Hewitt looked very strong in destroying Isner

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  1. Riosfan

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    A new look from the Come on guy, the backwards hat is off. Good move, that was kid stuff anyway. He looks in great shape, physically stronger upper body, moving very quick. Just blew out Isner 6-1, not sure of final score but SURE he won it. The confident intesnity was evident. Considering he was very close at Wimbledon last year, and hard courts are his preferred surface, I rate him as a contender to win Melbourne. Just based on how impressive he was in this match with Isner.
     
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  2. CanadianChic

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    When did they finish playing?
     
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    I agree he looked like Top-10 material :D
     
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    Hewitts got no chance of winning the ford australian open at flinders park.

    After playing one tough match his body will be gone. bye bye toe hip shoulder pick a random body part..the only chance of making it through to the second week is a rigged draw and favourable scheduling from the event organsiers.

    Fingers crossed we get a tomic vs hewitt collision.
     
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  5. vive le beau jeu !

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    clean win for lleyton against this tree. :)
     
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  6. Gugafan

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    He seems to be in better shape than this time last year, where he was still struggling with pain in his leg (hip surgery). Hewitt is actually going into the Aus Open with some decent form behind him in the slams. He made the quarters at Wimbledon, and really had chances to take Federer out at the US Open (something like 16 bp's).

    I am optimisitc about his chances providing he gets a favourable draw. I cant think of any other player that enjoys playing intense 5 set matches under the brutal Australian conditions. Come'onnn!.
     
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  7. coloskier

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    Hewitt's biggest problem now is Best 3 of 5 sets. Even last year in the slams that he played he looked good in the 1st two sets of a match, and then wilted quickly.
     
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  8. Chadwixx

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    Hewitt eats big serve's for lunch (except karlovic), isner doesnt really have anything else to hurt hewitt.
     
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  9. RCizzle65

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    Huh? Hewitt has a great 5 set record in the past, and last year in Australia he won the first and fourth set, and in Wimbledon, he won the second and fourth set.
     
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  10. Gugafan

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    Would like to add, he has also comeback from 2 sets to love down more than 5 times in his career.
     
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  11. SourStraws

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    To the OP he won 6-1 7-5. I was also impressed by both his image and play though...Hopefully he can get back in the top 15 this year

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  12. coloskier

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    Hewitt is probably one of the worst matchups for Isner, so I am not surprised by the score. Anyone who returns serve like Hewitt is going to give Isner major headaches. If Isner isn't getting consistent service aces or winners, he isn't going to win the match because his baseline game is dreadful compared to most top 50 players. Watching him trying to hit a backhand slice is like watching a needle get stuck in your arm. Painful every time. :)
     
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    Isner needs to improve his baseline game or do serve and volley, which is not going to happen.

    Otherwise he will be in top 50 type of player.
     
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    Isner's serve was average in this match. Goes to show you that Isner has ONE weapon that keeps him up there. Sad, Isn't it?
     
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  15. tacou

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    Hewitt looked very good in both doubles and singles, but Isner's serve % was something like 40 in the first set, and the second set was pretty competitive.
     
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  16. tacou

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    what's sad about that? of course he needs to keep developing his game, but I don't think there's anything sad about it..
     
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    I'm not surprised by this result at all. Hewitt is very capable of playing a giant killer, he took Del Potro to school last summer. Not to mention 2nd half wins over bombers like Soderling and Isner.
     
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    Hewitt has that one last surge left. He can put it together one more time, with some luck, he can win another slam. People write him off, just like they wrote Pete, Serena, Venus off, but Hewitt is a very very special player. He ruled the sport for two years. There is no discrediting what he did by saying Roger was still raw. No, Hewitt was simply the best and no one could do anything about it.

    Hewitt still believes he can do it, and that's all that matters. Beating Isner, the man who KOed Roddick in NY last year, is a very good step on the way to slam #3 in 2010!
     
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    Sorry, but Hewitt still does not have the fire power to compete against the top 6 or 7.
     
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  20. OrangeOne

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    Hopman cup is indoor. Wouldn't be too convinced on it not reappearing for the AO.


