows. For the rest of the draw, see the lovely tournament forum.:) First up is likely Thomas Johansson, although one can never discount qualifiers. The former Australian Open champion gave Ll a tough 2nd rd match in Rotterdam. Chela's a bit of a mystery this year; Paradorn also a puzzle. Note the Enqvist/Haas match-up - pretty glamorous although the Tommy Haas comeback has yet to pick up steam. Another blast from the past 1st rd match - Martin vs Ivanisevic.

1 Roger Federer vs bye
Ivo Karlovic vs Andrei Pavel
Jurgen Melzer vs Victor Hanescu
25 Fernando Gonzáles vs bye

18 Mardy Fish vs bye
Qualy vs Bohdan Ulhirach
Todd Martin vs Goran Ivanisevic
16 Jiri Novak

10 Paradorn Srichapan vs bye
Thomas Enqvist vs Tommy Haas
Filippo Volandri vs Guillermo Cañas
23 Albert Costa vs bye

32 Juan Ignacio Chela vs bye
Qualy vs Alberto Martín
Qualy vs Thomas Johansson
8 Lleyton Hewitt vs bye

Edit: remember last year's 1st rd match was Younes El Aynaoui, who had a couple of match points on Lleyton. That one took a couple of weeks off my life.;)

dagmar7
03-09-2004, 11:05 PM
Hewitt coach brings new approach
....


Thanks so much for the article, Tara.:) It was interesting to read. I'm still a Rasheed skeptic, but it's good to get more info about him.

On the positive side, I think he's done a great job with Lleyton's fitness, and Lleyton seems to really like him - the doubles, the nickname - so that could be good motivation, as I think dani said, to prove to everyone that Roger really can coach.

On the other hand, I don't know he is with technique-stuff. It always seems to me that Lleyton's play improves after he works with Masur and Fitzgerald for a while, like right before the U. S. Open and during the ill-fated 1st rd Davis Cup tie.

I would love, really love, to have my doubting mind proven wrong, and would happily eat my words.:D

Angele
03-10-2004, 12:58 AM
Thanks for the draw!

Pretty :banghead: though, must Lleyton run into Federer at all times? :mad:

possie
03-10-2004, 02:18 AM
Excellent comments about the coach issues. I agree with it all Dagmar.

Danni
03-10-2004, 03:45 AM
thanks for the article Tara :kiss:

kim4eva
03-10-2004, 11:12 AM
Hewitt tested for title hat-trick
From correspondents in Indian Wells
March 10, 2004

LLEYTIN HEWITT will have a tougher time this year as he seeks an unprecedented third straight Indian Wells title at the $2.8 million ATP Masters Series event.

Hewitt, who is 14-1 in 2004, faces 19 of the top 20 players in an expanded men's draw.

The 96-player draw was made today and includes world No. 1 Roger Federer (16-1) of Switzerland, Americans Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick, 2003 runner-up Gustavo Kuerten (14-4), Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero (9-4), and Australian Open finalist Marat Safin.

The men's competition, which begins on Saturday (AEDT), has been increased to 96 players from 64 last year.

Hewitt won't face top seed Federer in the final. That's because they both landed in the same side of the draw and could meet as early as the quarter-finals.

There is a chance of a rematch of last year's finalists Kuerten and Hewitt, who are in opposite sides of the draw.

Heat could be a factor as temperatures hit 33 degrees Celsius (90F) on Monday. Mildly cooler weather is expected next week, more in line with the snow-capped mountains in the scenic Palm Springs area.

Interesting first round matchups include: Spanish teenage sensation Rafael Nadal against American Lars Burgsmuller, Indian Wells runner-up in 1993 Wayne Ferreira of South Africa against Czech Igor Andreev, American Todd Martin versus former Wimbledon champ Goran Ivanisevic and Germany's Tommy Haas against Swede Thomas Enqvist.

There could be an early round rematch of last week's Scottsdale final between Germany's Nicolas Kiefer and American Vince Spadea.

The pair will meet in the second round if Kiefer beats world No.72 Flavio Saretta of Brazil as expected.

This is Ivanisevic's 14th appearance at Indian Wells but he has lost in the first round eight times.

Ivanisevic and Martin have played 12 times since their first meeting in 1993 at Wimbledon. Ivanisevic has a 7-5 edge.

Roddick, who suffered an embarrassing defeat last week to Spadea in the Scottsdale semis, is in one of the toughest quarter sections along with Russian Safin, Brit Tim Henman, Rainer Schuettler of Germany, American Jan-Michael Gambill and Kiefer.

Roddick and Gambill could meet in the second round in a rematch of the Scottsdale quarter-finals which was won by hard-serving Roddick 6-7 6-4 6-3.

