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“There’s probably nobody else out there who has trained as hard as I have for the last two months.”

The 29-year-old believes he is in the best shape for five years after overcoming a series of injuries that threatened to derail his career. Lleyton Hewitt is looking forward to climbing the rankings this year after coming through a gruelling off-season schedule. The former world number one has endured two hip operations in recent years and also suffered hand and knee problems in 2010. But, after linking up with legendary coach Tony Roche, Hewitt can be confident about the new season, where he starts at a lowly 54th in the world rankings.

“Yeah it’s been good, I’ve had no interruptions this year,” he said. “When you’re training extremely hard, sometimes you get little niggles throughout and you’ve got to have a couple of days off here and there. “This year there’s been none of that. I’ve been at least six days a week, sometimes seven days a week, going as hard as I can.

The Aussie, who will team up with Alicia Molik in the Hopman Cup next week, wants to keep his training regime under wraps. “I’m not going to let everybody know what I’ve been doing,” he said. “There’s a few different things I’ve been doing out there, I’ve mixed it up a lot. “The last week and a half I’ve been able to taper off and do a lot more quick, reaction stuff,” he added. “It isn’t quite as grinding on your body physically and mentally but believe me, the first five or six weeks were bloody tough. “As long as the motivation’s there and I want to go out there and compete and become a better player then I’ll do it.”

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