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Old 06-19-2004, 08:57 AM   #1
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Here's the draw >> ( Not really a good one for Lleyton ) ^^!!

1-Roger Federer (Sui) v Alex Bogdanovic (Gbr)
Qualifier v Qualifier
Alberto Martin (Esp) v Fabrice Santoro (Fra)
Thomas Johansson (Swe) v 29-Nicolas Kiefer (Ger)
18-Feliciano Lopez (Esp) v Richard Bloomfield (Gbr)
Cyril Saulnier (Fra) v Michael Llodra (Fra)
Gilles Elseneer (Bel) v Arvind Parmar (Gbr)
Ivo Karlovic (Cro) v 13-Paradorn Srichaphan (Tha)
9-Carlos Moya (Esp) v Qualifier
Alex Corretja (Esp) v Radek Stepanek (Cze)
Sargis Sargsian (Arm) v Marc Lopez (Esp)
Dmitry Tursunov (Rus) v 19-Marat Safin (Rus)
31-Mikhail Youzhny (Rus) v Goran Ivanisevic (Cro)
Qualifier v Filippo Volandri (Ita)
Irakli Labadze (Geo) v Kristof Vliegen (Bel)
Jurgen Melzer (Aut) v 7-Lleyton Hewitt (Aus) --------------------------------------------------------------------------
3-Guillermo Coria (Arg) v Wesley Moodie (Rsa)
Florian Mayer (Ger) Wayne Arthurs (Aus)
Karol Kucera (Svk) v Oscar Hernandez (Esp)
Wayne Ferreira (Rsa) v 28-Ivan Ljubicic (Cro)
17-Jonas Bjorkman (Swe) v Raemon Sluiter (Ned)
Jan Vacek (Cze) v Lu Yen-Hsun (Tpe)
Arnaud Clement (Fra) v Joachim Johansson (Sewden)
Qualifier v 14-Mardy Fish (USA)
10-Sebastien Grosjean (Fra) v Thierry Ascione (Fra)
Olivier Rochus (Bel) v Gregory Carraz (Fra)
Qualifier v Qualifier
Jan Michael Gambill (USA) v 23-Max Mirnyi (Blr)
27-Robby Ginepri (USA) v Qualifier
Fernando Verdasco (Esp) v Qualifier
Stefan Koubek (Aut) v Jose Acasuso (Arg)
Julien Boutter (Fra) v 6-Juan Carlos Ferrero (Esp)
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5-Tim Henman (Gbr) v Ruben Ramierez Hidalgo (Esp)
Flavio Saretta (Bra) v Qualifier
David Ferrer (Esp) v Victor Hanescu (Rom)
Qualifier v 32-Hicham Arazi (Mar)
24-Fernando Gonzalez (Chi) v Martin Vassallo Arguello (Ita)
Igor Andreev (Rus) v John van Lottum (Ned)
Martin Verkerk (Ned) v Nikolay Davydenko (Rus)
Qualifier v 11-Mark Philippoussis (Aus)
16-Jiri Novak (Cze) v Xavier Malisse (Bel)
Antony Dupuis (Fra) v Tommy Haas (Ger)
Karol Beck (Svk) v Jonathan Marray (Gbr)
James Blake (USA) v 20-Tommy Robredo (Esp)
25-Dominik Hrbaty (Svk) v David Sanchez (Esp)
Mark Hilton (Gbr) v Albert Costa (Esp)
Qualifier v Tomas Berdych (Cze)
Mario Ancic (Cro) v 4-David Nalbandian (Arg)
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8-Rainer Schuettler (Ger) v Robin Soderling (Swe)
Greg Rusedski (Gbr) v Qualifier
Felix Mantilla (Esp) v Kristian Pless (Den)
Todd Reid (Aus) v 30-Vincent Spadea (USA)
21-Juan Ignacio Chela (Arg) v Lars Burgsmueller (Ger)
Thomas Enqvist (Swe) v Galo Blanco (Esp)
Todd Martin (USA) v Guillermo Canas (Arg)
Lee Childs (Gbr) v 12-Sjeng Schalken (Ned)
15-Nicolas Massu (Chi) v Alexander Popp (Ger)
Bohdan Ulihrach (Cze) v Albert Montanes (Esp)
Kenneth Carlsen (Den) v Qualifier
Qualifier v 22-Andrei Pavel (Rom)
26-Taylor Dent (USA) v Qualfier
Luis Horna (Per) v Dennis van Scheppingen (Ned)
Rafael Nadal (Esp) v Jeff Salzenstein (USA)
Qualifier v 2-Andy Roddick (USA)