Goonergal
03-10-2004, 11:14 AM
Edit: remember last year's 1st rd match was Younes El Aynaoui, who had a couple of match points on Lleyton. That one took a couple of weeks off my life.;)

I called that one for the guys in the thread last year. It took a few years off me too :p

Goonergal
03-10-2004, 11:15 AM
Thanks for all the articles everyone, and for all the insightful comments Dagmar :kiss:

Good Luck to Lleyton and Kim in Indy Wells! And, have a great time Christina! I can't wait to watch the coverage! :D

tournesol
03-10-2004, 11:19 AM
Thanks for all the articles everyone, and for all the insightful comments Dagmar :kiss:

Good Luck to Lleyton and Kim in Indy Wells! And, have a great time Christina! I can't wait to watch the coverage! :D

:wavey: keira and cilla

keira thanks for the article

Murkofan
03-10-2004, 05:29 PM
I think I'd rather Ll run into PN than MM :p

NOMAD
03-11-2004, 12:04 AM
Hewitt confident heading into Indian Wells title defence
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INDIAN WELLS, United States (AFP) - Australian Lleyton Hewitt launches his defence of his Indian Wells Masters Series title this week with a chance to join Jimmy Connors and Michael Chang as the only three-time winners.


AFP/File Photo



Hewitt is seeded eighth and received a first-round bye at the 2.8 million dollar ATP event which begins Friday. It's the first of the prestigious Masters Series tournaments of 2004.


Switzerland's Roger Federer is the top seed, while the second seed is reigning French Open (news - web sites) champion Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain.


Andy Roddick, of the United States, is No. 3; Argentina's Guillermo Coria No. 4 and American Andre Agassi rounds out the top five.


"There is a group of guys who are very competitive on all four surfaces," said Hewitt.


Even so, the Australian likes his chances.


"I am defending the title, and I am playing very well right now," he said.


Hewitt, who already has two ATP tournament victories in 2004, in Sydney and Rotterdam, comes into Indian Wells with a 14-1 record.


He seeks to join Chang and Connors but also go one step further and win an unprecedented three straight titles.


"It is tough to win these tournaments, but I have had good results here in the past so I feel positive about coming back," said Hewitt.


Hewitt played just 10 tournaments in 2003 after winning at Indian Wells. He failed to advance past the quarter-finals in all but one.


"I didn't have the greatest year last year, and everybody was talking about how I had slipped to 17th. I certainly didn't feel like the 17th best player in the world," he said.


But Hewitt said he doesn't feel added pressure to regain the No. 1 ranking.


"I am not the kind of guy who will go out and play every small tournament to try and chase tour points," said Hewitt.


"If I focus on grand slams then the No. 1 ranking will come along with it. If I win Wimbledon (news - web sites) and the US Open the ranking takes care of itself."


Hewitt was tested early here last year but didn't drop a set in his last three matches. He blitzed Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten in the final 6-1, 6-1.


Federer, 22, was the hottest player on the tour in 2003, winning seven titles and his 78 match wins was the most by any player.





He beat Russia's Marat Safin in the Australian Open (news - web sites) final in January for his second Grand Slam win.

Federer is on the same side of the draw as Hewitt and Agassi. Federer may have a tough time in his first match as he could play 6ft 10in Croatian Ivo Karlovic. Hewitt was upset by Karlovic in the opening round last year at Wimbledon.

Agassi, owner of eight career Grand Slam titles, has won more matches (29) at Indian Wells than any active men's player.

Sebastien Grosjean, the 13th seed, will be looking to use Indian Wells as a springboard for success in 2004. The 25-year-old Frenchman went without an ATP title last year for the first time in four years.

Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan is seeded 10th after becoming the first Asian player to break into top 10 world rankings when he reached No. 9 in May of 2003.

kim4eva
03-11-2004, 10:43 AM
thanks :kiss:

kim4eva
03-11-2004, 10:54 AM
Game not 100pc clean: Hewitt
From correspondents in Indian Wells, California
March 11, 2004

LLEYTON HEWITT said today he is pleased that a tribunal cleared Greg Rusedski of a doping offence but added he doesn't believe tennis is 100 per cent clean.

"I'm relieved for him," said Hewitt of Rusedski. "He's had a tough time the last few months."

Hewitt, who this weekend begins the defence of his Indian Wells ATP Masters Series title, said he thinks the sport is largely, although not entirely, free of doping,

"I would like to think tennis is pretty much clean most of the time but obviously there is a problem there somewhere," he said. "I know I am 100 per cent clean.

"Still you come out of some matches with guys who look stronger in the fifth set than the first set and you have to wonder about that."

