Hewitt speaks on doping, Federer, Nadal etc.

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  1. Candide

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    I wouldn't give Hewitt the time of day if I were Federer and that's speaking as an Australian. I wouldn't be surprised if many of the other players felt the same way. There are plenty who love him because of his success and fighting spirit but there are a lot who found him a national embarrassment. He was one of the most unsportsmanlike players ever, there's aggressive and then there's just boorish. If it wasn't for his success he would be remembered like a Jeff Tarango nut job. He's trying to remake himself with a little more charm as his career comes to an end now and some media work beckons but the gulf in class between him and Pat Rafter left many people disappointed.
     
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    Well put. :)
     
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    The interview shows why the guy is such a good commentator.
    He tells it like it is and he's such a student of the game.
    Hewitt with a big serve would have been really something.
     
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    And you know him personally...
     
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  5. Mike Sams

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    Isn't Hewitt just a weaker, smaller version of Djokovic?
     
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    Yes.

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    Delusions are not reality.
     
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    yes the fed tards Show their whole dumbness again.

    Hewitt actually said that federer was the highest Level Player he ever faced. the nadal compliment sounded more like a backhanded one (you could translate that into "nadal is a bully and cheater").

    but of course fed tards are so paranoid that they cannot accept anything other than "heil federer" said about their german speaking Idol.

    it really says something about a "fan" (guy who never played Tennis...) when he sees a hater of his Idol when Hewitt said that fed was the highest Level he ever faced...
     
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    Well not everyone can have class like Federer to sulk in front of the world when an opponent beats him in a major final and spoil his moment.

    Or the class to swear at an umpire again in a major final dropping an f-bomb when he knows there would be millions of kids watching that idolise him, such as yourself.

    Or the class to say things like "I always enjoy playing against Andy.... and that's not because I always beat him"

    Or the class to prance around at Wimbledon with a women's style gold handbag

    Or the class to yell "SHUT UP" at the fans

    Amongst many other classy acts...
     
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  10. wy2sl0

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    I have no problem showing my children that stuff as opposed to someone who picks their rear then touches their face.
     
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    So you think it's worse to behave like a cursing prima donna than it is to tug at your underwear? I pity your children.
     
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    :lol: Funny stuff. Anyway, I think we ALL are seriously going to miss Federer and Nadal when they rapidly decline and are no longer able to compete for titles in the sport. That's unless the players who replace them can dominate the sport and really do some great things and create a good rivalry.
     
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    I think both Nadal and Federer are prima donnas. Anybody who disagrees is blind. You can clearly see both are sore losers full of excuses when things don't go their way. Check out Federer's behaviour against Del Potro at USO 2009 when he's cursing towards the umpire and check out Nadal's behaviour during the match against Rosol.
     
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    No, however it is easier to explain to them why Federer does what he does...whereas they would be scarred from watching someone "tug" at their a.. every point for an entire match and then touch their face all the time. Habits/superstitions are a form of weakness.
     
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    Nadal and Fed as well as every other popular player have had class less moments/habits. I just can't stand ****s coming on that are blind to everything Fed does and start acting like he symbolises class when he clearly doesn't.
     
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  16. wy2sl0

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    He (Fed) has a very hard time giving credit to opponents that beat him before, however he is better about it now. Nadal is usually pretty good about this also, but the Rosol thing was kind of off the road.
     
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    So is not being able to control your temper and being an self absorbed egomaniac. Nadal's ticks are harmless and hurt no one, but screaming, cursing, and behaving like a spoiled brat are far more influential than tugging at one's shorts.
     
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    Despite being a big fed fan, I have to agree that Djokovic handles losses best when it comes to the Big 3.
     
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    We both know this doesn't happen often. If you want to start on the real problems with Nadal, I.E the god forsaken grunting with all his shots, then we can do that. This is the ultimate form of gamesmanship. How many other 1 on 1 sports allow you to distract your opponent with noises?
     