Good luck Lleyton in Wimbledon !!!!!! Go Lleyton against Melzer in first round ^_^
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Wimbledon no tougher now: Hewitt
From correspondents in London
June 19, 2004

EVEN with the prospect of facing top seed Roger Federer in the quarter finals, Lleyton Hewitt rejects the notion that this year's Wimbledon will be much tougher than when he won the title in 2002.

When Hewitt claimed his second grand slam title two years ago, he sat alone at the top of world tennis as a 21-year-old while Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras were on the way down.

But he denies tennis was in a lull at the time while it was awaiting the emergence of the likes of current world No.1 and defending Wimbledon champion Federer and No.2 Andy Roddick.

Hewitt, now ranked No.10, acknowledged Federer and Roddick add ingredients which weren't at the All England Club in 2002, but he pointed to Sampras and Agassi who were there and still good enough to win the 2002 US Open and 2003 Australian Open respectively.

"Yeah, but I guess Sampras and Agassi were at their best or close to their best back then as well," he said.

"Mark Philippoussis was another guy, there was always dangerous floaters in the draw.

"It's always going to be a tough tournament to win.

"There's always going to be upsets at Wimbledon probably more so than any other grand slam because in the past you've had so many clay court specialists come as high seeds and get knocked out early and that leaves openings in the draw."

The second round exits of Sampras and Agassi in 2002 left a couple of big holes in the draw which allowed Hewitt to march into the final without facing a top 10 player until he beat Tim Henman in the semis.

No such luxury has been afforded the seventh seed this year, with a scheduled quarter final against Federer.

Hewitt has a 7-4 career record over Federer, but although he has lost both matches against the Swiss this year, the potential quarter final is shaping as a massive meeting of the tournament's last two champions.

"That's if he gets there, if they both get there," said Hewitt's coach Roger Rasheed.

"They've had good matches against each other and tough matches. If we get to that situation, fantastic, we'll be pretty happy.

"Lleyton's form's very good, he's in a good spot at the moment, so his form's good so we'll have to wait and see how the first week pans out and especially Monday.

"He's done the hard work and the preparation, so he feels good."

Hewitt opens his tournament on Monday against Austrian world No.42 Jurgen Melzer whom he beat in four sets in the second round at the French Open last month.

He heads a slim four-man Australian contingent in the men's singles, completed by the badly out of touch 11th seed Philippoussis, Wayne Arthurs and 2002 Wimbledon boys champion Todd Reid.

Philippoussis comes into the tournament as last year's finalist but on the back of eight successive first round losses in ATP tour events this year.

He was handed a great chance to break his duck when he drew a qualifier for his opening match on Tuesday, but Belgian world No.117 Christophe Rochus won't be easy, especially given the Victorian's form.

Arthurs' form has not been much better with four consecutive first round losses and he faces up and coming German Florian Mayer on Monday.

Wildcard Reid starts his first senior Wimbledon campaign on Tuesday against 30th seed Vince Spadea.

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Old 06-20-2004, 02:33 AM   #3
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Lleyton's draw might not be the easiest, but I think he is likely to make the quarter finals. I hope he gets a chance to beat either Moya or Safin along the way. If he can get past Federer in the quarters, you've got to like his chances, especially if he meets Henman in the final!
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SomL where did you get those pictures? Are those pics of Lleyt this year's?
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Yes, this year.http://www.lleytonhewitt.biz/astridwtc04.htm
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Wimbledon 2004
Lleyton Hewitt

Thursday June 17, 2004
The Guardian

Nationality: Australian
Age: 23
Lives: Adelaide
Height: 5ft 11in
Weight: 10st 10lb
Turned pro: 1999
Tournaments won: 21 (2 grand slams)
Wimbledons: 5 since 1999
Best performance: Winner 2002
Career prize money: £6,763,446
World ranking: 11

Baselines

View from the locker room
Despite his on-court rages he remains basically a shy guy. Never very far from his coach and friend Roger Rasheed, he is most comfortable around Australians. And Belgians.

