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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old Nov 13th, 2002, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Hewitt Calls for Fair Play in Shanghai

I know this is ATP - but really now?


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Hewitt Calls for Fair Play in Shanghai
Wed Nov 13,12:13 PM ET
By Ossian Shine

SHANGHAI, China (Reuters) - World number one Lleyton Hewitt has urged Spanish Davis Cup team mates Carlos Moya (news) and Albert Costa (news) not to collude in their Tennis Masters Cup clash on Friday.



If French Open (news - web sites) champion Costa beats Moya in straight sets in the final Red Group match, Hewitt will be out of the tournament he won last year. Moya has already qualified.


"It would be bad for the game of tennis if there was anything between them," the Australian said after he was beaten by Moya late Wednesday.


"I know Carlos pretty well and he's a great guy. I've never had any problems with Carlos and, you know, on form I think he should win.


"I believe I played a lot better tonight than I did last night (against Costa) and I lost to Moya in straight sets yet I beat Costa in three sets.


"So I think that pretty much tells you who is the better player out of those two by a fairly long way.


"I'm just disappointed that I lost tonight. Mathematically I still have a chance of winning the tournament and all I care about at the moment is the number one ranking."


If Hewitt reaches the final in the Chinese sea port he is certain to be crowned year-end world number one for the second successive year.


However if he falls before the final and Andre Agassi (news) wins the tournament the 32-year-old will pip him at the 11th hour.


Agassi lost to Jiri Novak earlier Wednesday, however, greatly denting his confidence and his hopes of becoming the oldest player to finish the year in top spot.


Hewitt's eyes are still locked on the rankings as he prepares for his final group match against Russia's Marat Safin Thursday.

Safin beat him comprehensively in the final of the Paris Masters earlier this month.

The Russian has lost both of his group matches so far but Hewitt said: "My guess is as good as yours what the hell he is going to play like tomorrow so I have got to go out there and be mentally tough.

"The number one ranking comes into your mind going into a match tomorrow. Not too much the tournament, more so for me the number one ranking."

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In an attempt to nip any bashing in the bud....


Hewitt, Agassi, Safin lose at Tennis Masters Cup

November 13, 2002

SHANGHAI, China (Ticker) - The underdogs had their day at the Tennis Masters Cup.

The top three players in the world were upset in round-robin action Wednesday at the $3.75 million season-ending event.

In the Red Group, Spain's Carlos Moya defeated world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia, 6-4, 7-5, after French Open champion Albert Costa of Spain topped third-ranked Marat Safin of Russia, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

In between, Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic rallied past No. 2 Andre Agassi, 7-5, 6-1, in a Gold Group matchup.

Moya beat Hewitt for the fourth straight time this year and advanced to 5-2 lifetime against the Australian. With a 2-0 record in the Red Group, he advanced to the semifinals.

"I beat the No. 1 player in the world, No. 3 in straight sets, both of them," Moya said. "So this is a very nice feeling."

"He's playing unbelievable tennis at the moment, as he's shown numerous times during the year, not only on clay, but also on hard court now as well," Hewitt said. "So, you know, it's definitely not bad loss losing to Carlos Moya."

The 26-year-old Spaniard reached the semifinals in his previous two appearances in the ATP's season-ending event. He lost a five-set final to countryman Alex Corretja in 1998 and was a semifinalist in 1997.

After finishing out of the top 10 each of the last three years, Moya has returned to the form that saw him win the 1998 French Open by claiming four titles this season.

"I think my level right now is very high," Moya said. "I cannot compare how it was in 1998 because it was four or five years ago, but I have been working very hard."

Making his Tennis Masters Cup debut, Novak beat Agassi for the first time in five encounters. He never had taken a set from the American before winning five straight games to win the opening set. The 27-year-old Czech claimed 11 of the last 12 games to move to the top of the Gold Group.

The two players were to have squared off in the final of the Tennis Masters Series in Madrid last month, but Novak defaulted the championship match because of a right groin injury sustained in the semifinals. It was Agassi's tour-leading fifth tournament victory of the year. Novak is the only player entered here without a title this season.

The losses by Hewitt and Agassi might affect the race to finish the year No. 1. With his round-robin victory over Costa on Tuesday, Hewitt took a 108-point lead over Agassi in the 2002 ATP Champions Race.

The 21-year-old Hewitt has led the race every week since July 8 after winning his first Wimbledon title. He has owned the No. 1 ranking on the ATP Entry System every week since November 19, 2001 after winning last year's Tennis Masters Cup title in Sydney.

In order to become the oldest year-end No. 1, the 32-year-old Agassi must win the title, with Hewitt losing in the semifinals with at least one group defeat. Agassi has upcoming matches against Roger Federer and Juan Carlos Ferrero while Hewitt next plays Safin.

