COMMENTARY | Lleyton Hewitt was as fired up as ever during his first-round match against 11th-seed Stanislas Wawrinka on Court No. 1 at Wimbledon.
There wasn't a second for the Aussie to stop and ponder the thought of losing a single point. The fist-pumps and "Come on's!" kept rolling just as swiftly as the scoreline. It was hard to turn away and miss the surge of emotion that was pouring out of the Aussie's body.
Prior to arriving at Wimbledon, Hewitt, whose been climbing back up the ATP rankings this year, reached the semifinals two weeks ago at Queen's Club where he beat two top 20 players. Grass is one of the most favorable surfaces for Hewitt, who, throughout his career, has won seven tour titles on the surface, the most prestigious being Wimbledon in 2002.
Thirty-two years old. That's what some would call a tennis veteran. But there was no sign of a wrinkle in Hewitt's game as he dismissed Wawrinka in straight sets.
An upset, you call it? Not so fast. Hewitt is quick to dismiss the thought of being an underdog in big matches nowadays. He's still here to play with the top guys, and he means business when he does it. There isn't a ball that will brush past Hewitt without him giving in a fight.
Vintage Hewitt was back at his finest at the All England Club on June 24. There wasn't a person who couldn't help but crack a smile as he or she watched the 70th-ranked player electrify the prestigious club, which once was his breeding ground in years past.
Next up for Hewitt, who sits in the quarter of the draw where Nadal was, is German qualifier Dustin Brown, who took out Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in three sets.
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