Bet you didn't know ...
Has just shelled out £2m on a new home in Adelaide complete with waterfalls, a cinema and a beat up old "ute" in the back yard.

On court

Wimbledon wiz or wuss?
Won in 2002 but was dumped in the first round last year by the Croatian Ivo Karlovic. Can always bank on support of the capital's army of ex-pat bar staff pulling a collective sickie.

Annoying tic
The constant plucking of his racket strings makes him look like a shuffling madman playing a tiny magic harp that only he can hear.

In form or in tatters
"Rusty" felt the pressure at the Australian Open but returned to form in Rotterdam this year: "I thought I was back to my best." Went out in the quarters in France, so perhaps not then.

McEnroe moments
A constant snarler, swearer, umpire-basher and wisher of ill to line judges, Hewitt is a regular enfant terrible but, according to fellow Aussie Todd Woodbridge, everyone loves him for it. "I don't know of any player who doesn't wish he had some of Lleyton's mongrel." What a compliment.

Off court

Love game
Met fiancee Kim Clijsters at the Australian Open players' party in 2000 - which, legend has it, she went to only because she thought she might meet Pat Rafter.

Home hero?
Despite being dubbed "Satan Hewitt" by the press, was Young Australian of the Year in 2003 and appeared on a postage stamp before 2002 Aussie Open. Liked (or perhaps licked) more than he was but Mark Philippoussis is still No1 down under.

Private passions
Wearing a beer-stained singlet, holding a tinnie and watching the Adelaide Crows footy team.

Championship points

Expert prediction
Semi-final. Hewitt will be better prepared this year but is still behind Roddick and Federer.

Don't rule out ...Starts wearing his cap in "crazy" right-way-round fashion.
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An aussie in the Wimbledon mens singles final for the last 4 years, heres hoping Lleyton (or Mark) can keep up the trend
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Rafter: Hewitt can defy odds

By LEO SCHLINK
20jun04
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PAT Rafter believes Australia can defy a worrying lack of depth and continue its excellent Wimbledon strike rate through Lleyton Hewitt and Mark Philippoussis.

The dual All-England Club finalist and former world No. 1 senses Hewitt and Philippoussis can provide Australia's fifth men's singles finalist in as many years.

Hewitt, the 2002 champion, and Philippoussis, overwhelmed in last season's final by Roger Federer, followed Rafter on to the most famous stage in tennis after the Queenslander lost heartbreaking deciders to Pete Sampras in 2000 and Goran Ivanisevic a year later.

Rafter predicts seventh-seed Hewitt will rebound sharply after failing last season to reach the semi-finals or better of a grand slam for the first time since he exploded into major tennis five years ago.

"I've made the mistake of writing off a mate before and I won't be doing that again," Rafter said.

"Lleyton's an amazing competitor and he's done some freaky things in the past -- and he can do it again.

"He's definitely among the top four guys who stand out as the main chances. He's up there with Roger Federer, Tim Henman and Andy Roddick.

"He probably hasn't been hitting the ball as well as he could, but he'll get stuck in and work really hard because he knows that's what he has to do to be successful.

"The game has changed since I retired (2001) and it's incredible how guys are able to generate the power they do when they are wide out on the court. I think it must be the (new) strings.

"Some of the guys have caught up to Lleyton and gone past him a bit because of the strings, but he's always going to be a threat because he's such a great competitor."

Shocked in the first round 12 months ago by giant Croat qualifier Ivo Karlovic, Hewitt is seeded to play Federer in the quarter-finals.

At his best, Hewitt is capable of upsetting the defending champion and world No. 1 as borne out by a 7-4 record against the Swiss.

Rafter said Hewitt would use the Karlovic experience as a spur to greater heights tomorrow as he opened his campaign against Austrian Jurgen Melzer, who has lost two matches to the Australian over the past five weeks.

"Lleyton won't let what happened last year affect him," Rafter said.

"He'll be going out there to play his best and he won't be worrying about last year."

Philippoussis faces Belgian qualifier Christophe Rochus, who has won only one match at Wimbledon in five attempts.

The Victorian regained vital confidence with a low-key victory at a Stoke Park exhibition on Friday and, said Rafter, the man he defeated in the 1998 US Open final was capable of quickly hitting his straps.

