Lleyton Hewitt: doubles specialist?
If Lleyton, currently out of the top 100 again in singles, ever decides to retire, I would hope that he continues in doubs. Lleyton and fellow Aussie, Marinko Matosevic, put in a great performance last night at the SAP Open against the #1 doubles team (the Bryans, of course). Not going to give away the outcome just yet -- but it did involve 2 tie-breakers.
Had never seen Lleyton play doubles before but apparently he has done quite well in Davis Cup. His doubles record in Davis Cup play, 13-3, is better than his singles record, 39-13. I believe that some of those DC doubles matches were played with Marinko as a partner.
It seems that he played a fair amount of grand slam doubs in the first 3 years in his career, winning the USO in 2000. He played a little bit last year, losing in the 3rd round at Wimbledon and getting to the QF in mixed at the Olympics. Lleyton appears to be a very smart/crafty doubles player. Good deception, quick hands and excellent placement and touch. Hope to see more of his doubles play in the future.