Hewitt Ready To Defend His Crown

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Lleyton Hewitt is ready to defend his championship on Tuesday. Image courtesy of: dailytelegraph.com.au

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Hewitt v Groth

Queensland Tennis Centre, Brisbane

Tuesday January 6 – 8:45 PM (AEST)

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Defending Brisbane International champion Lleyton Hewitt kicks off his 2015 campaign on Tuesday (AEST) when he goes toe-to-toe with fellow Aussie Sam Groth . 

This time last year, Hewitt seemed close to hanging up the shoes and calling it a day. The former World No.1 was struggling to find the form that saw him win a US Open and a Wimbledon title. But after toppling future Hall-of-Famer Roger Federer to take out last year’s Brisbane International, a resurgence looked almost certain. While he failed to make an impact at any of the Grand Slams, making it to only the second round in Wimbledon, his victory over World No.27 Ivo Karlović to take out the Newport Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in July had Hewitt finish World No.50 and finish Australia’s Number tennis player.

Sam Groth has one thing that Hewitt doesn’t have, and that is one hell of a serve. The man from Narrandera holds the record for the fastest serve on record, smashing the ball down the line at an explosive 263.4 km/h in 2012. While he still hasn’t been able to capitalise on his serve with his short game, he managed to break his first round drought last year at the US Open, advancing to the second round after a three-set victory over Spaniard Albert Ramos. If the offseason has been kind to him, Groth is almost certain to have a standout season. 

Tuesday will mark the maiden matchup between these two men. While Hewitt is the clear favourite, no one will know exactly how this one will play out. Groth is sure to nab an ace or two, and may even steal the first set , but TattsBet customers are confident Hewitt’s experience will get him over the line in the end, with over double the amount of best coming in for last year’s champ.



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