With his win over Robin Haase in the first round of the Miami Sony Open,
Lleyton Hewitt has become the 21st male player to record 600 match wins. Only Roger Federer (942) and Rafael Nadal (675) have won more matches among active players.
Today was just like another match and an opportunity to go out there and play well.
Obviously afterwards, it’s a great milestone. Not many people get to achieve that. Not many people get the opportunity to get close to that, so it means I’ve been around for an awfully long time as well. I’m getting old.
A few years ago, when I had the last couple lot of surgeries, I probably would have doubted I’d get to this stage anyway. I’m still grateful I’m out there and able to compete with the best guys.
INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 16: Lleyton Hewitt of Australia celebrates his win over Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil in the final during the Pacific Life Open March 16, 2003 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. Defending champion Hewitt defeated Kuerten 6-1, 6-1. The victory was his 19th career ATP title and the fifth time in his career that he had defended a title. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) 2003 Getty Images
FLUSHING MEADOWS, UNITED STATES: Fourth seed Lleyton Hewitt (L) of Australia speaks with number one seed Roger Federer (R) of Switzerland after the men's final match of the US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York 12 September 2004. Federer beat Hewitt 6-0, 7-6 (7/3), 6-0 to win the US Open title. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images) 2004 AFP
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Lleyton Hewitt of Australia holds the trophy after winning the mens title at the Sydney International Tournament 15 January 2000. Hewitt beat fellow Australian Jason Stoltenberg 6-4, 6-0. (Electronic Image) AFP PHOTO/David HANCOCK (Photo credit should read DAVID HANCOCK/AFP/Getty Images) AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Australia's Lleyton Hewitt holds aloft The Stella Artois Tennis Championship trophy at Queen's Club in London 17 June 2001. Hewitt defeated Britain's Tim Henman 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-3) to win the title for the second year. AFP PHOTO: Adrian DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images) AFP/Getty Images
FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY - SEPTEMBER 9: Fourth seeded Lleyton Hewitt of Australia holds up the champion's trophy during ceremonies after he defeated tenth seeded Pete Sampras in the men's singles final at the US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York, 09 September 2001. Hewitt defeated Sampras 7-6, 6-1, 6-1. (Photo credit should read CAROL NEWSOM/AFP/Getty Images) AFP/Getty Images
MELBOURNE, Australia: Lleyton Hewitt of Australia holds up the runner-up plate following his loss to Marat Safin of Russia in the men's final at the 2005 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, 30 January 2005. Safin won 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to take the title. AFP PHOTO/TORSTEN BLACKWOOD (Photo credit should read TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images) 2005 AFP
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 07: WIMBLEDON 2002, London; MAENNER/FINALE; SIEGER Lleyton HEWITT/AUS mit Pokal (Photo by Bongarts/Getty Images) Bongarts
WIMBLEDON - 7 JULY: Lleyton Hewitt of Australia lifts the trophy after victory over David Nalbandian of Argentina in the Men's Singles Final of the Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Club in Wimbledon, England. Hewitt won 6-1. 6-3, 6-2. (photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) 2002 Getty Images
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 20: Lleyton Hewitt of Australia waits for the serve in the final point of his match against Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus during the third round match on day six of the Australian Open 2008 at Melbourne Park in the early morning hours of January 20, 2008 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) 2008 Getty Images
Australian's team (L to R) Todd Woodbridge, Mark Philippoussis, captain John Fitzgerald, Lleyton Hewitt and Wayne Arthurs waves with the Davis Cup, Australia won against Spain at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne 30 November 2003. Australia won Spain 3-1in the final. AFP PHOTO/Christophe SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images) 2009 AFP
Lleyton Hewitt of Australia holds the trophy after defeating Gael Monfils of France in the final of the Kooyong Classic tennis tournament in Melbourne, on January 15, 2011. Hewitt won the match 7-5, 6-3 in the invitational, round-robin event used by top players as preparation for the Australian Open which begins on January 17. (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images) 2011 AFP
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Roger Federer of Switzerland (L) and Lleyton Hewitt of Australia (R) pose during the official draw for the Davis Cup World Group Playoff Tie between Australia and Switzerland at The Wharf Restaurant on September 15, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images) 2011 Getty Images
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 17: Lleyton Hewitt of Australia celebrates winning match point being partnered by Chris Guccione in their Davis Cup World Group Playoff Tie match against Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland at Royal Sydney Golf Club on September 17, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images) 2011 Getty Images
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 12: Lleyton Hewitt of Australia kisses the winners trophy after winning his match against Juan Mart?n del Potro of Argentina during day four of the AAMI Classic at Kooyong on January 12, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images) 2013 Getty Images
Australia's Lleyton Hewitt reacts after winning against Argentinian tennis player Juan Martin Del Potro during their 2013 US Open men's singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 30, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images) 2013 AFP
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05: Lleyton Hewitt of Australia kisses the winners trophy after winning the mens final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland during day eight of the 2014 Brisbane International at Queensland Tennis Centre on January 5, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images) 2014 Getty Images
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05: Former tennis great Rod Laver presents Lleyton Hewitt of Australia with the winners trophy after his Mens finals match against Roger Federer of Switzerland during day eight of the 2014 Brisbane International at Queensland Tennis Centre on January 5, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images) 2014 Getty Images
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 15: Lleyton Hewitt of Australia sits with Patrick Rafter of Australia in their first round doubles match against Eric Butorac of the United States and Raven Klaasen of South Africa during day three of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images) 2014 Getty Images
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Thanks a lot to
Cindy for sharing photos and story of her stay at Indian Wells:
I went to the Indian Wells tournament with my sister-in-law. We had General Admission tickets for the first three days, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We saw lots of players and some really good tennis.
An overview of part of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden taken from the top of Stadium 3. You are looking at Stadium 1 and the one shady place on the whole site…the treed lawn.
We spent all of our first day watching the practise courts. You can see how close you can get to the players! Here is
Fernando Verdasco, who was practising with Feliciano Lopez.
Pennetta was practising with
Haas was practising with
And here is
Roger Federer! We had to sit in the adjacent practice court to see him! He gets a crowd! We had hoped to see Roger and Wawrinka play doubles but would have had to get to the stadium a couple of hours earlier.
Stefan Edberg, now Roger Federer’s coach:
Vasek Pospisil was practising with Feliciano Lopez in the afternoon.
Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga having a rest in their practise:
Andy Murray was practising with Wawrinka:
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More Indian Wells pics:
Tomas Berdych lead 6-3 3-2 and a break up, but as often couldn’t finish the job.
It is the first title of the year for
Roger Federer, his 78th overall. It is also Stefan Edberg first title as a coach.
Next for Berdych: the
World Tennis Day Showdown in Hong Kong with Li Na, Sam Stosur and Lleyton Hewitt.
Next for Federer: Indian Wells.
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Roger Federer will head to Indian Wells looking to continue his good start of the season. He will wear the Spring Premier RF Polo and Spring Gladiator Premier 9″ Shorts. Roger’s shoe for Indian Wells will be the atomic orange Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour.