Quick Hits – Hewitt, Groth, and the Murrays Shine in Davis Cup while Ram Wins Newport Again

Aussie Comeback Succeeds

Davis Cup and Hall of Fame Thoughts

The tennis scheule does not leave a lot of time for reflection.  One Sunday Novak Djokovic is vanquishing Roger Federer for his 3rd Wimbledon title, and the next Sunday Andy Murray is defeating Gilles Simon to secure Great Britain a semifinal berth in Davis Cup play for the first time in over 30 years.  Here are some quick takes on the weekend’s action:

  1. Lleyton Hewitt’s hands were all over Australia’s advancement to the Davis Cup semifinal round.  He helped turn the tide with a doubles victory and won his first ever 5th singles match in Davis Cup.  His career is nearly over, but a little more Davis Cup theatrics are on tap for Rusty before he hangs up his racquets.
  2. Andy Murray won 2 singles matches for Great Britain and took a doubles match with his brother Jaime.  Andy Murray broke down after winning the 3rd point for his team.  He was 9 days removed from a tough loss at Wimbledon.  This cathartic win may bode well for Andy in New York.
  3. Rajeev Ram won his 2nd ATP title.  Both of his victories came at Newport, RI on grass.  Ram winning the same trophy in 2015 he claimed in 2009 is heartening for guys who continue to grind away on the border of the main tour and the challenger level.  Ram won his first round match over 6’9″ John Isner and won the title match over 6’10” Ivo Karlovic.
  4. Sam Groth and Jaime Murray deserve a lot of credit for their teams advancing in Davis Cup.  Will the volitile Aussie team be able to come into the UK and leave with a victory?  Will Great Britain be able to win any points in which Andy Murray is not involved?  I have not always been a big fan of Davis Cup, but this weekend’s action has me excited to see what will happen in September.

 

Ram comparing his 2 Newport titles

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