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Well, this certainly sets up a very interesting quarter-final. Corretja may be short on confidence, he may be lacking in match practice and having a slow start to the year, but he will give every sinew in his body to beat Hewitt even if he has to crawl off the court afterwards, so much does he hate the man's guts. Hewitt, I imagine, knowing exactly how much his display of on-court emotions annoy Corretja, will do his utmost to express them as loudly and fervently as possible.
 

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From the SMH during the Aus Open

Alex Corretja has changed his opinion of Lleyton Hewitt - they may even practise together, writes Richard Hinds.

Perhaps it is too early to claim Lleyton Hewitt has made the transition from problem child to choir boy. In a moment of extreme pressure during the Australian Open, perhaps we will find out. But there is one significant sign that the world No 1's on-court behaviour has improved significantly in recent times - Alex Corretja now talks to him.

After an icy stand-off, the Spaniard approached Hewitt at the US Open last September and ended a feud that began before the 2000 Davis Cup final when Corretja said publicly what some others had come to believe.

"He just appears arrogant to me," Corretja said before the final. "If he behaves that way next week [in the Davis Cup], there will be a nasty reception awaiting him."

Corretja believed Hewitt's fist-pumping antics were too often used to intimidate opponents and umpires. "It's good that a guy has motivation, but sometimes I think he's doing more like a psychological thing than other stuff," he said. "I don't like the way he behaves on court. I've never said that before for a player."

But by the 2002 US Open, Corretja had come to believe Hewitt's behaviour had improved and he wanted to clear the air.

"I've been pretty honest when I talk about everyone on the tour and I said that [about Hewitt being arrogant]," Corretja said. "But I must say that from my point of view he has really changed his attitude. He is more relaxed and he is thinking about himself when he is on the court - he is not trying to distract the other guy to help his game.

"I do have a lot of respect for him because he has shown he has been the best on the tour the last two years and I had the chance to talk to him last September at the US Open. I left some time to pass away to relax. At first I was trying to talk to him but it was difficult because he was hurt and if someone criticised myself I would also be upset.

"I tell him, 'I felt like you had something against me', and he said, 'No, it wasn't against you, that is just the way I behave with everyone and you took it personally and I'm sorry about that'."

Corretja said he apologised to Hewitt for making his comments publicly rather than face-to-face. "He said it was OK, he didn't want to have any problems with me or anyone else. We shake hands and it's been great. Of course we are rivals like everyone else, but it doesn't make sense to sit in the locker room with someone next to you who you don't talk [to] at all."

Given Corretja is one of the most popular and approachable players on the tour, his initial opinion of Hewitt's behaviour carried some weight in the locker room. Equally, the Spaniard's belief Hewitt's demeanour has improved seems justified.

Although he remains entangled in a dispute with the ATP and continues his stand-off with the media, Hewitt's primal screams and exaltations have seemed less threatening since the 2001 US Open, in which he was accused of claiming a black linesman was favouring his opponent, James Blake.

After their US Open peace talks, Corretja saw Hewitt again in Tokyo and they exchanged pleasantries. There has even been talk of practising together and Corretja is effusive in his praise of the world No 1.

"I'm amazed by what he achieved and he definitely deserved it because he has been working harder than anybody else," Corretja said.

"It is amazing the way he has developed his game everywhere because three or four years ago you could say, 'OK, he could be a really good player', but now he's winning the slams on different surfaces . . . he only needs to improve a little bit on clay and it will be ridiculous."


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Sjengster said:
Well, this certainly sets up a very interesting quarter-final. Corretja may be short on confidence, he may be lacking in match practice and having a slow start to the year, but he will give every sinew in his body to beat Hewitt even if he has to crawl off the court afterwards, so much does he hate the man's guts. Hewitt, I imagine, knowing exactly how much his display of on-court emotions annoy Corretja, will do his utmost to express them as loudly and fervently as possible.
LOL! he apologized to Lleyton 'very quietly' at the USO :p :p Lleyton didn't make a big deal out of it :angel:

Thanks Duck :kiss: for posting the article. I was gonna post it myself. ;)
 

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(wc) M. Philippoussis(AUS) d. (LL) S. Draper(AUS) 6-0 - 6-4 :D

David :D :) now Mark vs. David :( good luck both...
Alex :D

Lleyton :)
 

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Mark KNOWLES (BAH)/Daniel NESTOR (CAN) def Gaston ETLIS (ARG)/Martin RODRIGUEZ (ARG) 6-3 6-4

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