|03-04-2006, 06:00 PM||#1|
Hall Of Fame
Highlights from Las Vegas
I am not totally sure if this link will work, but it ought to show some highlights from Vegas... There is a small "commercial" at the beginning, but it's still the right video.
Since that video Hewitt did go on to beat Goldstein, but I can't get that video to work for me. Here is an article about that.
The top-seeded Australian squelched an upset bid by unseeded American Paul Goldstein, 3-6, 6-1, 6-0, on Saturday and advanced to the final of the inaugural Tennis Channel Open.
In an attempt to end a near 14-month ATP Tour singles title drought, the former world No. 1 will face the winner of the other semifinal match between No. 5 James Blake of the United States and hard-serving Ivo Karlovic of Croatia.
"Anytime you're playing in a final you want to win any kind of tournament on a Sunday," said Hewitt, who last hoisted the trophy in January 2005 at Sydney. "It's always nice to be in those championship matches."
Goldstein had never been to an ATP Tour final since turning pro in 1998, but looked like he might make his first appearance after taking the opening set, highighted by four service breaks.
"In the first set I was disciplined but believing in that discipline," Goldstein said. "I attacked and played aggressive just enough to keep him honest. In the second, he forced me to make adjustments."
Playing with purpose and poise, Hewitt regrouped and steamrolled Goldstein the rest of the way, winning 12 of the last 13 games to complete the 1-hour, 33-minute match at the Darling Memorial Tennis Center.
"I felt it was a matter of trying to regroup, put my head down, work hard and not to give too many points away in the second set," Hewitt said. "I wanted to put more pressure on him early in the second set, and I was able to do that. The momentum really swung in my favor and I was able to continue to do that in the third set as well."
Goldstein, who will near his career high ranking of 64 on Monday, heaped praise on Hewitt.
"He's (Hewitt's) such a phenomenal competitor," Goldstein said. "I draw a lot of motivation from that - a guy with a similar build, with a similar game style - he just happens to do everything a little better than me that he's had such success. I can get motivated by that.
"He's certainly the best competitor in tennis, at least the top two or three that transcends sports in sort of a competitive will. He's certainly up there with Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, those guys."
Blake reached the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Kenneth Carlsen of Denmark, while Karlovic upset third seed Tommy Robredo of Spain, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, on Friday.
Karlovic's most famous win was a shocking upset of Hewitt in the first round of Wimbledon in 2003.