Lleyton Hewitt has long deflected retirement talk by saying his ball striking is still great – and he’s not wrong. Ferocious competitor Lleyton took just three sets to down Stan Wawrinka in the first day of play at Wimbledon, winning 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.
One of the most fierce competitors tennis has ever seen, Lleyton, got off to a great start with a 5-1 lead before Wawrinka came storming back, defending set points in the tenth game before Rusty finally closed it out 6-4.
Wawrinka quickly took a 3-0 lead in the second set, his flat powerful ground strokes doing the damage.
So intense is Lleyton’s focus and drive that he was all over every opportunity he had, stubborn as ever, he fought his way back to 4-4.
With a little bit of luck and a lot of tenacity Hewitt heaped the pressure on Stan and broke him in a tight game to go ahead 6-5 to position him to serve for a two set lead.
A break to love in the opening game of the third set seem to leave Wawrinka stunned. Lleyton played some brilliant serve and volley points to great effect seemingly when Stan least expected it. From 2-0 up Hewitt kept his intensity up and hustled towards the finished line as Wawrinka’s unforced error count rose.
It’s fair to say there are few other players who seem to have more of a passionate love affair with tennis, and in particularly for Wimbledon, than Lleyton Hewitt. The intensity he brings to the court after so many frustrating setbacks is both admirable and baffling at the same time – even if you find Lleyton obnoxious.
It’s hard to see many other players persisting despite the nearly endless issues that Lleyton has had. Love him or hate him, he’s a fighter.