And the matchup of the Day 4 goes to…

Djokovic and Federer will play tomorrow. And that is good. But far from being the “Can’t Miss Match Of The Day”. If you are a fan of any (or both), you will disagree with me. But shall we take a look on the match who will open Centre Court Day 4 activities?

He is probably looking right into opponent's eyes. And aiming between them too.

Robin Bo Carl Söderling vs. Lleyton Hewitt. Forget about the quiet, calm and gentle dudes; they’re pretty much the opposite. And oh, they are good at this tennis thing – though Lleyon is on the dawn of his glorious career, out of the top-100 and far from being a top-contender.

Their on-court behavior – what really matters – is the reason for my pick and deserve a special paragraph. They are not very friendly when doing their thing, I’m convinced you already know that. As a reminder, at this very same All England Club some years ago King Söd acted one of the most classy scenes I’ve ever seen on a tennis court, copycatting Nadal’s… uh… typical gesture. As for Hewitt, the episodes with Chela and Blake will never be forgotten, plus his trademark ‘Come on’s.

Thing is, call it what you want – I call personality. In my humble and despicable opinion, I prefer a thousand times more players like Söderling and Hewitt than the likes of Federer and Nadal, for those only the hovering halo above their Nike headbands is missing. Just a personal choice – maybe because I’m a jerk myself, who could tell?

Their Head-to-Head points 3-1 for the Aussie: Wins at a Davis Cup Tie and Key Biscayne in 2004, when Hewitt was on top and Söderling was a mere 20-year old and two recent duels, both at Cincinnati Masters. One in 2009, also won by Hewitt and AFTER Soderling’s breakthrough, and the last one, last year, won by Söderling in three tense sets.

Oh that last meeting. Pure awesomeness. High level tennis and an atmosphere you could cut with a razorblade.

Seriously, how could someone possible DISLIKE this guy?

Talking about the last meeting, I’m looking at the way Hewitt’s last two matches ended – packing his stuff and leaving after three games into the 2nd set v. Rochus and the excessive celebration after beating Nishikori in four in the 1st round – and not expecting anything other than the very same thing in tomorrow’s rematch.


About Pete S. Liguori
Pete was born in São Paulo, Brasil. Loves sports - pigskin fanatic, tennis lover. One of his most famous quotes is "I'm no Tolstoi, but I love the Dallas Cowboys" His favorite quote of all time is "I'll keep playing", unknown author.

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