"Mark's probably not going into the tournament with a lot of confidence," Rafter said. "But he has the ability of playing good tennis out of nowhere.

"I would put him in a group of guys behind the main four, along with guys like Taylor Dent and (Greg) Rusedski.

"On grass, the big servers are always dangerous and unpredictable. Mark falls into the category and he's done well at Wimbledon in the past."

Philippoussis, seeded 11th, has not won a rankings-point match since defeating Croat Mario Ancic in the third round of the Australian Open on January 24.

Australia has only four men in singles contention after -- for the first time in memory -- not having a sole entrant in qualifying.

Sydneysider Todd Reid, the 2002 boy's singles champion, has been included as a wildcard contender and will challenge American 30th-seed Vince Spadea.

Spadea needed three sets to roll Reid in Adelaide last year and will be wary of the 20-year-old from NSW.

Victorian Wayne Arthurs, strangely unable to have an impact on English grass in outings at Nottingham and Queen's Club, meets German Florian Mayer.

If successful against Mayer, Arthurs will play either South African net-rusher Wesley Moodie or Argentine third-seed Guillermo Coria.

Despite French Open finalist Coria's encouraging showing at Rosmalen this week, the tennis caravan was awash with tips Coria would be the first senior seed to topple.

Defending champion Federer begins his quest for a third major against 307th-ranked British wildcard Alex Bogdanovich.

Queen's Club winner and second seed Roddick faces qualifier Yeu-Tzuoo Wang.


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Hewitt is hitting top form, says Masur

By Linda Pearce
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June 20, 2004
Sydney Morning Herald

Lleyton Hewitt's third grand slam title would make a more-than-acceptable year an exceptional one, according to Davis Cup coach Wally Masur, who believes the former world No. 1 has been playing some career-best tennis ahead of tomorrow's opening round at Wimbledon.

The 2002 Wimbledon champion has been seeded seventh, and his campaign opens against 42nd-ranked Austrian Jurgen Melzer, a tricky opponent, but not one noted for his grasscourt expertise. The major cloud hovering on the Australian's horizon is titleholder Roger Federer, whom Hewitt could meet in the quarter-finals.

"Lleyton's had a good year. All he needs is a major, and that'll be a great year, and he can do it, he can do it," Masur said. "We have to temper our enthusiasm with the fact that Federer is lighting it up at the moment, but any player finds it hard to sustain that type of level all year . . . and I'm quite certain Lleyton is playing some of the best tennis of his career at the moment."

Hewitt is seeded three places above his world ranking of 11, but sits eighth in the ATP champion's race, the measure of calendar-year success, and has won titles in Sydney and Rotterdam. He was eliminated in the semi-finals at Queen's Club by Andy Roddick, but what the straight sets scoreline does not reveal is that Hewitt served for the first set.

The 23-year-old's ranking dropped to the edge of the top 20 late last year, when he took a break to have a wart removed from his foot and concentrate on helping Australia to regain the Davis Cup. Still, he has not reached a grand slam semi-final since 2002, nor is he the irresistible force that swept to the top of the rankings at the end of 2001 and remained there for 75 weeks.

"I just think he got tired," Masur said. "If you look at his three, four years, his involvement with Davis Cup, winning the Masters Cup (twice), then straightaway he's back at the Hopman Cup, then he got chickenpox; he was just physically tired, and every time you step up and play a match, it's like another physical and mental confrontation.

"He'd done it so well, for so long, on so many different surfaces, in so many big matches, that I think the kid just hit the wall physically. He's not like (Pete) Sampras, who gets 40 free points with his serve every match; he's a guy who has to work hard for his wins, and it just took its toll physically and mentally on him. But I think he's getting back there. Lleyton will surprise a few people by the end of the year."

Joining Hewitt on court tomorrow will be fellow Australians Wayne Arthurs, Alicia Molik, Nicole Pratt and Samantha Stosur. Mark Philippoussis and Todd Reid play on Tuesday, as does Australian qualifier Christina Wheeler.

Masur also reserved some optimism for Philippoussis, despite the 11th seed's 10-loss tournament and Davis Cup run having been interrupted only by a bright spell at last month's World Team Cup.

