Hewitt Blisters del Potro; Fish vs. Djokovic Friday at Wimbledon
by Staff | June 26th, 2009, 3:12 am

Former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt turned back the clock to his grasscourt-winning days, on Thursday blistering No. 5-seeded Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 to move into the third round at Wimbledon.

“This is a guy who is a future Grand Slam winner so it was a big win,” Hewitt said. “I wanted to beat a Top 5 guy. These are the places you want to do it, too.”

Among other Top 10 seeds in action, No. 3 Andy Murray thrilled British fans by defeating the sporadic Ernests Gulbis 6-2, 7-5, 6-3; No. 6 Andy Roddick survived a mental lapse to defeat Igor Kunitsyn 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2; No. 8 Gilles Simon recovered from a slow start to top Thiago Alves 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4; and No. 10 Fernando “Gonzo” Gonzalez did likewise against Leonardo Mayer 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

“I didn’t make many mistakes from the ground,” Murray said. “I made him work very hard for the points.”

Roddick will next face Austrian Jurgen Melzer, with Murray against Viktor Troicki.

Former No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero knocked Fabrice “The Magician” Santoro out of his last Wimbledon 6-7(1), 6-3, 6-4, 6-3, and unseeded American Jesse Levine recovered from blowing a 2-0 set lead to defeat Pablo Cuevas 6-3 in the fifth. Levine will next face No. 19 seed Stan Wawrinka who advanced Thursday, with Ferrero against Gonzalez.

Matches to look for Friday include (2) Roger Federer vs. (27) Philipp Kohlschreiber, (28) Mardy Fish vs. (4) Novak Djokovic, (22) Ivo Karlovic vs. (9) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, (24) Tommy Haas vs. (11) Marin Cilic, (7) Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco vs. (32) Al Montanes, (13) Robin Soderling vs. Nicolas Almagro, and (15) Tommy Robredo vs. Dudi Sela.


Fernando Verdasco is the only lefty man in the bottom half…

Jurgen Melzer and Andy Roddick are friends…

Is the due date for the Roger Federer-Mirka Vavrinec baby August 10?…

Roger Federer has reached 20 straight Grand Slam semifinals…

Venus Williams has won 27 straight sets, 16 straight matches at Wimbledon…

How many Michael Jackson questions will be asked in Wimbledon press conferences Friday and Saturday?…

Nicolas Almagro leads all players with 61 aces…

Dinara Safina will remain No. 1 regardless of the outcome at Wimbledon…

Wimbledon forecast: Warm with thundery showers…

Andy Roddick won his 100th career Slam match Thursday…

Over 46,000 fans walked through the turnstiles at Wimbledon on Wednesday, an all-time record…

At 31, Tommy Haas is the oldest guy left at Wimbledon…

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13 Comments for Hewitt Blisters del Potro; Fish vs. Djokovic Friday at Wimbledon

Tennis Freak Says:

Kohl showed some skills in the 4th game of the 3rd set, putting a lot of pressure on Fed and threatening to take the break back. Some may attribute this to Fed’s momentary lapse of concentration, but he kept his composure at the end and held.

Tennis Freak Says:

That was some good tennis Kohl played to level the 3rd set at 4-4.

Tennis Freak Says:

Fed is under pressure to up his level (or lose the set?). He serves well to level at 5-5, with a love game.

Tennis Freak Says:

Kohl has come up with his best tennis and been very impressive in the last few games. Pressure mounts on the Swiss.
We have a tie breaker now.

jane Says:

Well it’s nice, Tennis Freak, that you’re not calling Kohls a “pathetic loser.” He’s a perfect example of how history is not set in stone. He had never before taken a set off Federer, and had taken him to a tiebreak only once. He’s ranked 32nd in the world. And yet today, he won a set. It just shows you the depth of men’s tennis. Fed may very well win the championships – he’s certainly the top favorite to do so – however, he has lost one set and he may lose “some” more sets.

