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Australian Lleyton Hewitt seems to be gaining form, with every match that he plays. On Thursday, Hewitt put in a vintage display to overcome Israel’s Dudi Sela in the quarterfinal of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.
The veteran has had to endure multiple injuries due to which his ranking has slipped to 233 in the world. He suffered early losses at Queens and then at Wimbledon too, due to which his perpetration for the Olympics starting later this month have been cut short. He entered the US tournament for the same reason.
A confident Hewitt spoke after the match feeling satisfied with his win.
"It worked perfectly to come here before I go back to London and get ready for the Olympics," said Hewitt.
"Any time I get an opportunity to represent Australia, it means a lot. I've done it in terms of Davis Cup, but the Olympics is a little bit different.
"To be able to play on grass, which is my favourite as a tennis player, is going to be great.
"It was nice to be able to get some rhythm this week and play my game. I feel like I've been getting better as every match went on."
"Lleyton is someone I grew up watching on TV," said the American ranked No.118.
"I respect him a lot."
Should Hewitt reach the final, it's likely he will face big-serving John Isner, the defending champion and first seed.
If Hewitt does win his semifinal encounter he could potentially face top seed John Isner in the final of the event.
Hewitt also said that his latest surgery was the most difficult to overcome.
"It's been good. I wasn't sure what to really expect this week coming back to playing after having 4 1/2 months off," he said.
"It was probably my toughest rehab to get over - the foot surgery. I had a couple of rough draws at Queens and Wimbledon (this year)."
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