Agence France-Presse

kim-fan
03-11-2004, 10:57 AM
thanks!

I think he will defenitely win wimbledon :)

Angele
03-11-2004, 11:23 PM
http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/10/audio_rx.asp

There are a few short audio clips of Lleyton ( and Kim!) on that site. Most of what can be heard has already been reported in articles but I'm glad to hear Lleyton's voice none the less :angel:

possie
03-12-2004, 02:08 AM
Thanks for the link Ange :kiss: And that good 'ol blue Nike had is still going strong :p

tangerine_dream
03-12-2004, 05:01 PM
Pacific Life Open: Return of the king

Comfortable at Indian Wells, Lleyton Hewitt has what it takes for the three-peat

March 12th, 2004

INDIAN WELLS -- Defending a title is not a big deal to Lleyton Hewitt, the two-time defending men’s champion at the Pacific Life Open. Looking at his history as a defending champ, Hewitt has good reason to be confident.

Hewitt won back-to-back titles in Sydney (2000-01) and three-peated at Queen’s Club (2000-02).

Asked about a three-peat at Indian Wells, Hewitt smiled and gave a nonchalant answer.

"I’ll try my best," Hewitt said.

Hewitt said he’s confident because he’s returning to an atmosphere where he feels comfortable and confident.

"It’s tough to win these tournaments any time. I think it’s a positive to come back to a place you’ve had success," Hewitt said. "I came here (in 2001) and lost to (Andre) Agassi in a semifinal. I’ve played well on the center court and that’s got to be a positive. It’s a wonderful stadium. It’s a very relaxed tournament with a feel of a grand slam with the quality of the draw."

After winning the Pacific Life Open last year, Hewitt’s season took a downturn. He didn’t win another tournament.

Hewitt played his fewest tournaments (13) and matches (47) since his rookie season in 1998. His worst loss was at Wimbledon, where, as the defending champion, he lost in the first round to Ivo Karlovic.

Hewitt was the first defending champion to lose in the first round since Manuel Santana in 1967.

However, at the U.S. Open, Hewitt began to turn it around by reaching the quarterfinals. After the U.S. Open, Hewitt represented Australia in the Davis Cup in the semifinals against Sweden.

Hewitt defeated Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in a match, rallying from two sets down.

Hewitt took the rest of the summer off as he had minor surgery on his foot and prepared for the Davis Cup final against Spain, where he would defeat French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero in the opening match en route to the title.

"That’s why I decided not to play Europe at the end of the season and concentrate on the Davis Cup final on grass and focus on beating Juan Carlos on that Friday," Hewitt said. "I put all my eggs in one basket and for me it paid off."

During Hewitt’s time off, people wondered how the year-end No. 1 player in the world the previous two years could drop to No. 17.

Hewitt didn’t lose confidence. He just had different priorities.

"To me, I felt like I was a better player than 17 in the world," Hewitt said. "For me, I saw Davis Cup as a huge opportunity with the team that we had, the draw we had opening up. I hadn’t played a final in a couple years either. Opportunities in Davis Cup don’t come up that often. When they pop up and you get a chance to play a home Davis Cup final, you have to do everything you can."

As well as Hewitt is playing, he said returning to No. 1 in the world is not his top priority.

"I focus on the Grand Slams, and if you take care of business, then No. 1 will take care of itself," Hewitt said. "It’s not something where I’m going to play 35 tournaments a year to be No. 1. If I go out and win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, I’ll put myself in a position to have a chance at No. 1. I’m not the type of guy who will play every single tournament week in and week out to try and chase points. It doesn’t interest me at all and that’s not why I play the game."

kim-fan
03-12-2004, 05:20 PM
thanks for the article! :)

dagmar7
03-13-2004, 11:31 AM
Saturday's schedule for the stadium court. Lleyton plays the first evening session match.:D



Order of play for Saturday, March 13, 2004

Stadium 1 start 10:00 AM
F Pennetta (ITA) vs (16)M Sharapova (RUS)
(1)J Henin-Hardenne (BEL) vs S Reeves (USA)
D Sanchez (ESP) vs (5)A Agassi (USA)
(15)G Kuerten (BRA) vs T Dent (USA)
Not before 6:30 PM
T Johansson (SWE) vs (8)L Hewitt (AUS)
(10)P Srichaphan (THA) vs (WC)T Haas (GER)



Edit: Here's what the 2nd rd match-ups look like in Lleyton's quarter.

