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Lleyton Hewitt disappointed the home crowd yet again as he was beaten in the second round of the ongoing Australian Open yesterday by Benjamin Becker of Germany.
That defeat left Hewitt completely shattered. It’s very much possible that it was his last appearance at Melbourne Park.
Hewitt did not make any official announcement after the game though. He just said he has no idea what happens in the 12 month’s time from here on in.
In the post match interview, the veteran was quoted as speaking, “I am not trying to kid people. I am actually not in a position to make any call right now. I would be assessing the situation and then, see what I have to do. I am not sure at the moment if I would be here next year or not.” Read more »
Roger Federer believes he can add to his Grand Slams’ tally in the ongoing season.
However, the Swiss maestro admits the fact that the level of competition in the men’s category has got a notch higher in the recent times.
According to Federer, these days, even the players, who are outside top 10, also posses the ability to win slams.
A few years back, only the top guys in the rankings were considered to be the contenders for the slam titles, but, off late, it has been seen on quite a few occasions that the lower ranked players have become the champions.
During the previous season itself, a couple of guys won the Grand Slams when nobody was expecting them to do so.
Novak Djokovic was the hot favourite in the Australian Open, but, he was beaten in the quarters and the player who got better of him i.e. Stan Wawrinka crossed the further hurdles as well and lifted the trophy.
Then, in the US Open again, people were putting their money on Djokovic, but, it’s Marin Cilic, a 26-year old guy from Croatia, who emerged out victorious beating his Japanese opponent Kei Nishikori in the final match.
That title win saw Cilic making his way into the top 10 for the first time in his career. Presently, the Croatian is at the 9th position in the rankings.
In an interview recently, when Federer was asked about lower ranked players making big impacts in the Grand Slams recently, he said, “Well, it’s great for the game, isn’t it? The competition is much tougher now. Anyone who is there in top 20 can end up winning. The rankings are really close nowadays.”
Federer himself is ranked 2nd in the ATP rankings at the moment.
David Nalbandian’s countryman, Maximo Gonzalez, has defeated Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain in the first round of ATP Kitzbuhel which is taking place in Austria.
Busta was given 8th seed in this tournament and he was supposed to emerge victorious against a qualifier like Gonzalez, but, it wasn’t to be.
It was not a mere defeat. It was a hammering, an embarrassing result for Busta. Yes, he managed to win a set, but, he never looked better than his opponent.
Busta got trailed by 0-3 in the first set and couldn’t manage to wipe out that deficit ever after that. The start was poor for him in the following set too and it seemed that he might be losing in the straight sets, but, he bounced back with a couple of breaks to seal that set and equalize the proceedings.
But, in the decider, Gonzalez was dominant again as he clinched the match in style with 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 score line.
Gonzalez, who is an experienced player now having spent quite a few years in the professional circuit, is presently at the 83rd position in the World rankings. Busta is 28 places ahead of him at no. 55.
Apart from Busta, the only other seeded player who was in action yesterday in Kitzbuhel was Dominic Thiem. He was up against the Brazilian player Joao Souza.
That match was also a three setter, but, there was no upset there as Thiem pulled it off to move ahead in the tournament.
The 20-year old Austrian had actually put himself in trouble by serving quite a few double faults in the earlier parts of the match, but, he made up for that later on with superb winners.
Thiem is the 5th seeded player in the tournament. He is the 50th ranked player in the world.