Notes: Hewitt to Bail on Davis Cup Semis?

Posted on September 9, 2006

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Roger Federer's
current streak of five straight Grand Slam finals is an Open Era record, with No. 6 one win away...From the 1985 US Open to the 1988 Australian Open, Ivan Lendl reached 10 consecutive Slam semifinals, a record tied by Roger Federer this week...From Jelena Jankovic after losing in the US Open semifinals: "Also a big thanks to Amelie Mauresmo because she -- how do you say? -- gave me her physiotherapist. He helped me a lot. Without his help, I think I wouldn't be playing this semifinal. So I'm really thankful to her. In my warm-up, before my doubles match two days ago, I just was practicing and hit just one backhand and all of a sudden I got stuck. It was something there, and I couldn't move anymore. I thought, "This is it." It was so painful, and I couldn't even bend. I couldn't turn. Everything was -- I thought I was disabled; that's how I felt. And I was really in doubt that I could actually play this semifinal, but I was lucky that I got this treatment and that I could play this match...we heard that her physiotherapist is excellent. My mother, or I don't know who asked her, if he's able to help me. She was quite nice to offer to help, because I don't think any other player would do that."...Justine Henin-Hardenne is the seventh player to reach all four Slam finals in the same year...From Darren Walton writing for The Australian: "Lleyton Hewitt risks tumbling out of the world's top 20 for the first time in his illustrious career after failing to match his 2005 run to the US Open semi-finals. Hewitt's quarter-final loss to Andy Roddick has left Australia's former world No.1 precariously placed in the rankings as he prepares to nut out a playing schedule for the remainder of the 2006 season. As it stands, Hewitt will drop from 17th to 19th when the new rankings are released on Monday or, if Mikhail Youznhy beats Roddick in Saturday's semi-final, to 20th -- his lowest position since April 2004. Hewitt's fall to 20th two-and-a-half years ago was more the culmination of playing just five tournaments in a six-month stretch, rather than the result of poor form. The 25-year-old now faces a similar battle maintaining his place in the game's upper echelon, with his manager today saying Hewitt had no concrete plans to play again this year. "Nothing has been decided yet. We'll wait until we get home and then sit down and work out what we're going to do," said Hewitt's agent, Rob Aivatoglou. While Tennis Australia has booked flights and accommodation for Hewitt in Buenos Aires in anticipation he will play in this month's Davis Cup semi-final against Argentina, the Australian No.1 has still not committed to the tie." -- Start the Lleyton-Davis-Cup-pull countdown...How does the world No. 1 women's player receive two bagel sets in a Grand Slam semifinal?...From Lexus: "Number of vehicles in the US Open Lexus Fleet: 125; Total miles driven: 101,730 (over 15 days of the tournament); The hybrid effect: 34% of fleet are hybrids, saving an estimated: 12,460 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions into the environment and 648 gallons of gasoline; Preferred driving music: Jazz and soft rock. However, some players specifically request silence to prepare for the upcoming match. Roddick's pick: Tennis star Andy Roddick prefers music from artists Justin Timberlake, Lionel Richie and Dave Matthews." -- Ouch, that's a cool-meter hit...From ABC News: "Among the competitors at this year's US Open is a 19-year-old rising star who witnessed a mass murder at his elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland, a decade ago. Andy Murray was eliminated during the fourth round at this week's tennis tournament in New York in a match against Russia's Nikolay Davydenko, but he has quickly become one of the most watched and closely examined players in the world. The life Murray is now leading would have been hard to predict in March 1996. He survived a mass murder at his elementary school when he was 8 years old by hiding in the headmaster's office. After gunman Thomas Hamilton stopped shooting and turned the gun on himself, 16 children and one teacher were killed. Murray says he remembers little about the event and is rarely willing to speak about it."...Andy Roddick will reportedly pass James Blake to again become the top-ranked American after the US Open.

Also see:
Federer Wary of Davydenko and Video Replay

Roddick Hopes to Channel Connors Mojo Against Youzhny