Lleyton Hewitt has named Andy
Murray and Roger Federer as his two
favourites for Wimbledon.
Hewitt, SW19’s 2002 champion,
practiced with the British No.1 Murray
at the All England Club this week and
reported he is already looking sharp on
grass.
And although the Aussie admitted
defending champion Novak Djokovic
is “tough to beat on any surface”, he
is backing one of the winners in the
previous two years to triumph.
“Andy will be tough to beat,” said
Hewitt. “His second serve is probably the
one area that good returners like Novak
and the bigger hitters can probably get a
hold of but he defends it so well.
“Andy’s playing really well at the
moment – as well as I’ve seen him play in
a couple of years. With his movement, I
think the surface suits his game – him and
Federer the most.
“Rafa Nadal, in the last couple of years,
hasn’t played his best tennis on grass and
at Wimbledon. So I guess there’s a couple
of question marks over him.
“Novak’s obviously great on everything
but I think Andy and Roger are the two
that stand out with the surface.”
Hewitt, now 34, will start his final
grass-court season at the Aegon
Championships at Queen’s Club before
playing a last Wimbledon and then
retiring after his 20th Australian Open in
January.
The Aussie, who won the title at
Queen’s four times between 2000-06,
said: “Beating Pete Sampras in my first
final and winning three times in a row
was pretty special.”
Murray is expected to learn this
weekend whether his coach Amelie
Mauresmo, who is scheduled to give
birth in August, will be at Wimbledon.
Nadal overcame Bernard Tomic in
three sets to reach the semi-finals of the
Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart.
The Spaniard prevailed 6-4 6-7 6-3
against the young Australian.


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