Lleyton Hewitt

Raonic Survives Groth Serving to Reach Brisbane International Semifinals

January 9, 2015

World No. 8 Milos Raonic edged Australian Sam Groth in a battle of big servers Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Brisbane International. Raonic prevailed 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 )2) in the quick-point, short-rally, heavy-hitting duel in which he was outserved — a rare feat — by the big Aussie. Groth, ranked No. […]

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Mahut Edges Hewitt to Capture Hall of Fame Tennis Championships

July 14, 2013

The very good summer of Nicolas Mahut continued this afternoon as the wild card Frenchman came back from the brink of defeat to edge former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 in the final of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships at Newport, R.I. The title was the second in four weeks for […]

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Djokovic Looking for Three-Peat at Australian Open

January 13, 2013

  It’s already mid-summer Down Under and two weeks into the new year. For anyone who follows tennis, that means the Australian Open is about to begin. The Aussie kicks off its two-week run tomorrow at Melbourne Park, where the fans are often raucous and a party atmosphere generally prevails. This year’s men’s tournament features […]

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Isner Defeats Hewitt to Defend Title at Newport

July 15, 2012

Defending champion John Isner rode his booming serve to defeat former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 (1), 6-4 in the final of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, R.I., this afternoon. The title was the No.11-ranked Isner’s first since Winston- Salem last August and the fourth of his career. Now 31 years […]

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Melzer Ends Raonic Run at Memphis

February 26, 2012

World No. 38 Jurgen Melzer of Austria defeated red-hot Milos Rionic 7-5, 7-6 (4) Sunday afternoon in the final of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis, Tenn. Melzer, ranked as high as No. 8 in the world last year, had knocked out top-seeded John Isner and No. 3-seeded Radek Stepanek enroute to the championship […]

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Djokovic and Federer on Collision Course to Meet in Aussie Final

January 25, 2012

So the Top Four men are in the semifinals at the Australian Open. Any surprise there? Nope. I was going to make predictions prior to the quarterfinal matches, but then considered it pointless. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray were all slam dunks to win. Who could argue? The semifinals aren’t quite […]

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Top Three Men’s Tennis Matches of 2011

December 14, 2011

Picking the best tennis matches can be a very subjective endeavor. Some favor gut-wrenching, knock-down, drag-out battles. Five set marathons of ebb and flow. Matches marked by nerve-racking suspense where the outcome isn’t determined until the bitter end. Others prefer contests won by pure shot-making brilliance and execution. Battles won more by artistry than by […]

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Nalbandian Edges Hewitt in Classic at Melbourne

January 19, 2011

It was billed as a match with epic potential. It ended up all of that and more. Argentine David Nalbandian outlasted native son Lleyton Hewitt 3-6, 6-4, 3-6. 7-6 (1), 9-7 in a first-round marathon stretching into the wee hours Wednesday morning at the Australian Open. When Nalbandian’s topspin lob looped over Hewitt’s head and […]

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Davydenko to Win Australian Open

January 17, 2010

The first Grand Slam of the new decade begins tomorrow in the Land of Oz. The Australian Open is often dubbed the Wide Open due to the uncertain level of fitness and form of players coming off a two-month hiatus and the sometimes inferno that can be early Melbourne summer. Upsets, injuries and exhaustion are […]

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Karlovic Blasts Record 78 Aces and Loses

September 19, 2009

Towering Croat Ivo Karlovic shattered the record for aces in a tour-level match with 78, but astoundingly lost to Radek Stepanek 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (6), 7-6 (2), 16-14 yesterday in the first singles match of the Davis Cup semifinal between Croatia and the Czech Republic. The marathon contest, played before a raucous home-town […]

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