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Old 01-14-2013, 05:41 PM   #51
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The difference between Connors and Hewitt is that Connors was in the top 5/top10 until the late 80's when he was 37. He even made another major SF at 39.
Connors wasn't affected by injuries to Hewitt's extent. Hewitt has had a load of injury troubles since 2005, including several surgeries on his hip, problems with his knees, elbow, feet and toes.

Connors didn't have surgery until 1990, on his wrist.

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Hewitt hasn't done anything comparable to late Connors since like 2006 (when he was 25)? Connors was competitive until pretty much the end of his career.
If Hewitt wants to play, then he'll continue to play. Connors stayed out there until he wasn't physically able to do it anymore, so why wouldn't Hewitt to do the same if he has the desire to compete?

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It's been fun having Lleyton being the ultimate underdog at the AO (since I don't remember him playing a lot during the year bar an odd WC) for a couple of years now but it's getting riddiculous.
If Lleyton Hewitt had your attitude then he wouldn't be Lleyton Hewitt.

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One thing to remember is that despite Hewitt's former #1 ranking and 2 slam titles, I don't think he was ever recognized (by fellow players, the media, fans, or himself) as the BEST player on tour.
Lleyton Hewitt was world number 1 for 80 weeks and was the clear world number 1 as soon as Gustavo Kuerten's hip problems took over after the 2001 US Open. Hewitt was never a dominant world number 1, though. Ask anyone from 2002 who was world number 1, and it was obviously Hewitt.

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He basically had a window of opportunity where the old guard was winding down and new guard was still maturing and he just happened to mature a bit faster and played consistently enough to accomplish what he did.
You're using hindsight. Nobody saw anything about "transition era" when Hewitt was world number 1. Back then, the popular opinion was that the generation of 2002 were all way too good for any one player to dominate the sport. That opinion soon changed when Federer started dominating.

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