Originally Posted by always_crosscourt
Hewitt's tennis style is baseline grinding. Modern tennis is baseline grinding. So how is Hewitt's game different from the modern game?
more of a counterpuncher than grinder/retriever. still at baseliner at heart and while it's not as big a difference as blake's style, it still is pretty different from the dominant form. he doesn't push as much as most players do nowadays.
furthermore, since his injuries you see him hitting flatter and through the ball more in order to close out angles and finish points earlier as his hips/legs aren't what they used to be. contrast him with Simon/ferrer types and there is a big difference in style. more aggressive shotmaking (davydenko-eque when playing well), more focus on winners (which results in more unforced errors).
check out Hewitt Vs. Tipsy during the aussie open earlier this year for some good rallies because of the difference in style. i agree though, it's not like he is a net-rusher.