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    yes. nadal always talks about injuries and fed is not much better (see when he acused nole of making a lucky shot with MP down).

    however I think this is also what makes them so great. there are many very good Tennis Players who say next week is another Chance but those two really hate to lose.

    a lot of the great Champions actually had some "mental issues" ie they needed that for their ego.

    connors once said that he hates to lose more than he loves to win. nole and murray just had a lot more "Training" in losing then fedal had:D.
     
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    Grunting is showing emotion and effort in striking the ball, which Nadal (and Djokovic) do well. Federer :mad: on the other hand, grunts a lot less, because he doesn't like to show emotion on the court (because he doesn't care, hence why he's been losing against the passionate players like Nadal/Djokovic). Of course, there are exceptions, like AustralianOpen2009, where I saw Federer :mad: steal the stage from Nadal in a fit of girly crying. :p
     
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    What? Nadal grunts even in practice, is that gamesmanship too?

    I would be more concerned about the players who grunt specifically louder and longer on important points, now that is an example of gamesmanship.
     
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    This is a good point. I've never seen this referred to before. At the slams, Federer does tend to lose to the more emotion-charged players (and those players are more emotion-charged at the slams than at the non-slams). This includes Tsonga at Wimbledon.
     
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    He loves Nadal more, but claimes Federer is the best. What's more important? LOL
     
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    Fed was totally right against Potro in that match. Delpo took his sweet time to challenge and Fed questioned it.
     
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    And I bet you would say nothing if Nadal did that, Magnus? You hate Nadal's very existence, and it bothers you that he is still breathing. Not a chance he would be able to curse a blue streak at the linesman like that without you adding it to you already miles long "Why I hate Rafael Nadal" list. Lol.
     
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  27. Clarky21

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    Look who's talking. :lol:
     
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    the key to this whole board..i've often said if any of these players actually ran into the vast majority of the posters here, both their fans and other players fans, and those posters/fans started talking to them like they do here the players would run away in fear or disgust or both...either that or back away slowly so as not to provoke...i assume that's why they have security too
     
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  29. Steve0904

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    But you do know Fed was correct in that instance right?
     
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    Fed was correct, but it doesn't change the fact that people will dismantle Nadal into pieces if he did the same.
     
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPP1R1Gumq4

    Nice try, but thanks for coming out. Way quieter.
     
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    Ding-We have a winner for dumbest post of the year. Grunting has nothing to do with emotion. Further, Federer obviously cares if he wins or he loses. He has cried after winning and after losing. You can argue he should have a better grip on his emotions, but to say he does not care is ludicrous.
     
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    What kind of people are you talking about? Mike Sams and monfed. Yes because these are reputable sources right? If Nadal is right he's right. It's very simple to anybody who's not a troll.
     
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    If only it were as simple as you make it seem but it isn't. Nadal would be shredded by the *******s/Djokotards here if he did that. And not only Monfed and Mike Shams would be the ones doing the shredding, either. There are far more Fedites on here than just them.
     
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  35. 6-1 6-3 6-0

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    Nadal obviously isn't hitting as hard as he would like. He's finishing his forehand over his shoulder, when usually he doesn't. Naturally, he'd grunt less. :p
     
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  36. Towser83

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    What is the big f-ing deal people? I never liked Hewitt, he has become more likeable since he stopped being a top player, but the interview is fair enough and he's complimentary about both Federer and Nadal. Stupid tards have to get all bothered about nothing!

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    Actually it makes total sense. Coming up on tour with someone your age means you have a big rivalry from probably the juniors. Hewitt was the top player of his generation for a while, he was number one, won 2 slams before Federer got any and he used to dominate him. Then all of a sudden Federer smashes him all over court, beating him 15 times in a row, winning 17 slams, 300+ weeks at number one etc.. In a way it's easier accepting someone from a different generation beating you, being not of the same age you feel less in direct competition. I get this feeling with Murray and Djokovic, like they've grown apart a bit because of Djokovic's success, where as Murray is ok with Nadal because even though he is only a year older, he has been a top player for way longer and they didn't come upin juniors together. I also look at siblings who are very close in age - they often fight way more than someone with a sibling who's much younger.