As Pete Sampras once said, “if you can win one set, you can win two; if you can win two, you can win three.”

Maybe some of the “pathetic losers” were listening? ; )

Tennis Freak Says:

(To start frivolously in parenthesis: Is not a person who loses is a loser, leaving aside the newly evolved meaning? Would the euphemistic term “vanquished” change the outcome or on-court performance? I am not thinking about 5th set tie-breaker here, in which case both win, tennis wins.)

It has never been a zero depth, in which case the losing player would not even earn a point in the entire match. I’d celebrate a strong depth with a number of players better than or as good as Fed’s skills on grass: meaning more than one, say 5, Federer, would be strong depth, if his name could be used as an abbreviation for a set of complex skills.

For sure one set is better than nothing, but it still does not prove that the field (of grass courters) is deep enough to celebrate, to be excited about every match. To be sort of destined to be content with 1 set, which also comes rarely, and having to remain consoled with that and limit the celebration to that…and if were to continue to call this field deep, then we would probably never get a strong field of depth.

jane Says:

Tennis Freak, I guess loser has truth, but pathetic is the adjective with which I (and others) took issue.

One step at a time: we’ll see what happens during the rest of the tournament. Will history repeat or not? That’s what I am watching to find out. Also, there are plenty of excellent matches being played regardless of who wins the championship.

Tennis Freak Says:

One more thing. When you picked on my “exhibition” yesterday, I responded to you. I felt bad (don’t ask me why).
Let me connect that with my response above. Maybe, by crediting Kohl, I was only trying to heighten Fed’s performance. Maybe, Kohl was just a pawn, like Gulbis was for you yesterday, both in your defense and in my offense. Maybe, you were not defending him, and I was not discrediting him. Maybe, you were not praising Gulbis, and I was not doing the same with Kohl. Maybe, the subtext Fed-Murray was the main text.
It feels weird to argue with you…we have one thing in common…tennis (Am I repeating you?).

jane Says:

Maybe Tennis Freak; it could be all about the subtext. Very astute of you. And yes, we will always have tennis. : )

Naati Says:

Hewitt is a great example of what commitment and determination can do. He clearly is not the most gifted in terms of natural talent, but he works, works and works on and off the court. He hates losing and loves winning and is willing to focus on achieving these goals. Well done.

Pro_B Says:

Woohoo! Germany, AUS and USA lookin good! And i’m kinda happy to see these David(a)’s taking down a few Goliaths in the women’s ranks! Having said that, i’m pretty sure i wud start throwing stuff at my tv if i saw a 19 something knock Fed out of the park so apologies to any fans of the ladies that got knocked out. Hewitt v Rod looking good?

Von Says:

Pro B:

“Woohoo! Germany, AUS and USA lookin good! And i’m kinda happy to see these David(a)’s taking down a few Goliaths in the women’s ranks!”

I’ve been celebrating big-time today. the only dark spot was Levine getting knocked out by Wawrinka, but I’m watching Jesse and hoping he’s going to do well at the USO.

“Hewitt v Rod looking good?” I like both guys and was very happy when Hewitt beat his ‘Goliath’, but I’m not sure of a roddick v. Hewitt match, considering roddick has to get past a hot Berdych. roddick becomes nervous and his arm tightens when he faces another huge server. it’s almost like he mentally freezes due to his thinking that his biggest weapon is being neutralized. Maybe this is where his improved fitness can be helpful. In Tokyo he was up a set and 2 breaks in the third and let Berdych back into the match = Roddick lost.

Pro_B Says:

Thanks for the insight! :) I hope Roddick can hold his own this time around v Berdych. We shall see.
As for the promising new kids on the block in the women’s, just hope they don’t turn out to be one slam wonders and the potential actually comes good in the future. I guess with these kid’s a lot of it is going to be about temperament and the kind of support system they have around. But personally, as far as this Wimby goes, i’m kinda hoping Safina comes good although on current form seems like a loooong shot against either of the William’s.

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