"I reckon he can do bloody well at Wimbledon. You don't have to be Einstein to realise that," Masur said.. "Mark's the kind of guy that can run hot on any surface. He can play well on clay, and a lot of guys don't want to play him when he's in full flight. But Mark on grass is a whole different prospect."


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Wimbledon no tougher now: Hewitt

From correspondents in London
June 19, 2004
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EVEN with the prospect of facing top seed Roger Federer in the quarter finals, Lleyton Hewitt rejects the notion that this year's Wimbledon will be much tougher than when he won the title in 2002.

When Hewitt claimed his second grand slam title two years ago, he sat alone at the top of world tennis as a 21-year-old while Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras were on the way down.

But he denies tennis was in a lull at the time while it was awaiting the emergence of the likes of current world No.1 and defending Wimbledon champion Federer and No.2 Andy Roddick.

Hewitt, now ranked No.10, acknowledged Federer and Roddick add ingredients which weren't at the All England Club in 2002, but he pointed to Sampras and Agassi who were there and still good enough to win the 2002 US Open and 2003 Australian Open respectively.

"Yeah, but I guess Sampras and Agassi were at their best or close to their best back then as well," he said.

"Mark Philippoussis was another guy, there was always dangerous floaters in the draw.

"It's always going to be a tough tournament to win.

"There's always going to be upsets at Wimbledon probably more so than any other grand slam because in the past you've had so many clay court specialists come as high seeds and get knocked out early and that leaves openings in the draw."

The second round exits of Sampras and Agassi in 2002 left a couple of big holes in the draw which allowed Hewitt to march into the final without facing a top 10 player until he beat Tim Henman in the semis.

No such luxury has been afforded the seventh seed this year, with a scheduled quarter final against Federer.

Hewitt has a 7-4 career record over Federer, but although he has lost both matches against the Swiss this year, the potential quarter final is shaping as a massive meeting of the tournament's last two champions.

"That's if he gets there, if they both get there," said Hewitt's coach Roger Rasheed.

"They've had good matches against each other and tough matches. If we get to that situation, fantastic, we'll be pretty happy.

"Lleyton's form's very good, he's in a good spot at the moment, so his form's good so we'll have to wait and see how the first week pans out and especially Monday.

"He's done the hard work and the preparation, so he feels good."

Hewitt opens his tournament on Monday against Austrian world No.42 Jurgen Melzer whom he beat in four sets in the second round at the French Open last month.

He heads a slim four-man Australian contingent in the men's singles, completed by the badly out of touch 11th seed Philippoussis, Wayne Arthurs and 2002 Wimbledon boys champion Todd Reid.

Philippoussis comes into the tournament as last year's finalist but on the back of eight successive first round losses in ATP tour events this year.

He was handed a great chance to break his duck when he drew a qualifier for his opening match on Tuesday, but Belgian world No.117 Christophe Rochus won't be easy, especially given the Victorian's form.

Arthurs' form has not been much better with four consecutive first round losses and he faces up and coming German Florian Mayer on Monday.

Wildcard Reid starts his first senior Wimbledon campaign on Tuesday against 30th seed Vince Spadea.
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Relief!

Solid win for Lleyton!....

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L. Hewitt - Interview
Monday, June 21, 2004


THE MODERATOR: Questions for Lleyton.

Q. You must be very happy with that start.

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I felt good out there. You know, I felt like I played the first set pretty well, got out of the blocks well. Obviously, yeah, the second set was a little bit tougher, even though I felt I had the better of him the whole second set. I had a lot of opportunities to break. He came up with some good points at the right time, then he played a bit of a slack game at 4‑All, you know. Once I went two‑sets‑to‑love up, I think from then it was going to be pretty hard for him to come back.

Q. What do you think was the most pleasing thing for you today?

LLEYTON HEWITT: That I got off before that rain probably, I don't know. Felt like I, you know, hit the ball well, moved well. Yeah, the court's always going to be a little bit more slippery at the start of the tournament. Skid through probably a little bit more, as well. I felt like I handled the conditions, you know, a lot better than probably he did out there.

And, yeah, to get through in straight sets, yeah, he's a tough opponent. He would have beaten, you know, a lot of players I think in the tournament. So, you know, I had a lot of respect for his game and, you know, I went out there and got the job done.

