Hewitt takes pot shot at Tipsarevic

Sportal January 15, 2013, 7:55 am
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Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt said eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic 'played as well as he could play', as the Serb dismissed Hewitt in straight sets at the Australian Open on Monday night.

In a broadside at Tipsarevic, Hewitt claimed the world number nine 'doesn't play like that all the time' following his 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 6-3 loss at Rod Laver Arena.

"He (Tipsarevic) played as well as he could play, there's no doubt about it. Yeah, he's only won four titles," Hewitt said following the loss.

"There's not too many guys in the top 10 consistently that have only won four titles. So there's something missing there.

"But... I've seen him play big matches against Andy Roddick at Wimbledon. Obviously, he came really close a few years back to beating Roger here.

"I think he beat Andy as well in the US Open at a night match. He's a quality player, there's no doubt about it; otherwise he wouldn't be in the top 10. But for him to stay in the top 10, he has to play that level week in and week out."

Continuing the 'Tipsarevic was perfection' theme, Hewitt claimed he did not do a lot wrong to go down without winning a set.

"I could have easily been up two sets to love," Hewitt claimed.

"I fought really hard through the first set. I had 6-5, 0-30. In the second set I had 3-0, served for it at 5-4.

"Against quality players, you (have) got to take those chances obviously. But to his credit, he raised his level and played some great points. The start of the tie-break, I didn't do a whole heap wrong. He served big when he needed to to get out of trouble."

Hewitt was admittedly 'frustrated' by his own failure to capitalise on his chances, as he exited his home major for a 17th time without the silverware.

But he did leave with something on Monday night - glowing praise from the man he took a shot at minutes earlier, Tipsarevic.

"I was going to practise on Margaret Court (Arena) and Jo (Jo-Wilfried Tsonga) was practising there. He started laughing at me. He said, 'Who is going to play on centre court', singing like a song. I said, 'No, please,'" said Tipsarevic, recounting when he found out his first-round draw.

"But I think Lleyton Hewitt is as tough as it gets for a first round Australian Open, first grand slam of the year. With all the respect to all the other guys who are potential threats, like (Nikolay) Davydenko or (Gael) Monfils or (Grigor) Dimitrov, I think this is as tough as it gets, knowing that he plays really good tennis here, knowing that he won Kooyong last week... even if that was an exhibition event.

"I cannot tell you how happy that I am, first of all, that I managed to win, and second of all, to win in straight sets."

Tipsarevic will take on Slovakian Lukas Lacko in the second round, with the Serb winning their only previous encounter in a fifth-set marathon in Davis Cup.

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  1. William11:32am Tuesday 15th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Lleyton needs to shut his arrogant has been mouth and do us all a favour and retire. I bet Lleyton and Anthony Mundine are two peas in a pod.

  2. Daggers01:31pm Tuesday 15th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I see nothing derogatory in what Hewitt said. Lighten up people. Some of you are wrapped a little too tight!

  3. Daggers01:20pm Tuesday 15th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I dont know why all you so-called tennis fans criticise Hewitt all the time. Huh.........what's that? you're not tennis fans? Well that would explain it. Are you the same "fans"who criticise Mark Webber too? I think some people are just embarrassed by high-achieving Aussies & cant handle them losing anything.

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  4. wanderer12:31pm Tuesday 15th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    all go work in the rice paddy .....

  5. Joan12:29pm Tuesday 15th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    This has been moron acts like an idiot on the court and opens his big mouth without engaging his brain ( small as it is ) he is just making a laughing stock of himself and should have retired a long time ago

  6. Lisa11:46am Tuesday 15th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Hewitt just needs to go away, far away. Retiring is a really good idea!!

  7. attuross11:19am Tuesday 15th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    what a looser when it comes to being a grown man is little lleyton. poor little never going to grow up rich brat.

  8. alienconcepts10:33am Tuesday 15th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    they are all miners .... dodgers of social responsibility, supplying the enemy with materials ! But then again .. who gives a #$%$ !

  9. Josh09:23am Tuesday 15th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Boo #$%$ #$%$ Leyton - he's number 8 or 9 in the world and after last night, you'll be more like 120th. So stop taking pot shots and start looking at yourself you little spoilt brat. And btw, I wonder why aussies back you when you are obviously a tax avoider. Living in the Bahamas eh? For the weather? OR TO AVOID TAX LIKE EVERY OTHER AUSTRALIAN HAS TO PAY!!

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  10. John02:03pm Tuesday 15th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    i see nothing wrong with what Hewitt said either. and why should he stop playing just because he's not winning. maybe he likes playing the game. thats what sport's about. i wonder if the same knockers tell their kids to give up if they dont win all the time

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