Why is Murray more competitive against Fed than Hewitt?

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  1. TennisLurker

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    What does he do better than Hewitt?
    Why can he beat Fed when Hewitt couldn't?

    Is it just that he is stronger than 5 11 Hewitt, and he can't be overpowered so easily?
     
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  2. 5th Element

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    For starters, I'd say that Hewitt's serve is worse than Murray's.
     
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    Hewitt retrieved, but didn't push, which frustrates Federer. He was pretty aggressive with his shots, but they usually didn't have the power or depth of Del Potro or Djokovic, which feeds right into Fed's game. Also, I think Murray is a better tactician than Hewitt.
     
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    For starters, Hewitt faced Fed majority of the time When Fed was at his very best, while Murray played him just a couple.
     
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  5. JeMar

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    Murray has a better backhand and he can find Federer's own backhand much more consistently.
     
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    Combination of things.

    -Hewitt played Federer at his peak consistently. Most of Murray's wins came in what was widely considered as Fed's worst season since his breakthrough.

    -Hewitt played Federer a lot in SLAMS and finals where Fed raises his game. Murray has played Fed once in a slam and another in a final and was crushed in both.

    -Hewitt played Fed a few times on grass and clay. Clay being Hewitt's worst surface by quite a bit and grass being where Fed is is almost invincible. Federer's had a lot of weird losses in the last few years in best of 3 hard court tournaments and Murray was able to take advantage of that.

    -As was already said, Hewitt went for his shots and actually tried to win the match rather than rely on Fed to lose it. Of course in a hitting contest Federer was always going to come out on top in his prime.

    -When Fed's subtle decline started, Hewitt was dealing with injuries and wasn't at his own best anymore, meaning he couldn't capitilise on Fed's poor form even if he possibly could have if at his physical best.
     
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  7. babolat15

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    some good answers
     
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  8. Kobble

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    -Hewitt's forehand is much easier to read than Murray's. Murray has a forehand that reminds me more of Rios. Mike Agassi said Rios had a tough forehand to read.

    -Murray's serve is a better.

    -Murray has more control on the backhand, and doesn't sit up for Federer as Hewitt's did.
     
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  9. kishnabe

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    really spot on! Hewitt is better than Murray!
     
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    Well said. Couldn't have said it better myself.
     
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  11. Anaconda

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    We all know prime Hewitt is better than Murray will ever be :)
     
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