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Aussies too strong for China as they go ahead 2-0 with victories by Tomic and Hewitt.

Australia leads China 2-0 in the Davis Cup Asia Oceania Zone One tie at Geelong, following a straight sets victory by Bernard Tomic over Wu Di today. The Aussie young gun was tested by world No.502 Wu, but pulled out a 6-4 7-6(3) 6-3 victory in windy conditions. “One day I hopefully can win the Davis Cup,” Tomic said, appreciative of the sell-out Geelong crowd, who at times referred to him as ‘Saint Bernard.’ In the first singles rubber, Lleyton Hewitt defeated China’s No.1 Zhang Ze representative 6-2 6-1 7-6, and will now hope to seal the tie when he steps out on Saturday with doubles partner Chris Guccione against Zhang Ze and Li Zhe. Following his victory over Zhang – which began easily and ended in a tussle – Hewitt warned that Wu Di was a far better player than his 500-ranking suggested. “Di Wu is the best 500 player I’ve ever seen,” Hewitt said. Added Australian Captain Patrick Rafter following Tomic’s victory: “They [the Chinese players] don’t get out of the country as much as they probably should. If they did that they’d be around the 200 mark at least.” Struggling with his returns, Tomic fell behind 3-0 in the second set of his match, but lifted his intensity enough to edge Wu with his deceptively low-angled slices, drop shots and deep ground strokes. How did Wu describe the experience of playing the young Wimbledon quarterfinalist? “He’s very cerebral player,” Wu said through an interpreter.

Tomic said the wind had messed with his rhythm, while Rafter believed the most difficult aspect of the rubber was for the world No.36 to mentally stay in a match he was expected to win easily. “Bernie more than anything struggled mentally,” said Rafter. “I know he’s hitting the ball well. It’s hard for him to get up sometimes for these sort of matches because he is playing someone he knows he should beat and he’s clearly a better player. To close that out he kept his mind together and that was the one thing I was proud of him, he probably didn’t play the prettiest tennis … but he found a way to win.” Rafter admitted the Australian side had been in several tight spots today, but were in no mood to drop a rubber. “He [Wu] put Bernie under a bit of pressure there for a while, if Bernie didn’t go with him he would have found himself in a tough four, five set match and I didn’t really want that, I wanted to be two nil up. That’s what we expected, that’s what we wanted on day one and we’ll try to close out tomorrow,” said Rafter.

A doubles victory for the home side on Saturday would propel them into a second zonal tie against either Chinese Taipei or Korea, with the winner progressing to a World Group play-off in September.



Another American goes out as Roddick retires down 2 sets to 1.

Lleyton Hewitt has advanced to the third round of Australian Open 2012 following the retirement of Andy Roddick. With the scoreline poised at 3-6 6-3 6-4 in the Australian’s favour, Roddick pulled out of the match. The American called the trainer at 3-0 in the second set, after falling over. Hewitt next faces Milos Raonic of Canada, the 23rd seed. “I’m just happy to be out here,” Hewitt said.

The former No. 1 said he suffered a similar injury while training in December. On Thursday night in Melbourne, he suffered the injury early in the second set when he lunged awkwardly. He said he might have hyperextended the hamstring. Roddick aid he could only move at 60 to 70 percent of his ability and could not get proper extension. “He’s a tough guy to play, Roddick said. “You can try to ham and egg it against a lot of guys. But he’s really intelligent. He knew what was going on. Then you’re out there and you’re wondering, listen, even if this goes your way, you’re not going to play in two days. So it’s a miserable, terrible thing being out there compromised like that. It really sucks.” The 2003 U.S. Open champion says he hopes to return at the tournament in San Jose in three weeks’ time. He will not play Davis Cup against Switzerland in early February, but said he had no real plans of playing anyway.



Lleyton Hewitt is one of 10 nominees in the Philips Sports Dad of the Year award.

This Father’s Day, Philips will showcase the contribution Australia’s sporting elite make to their families both on and off the sporting field with the Philips Sports Dad of the Year award. In its third year, the Philips Sports Dad of the Year will highlight 10 elite athletes across a broad range of sporting fields, giving insights into how they juggle fatherhood with their sporting commitments. All entrants have the opportunity to win special prizes for their own father this Father’s Day and the winning Philips Sports Dad of the Year will win $5000 to donate to their charity of choice.

