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  • Lleyton Hewitt becomes world #1!

    Congrats to Aussie, Lleyton Hewitt who becomes the youngest person to become the #1 ranked tennis player in the world!!

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/ten...asters_fri_ap/

    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Lleyton Hewitt will be the youngest man to finish the year at No. 1 after guaranteeing the top ranking Friday with a 7-5, 6-2 win over fellow Australian Patrick Rafter at the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup.
    Hewitt, 20 years and eight months, overhauled Champions Race leader Gustavo Kuerten in the last round-robin match at Sydney's SuperDome to move into the No. 1 position. He moved to 783 points in the Champions Race, surpassing the Brazilian's total of 771.

    Jimmy Connors had been the youngest player to achieve the year-end No. 1 at 22 years and three months in 1974, the year after computerized rankings were introduced.

    Hewitt will meet Juan Carlos Ferrero -- who beat Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) in Friday's penultimate match -- in a Masters Cup semifinal Saturday. Yevgeny Kafelnikov will play Sebastien Grosjean in the other semi.

    The U.S. Open champion went into the tournament trailing Kuerten by 48 points in the 2001 Champions Race. He earned 20 points for each of his round-robin wins against Grosjean, No. 3 Andre Agassi and Rafter.

    Kuerten, who secured the No. 1 ranking with his win last year at the Masters Cup in Portugal, lost all three of his round-robin matches here, including a loss Friday to Kafelnikov, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

    Kafelnikov, who'd qualified for a semifinal against Grosjean with his earlier wins over Ivanisevic and Ferrero, dropped his opening service game but then won 17 consecutive points and took out the first set in 21 minutes.

    Kuerten rallied in the second, breaking Kafelnikov in the fifth and then slumping to his courtside chair clenching a towel between his teeth and seeking treatment for his injured groin.

    After a trade of breaks, Kuerten leveled at a set apiece in the 59th minute when he got the benefit of a disputed line call at 30-30 and then fired an unplayable serve on set point.

    He got some courtside treatment between sets and then extended Kafelnikov in the opening game of the decider, having four break points before the Russian finally held serve.

    Kafelnikov saved eight break points in the third set and, after having two match points against Kuerten's serve, closed out in 1 hour, 37 minutes when Kuerten sent a forehand long.

    Go Aussies!!!
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  • #2
    he's awesome to watch. Remember wimbledon last summer? God he was sick. I was in australia visiting relatives in Melbourne and Adelaide and the country was going nutso over him. good for you guiys, sampras was getting boring to watch

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    • #3
      yeah.. can't imagine the effort Hewitt put in to get to where he is now... just happy for the guy
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      • #4
        well Hewitt won the Master Cup final and pocketd US$1.5 million prize money and ended year rank #1
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