Q. Not as much pressure this year compared to last year when you came in as defending champion?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, probably obviously not, I guess, in the media or the public, I guess. But, you know, for me I've still obviously got high expectations of how I can play here and how I'm hitting the ball at the moment.

Yeah, I don't think I put any added pressure on myself this year or even last year when I came back at No. 1 seed. Yeah, I feel confident where my game is at at the moment. Just take it one match at a time and hopefully I keep getting through like I did today.

Q. He got very frustrated at times, hit the ball on the roof, tossed down his racquet, went to the bathroom, things like that. For you, it must have been encouraging to see how upset he was getting at times?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, he shows a bit of emotion I think out there. And, you know, I guess, you know, if you get some dodgey bounces, you've got to be able to deal with those situations, I think. He was frustrated ‑ a couple of lets didn't get called, a couple of bad calls. I'm not sure.

But, you know, obviously I just felt like things were rolling along nicely for me and I didn't really have to change a helluva lot out there throughout the whole three sets.

Q. Did last year's loss enter your head going into the match?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Probably a little bit, I think, going out there. The good thing was, you got to have a positive. Only had one point to defend, so I wasn't worried about my ranking taking a dive anyway.

Q. Everyone says one match at a time. How much do you think ahead to a week on Sunday?

LLEYTON HEWITT: No, not at all. I think, you know, obviously what happened in 2002 and then what happened in 2003, that's a great example. You just can't get ahead of yourself at all. You know, there's too many tough players out there. Yeah, everyone can have a good day, especially on a grass court I think even more so purely because that service aspect. Only one or two points sometimes in a set, and it can change the whole momentum of a match, as it did in my match against Karlovic last year. I'm pretty much focusing on my next match now.

Q. What do you know about the two guys?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Labadze, I never played before, another left‑hander. A little bit like Melzer, very flashy, I think. Probably hits it a bit flatter off his forehand, probably got a little more power I think in his game. You know, I don't know what his results have been like on grass.

Vliegen, I've hit with him quite a bit in Belgium, and he's a very talented player. He probably should have done a lot better than he has, you know, since he made the final of Adelaide a couple years ago when he qualified. He didn't quite go on with it then. But he's got a good game. I think he's well‑suited to grass, as well.

Yeah, there's both big hitters, I think. I've just got to go out there and worry about my game, see how it pans out early on in the match.

Q. Was today the best start you could have dreamt of?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, it was ‑‑ I think any time you get through, especially in straight sets, I was happy with where my game was at today. So, you know, I can be confident going into the second round now.

Q. People are talking about you as being one of the main three or four contenders at here. Do you feel that's where you're at as well?

LLEYTON HEWITT: Yeah, I feel like I'm capable of beating anyone on any given day. But, you know, there's a lot of tough players, you know, ahead of possibly playing in a final or holding up a trophy.

Yeah, as I say, you keep saying one match at a time, but it pretty much is that. You can't look too far ahead. I think I don't know how many guys there are actually capable of winning the tournament, but there's a lot of guys who are capable of causing upsets throughout the tournament.

Q. Any comment on Gary Ayres today?

LLEYTON HEWITT: I found out before this morning before my match. I don't know the full bit about it. You know, what can you say?
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Hewitt dispels demons

By Leo Schlink
The Daily Telegraph
June 22, 2004

LLEYTON Hewitt last night exorcised the Wimbledon first-round demons of 2003 with an excellent All-England Club pipe-opener against Austrian Jurgen Melzer.

In control from the outset against 42nd-ranked Melzer, the 2002 champion roared to a 6-2 6-4 6-2 victory to bury ghosts of his shock loss on the first day here last year to Croat qualifier Ivo Karlovic.

Intent on reclaiming the Wimbledon crown, Hewitt next faces either Belgian Kristof Vliegen or Georgian Irakli Labadze for a place in the third round.

Hewitt could scarcely have been more impressive, displaying much of the aggression and instinctively brilliant shotmaking selection which typified his two-year reign as world No.1.

Hewitt's triumph came soon after defending champion and arch-rival Roger Federer majestically advanced to a 6-3 6-3 6-0 centre court success over outclassed British wild card Alex Bogdanovich.