1 Roger Federer vs Andrei Pavel
25 Fernando Gonzáles vs Victor Hanescu

18 Mardy Fish vs Glenn Weiner
16 Jiri Novak vs Anthony Dupuis

10 Paradorn Srichapan vs Tommy Haas
23 Albert Costa vs Guillermo Cañas

32 Juan Ignacio Chela vs Alberto Martín
8 Lleyton Hewitt vs Thomas Johansson

dagmar7
03-13-2004, 11:55 AM
Some notes...:o

In no way am I taking Thomas Johansson lightly. I haven't seen him play post-injury, but besides the Australian Open, he also won the Canadian Open - as a result, I have good first-hand knowledge of how good a player he can be when he's on. He has excellent movement and can hurt his opponent a lot of different ways.

He seems to have had a tough-ish match against Tursunov.

Costa will put up a fight, but if his opponent is in any kind of form, Cañas should prevail on hardcourts.

Andrei Pavel must be sick of meeting Roger Federer - Davis Cup, Rotterdam and Doha. Maybe he's finally figured something out, but I wouldn't bet the family farm so to speak...

Anthony Dupuis gets some revenge on Todd Martin :mad: for the Australian Open - see earlier warning about old french guys.

Haas vs Srichaphan has the potential to be a very entertaining match indeed. Although I was cheering for Enqvist, it's great to see Haas back.

:angel:

duck
03-13-2004, 12:24 PM
Seriously readers, how do we rate LL's chances at this one? I do think he'll get past Johannson (maybe tougher than expected :o ). I hope these words don't come back to haunt me but I only intend to start worrying around Srichaphan time although he is slumping a bit.

dagmar7
03-13-2004, 12:31 PM
When it comes to the beloved, I'm afraid I am superstitious re predictions.:o

I never vote on any polls for the same reason. Rationally, I know it makes no difference but....:o :eek:

I'll say that if he plays at what appears to be his most recent level - or above :angel: - I like his chances, yes.

I'm glad he arrived in IW fairly early. I think that's beneficial, as I worried about too much time in Bree.

I'm not sure that Srichaphan will beat Haas at all...the crowd will be probably be behind Tommy, and Paradorn seems to me a very crowd-motivated player - on top of his recent struggles.

duck
03-13-2004, 12:37 PM
Yes re Haas seeing as he's just dealt with Enqvist. You know I have never seen Haas play, ever. He's a mystery to me.
I always believe LL can win every tourney he enters (except claycourt :o) I need people to stall my relentless optimism.

duck
03-13-2004, 12:42 PM
I quite like Henman really, it's just the British press are so toxic around Wimbledon and if Tim doesn't win, tennis is never mentioned otherwise.

'Henman failed to extend Hewitt in the 2002 final, the Australian winning 6-1, 6-2. Hewitt followed with an even more decisive conquest of Gustavo Kuerten in the 2003 final, 6-1, 6-1. The desert clearly suits Hewitt's tennis.

"I don't think he is too bad in any environment," said Henman, "but certainly with his tenacity and competitiveness, he's always going to be difficult to beat. And he's certainly someone I've struggled against with my style of play."

Should he engage Hewitt again here, the Briton said he intends to take a different tack, staying back instead of pursuing his customary serve-and-volley approach.

"The more you come at him, the better he is," explained Henman.

dagmar7
03-13-2004, 12:43 PM
But I like your relentless optimism...:D

and I agree with you re Lleyton's chances, but this draw is full of snares for the off-form and the unprepared, that's for sure.

You've never seen Tommy Haas play.:eek:

skill-wise, he is the complete package. He has just about everything. Before people went on about JHH and Federer, Haas already had/has a beautiful one-handed backhand. He has great groundstrokes and also good hands at the net, an excellent serve...

Mentally though, there are or have been some problems....:o

duck
03-13-2004, 12:49 PM
I had read about him before he went into his injury slump but for some reason I never watched any of his matches. The men's coverage I have is limited to 3 GSs so if the players don't come up on the TV schedule, that's it for me. No Sky y'see. :(

Oh dear, another mentaler. Just what men's tennis needs. ;)

dagmar7
03-13-2004, 01:06 PM
I'm afraid so...Boris Becker seemed to cast a long shadow for those German players. They've had some trouble with the pressure.

The desert really suits Lleyton. The climate is kind to his multiple allergies, and the ball flies through the thin air.

Don't worry, I might as well 'out' myself as someone who quite enjoys Tim Henman's tennis.;) I also admire his tenacity. He's been near the top for a long time, and is still looking to improve, which I find admirable. I think he's playing the Canadian, Simon LaRose today, but I'm not sure.

*goes to check*

duck
03-13-2004, 01:15 PM
Tim tries so hard but always, with some sort of gut-grinding inevitability, comes up short in the semis.