This year’s competition has some of the biggest names in Australian sport, including two time Grand Slam tennis champion Lleyton Hewitt, and Olympian and world champion swimmer Michael Klim. The NRL representatives trying to emulate the awards inaugural winner John Skandalis’ include NSW State of Origin skipper Paul Gallen, Dragons Grand Final hero Dean Young and Queensland Origin prop Ben Hannant. Representing the AFL’s hopes is Hawthorn premiership winning captain Sam Mitchell, Collingwood premiership winning skipper Nick Maxwell and Sydney Swans sharpshooter Ryan O’Keefe. Representing the round ball code is Socceroos World Cup star Jason Culina, while Wallabies excitement machine Mark Gerrard will carry rugby union’s hopes.

Hewitt lost in straight sets to Blaz Kavic at the Winston-Salem Open on Monday and is still troubled by the foot injury that required surgery earlier in the season. He has been forced to withdraw from the US Open.


The youngest player in the men’s draw comfortably accounted for former world No.3 Nikolay Davydenko 7-5 6-3 7-5.

Lleyton Hewitt and great hope Bernard Tomic advanced to the second round at Wimbledon on Tuesday as Samantha Stosur continued her poor run at the grasscourt grand slam. A week after retiring mid-match because of a stabbing pain in his left foot, Hewitt defeated Kei Nishikori 6-1 7-6(4) 6-7(7) 6-3 late on day two to join Tomic in the second round. The youngest player in the men’s draw comfortably accounted for former world No.3 Nikolay Davydenko 7-5 6-3 7-5, while Stosur’s Wimbledon woes continued in a 6-3 6-4 loss to world No.262 Melinda Czink. There had been major questions about whether Hewitt would be able to last an entire match against the fleet-flooted Japanese youngster with his injured foot. The 2002 champion regarded his preparation as the toughest of his career leading into a grand slam before defeating Nishikori in three hours and seven minutes. He sunk to his knees to celebrate the win in front of his supporters with shadows falling across court 12.

Hungarian Czink earlier made a mockery of her lowly ranking with an impressive performance and claimed victory in an hour and seven minutes against Stosur. The former world No.37 made a bright start and despite tenth seed Stosur rallying from 4-0 down in the second set, the outsider was too good. The result added to Stosur’s ordinary record at Wimbledon as she exited the tournament at the first stage for the second straight year. In her nine trips to SW19, she has only made the third round on one occasion. There had been hopes that Stosur was ready to make inroads at SW19 following last week’s win over 2010 Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva at the lead-up event in Eastbourne. But it was not to be.




Verdasco, Del Potro, Hewitt & Monfils make the final 8.

Defending champion Fernando Verdasco moved into the quarter-finals of the SAP Open in San Jose with a straight-sets win over Ivo Karlovic. Big-serving Croatian Karlovic fired down 14 aces during the contest but it was Verdasco who secured the two breaks in the match to seal a 7-5 7-5 success.

Juan Martin Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, is also through as he completed a straightforward 6-1 7-6 (7/1) triumph over Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko. The Argentinian will now meet seventh seed Leyton Hewitt in the last eight after the Australian overcame a slow start to defeat Del Potro’s compatriot Brian Dabul 3-6 7-5 6-3.

Denis Istomin required two tie-breaks to overcome America’s Michael Russell as the fifth seed secured a 7-6 (9/7) 7-6 (7-4) success. Wild card Tim Smyczek defeated Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-4 3-6 6-1 while France’s Gael Monfils was a 6-2 5-7 6-4 victor over America’s Robert Kendrick.


Hewitt loses in an epic against Nalbandian.

David Nalbandian saved two match points as he won an epic contest against home hope Lleyton Hewitt at the Australian Open. The Argentine prevailed 3-6 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7/1) 9-7 in a classic contest lasting four hours and 48 minutes. The clash, a rematch of the 2002 Wimbledon final, was clearly the pick of the first-round ties when the draw was made and it lived up to expectation. It was a rollercoaster affair. Hewitt took the first set but Nalbandian appeared to be in control when he won the second and immediately opened a 2-0 lead in the third. However, the Australian stormed back by winning eight of the next nine games to open a two-sets-to-one lead with an early break in the fourth set. The see-saw nature of the match continued though as Nalbandian levelled the set before sweeping through the tie-break to force a decider. The Argentine broke Hewitt in the third game of the final set and stepped up to serve for the match at 5-4.