Hewitt, armed with a 7-4 record over the Swiss stylist, could play his friend and former doubles partner Federer in what looms as a titanic quarter-final next week.

The dual grand slam winner needed just 90 minutes to destroy Melzer, winning 87 points to 57 and - most important of all - not dropping serve once in the contest, while breaking Melzer's serve five times.

In all, it was a comprehensive display.

Hewitt opened supremely, fashioning a confidence-boosting service break as his forehand found the mark with a clean winner before drawing a volleying error from Melzer.

The South Australian survived a minor crisis in the fourth game on serve before again punishing Melzer with monstrous forehands to forge a second break and a 4-1 lead.

Hewitt pocketed the first set after only 24 minutes and immediately sought to crush Melzer's spirit.

But the Austrian defiantly resisted, signalling his intentions by needlessly jamming an overhead backhand into Hewitt's leg when an open court beckoned.

Unable to take advantage of the increasingly rare break points, Hewitt was suddenly in a dogfight.

Delighted after earning a deserved service break in the ninth game of the second set, Hewitt brought up set point with an ace before Melzer obliged with an unlikely forehand which appeared to catch the baseline.

As Hewitt strode to his courtside chair with justifiable satisfaction, Melzer stood on the baseline glaring with disbelief at American umpire Steve Ullrich.

The Austrian argued briefly before stalking out of court one for a toilet break.

Hewitt turned the screws with a service break to lead 3-1 in the third set, prompting Melzer to crudely swipe a ball high into the stands.

Seeded seventh, Hewitt was comfortable both at the net and on the baseline, where he is most at home.

Melzer simply imploded, plunging to his third defeat in as many clashes with Hewitt. Attempting to stall as rain threatened to halt what had become a rout, Melzer complained bitterly to Ullrich.

He accused the official of "not seeing anything" - but he could easily have been talking about himself.

Hewitt delivered only three double faults and won 81 per cent of his first serves to vindicate the work he has been doing with coach Roger Rasheed on the practice court.

The Adelaide right-hander cut a vastly different figure to that of last year when he was shocked by Karlovic's bold serve-volleying.

He has used the disappointment of that loss to steel himself for another run at the title and his victory last night would have sent tremors of fear through the field - even to Federer.
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Hewitt eases past Melzer
By Sarah Holt
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Hewitt stretches for a forehand volley

Lleyton Hewitt put last year's shock first-round exit behind him with an assured 6-2 6-4 6-2 win over Austria's Jurgen Melzer.

The seventh seed saved three break points in the fourth game of the opener but it was soon business as usual.

The Australian broke Melzer twice to wrap up the first, and though he had to wait until the 10th game to break in the second, he never look troubled.

The 2002 champion sealed the match and his place in the second round draw with a rasping forehand down the line.

"He's a tough opponent," said Hewitt afterwards.

"He could have beaten a lot of players, but I went out there and got the job done.

Academy: Lleyton's rise to the top

"I've still got high expectations of how I can play here. I feel confident in my game at the moment.

"I'm just focusing on my next match now - you can't look too far ahead."

France's Sebastien Grosjean breezed into the second round with a 6-4 6-2 6-4 win over compatriot Thierry Ascione.

The 2003 semi-finalist, seeded 10th, goes on to face another Frenchman, Gregory Carraz.

Sixth seed Juan Carlos Ferrero also advanced safely with a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 victory against Julien Boutter.

The Spaniard was playing his first match since his French Open title defence ended in the second round.

Paradorn Srichaphan looked to have paid for his warm-up heroics as he became the first men's seed to go out.

The 25-year-old Thai staged a superb recovery to beat Thomas Johansson in the Nottingham Open final on Saturday.

And, in his sixth consecutive Wimbledon appearance, he won a see-saw first set 6-3 against giant Croat Ivo Karlovic.

But Karlovic, who beat Lleyton Hewitt in the first round last year, needed a single break in the next three to secure a 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-4 victory.

Srichaphan said the serve of the 6ft 10in Croat had been the key to his victory.

"His serve is big, but not as big as Andy Roddick's," said Srichaphan. "But it's the direction it's coming. It's really high and you have to hit from the service line.

"I broke him three times in the first set but after that I felt it more difficult to play. After the first set I had a tough time on my serve. He was coming into the match. He had nothing to lose."
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