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Hewitt back bigger and meaner

Lleyton Hewitt, who has always thrived on adversity, has rebounded from his disappointments and is talking up his prospects this year.
PTI | By Julian Linden (Reuters), Sydney
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2005 04:15 PM IST

By his own standards, Lleyton Hewitt had a lean time last year but the fiery Australian is sure things will be better this season.

The former world number one captured four ATP titles in 2004 and was a finalist at the US Open but it was still a year he would probably rather forget.

His plans of marrying his Belgian sweetheart Kim Clijsters ended in tears when she called off the wedding and his ambition of regaining the number one ranking was shattered by Roger Federer who beat him six consecutive times to emerge as the new top dog.

But Hewitt, who has always thrived on adversity, has already rebounded from his disappointments and is talking up his prospects this year.

He has mended his broken heart and begun dating an Australian actress and has even been bulking up in a bid to match the heavier players on tour. He was once one of the skinniest players on the professional circuit but is now rippling with muscle and extra power.

"It's been something Roger (coach Roger Rasheed) and I have really built up, I think, the last 18 months or so," Hewitt told reporters at this week's Sydney International.

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