Former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt will begin his grass court season on Monday afternoon at Queen’s Club, where he is scheduled to meet Spain’s Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the opening round of the Aegon Championships. This is the first time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, and should be one of the matches to watch on the opening day of main draw action.
33-year-old Lleyton Hewitt won his first title of the season at the start of the year in Brisbane, where he defeated longtime rival and 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the final. While he looked to be in the best form in recent memory on hard court, the Australian was unable to translate that effort onto clay, where he crashed out in the opening round of the French Open. While it was an unceremonious ending to Hewitt’s aspirations in Paris, he will look towards a 6-week period on a surface he has reigned victorious on before – grass.
Now 10-9 overall this season, Hewitt, a three-time champion at Queen’s Club, will be looking to defend his semi-final points at the event, as he lost to Marin Cilic at that stage of the tournament last season. Cilic would go on to lose to Murray in the final.
Valencia-native Daniel Gimeno-Traver is 8-11 so far this season and is looking to transition successfully onto grass after his time on the red dirt. After a semi-final showing in Portugal, Gimeno-Traver lost in the opening round of the Rome Masters, and followed up with another quick exit in Paris to Jeremy Chardy.
The Spaniard has not played the Aegon Championships since 2010 and has never won a match at the event.It will be interesting to see if he is able to snap that streak this year against a grass-court specialist. Hewitt certainly holds the experience advantage on this surface and he will certainly be the favourite in this contest.
Prediction: Lleyton Hewitt in Straight Sets