I like my serve-and-volleyers generally - there is something tremendously elegant about an out-wide serve, a short return and a perfect volley to the opposite corner.

star
03-13-2004, 01:37 PM
I watched Johansson play yesterday against Tursunov. Tursunov got tired or cramped or pulled a muscle in the third set, and that was his "reason" for losing. I think he was mighty tired from playing two three set qualifying rounds, one of them in searing heat.

I don't really see TJ as a problem for Lleyton at all. I'm pretty confident about this one. :)

But then I was confident about Pim Pim beating Wayne Odesnik too. :)

duck
03-13-2004, 01:41 PM
:wavey: Keep us updated, you lucky thing :)

FanOfHewitt
03-13-2004, 02:44 PM
How far away are we from the start of Lleyton's match?

I hope he wins this tournament and takes some of the world's best players out in the process.

dagmar7
03-13-2004, 03:02 PM
Ten and a half hours as of around now.

Not that I'm counting...:D

FanOfHewitt
03-13-2004, 03:05 PM
LMFAO, ta.

Jess
03-13-2004, 04:51 PM
I wish they wouldn't keep scheduling them as night matches :rolleyes: That's 2.30am here :rolleyes: Which is a bit late :o

SomL.
03-14-2004, 12:53 AM
Come on Lleyton !!!

Socket
03-14-2004, 12:55 AM
Just read a rumor on Usenet that Kim is out of IW with a hurt wrist. Anybody hear anything?

SomL.
03-14-2004, 01:30 AM
Please update score when Lleyton play.

Angele
03-14-2004, 01:31 AM
Please update score when Lleyton play.
there's actually a live scoreboard at http://www.pacificlifeopen.com

SomL.
03-14-2004, 01:55 AM
I can't see live score.

Socket
03-14-2004, 02:18 AM
Lleyton just broke for the second time in the first set, 5-2.

kim-fan
03-14-2004, 06:27 AM
Just read a rumor on Usenet that Kim is out of IW with a hurt wrist. Anybody hear anything?


:sad: poor kim :sad:


Clijsters Out With Wrist Injury


Defending champion Kim Clijsters has withdrawn from the tournament after suffering from bone bruising and tendonitis in her left wrist during her second round win over Angelika Roesch.

“It's definitely very, very disappointing,” said Clijsters. “It's very frustrating because I felt like I was playing well. Especially in Paris and Antwerp, I was playing really well. Then having to go through this here, this is for me one of the favorite tournaments throughout the whole year.”

Clijsters said the injury happened at the start of the second set during her match on Friday night, which she went on to win 6-1, 6-3. But the Belgian, seeded No. 2 this week, said the injury got worse overnight.
“It felt like it was getting worse when I was hitting backhands,” said Clijsters. “I felt like I couldn't balance or have a stable sort of backhand, like grip or anything. Then after the match, I put ice on it, had the physios who are here look at it. It felt a lot worse this morning again.”

Clijsters, who so far during her career has managed to avoid serious injuries, was not sure how long the injury would stop her from playing.

“It could take up to six weeks for this to heal,” said the Belgian. “They don't know. It could take up to two, three weeks. I don't know how long it's going to heal. That's a little bit frustrating, as well, is the not knowing, you know, what's going to happen in the next couple of weeks.”

Although Clijsters was not due to play her third round match against American Laura Granville on Sunday, the Belgian said there was no chance of the injury healing in time. “One day, I don't think that's going to make a difference at all,” said Clijsters. “I also want to be fair towards the WTA. Say if they put me another night match tomorrow, I don't want to come here tomorrow and sort of screw up the whole schedule.”

kim-fan
03-14-2004, 06:33 AM
lleyton beat Johansson 6-2, 6-3.
but I feel so bad for kim :sad:


www.pacificlifeopen.com
March 14, 2004
LLEYTON HEWITT

THE MODERATOR: Lleyton. He's won 13 consecutive matches here. He's 15-1 on the year. Open it up for questions.

Q. You didn't have such a great start here last year, but you've got to be pleased with today's performance.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's different than last year in the fact that I was coming off winning Scottsdale the week before last year. You know, I didn't get a hit on center court before the tournament started here. You know, this year I've had pretty good practice, I guess. But in a lot of ways that can make the first round a little bit tougher. To go out there, you haven't played for a couple of weeks in match conditions.

You know, in this kind of setup, the higher seeds get byes here, Johansson played a match yesterday, and got through in the conditions we're going to be playing in. You can't take it lightly at all.

Q. Surprised how easy it went?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it didn't feel that easy out there. You look at the score line, and you think it's pretty convincing. But I think there were a lot of tough games out there, some pretty good rallies out there.