    Equinox.... FORD AO? Wow, it's been a good... 5 years, 10 maybe since it was ford? ;)

    Interestingly, from scanning their website it seems they're now doing the
    'pro' thing and just being the "AO" and then having major sponsors (seems kia and panasonic are involved this year, not necessarily in that order).

    Is usually the case that he will struggle. The other problem is his tendency to take too long to win 'easy' matches and thus slowly tire even if he doesn't injure.

    Still, hope he has a good 2010. Be nice to have someone - anyone - for australian tennis in the top 10 or 20.
     
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  21. OrangeOne

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    2 questions:

    a. when was that?
    b. for anyone, let alone someone of hewitt's exhausting style, it's often a pyrrhic victory - he often wilts incredibly in the next match or so.

    Adrenalin can empower him to do some amazing things, but eventually the muscles rule over any level of adrenalin.
     
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  22. Tempest344

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    AO 2005, nuff said, all except the 1st round Hewitt Played 4 or 5 set matches, didn't seem to be struggling at all
     
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  23. OrangeOne

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    First three rounds are normal, 3 or 4 sets, the 4's pretty short.

    The next 3 5-setters were superb, very impressive, super-human.

    How much did he have in the tank for the final though? Zip, Zilch, Nada, Nothing. Remember, this is Hewitt, in Australia, if he had even 50% in the tank he could probably beat god himself!

    Also - my points weren't mutually exclusive. My point? 5 years is a loooong time in the body of a ball-machine-retriever. Just because he could do the above doesn't mean he can.
     
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  24. tintin

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    oh please! Isner is a poor man's Roddick:roll:

    good backhand but horrible forehand and the footwork is so bad

    approach shots and net play are bad due to him being straight up while at net and him not bending down more

    if you move Isner to his forehand side he'll lose the point


    all Hewitt did was try to get his racquet on his serve and take the net away thus time from Isner by volleying
     
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  25. caulcano

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    IMHO, I don't think an easy win against Isner, of all people, changes his prospects for the AO or beyond.

    Hewitt will have good & bad streaks from now on but I don't expect him to win any Masters titles, let alone GS ones.
     
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    nothing like buying the news paper to see hewitts mug on every backpage for the next 2 weeks!!!! seriously enough!
     
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  27. tacou

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    didn't he come back from 2 down last year against Ivo? I know it was 5 set win
     
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    Yep FO...He also cameback from 2 sets to love down against Stephanek at Wimbledon in the 4th rd. (2009). There is no questioning his fitness over 5 sets.
     
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    And then played a 5 setter the next match against Roddick and almost beat him despite being injured.
     
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    Developing what? He just showed that w/o the serve he's a college player.
     
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    If roddick didn't make that miraculous half volley then hewitt would have won.
     
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    yeah Hewitt is a very good serve returner,he probably can handle big servers like Isner,shame he lost to Robredo 6-2,6-4..what was up with that though?

    I cant believe people are still talking about the Roddick vs Hewitt Wimby QTF match...its freaking over for 6 months already,just get on will ya!
     
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  33. Turning Pro

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    he had back spasms and need treatment
     
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    Obviously no one watched Hewitt play amazingly well at SW19. Hewitt will come good at AO10.
     
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    Hewitt looked very weak in being destroyed by Boredo
     
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    Yes, losing to TR is a bad loss. Still think he will do well in AO!
     
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    ^He lost badly because of a back injury/spasm. Normal hewitt/very good robredo 8/10.
     
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  38. Anaconda

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    That's good to know IMO. Hopefully he is better in time for AO.
     
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    I'm not too surprised that Hewitt would destroy Isner for many of the reasons mentioned above, primarily his great return of serve.

    I saw Isner play in Miami last year against Ferrer, a player with some of Hewitt's strengths. As noted by TinTin, Isner's footwork and net play just won't cut against quick-footed counterpunchers with good passing shots.

    http://tenniswire.wordpress.com/2009/04/02/the-spanish-armada/

    --Tyro
     
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    Caused by pre existing injury, should never have been allowed a mto.
     
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  41. MethodTennis

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    if he had beaten roddick he would have surely got into the final again and then who knows.

    Hope he can do well this year and this sounds promising
     
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