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Hewitt off to dream start on grass

By Sharon Mathieson 10/06/2004 05:12:13 AM Comments (0)

Lleyton Hewitt's grass court tennis campaign got off to dream start when he obliterated Spaniard Marc Lopez on his way to the third round of the Queen's Club tennis championships.

Hewitt never looked in troubled as he wiped out the 21-year-old unseeded Lopez 6-3 6-2 in their second-round encounter.

It was the perfect start to his Wimbledon build up, with the grand slam starting in less than two weeks.

Hewitt, who will face British wildcard Jonathan Marray in the third round, made it to the quarter finals of the French Open on clay last week.

But he declared afterwards he had his sights set on Wimbledon and announced he was one of the few players capable of winning it.

"There are only a few guys capable of winning Wimbledon and I'm one of them," he told British newspaper The Times.

"I've been the top player in the world, I knew it wouldn't last forever, but I believe I'm better now than I was then and that counts for a lot.

"I'm fitter, stronger and pretty determined."

The 21-year-old South Australian is a three-time winner of the Queen's Club tournament, claiming the title in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

He went on to win Wimbledon in 2002 but was a shock first-round loser last year, the first time since 1967 the champion bowed out in the first round.

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