• Wawrinka, Hewitt clash in Wimbledon first round

    6/23/13 4:12 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Wawrinka, Hewitt clash in Wimbledon first round Stanislas Wawrinka will be back in action two days after finishing runner-up to Nicolas Mahut in 's-Hertogenbosch. Up first for Wawrinka at Wimbledon is 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt.

    Stanislas Wawrinka and Lleyton Hewitt will be squaring off for the fourth time in their careers and for the second time this season when they collide in the Wimbledon first round on Monday.

    They faced each other three months ago on the hard courts of the Indian Wells Masters, where Wawrinka prevailed 6-4, 7-5. Their only previous grass-court encounter came during Davis Cup playoff action in 2011, when the Swiss--playing on the road in Australia--survived a 4-6, 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-3 thriller.

    Wawrinka's outstanding 2013 campaign continued last week on the grass courts of the Topshelf Open. The world No. 10 won four matches before falling to Nicolas Mahut in the title match. Wawrinka is now 34-11 for the season, which is highlighted by a title in Oeiras, a runner-up finish in Madrid, a quarterfinal showing at the French Open, and an unbelievable match against Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open fourth round (Djokovic won 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7(5), 12-10).

    Hewitt had lost four consecutive matches heading into the grass-court swing, but it may have all turned around for him at Queen's Club. The 32-year-old Aussie earned scalps of three seeded opponents (Grigor Dimitrov, Sam Querrey, and Juan Martin Del Potro) then lost to to defending champion and eventual runner-up Marin Cilic 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Hewitt, who won Wimbledon in 2002, is 11-10 for the season.

    Wawrinka is a considerable favorite on paper, but he is a mere 9-8 lifetime at Wimbledon and he has not advanced past the second round since 2009. Grass will give Hewitt, who has been to the quarterfinals or better five times, a great chance at an upset. Look for the underdog to put up another courageous fight before Wawrinka's firepower proves to be the difference in an entertaining five-setter.

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This should be one of the very best first round match ups, and i like Rusty to win it in 4!

scoot , 6/24/13 12:57 AM

Tough draw for Stan. Yeah Rusty for the win here.

chr18 , 6/24/13 1:12 AM

don't think Hewitt has enough in him to beat Wawa best of 5.

Shireling , 6/24/13 11:54 AM

Stan for the win in 4 sets

tennis2011 , 6/24/13 7:27 PM

Three entertaining sets which momentarily took my mind off from Rafa's loss. :-)
Congrats Lleyton for a well deserved win...

phoenix , 6/24/13 10:29 PM

My TV sports channel stayed with the Bartolli match but I could hear the roars of the crowd urging on Hewitt. The frustration of it. Sounded as if every Aussie in London had found their way to Wimbledon.

ed251137 , 6/24/13 11:57 PM

Wonderful for hewitt. This guy is a real warrior. 30+ and still trying his best without hiding behind his uncle.

I cannot understand how claydal is a warrior when he is always busy hiding behind his uncle - during illegal coaching and also when explaining his "injuries".

As they say, toni taught nadal tennis, but he could not teach him how to be independent and mature human being. He is a very juvenile/immature player and you look at his fans like ed/NNY and you know how people who have no independent thoughts of their own and are busy agreeing to other posters' views - even the trashy views of constipator and mold serve or rafaisthe worst and trying to tell us they are "tennis discussions".

chr18 - great call. It's great to see hewitt/haas/Roger show the present generation how tennis is played on grass. For starters, dont move like a donkey on ice like the clay-courters do. It is hilarious to see these clay courters like kneedal struggle to move, where as players like Darcis/Rosol - who take to grass like fish take to water. These guys were not even in the top 100 - when they gave us these masterclasses!

2 matches for the tennis archives to highlight why Grass is a surface of the Gods and defensive pushers will be put in their place. Look at the contrast, on clay kneedal can use his pushing skills to beat Novak [although novak lost that match more than rafa winning it] but those same skills are totally shown up by even the lowest of players on grass!

Wonderful to see tennis at Wimbledon - greatest tennis tournament on earth!

JamesDjokovicFan , 6/25/13 12:32 AM

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