Yeah, Thomas is a tough player. Out of all the non-seeded players, he'd have to be one of the toughest, I think. For me to come through in that way, we had a tough match in Rotterdam a couple of weeks ago, as well, so that probably helped me in good stead a little bit. I played better I think today than I did in Rotterdam a couple weeks ago against him.

Q. What was working for you today?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Felt like I moved really well. I was pretty consistent. It was heavy conditions out there. I didn't make a lot of cheap errors. I felt like I hit my groundstrokes pretty well from side to side. I had him moving a lot. I mixed up the pace very well out there tonight.

Yeah, and my serve, I served well in patches, I think, apart from the last service game.

Q. Do you feel your game has totally come together? You're 15-1 this year, lost to Ferrero. [sic: Federer]

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I was playing pretty well this time last year, as well. You know, I came here, obviously won Scottsdale and Indian Wells here, then I got sick the night before I played in Miami, lost first round there. You know, won a Davis Cup tie, took a bit of a break I guess, there before the French Open, Wimbledon.

Yeah, I feel like I'm playing well at the moment, yeah. As I said, though, after you take a couple weeks off, you've won a title, you've got to try to get back into it. It's always going to take you a match or two to get back into it.

These kind of tournaments, you can't really get off to slow starts. Best-of-three sets against the best players in the world right from the word "go." These are tough tournaments to win.

Q. Talk about the reemergence of Safin, what it does to the mix of people in the tournament.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Safin fully fit is obviously one of the toughest guys out there. He's got an all-around game. He's got a lot of power out there. He can play on all surfaces. We've all seen him at his best. I think the Australian Open this year, he was pretty close to his best, I'd say, a couple of those matches towards the end of the tournament.

He's going to be tough, there's no doubt about it.

Q. As a guy for whom consistency and consistent approach is obviously a virtue of your game, do you have a hard time identifying with a player like Safin, whose motivation seems to come in and out, up and down? Do you say, "How can someone possibly not care all the time"?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really. Everyone's personality is different, I guess. That's what makes the game so interesting I guess in a lot of ways. Yeah, you're always going to have those kind of characters out there, I guess. You know, different personalities. You know, you look at McEnroe and Borg, totally different situations, playing styles, strengths and weaknesses, I guess.

Obviously, Marat, one of his biggest strengths is how hard he can hit the ball, his power, his all court game. Sometimes the mental side of it lets him down sometimes.

If you got the whole package, then you'd be winning week in and week out, I guess. It would be boring for everyone.

Q. What do you think was the turning point in tonight's match?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I was 2-1 down in the first set, saved a couple of breakpoints, and then ended up getting on a bit of a roll after that game. I was able to break a couple times and win the first set.

He started pretty well in the second set. I just had to hang in there. I felt like I was getting enough chances, enough 30-All games on his service games. I felt like it was just a matter of time before that opportunity would come. And against the best players in the world, you may only get one, two, three of those opportunities, you got to be able to take them straightaway.

Q. I know you need to adapt your game to everyone, but do you find a finesse player, like Federer, how do you compare the problems he presents to you with a big-hitter?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, you know, a lot depends I guess on the surface, the court style, how the conditions are a lot more, as well. Obviously, a grass court with Federer's kind of style of game, you'd have to say that suits him probably the best because he's a natural. He's got an all-court game. He's the best volleyer out there, in my opinion, at the moment. He has an all-court game which suits grass.

On other surfaces, though, there's obviously tougher players I think on clay, guys that have grown up on it. A lot of the Spanish and Argentinian guys are pretty tough on it. I think match-ups depend a lot on surfaces.

Q. Does a finesse player of that caliber on grass, is that more problematic than even like a big server, like Goran?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Well, he's not so much a finesse, I don't think. He's got a great serve, I think. He's got a huge forehand - as big a forehand that's out there, Federer. Sure, he's got great hands, you know, finesse as well. He's got a great package deal, I guess.

But he's got a very powerful game out there, as well.

Q. You haven't played Roddick since that 2001 match at The Open. Obviously his game has probably changed a little since then. Are you sort of looking forward to maybe seeing how you would measure up now against someone like Roddick, the challenge, because it's been a while since you've played?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, you know, I'll look forward to it if I've got to play him. I'm not too worried about him at the moment until -- I think he's in the other side of the draw this week.

Q. Just in general, though.

LLEYTON HEWITT: You know, there's a lot of tough players out there. There's no doubt I'm sure that I'm going have to play him whether it's this year or next year, I'm sure, and probably in a big tournament at some stage. And there's no doubt that his game's changed.

But, you know, I still feel like I'd match up well against him. You know, he's obviously got, you know, big strengths. You got to try and exploit any weaknesses that he does have, as well.

