Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by RAFA2005RG, Dec 23, 2012.
Loved it mate! Thanks
Thanks! Love how honest Hewitt is here, no politically correct bullsh1t. The more I hear about Nadal, the more scary I find him. The guy plays so many psychological games, very tough to play against.
Excellent interview, thanks for the link
Looks like he admires Nadal much more than he does Federer.
The 2 things I liked best were the comments about how hard Nadal hits in the warm up and him saying the Federer has the best backhand slice in the world if his topspin backhand is not working.
Nice interview, there.
Probably because of their similar mentality. Also, apparently Federer isn't very sociable in the locker rooms. That's okay though, the GOAT doesn't need to associate himself with lesser beings like Nadal and Hewitt.
Basically he is saying that Fed's topspin backhand sucks
The same Nadal who has made his career out of spanking Fed on the big stage?
Thanks very much! A most illuminating interview. I like it when they talk 'behind the scenes' stuff, rather than the usual PC claptrap. Hewitt is always quite upfront. Unfortunately, I do my most watching at the AO, where the crowd and commentators are terrible and I never support the homeguy.
I remember players in the 90s mentioning how hard agassi hits during warm up.
Federer indeed has the best slice in the world.
Thanks for the good read. I didn't know Rafa and Hewitt practice a lot together.
Federer admitted that he always felt like he had to blow Hewitt off the court early in his career. It was not until he learned to wait for his opportunities and use his slice against him that the wins started coming.
Or did we????
Good interview, thanks. Hewitt is a no BS kind of guy. Refreshing.
Far more worthy than the 2009 winner, that is for sure.
There you go...someone who played in both era's. Highest level of tennis ever, Federer, twice.
Go watch the entire 2006 Wimbledon, 2006 YEC, 2006 US Open, 2007 Australian Open, 2007 Wimbledon, 2007 US Open, 2010 Australian Open, 2010 YEC to see otherwise.
Great interview. Hewitt was such a polarising figure in his early years but nowadays all I hear is respect for him - if only Tomic had half of his work ethic.
Great interview; I've always liked Lleyton. Tomic has big shoes to fill...
Thanks for the post I like his insight into the game. Gives you a different view.
Not to mention Hewitt spanked Federer during the first half of his career.
"Was there any game when you considered a rival player delivered the highest standard of tennis you had ever played against?
Yes Federer both times."
"If Roger's backhand is not working he will start slicing and that slice is the best in the world."
I lost a lot of respect for Hewitt after this interview. Nadal is a moonballer. Nothing to glorify here.
What do people expect really?
This is pro competition and the guy used to own Hewitt.
So it's a 100% biased point of view, considering he was spanked all the time by Fed. Hewitt knew it, Fed knew it, no possible friendship in locker rooms obviously.
Also Nadal is younger, maybe it made things easier between them. I dont know
Looks like he thinks Federer is a much better tennisplayer.
Davydenko is the highest level Nadal has ever faced. Federer is the highest level Hewitt has ever faced. As you guys always say, "its a matchup thing"....
The Hewitt-Federer rivalry proves this, because when Federer was serve-volleying, Hewitt was beating him. As soon as Federer switched to predominantly baseline tennis, every match was dominated by Federer from that point on.
Always respected Hewitt, great interview. Will be sad when he hangs up his racket.
thank you lleyton for confirming that the nadal is a big disgusting golden bully who tries to intimidate his opponents with his dirty antics on the court and outside... but it's disappointing he kinda "admires" this aspect of the nadal. :-?
also, he still didn't forget the issues with chela/nalbandian, apparently but it's cool if he's in good terms with delpo now.
When Hewitt retires it will be a huge blow to tennis as we know it. I'm not looking forward to that day.
thanks for the interview & link. I like the fact hewitt is talking very openly without too much "correctness", it doesn't happen very often with guys who are still on the tour.
does anybody know which second match against federer he meant? the 2004 or 2010 one? must be the 2nd but I'd be surprised
I don't see why it would. One would think being closer in age would make things easier if anything...
I think we understand now we Rosol had to sprint to the baseling.
Yep. It makes no sense that Hewitt would find it easier to get along with a guy years younger than him instead of a guy closer to his own age. Seems like Fed isn't the most sociable guy behind the scenes.
He identifies with Nadal and has a closer relationship with him.
He thinks Federer as more of a rival and someone who plays the highest levels of tennis due to his variety.
In the sense nadal was younger and was willing to indirectly learn from hewitt who was on the tour for a long time. Also when you're younger you think less tactical in the way you manage your relationships with other pro players, yoy're more spontenaous and natural.
I remember seeing nadal last year and was amazed at how hard he hit in warmups. Funny to read that because he destroys the ball.
After reading the interview, which is good, a few unconnected thoughts -
1. I'm surprised no one has mentioned that Nadal is an admitted fan of Hewitt since his younger days. Nadal has said he admired Hewitt's 'fighting spirit'. So it's no wonder the older guy likes Nadal back.
2. Hewitt is a boor - arrogant, disrespectful, racist and entitled. If Federer hadn't brought him down to earth, his head would have been bigger. That's my opinion of him. Donno why anyone would miss him. His game is also outdated - he's neither fast nor strong, doesnt have any weapons and defensively any number in the younger generation have surpassed him.
3. So Nadal's tactics and attitude are an open secret. I find such cheap gamesmanship despicable after having achieved so much. I guess class can't be acquired - either you have it or you don't.
4. Interesting Hewitt should say players come back after suspensions and win.
5. Federer is close to European players of his generation like Koubek, Haas, Chuidinelli, Henman, Mirnyi etc. He's not aloof, just doesnt hang out with the crowd he's not close to plus he's a family man unlike many others.
Just looking at the given extract, I loved his answers. Sounds honest and plain simple. And then I read the replies and wonder, "Why do people derive interpretations and conclusions"??!!
This entire post= unabashed ******* butthurt.
Lol, so true.
Not sure what to make of Nadal's gamemanship, I don't like it but I'd do the exact same things I expect lol.
If Hewitt said Federer is the GOAT, everything would be fine, right?
He said that plenty of times already.
Hewitt annoyed that his kids love Nadal more than him in tennis. Apart from that Hewitt adores Nadal.
Good to see Hewitt speaking truth and not sucking up to Top Players.
Why the hell should rivals admire each other? They're trying to kill each other out there, it's bad blood and there is only one survivor. It's kill or be killed on the ATP Tour.
Of course it would. Then Nikdom would have no problem with Hewitt's opinion, and would be praising him for his good taste. Lol.
You guys are such kids. I'm not a fan of Hewitt and that's regardless of his opinion of Roger, which, if I'm not mistaken, is favorable from the interview above.
I was responding to the post where someone said they would miss Hewitt. Perhaps you're all too young to remember the Blake incident or Hewitt's bad behavior in general.
Tomic is a big fan of Roger. But just because he is a Roger fan, I wouldn't hesitate to call him an idiot - which he is. So stop projecting your insecurities on other people. Perhaps you think that way about those who don't absolutely love Nadal, but my distaste for Hewitt has nothing to do with Fed. If he identifies with Nadal that's understandable - birds of the same feather flock together.
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