Lleyton Hewitt and David Ferrer have met each other only 3 times in their career. Their meet-up is considered to be very unique, and rare in its circumstances. You know why? It is because the only 3 times they met were at 3 different Grand Slams. The 1st meeting was at Wimbledon in 2006. The second time they played each other was at the French Open in 2008. The last time they faced each other was in 2012 during US Open. And guess what? The fourth and final time they will play each other is right here in Australian Open.
Let’s look at their head to head statistics:
Wimbledon: Hewitt won 6-4 6-4 4-6 7-5
French Open: Ferrer won 6-2 3-6 3-6 6-3 6-4
US Open: Ferrer won 7-6 (11-9) 4-6 6-3 6-0
Australian Open: ??
The above results indicate that they had to break a lot of sweat to defeat each other. Both of them are big hitters. They play aggressively. They have strong backhands. Both are right-handed. They are nearly a year apart, and nearly the same height. Despite all these similarities, Hewitt, who is playing his last Grand Slam before retiring this year, is taking his opponent very seriously. Because, like us, he knows how strong his fellow competitor is, and well, this could be his last match so he will throw everything he has to win this match.
“He’s like a brick wall out there. He competes as well as anyone on tour. Everyone thinks he just makes balls but he’s a pretty aggressive baseliner.”
Hewitt further adds, “He’s been just under winning that Grand Slam … especially on clay and hard court, he’s a pretty tough customer.”
In the end, it all depends on him. Hewitt knows this, too. He said, “Yeah, I give myself a fighting chance. It’s going to be tough, I know that. But I feel like I’m hitting the ball well enough to go out there and give him a good run.”
Game Schedule: 21/01/2016 at 7.00pm (Local Time)