In their first meetings, Lleyton Hewitt had an advantage over the also young Roger Federer. Meeting each other for the first time at Lyon 1999, Hewitt knew how to dominate the opponent's shots and impose his game, winning seven of his first nine meetings.
In the 2003 Davis Cup semi-final, Lleyton came back from two loveless sets against Roger in Melbourne to seal the deal with Australia, and the two rivals will meet on the same court in the fourth round of the Australian Open next January.
Seeking his first notable result at the Australian Open, Federer dispatched Alex Bogomolov Jr, Jeff Morrison and Todd Reid in the first three rounds, dropping 20 games in nine sets and hoping to end Lleyton's dream of winning the Major.
From home. Following the heavy Davis Cup loss, Federer defeated the Australian 4-6 6-3 6-0 6-4 in two hours and 18 minutes to advance to his first Australian Open quarterfinal. Hitting 14 aces, Roger eliminated six of the seven break chances he had to keep his serve safe after an early setback cost him the opener.
He dominated the rest of the match to advance to the round of 16 and stay on the title trail. Hewitt had the upper hand in the first set, but that was all we saw of him as he was broken five times from the 13 chances Roger was offered.
Federer had three times as many winners as Hewitt, committing more errors but doing enough to control the pace from the second set and set up the quarter-final meeting with David Nalbandian.
King Roger is out of the ranking
“Time will tell how I want to deal with this, how often I keep looking for interest.
I think about that now sometimes, but not often. My main focus is on how to make my comeback in tennis. I work hard on that and I think about it every day," said Roger Federer, who is set to play at the Laver Cup and the ATP Basel Open in September/October.
While such loud applause is certainly nothing new for Federer, he said he was 'quite emotional' last Sunday and revealed what Novak Djokovic said to him during that moment. "What feeling you get and how you react after such applause and standing ovation, I still don't know that in advance.
Novak (Djokovic) also said that: a lot of us are nervous before such a parade. We don't do this every day either, we never get used to it. It remains uncertain, while all you have to do is walk a bit and say a few words. And I was quite emotional, although not everyone has seen that,” the Swiss great said on the same."