"I tried my best and I was beaten," Agassi said. "I don't know about the (ranking) numbers or anything but it is not an easy turnaround for me to play a disappointing match, to lose a match and then come back and play the next day.

"I have always felt that once I lose, I deserve to be out of the tournament, so it is a difficult situation for me, but I will just have to see it as another opportunity, as another chance."

Costa won in 2 hours, 7 minutes to snap a six-match losing streak and claim his first win in three matches at the season-ending tournament. In 1998, he entered the event as an alternate for an injured Marcelo Rios and lost to Greg Rusedski and Corretja in the round robin.

"Sometimes matches can be decided in just a couple of points, and I fought and fought," said Costa, a claycourt specialist. "Fighting is easy for me. Maybe I am fresher than the other guys here. Not so confident, but more fresh because I have played fewer matches. I had a back injury and did not get wins indoors this season."

Costa next plays Moya. Hewitt was asked whether he thought Moya would help his friend in their match in order to help Costa move into the semifinals.

"I didn't even think of that," he said. "I hope not. You know, it would definitely ... be bad for the game of tennis, I think, if there was anything, and I know Carlos pretty well, and he's a great guy."

With two losses, Safin, the Australian Open runner-up, does not appear to be heading towards his second TMC semifinal. The 21-year-old Russian arrived in Shanghai fresh off his first title of the year at the TMS event in Paris two weeks ago but has been complaining of fatigue.

Even if he does not advance past the round-robin stage, Safin's season will extend two more weeks as Russia plays France in the Davis Cup final later this month.

"I should have won today. I lost my game completely and I couldn't get it back," he said. "Even with 16 aces, it was not good enough. You cannot have every day perfect in your life. It's like a normal person has bad days, good days. This week I had two bad days in a row."

Under the round-robin format, the eight players in the field are divided into two groups. Each player meets the other members of the group once, with those with the best records advancing to the semifinals.

A round-robin win is worth 20 ranking points and $120,000.

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thanx Marly, one thread is more than enough!
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thanx Marly, one thread is more than enough!

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Thanks CH. The second article does shed a different light on the subject does it not? I didn't read that one because the one I posted caught my eye. The writer of the first article really should be ashamed of himself IMO.

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Smile Others Are Pitching Same Article

Btw - even CNN-SI is running that same headline.

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Its quite interesting, isnt it? If I was Moya I might be thinking "I'll let Albert beat me, cos then I could have to play him in the final, and I'd rather play him over five sets indoors than Hewitt". But on the other hand, with three wins out of four, he might be more than a bit confident of beating Hewitt in a final if it came down to it...

Cant wait to see what happens; Albert is my favourite player, so obviously I want him to win, and Hewitt is my least favourite, so that spices it up...I'm sure there'll be loads of dodgy press pieces such as those above about the result, whichever way it goes.

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LOL@HEWITT.

Good luck to this years french open champ! Hewitt is just insecure as the only reason he played Shanghai was to hold the #1 . Im sure Costa has the artillery to beat Moya and Hewitt should just accept it, i saw the Costa-Hewitt match and Costa played very clean...and he definately can raise his game a notch to take Moya tpo 3

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lol i didnt know that if Albert beats Carlos in 2 sets both get to semis...

It will be mostly like two spaniards in the semis... lol

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lol i didnt know that if Albert beats Carlos in 2 sets both get to semis...

It will be mostly like two spaniards in the semis... lol
you probably want to say 3 with Juanqui

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What a whiner!! Costa won, Moya won. Get over it.
The event is shown live here. ATP shown live from
Shanghai WTA not shown period. Anyway- Costa
and Moya played better than the others. It was in poor
taste for Burger Boy to even bring up such a paranoid
assumption that they the "spaniards" will take him out.
I thought these two guys were suppose to be ...lol...
"clay courters" and not even worth mentioning in the
same phrase as "Hewitt" or "Agassi". What a load
of sour grapes.

I really hope Hewitt get's taken down just for being
a p*ick about his poor match play.

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Dear Greenout

If you actually take the time to read the quotes, Hewitt was not whining at all. In fact he was complimenting Moya on his tennis. And he did not bring up the assumption about the Spaniards - he was ASKED ABOUT IT.

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Lleyton can't do anything right, can he?
He was ASKED about it, he DIDN'T bring it up. Some people don't even try to read what he said, if they only see his name it's 'Lleyton bashing time'
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Re: I See Said The Blind Woman

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Thanks CH. The second article does shed a different light on the subject does it not? I didn't read that one because the one I posted caught my eye. The writer of the first article really should be ashamed of himself IMO.

I do declare! The media will do anything to sell papers.
You bet, GogoGirl. It's obvious that the writer of the first article took Lleyton's remarks out of context, probably just to sell papers, as you said.

And yeah, those of you who want to post, great. Just open your eyes and actually read the articles before you fly off the handle and get your righteous indignation all stirred up.

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