Originally Posted by Neely
That must be ages ago since he achieved that!!!!!!!
I must look that up some time when he did that for the last time...
Except Roland Garros last year, I've found his last clay winning streak in the database, dating back to 2001, where he made two rounds of 16 in the clay Masters:
Rome TMS, Italy
Tennis Masters Series, 7-May-01, O, Clay , Draw: 64
R64 Pioline, Cedric (FRA) 6-3 6-0
R32 Enqvist, Thomas (SWE) 7-6(4) 4-6 6-3
R16 Levy, Harel (ISR) 2-6 4-6
Hamburg TMS, Germany
Tennis Masters Series, 14-May-01, O, Clay , Draw: 64
R64 Pavel, Andrei (ROM) 6-4 6-4
R32 Martin, Todd (USA) 6-3 7-5
R16 Santoro, Fabrice (FRA) 3-6 3-6
I wouldn't mind if he did that this year again or even better
And about the mystery and his ranking: Even though Hewitt didn't play this time last year and therefore has not to defend any points in the 52-week ranking system, he will lose points because after Monte Carlo the sixth optional event will fall out of the ranking system again. So yes, CURRENTLY Kiwi is ranked #10 in the entry system after defeating Llodra today
But this could change again when others closely behind him, for example David Ferrer, do well this week by getting a better result to overtake him - which would not be the most unlikely thing to happen.
Anyway, if top 10 or not, it's all nice... but the most important thing would be that he is top 7 at the end of the season and that he would be 100% guaranteed a spot for the Masters Cup