Lleyton Hewitt has been defeated in the third round of Queen’s by tenth seed Feliciano Lopez. The Australian found himself losing in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, in a match that only lasted 67 minutes.
The game proved a lot tougher for the world No. 43 who lost the first set after being broken in the second game, he also failed to gain the upper hand after carrying out several unforced errors in the second set.
This saw Lopez breaking Hewitt 5-3 in the second set as a result and with the victory in sight he was able to round the game up with ease.
Hewitt has had a short stint at the Aegon Championships this year, something he will no doubt be disappointed in. After losing the doubles on Tuesday he will now turn his attention to focusing for the Wimbledon Championships later this month.
Despite struggling to compete with the front-runners that currently dominate tennis Hewitt is staying optimistic about a possible Wimbledon victory.
At his peak the 33-year-old at times has proved unstoppable, with a career that claimed the world No. 1 spot in 2001. He is still in fact a force to be reckoned with. He will be entering the championships hoping to clinch his second title win after his victory in 2002.
Even though Hewitt may not be the first player that springs to mind when you think about the best players in the game at the moment this doesn’t mean he should be completely discarded as a threat.
Tennis legend Andre Agassi hailed the player in his book entitled “Open” as one of the best-shot selectors in the history of men’s tennis. A compliment many players remain envious of today.
Bearing this in mind, even though his age might not be on his side it must be remembered that Roger Federer is only one year younger. Hence, why Hewitt is still a threat.
Coupled with the loss today Hewitt will have to stomach the fact that this isn’t the year that he will be able to match Federer’s record number of wins on grass. As well as this, Hewitt has proven that he is still unable to win back-to-back since claiming the Brisbane ATP title earlier this year.
Players better watch their backs at Wimbledon this summer as Hewitt is entering the tournament with a game plan and you wouldn’t want to get in his way.
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