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As he got ready for this week's tournament, the U.S. Open's top seed—and only seeded Australian—took time to volley with SI.
SI: You won last year's Open two days before Sept. 11. Did that have an impact on you?
Hewitt: I was on cloud nine after winning my first major. I'm on an airplane from LA to Sydney, going home to celebrate, and the pilot came on and told us. It wasn't until I got in front of a TV that I realized how bad it was. Suddenly winning the U.S. Open didn't mean anything.
Hewitt: I'm not the biggest guy out there or the biggest server, so I've got to win another way. My return of serve is one of my strengths, and my quickness around the court. I put those things together and make a decent package out of it.
Hewitt: On court I'm very intense. I love to compete—the one-on-one aspect gets me fired up. Off the court, though, I'm pretty laid-back. I'm actually a lot shyer than people realize.
SI: You had a ponytail for years, but now it's been shorn. Any psychological edge, like a swimmer shaving before a big meet?
Hewitt: Not at all. I just got sick of brushing my hair all the time.