Greaser From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1102 posts, RR: 3 Posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1830 times:
Russian Marat Safin has crashed local hope Lleyton Hewitt's party, recovering from a set down to claim the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup as Australian Open men's singles champion at his third attempt.
Beaten by Thomas Johansson in 2002 and Roger Federer 12 months ago in the decider at Melbourne Park, Safin looked set for more heartbreak when he surrendered the opening set to a fired-up Hewitt in just 23 minutes.
But the No.4 seed lifted his output and squared the match with the only break of the second set, before then rallying from a break down in the third to run away with the match and prevail 1-6 6-3 6-4 6-4 in two hours and 45 minutes.
Safin was worn out and simply couldn't stay with Federer in 2004, having endured several long matches coming in, but after those two heartbreaking losses, he is now a Grand Slam champion for a second time, following his 2000 US Open victory.
VH-KCT* From Australia, joined May 2001, 479 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1808 times:
Congrats must go to Marat for the victory. It was a great effort to come back from such a poorly played first set riddled with unforced errors to win the match.
Whilst I was certainly barracking for Lleyton (it's been a LONG time between drinks for us at the Aus Open), Marat's a bit of a surrogate son here and both players received a warm reception after the match.
Out of interest, how much of the Open have people outside Australia seen? It's pretty much been on TV from 1100-0000 with the quick break for news and 'Home and Away' every single day.
Springbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1799 times:
Hewitt lost ..haha, that jerk deserves it. I was rooting for Safin and it was great to see him win.
Basically, Hewitt is an a-hole on the court, with all his antics. He couldn't shut up even during the finals, he verbally abused a ballboy, and got a penalty or something for that. No wonder so many Australians (including me) absolutely hate him. Total jerk.
DeskPilot From Australia, joined Apr 2004, 767 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1776 times:
"..i can't believe the amount of tree swingers in Australia that actually like this twat..."
Tree swingers - what does this mean ?
"..No wonder so many Australians (including me) absolutely hate him. Total jerk..."
Are all those who cheered on Hewitt at Rod Laver and outside "tree swingers" ? Springbok, what do you base your comments on ?
Marat won and I believe that Hewitt accepted that well. He thanked the linesman/woman and ball kids afterwards in his speech. He got out of line, as others do (racket chucking) and got a penalty. Tension does that to people in sport. Not nice and not condoned, and appropriately dealt with.
By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?
QANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5954 posts, RR: 36
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1774 times:
yeah he thanked them at the end of the game but had no qualms in threatning one of them during the game did he?!?! he's a total disgrace and deserved to lose, and you just have to watc 7 sunrise to see what a tree swinger is, it refers to people who are immitating him.
the guy is a total fukwit and deserves all he gets that's bad.
a true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes, while everyone else believes the smile on your face.