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Hewitt buoyed as he heads for grass

By Paul Mulvey 03/06/2004 03:50:53 PM Comments (0)

Lleyton Hewitt heads for England's grass courts following his exit from the French Open in a much more buoyant mood than after previous visits to the Paris clay.

Although Hewitt received a straight-sets claycourt lesson from Gaston Gaudio in their quarter-final, he believed his productive two months in Europe on clay set him up well for Wimbledon.

Australia's world No.12 said his best claycourt season, in which he won 13 of 19 matches, and his charge into the last eight at Roland Garros gave him many positives to take to the grass at the Queen's Club tournament next week and Wimbledon a fortnight later.

"(It gives me) confidence more than anything. And winning, winning four matches to get to the quarter-finals," he said.

"Obviously it's a totally different surface. There's going to be different guys in the quarters at Wimbledon in a couple of weeks' time.

"It's a big change from playing on clay to grass.

"But I think I draw more confidence and feel good about going into the grass because I've had a pretty good record on grass in the past.

"But until now I hadn't really started thinking about grass. I haven't really thought about Queen's or Wimbledon at this stage."

But the 2002 Wimbledon champion and three-time winner at Queen's believes the change from clay to grass is not as difficult as it once was.

He played some of the best clay tennis of his career in the last month and reckons that form will translate onto the London lawns.

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