NOVAK DJOKOVIC v LLEYTON HEWITT
7-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6
Watching the 20-year-old Djokovic beating Lleyton Hewitt 7-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 over more than four hours yesterday,
it was clear that Hewitt was being undone by a young man who had borrowed not just the Australian's ability to hustle along the baseline
but a little of his famed competitive spirit as well.
To those very valuable virtues Djokovic has added the power that is an essential part of the game these days, particularly on serve, and a greater willingness to take risks.
Hewitt fought, as always, with tremendous competitive spirit as he was determined not to bow out early to one of the "young guns" of the game.
Djokovic reported after the match:
"When you're playing against a guy who makes you play every point two minutes then it's a lot of stress mentally.
You need to be physically very ready for him and mentally as well. He doesn't give you free points. You've got to earn your points.
You've got to be aggressive, but on the other hand you need to stay patient."
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