Q. Kim was quite disappointed she had to pull out. Are you disappointed there's no chance of a double repeat like last year?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's disappointing anytime one of us has to pull out of a tournament, I think - especially the situation. She really obviously enjoys playing here and plays extremely well here. I don't think it's an easy decision to do because, you know, you can obviously aggravate the injury a lot more and be out for a serious period of time. I know there's a lot of players who have had a similar injury in the last few years, and they've been out for a while.


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kim4eva
03-14-2004, 07:54 AM
Kim :sad:
:yeah: Lleyton! Let's GO Lleyts :worship:

tournesol
03-14-2004, 12:40 PM
Seriously readers, how do we rate LL's chances at this one? I do think he'll get past Johannson (maybe tougher than expected :o ). I hope these words don't come back to haunt me but I only intend to start worrying around Srichaphan time although he is slumping a bit.

:wavey: duck

i'm not that confortable with chela, but i think Ll deserves some confidence
:kiss:

Raquel
03-14-2004, 05:07 PM
Great win Lleyton :)

Good luck in the next round :bounce:

SomL.
03-15-2004, 08:47 AM
Good luck Lleyton to next round !!!!!!!!!!!!!

melody
03-15-2004, 07:34 PM
He just lost the match against chela. I just can't believe it. and feel so sad.:(

melody
03-15-2004, 07:36 PM
is there anyone can tell me why? why? why?
i just crying.

duck
03-15-2004, 07:54 PM
:wavey: duck

i'm not that confortable with chela, but i think Ll deserves some confidence
:kiss:

Well, props for the foresight anyway.
What a dive down the rankings. Bloody hell. Anyone see the match?
Poor old Christina must be having a bad time of it.

kim-fan
03-16-2004, 05:34 AM
LLEYTON HEWITT



March 15, 2004

Q. I saw you go 3-Love up, decided to watch something else, came back, saw you win the second set, saw your breakpoints in the first game. I couldn't understand the final score.
LLEYTON HEWITT: It was a bit like that, wasn't it (smiling)?
Yeah, there was a lot of momentum changes out there. I felt like I hit the ball well early on. You know, I came out very aggressive right from the start. Had a chance to go 4-Love up. You know, didn't feel like I played too bad a game. I felt like he didn't miss a lot of balls out there today.
It's extremely heavy with the balls out there, you know, to play a guy like that. You know, it's a big change from when you get new balls, and then probably a game or so, you know, even after you change balls because, you know, they're very heavy, it's hard to hit winners, especially against a guy like that. He's standing a couple of meters behind the baseline and running everything down.
Q. He was finding corners very well, wasn't he?
LLEYTON HEWITT: He played well. He didn't make too many mistakes. He definitely didn't make any easy mistakes anyway. He chased a lot of balls down. Yeah, even when I felt like I had him on a stretch a couple of times, he came up with good defensive shots, I guess the kind of shots you learn to play when you grow up on clay.

Q. Are you feeling a little bit shell-shocked by it?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Not really shell-shocked, I don't think. Yeah, I'd seen him play tough matches in the past. You know, he's beaten Roddick. He's had a couple of tough matches with Roddick since then, as well. Yeah, I've seen him play.
He's always had reasonable results on a hard court. And this kind of hard court I'd say suits him the best. With, you know, the balls fluffing up a lot out there, making it slower out there for him, as well.

Q. You're usually so quick about court. Today it didn't seem it was quite you sometimes. You didn't seem to be moving quite as rapidly or off the mark as you usually do. Any reason for that?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I felt a little bit heavy out there today, just running around. I don't know if it was my first match out in the heat for a while. You know, obviously I played a night match the other night. Haven't played outdoors for a while.
Whether that's got something to do with it. You know, it's hot conditions out there today. Yeah, I did feel, yeah, a little bit heavy out there, yeah.

Q. How much slower is the court from last year?
LLEYTON HEWITT: A fair bit slow. You know, I don't know if it's all the court, though. I think it's got a lot to do with the balls. The balls, they're getting worse and worse by the week.

Q. Physically there's nothing wrong?
LLEYTON HEWITT: No, no. I'm fine.

Q. If you don't feel shell-shocked, how are you feeling? What are you feeling?
LLEYTON HEWITT: I'm actually happy with how I hit the ball. I felt like I hit the ball well out there today. I felt like I timed the ball well, I just didn't take my chances when I had them. Obviously, if you're 3-Love up, you have a chance to go 4-Love up, you'd like to think you're going to get that set.
You know, if you're getting that, I had Love-40 in the first game of the third set, Love-30, Love-30, next two games. Even 5-1, I had Love-30, 15-40. Had a lot of chances, wasn't able to capitalize on it. Against these guys, you have to be able to capitalize on them.

