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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Murray's my man, says Hewitt

Photo Titled Lleyton stays focused
Lleyton Hewitt keeps his eye on the ball during his 5 set quarter final against Andy Roddick.

Andy Murray will beat Andy Roddick and become the first British man in a Wimbledon singles final since 1938 - that's the prediction of Australian battler Lleyton Hewitt, the last man to prevent a Briton reaching that stage.

That was in 2002, when he beat Tim Henman in the fourth of the Briton's four semi-finals. Hewitt went on to win the title that year and, seven years later, he is still very much on the scene, only bowing out of this year's Championships after a five-set quarter-final thriller against Roddick.

So he is the perfect man to assess whether Roddick can stop the Murray bandwagon and his considered answer is that it is unlikely.

While he points out that while Roddick is one of the "best grass court players out there", the American will clearly be the underdog in the duel in his view.

He said: "I think it’s going to be a tough one for Roddick to win. When I’ve seen Andy Murray at his best, I think he matches up extremely well against Roddick."

The statistics also speak for themselves. The boy from Dunblane has beaten A-Rod on six of their eight meetings - including at Wimbledon 2006 - and at No. 3 in the world Murray is ranked three places above him.

And Hewitt's final point of view? “It’s going to be an interesting match. A couple of years ago I saw them play here because they were in my section and Murray took care of him convincingly.

"And Murray’s a lot better player now than he was then. Roddick’s going to have to play a hell of a game to beat him.”

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