I feel exactly the same about Hewitt as I do about Sharapova. Off court, he's so fricking annoying. On court, I can't help but love the little bugger.
There's something about his tenacity - his 'fighting spirit' as commentators love to call it. The man just doesn't know when to give up - and on the tennis court, it's a good thing. He has a massive sense of self-belief - it maybe isn't warranted, considering he's not exactly in the top ten these days, but it has got him where he's been and occasionally it lets him pull out things like this win.
Juan Martin del Potro. Not exactly a grass court wizard, but he just about made the French final (would have done it had been playing anyone but Federer) and seriously, dude can play. He didn't play great last night, but you don't get to be best of the rest if you can't win a match when you're not playing well. But Hewitt pretty much ate him for breakfast.
It'll be interesting to see how Hewitt progresses in this tournament. I'd like to see him make a good run - if he'd lived in another era, I think he'd have won a few more Slams, but the Federer factor has damaged a lot more players than Lleyton. I think he's in danger of getting too big for his boots and taking a bad loss now that he's had this good win, but if he doesn't, I'd be really interested to see him play one of the Andies - Murray or Roddick. If either of them has an off day, Lleyton really has a shot.
Not that I think he's going to make the final or anything, because I don't. But semis? If he's very lucky. Quarters? It's possible, definitely. Fourth round? If he doesn't get there, that's a badness.
So, Lleyton, to quote yourself, c'mon. Let's see how much petrol is left in the tank.
The Championships (Wimbledon)
Lleyton Hewitt def. Juan Martin del Potro, 6-3 7-5 7-5
Andy Murray def. Ernests Gulbis, 6-2 7-5 6-3
Andy Roddick def. Igor Kunitsyn, 6-4 6-2 3-6 6-2
Fernando Gonzalez def. Leonardo Mayer, 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-4 6-4
Tomas Berdych def. Paul-Henri Mathieu, 6-2 6-4 6-4
Juan Carlos Ferrero def. Fabrice Santoro, 6-7 (1-7) 6-3 6-4 6-3
Stanislas Wawrinka def. Martin Vassallo Arguello, 6-3 6-2 6-2
Gilles Simon def. Thiago Alves, 5-7 6-3 6-4 6-4
Jurgen Melzer def. Benjamin Becker, 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 7-6 (7-1)
Victor Hanescu def. Nicolas Devilder, 6-2 6-3 6-1
Jesse Levine def. Pablo Cuevas, 6-2 6-1 4-6 4-6 6-3
Philipp Petzschner def. Mischa Zverev, 4-6 7-6 (15-13) 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-0
Radek Stepanek def. Potito Starace, 6-4 4-6 6-2 4-6 6-3
Nikolay Davydenko def. Victor Crivoi, 6-4 6-4 6-2
Viktor Troicki def. Daniel Gimeno-Traver, 6-7 (5-7) 6-0 1-6 6-3 7-5
Andreas Seppi def. Marc Gicquel, 7-5 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 5-7 6-4
David Ferrer def. Fabio Fognini, 6-2 6-2 6-3
Caroline Wozniacki def. Maria Kirilenko, 6-0 6-4
Venus Williams def. Kateryna Bondarenko, 6-3 6-2
Dinara Safina def. Rossana de los Rios, 6-3 7-5
Jelena Jankovic def. Iveta Benesova, 6-2 6-4
Amelie Mauresmo def. Kristina Kucova, 6-3 6-3
Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Pauline Parmentier, 6-1 6-3
Kirsten Flipkens def. Elena Baltacha, 7-5 6-1
Melanie Oudin def. Yaroslava Shvedova, 3-6 6-2 6-4
Anabel Medina Garrigues def. Tathiana Garbin, 7-6 (7-5) 6-3
Carla Suarez Navarro def. Ekaterina Makarova, 7-5 4-6 6-1
Na Li def. Olga Govortsova, 6-4 6-2
Sabine Lisicki def. Patricia Mayr, 6-2 6-4
Agnieszka Radwanska def. Shuai Peng, 6-2 6-7 (6-8) 9-7
Flavia Pennetta def. Vania King, 6-2 6-2
Samantha Stosur def. Tatjana Malek, 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-4
Ana Ivanovic def. Sara Errani, 7-5 6-1