Q. Kind of a crapshoot from week to week? You find out what it is when you get there?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, a little bit. Obviously, a little bit's got to do with the court as well, how much it's chopping the ball up. But I think the majority definitely has got to do with, you know, the ball and how it's made.

Q. How big of a disappointment is this for you, going out in the early round?
LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it's disappointing, you know. But, you know, I'd like to think there's lot bigger matches, you know, around the corner for me. As I said, you know, I felt like I was actually hitting the ball well. In practice, I've been hitting the ball well. In all my matches this year, I've played pretty good.
So, you know, it's disappointing to go out. But, you know, he had to play one of his best matches I think to beat me out ther

kim-fan
03-16-2004, 05:37 AM
http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/10/audio_rx.asp

tournesol
03-16-2004, 08:41 AM
Well, props for the foresight anyway.
What a dive down the rankings. Bloody hell. Anyone see the match?
Poor old Christina must be having a bad time of it.

i'm awfully sorry, i promise to keep my doubts to myself in the future :tape: :crying2:

may i wish you a good day? :kiss:

SomL.
03-16-2004, 09:08 AM
I'm very sad.

kim4eva
03-16-2004, 09:58 AM
:sad:

KaseyL
03-16-2004, 08:18 PM
From the Herald Sun:

Beaten Hewitt takes tumble
Leo Schlink
17mar04

LLEYTON Hewitt will pay a heavy penalty for defeat yesterday, falling out of the top 10 after failing to defend the Indian Wells Masters Series title.

Hewitt lost 470 rankings points with his 3-6 6-4 1-6 loss to Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela, leaving him with a provisional total of 1230. :sad:
Spaniard Tommy Robredo, beaten in the first round, is in 20th place, 11 places lower than Hewitt, with 1235 points.

Hewitt, 23, dropped from No. 1 to 17th last season after not playing any rankings points events after the US Open.

But with title wins in Sydney and Rotterdam this year, he demonstrated he had regained his dominating form.

His loss yesterday, coupled with the decision not to defend the title in Scottsdale, Arizona, means Hewitt will have a low seeding in Miami next week.

The South Australian sits seventh in the Champions Race, which measures his 2004 progress.

Chela ended Hewitt's bid for a record third straight title at the Californian hardcourt event after trailing 3-0 in the first set.

"This is one of my greatest victories," said Chela, adding his plan was to sit back and hit groundstrokes with Hewitt.

"I play better from the baseline. I know Hewitt is good at drawing his opponent to the net and hitting passing shots."

Chela also halted Hewitt's Indian Wells winning streak at 13. Hewitt has won 15 of 17 matches this year.

Chela will play Germany's Tommy Haas, who needed three sets to beat Spain's Albert Costa 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3.

Wayne Arthurs is through to the fourth round, after defeating Swede Jonas Bjorkman 4-6 6-2 6-3.

Top seed Roger Federer also advanced, beating Chile's Fernando Gonzalez 6-3 6-2.

A disappointed Hewitt admitted Chela had played well.

"He didn't miss a lot of balls," Hewitt said. "Even when I had him on a stretch a couple of times he came up with good defensive shots; I guess the kind of shots you learn to play when you grow up on clay. He had to play one of his best matches to beat me out there today."

Hewitt joins his fiancee, Kim Clijsters, on the sidelines. Clijsters pulled out on Saturday with a wrist injury.

Hewitt wasn't making excuses but said the heat and the balls were a problem.

"It was my first match in the heat," he said. "I haven't played outdoors for a while. The balls are getting worse and worse by the week. I've never played with balls that are getting that big.

"There is no reason why they should be that heavy. The players were complaining early on. You know it was a joke. They said they got other boxes, but I haven't noticed a change."

Goonergal
03-17-2004, 10:56 AM
Disappointing loss, especially with the loss of all those ranking points :crying2: Oh, well this is just another setback on the comeback trail. Hopefully, he'll pick himself up for Miami :)

tournesol
03-17-2004, 11:08 AM
to hell with the ranking; i'm a fan of Ll not of his ranking :explode:

Jess
03-17-2004, 09:36 PM
Exactly! :) Obviously I'd rather he was ranked No1 but it doesn't matter that he's not.
We all know how good he is and I don't really think that the ranking matters that much. I think he just had an off day at Indian Wells. He didn't look too shabby against Ferrero a couple of weeks ago :p

NOMAD
03-18-2004, 11:15 AM
to hell with the ranking; i'm a fan of Ll not of his ranking :explode:

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