But with the clock well past midnight, Hewitt, roared on by those fans who had stayed to see the finish, managed to break back and stay alive. Hewitt, who beat Nalbandian 10-8 in a fifth set at the 2005 Australian Open, saved two break points in the following game and then held match points in game 12 as the atmosphere on Rod Laver Arena reached fever pitch. However, a superb half volley from Nalbandian saved the first before a nerveless volley snuffed out the second chance. Former world number one Hewitt again staved off break points as he moved 7-6 ahead. Hewitt, who is now down at 54 on the ranking list, again found trouble on serve at 7-7 though and lost the game to love, gifting it away with a double fault. Nalbandian managed to serve out int he following game and the quality of the fifth set was summed up by the superb lob the 27th seed produced to seal victory well past 1am local time.


Aussies take a lead against Belgium at the Hopman cup.

Justine Henin and Lleyton Hewitt both made winning returns from injury to leave their Hopman Cup tie finely poised in Perth. Former world number one Henin, in her first match since picking up a career-threatening elbow injury six months ago, overcame Alicia Molik 6-4 6-4 to put Belgium 1-0 up against Australia. “It’s my first match in a few months and I’m coming back from nowhere with the elbow injury so at least it wasn’t an easy opponent to play first,” the world number 12 told “She changed the rhythm a lot and on my serve I had to work very hard to try to serve with no pain.

“It’s feeling much better and I won, which is the most important thing. I still can’t play 100 per cent free of pain, but it’s getting better. “A few weeks ago I really didn’t know if I was going to be able to play in Australia and I’ve been working so hard, and I’m glad that I’m almost there. Now I have to build my confidence back and find the rhythm of matches again.” However, Belgium’s lead did not last long as Hewitt – in his first competitive action since hurting his hand in September – got the hosts back on level terms with a 6-4 6-3 triumph over Ruben Bemelmans.

In the doubles the Aussie pair came back after losing the first set 6-1 to win in a tie breaker.


“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.”


Hewitt goes one up on Federer!

Australian tennis ace Lleyton Hewitt has welcomed the birth of his third child, a yet-to-be named baby girl, saying he is “elated” at the addition to his family. Hewitt said his actress wife Bec gave birth on Tuesday, in a posting on his official website, delivering a sister to Mia, 4, and one-year-old Cruz.

“Bec, Mia, Cruz and I welcomed a beautiful baby girl into our family last Tuesday,” Hewitt wrote late Saturday on his site. “Mum and baby are great! Dad, big sister and brother elated.” Hewitt said the baby’s name would be announced later in the week.


Hewitt and Gonzalez losses raise questions about their futures.

Lleyton Hewitt crashed out of the US Open on the opening day as he suffered a five-set defeat against France’s Paul-Henri Mathieu.

The Australian 32nd seed, who had never previously lost in the first round at Flushing Meadows, battled bravely as he fought back from two sets down to level the match but his opponent eventually prevailed 6-3 6-4 5-7 4-6 6-1. 

Afterwards Hewitt, the 2001 winner, dismissed talk of retirement and insists he can still compete at the highest level.

The 29-year-old said: “I still believe I can improve as a player.

“When I play my best tennis, like in Halle (in June, when he beat Federer to win the title), I still feel like I can match it with anyone.”

Fernando Gonzalez has admitted fears over his long-term future in the game after injury forced him out in the first round of the US Open.

The 30-year-old Chilean, playing only his second match since the French Open, retired when 7-6 1-6 0-1 down against Croatian qualifier Ivan Dodig.

The persistent knee injury that has been troubling for the past few months was once again the nemesis of Gonzalez who acknowledged afterwards that he was concerned for his career.

“I’m worried and I’ll have to see what will happen,” he declared.

“I’m not thinking about retirement quite yet but I’ve had a really bad six months and, if this was to go on for longer, maybe two years, then I would have to see.”

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