    Wow. This is maybe the best thing you've ever posted ;)

    Well done again. Though I see Fed's point vs Delpo, but he shouldn't have expressed it like that.I think Fed's post match interview after Berdyh Wimbledon 2010 was worse.
     
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  37. Towser83

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    I thought Nadal trains harder than he plays?

    Btw, nice to see you're up to 4 in learning how to count to 10. You're almost halfway!

    You deserve a star and a cookie.
     
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  38. Gonzalito17

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    This is the best interview I ever read with Hewitt. Thanks for posting. Hewitt is a great tennis mind, everyone should know that, he was a middleweight who was the heavyweight champ of tennis, very smart and tremendous fighter too. Hewitt has shared his respects for Nadal many times over the years, remember he said he loves watching him and other such kind words a few years ago, which is unusual for a former champ to give that kind of praise to a rival when both are still competing for the same titles. Think they played doubles together also. Del Potro has said many times his hero and favorite player was Hewitt so it's a nice warm and fuzzy story to see they are good mates now. Interesting that Hewitt hasn't spoke with Nalbandian in nine years. Wonder what those stories of Nalbandian are.

    Hewitt was an amazing player in his prime, he made Sampras look like a qualifier in that one final they played in NYC. Hewitt did some TV work last year and he was fantastic at it too.
     
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    Hewitt also just said that Berdych is ready to become a Slam Champion. We'll see about that.
     
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    Great interview. If he writes a bio it looks like it will be a great read. He's still delivering. Beating Raonic at the Aussie was one of the best matches of the year.

    And it makes sense that he likes Wilander's game. I wonder if he's similar in the booth as well...?
     
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    Good interview with a controversial player. thanks for posting. What I like about Hewitt is how he speaks his mind, even though I sometimes disagree with what comes out.

    Safin and Roddick spoke their minds as well. Hopefully the current and new tennis players will be more genuine in interviews and tell-it-like-it-is from their point of view more often. Tennis needs more of this.

    It was interesting to see Hewitt play over the years, but I won't be sad when he retires.

    P.S. It's pretty annoying how every thread degenerates into a ******* contest between Federer/Nadal fanbois. One would think that Hewitt's career and his controversies would be worth discussing. Get a life guys.
     
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    great stuff :)
     
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    and didn't know about his Argentine trouble!!
     
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    thanks for posting op
     
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    He most definitely is not. I am not a Nadal fan, but I respect his results. He wins because he has the tenacity of Hewitt, the defense of Murray, the power of Djokovic and the best fitness out there. All of those things combined into one create a terrifying opponent, especially on slower courts where he has more time. Having done it, I challenge anyone to go watch Rafa in person and then come back and say he's a pusher. The television angle cannot remotely portray simply how diabolical his shots are.
     
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    His and Federer's forehands are lessons in physics. It looks as though Nadal exerts a huge amount of effort into swinging his forehand, but he does the exact opposite. Even in this non-match situation, just look at him load up the left leg with the racquet taken back. Simply unloading it is what generates that enormous RHS. If you watch Federer, his effortlessness is because he loads up his entire body, and much like a dolphin kick in swimming, unloads it progressively up from the hips, torso shoulder and all at the end of his racquet. It looks effortless because you can't see each of the components working individually because it's so efficient. If you watch in slow motion, it really does look like a circular wave. My take, anyways.

    Either way, I can't say it enough that you need to see both of these guys in person. Partially because it's astonishing to see what can't on television, but mostly because each hits a different sounding ball. Both are completely different sounding than the rest of the tour.
     
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    ^^^^^^ all of this.

    and the one boarder is right, all those beatdowns at the hand of fed and being surpassed by fed really seemed to humble hewitt. Now that he is way past as prime he isnt nearly as bad behaved on court.


    in terms of sportsmanship and class, hewitt isnt fit to hold Rafter's jock strap.
     
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    Most interesting part of the interview is when he comments on how this generation of young players basically sucks.
     

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