yeah i was confused about that too, i missed much of the 4th set but during the handshake at the net, they players exhange words. the commentators said it was an apology from hewitt saying that it was just all part of the game. what was that about?
A SPITTING controversy amid mutual aggravation has overshadowed Lleyton Hewitt's third round win over Juan Ignacio Chela in the Australian Open third round tonight.
Hewitt moved into the final 16 with a 6-2 4-6 6-1 6-4 win over the Argentine, but the match will be remembered for an explosion of anger between the pair early in the fourth set.
The antipathy reached a crescendo in the fourth set when Hewitt set up three break points against Chela's serve in the fifth game and yelled out another of his trademark 'come on' exhortations.
The Argentine, clearly believing Hewitt's yelling had gone over the top, stared hard at the Australian and then chose to serve the ball directly at Hewitt on the next point despite the circumstances of the game.
Having forced the break to go up 3-2, Hewitt again let out a 'come on' and as the pair walked to their chairs, Hewitt appeared to swear at Chela who then spat in his opponent's direction.
In the next game, Chela again hit a ground shot directly at Hewitt as the anger continued to bubble.
It was the second match in a row that Hewitt's yelling had riled an opponent, with James Blake – known in the game for his impeccable sportsmanship – mocking the 'come on' gesture during their second round match.
After the game, Hewitt shook hands with Chela and spoke to the Argentine in what appeared to be an attempt at conciliation.
He played down the incident when asked on court about the tension between them.
"I don't know if there was any more tension," Hewitt said.
"We are both very competitive out there."
Hewitt took to the court burdened by his own history of underachievement in his home grand slam, having never progressed past the fourth round in eight previous attempts.
It was underrated talents like Chela who had proven Hewitt's nemesis in previous Open trip-ups.
When Chela levelled the match at a set all, there was a hint that another Open flop was possible, but Hewitt raised his game and his intensity, leading to a swift third set win and then the above controversy in the fourth.
The decisive fourth set break came in game nine, when Hewitt put himself in position to serve out the match. Chela's loss diminished what would have been an impressive performance by Argentines in the bottom half of the draw, where Guillermo Coria, David Nalbandian and Guillermo Canas were all into the fourth round.
I think this happened when I was getting a cup of teaaaa I vaguely remember the comentators going on about a serve to the body but I totally missed the rest!! ... news' sure to have replays
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Chela was angry because he hit a shot that was going for a winner, but the net cord took it slightly out of court, and Hewitt yelled "come on" to that and fist pumped
I missed it but apparently Chela spat in his direction after that. The idiotic John Alexander went on about how South Americans are culturally uncouth, when talking about how Blake only impersonated Hewitt while Chela spat.
i cannot stand hewitt. i'm australian and i want to to be patriotic and support him but i simply can't. he is just too annoying for words. i don't even like chela but i was desperately hoping he would win because hewitt just has no class. he needs to grow up and think about how stupid he sounds. this whole channel 7 bec cartwright tie in is just too much as well.
I don't know any actual Australian tennis fans that like Hewitt. Not talking about non-tennis fans who might follow the sport and watch the Australian's play, but nobody else. Proper tennis fans. They all despise him.
Can't see what Bec sees in him. Maybe money? Soapie stars aren't that well off (Bec only gets $1500 a week for H&A)
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