Thursday, June 25, 2009

Day 4: Hewitt Turns Back the Clock


Ah, the sweet smell of the grass.  No summer would be complete without it.  

Lleyton Hewitt can breathe it in for another few days, as he has pulled the upset of the tournament, a straight set 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 victory over no. 5 seeded Juan Martin Del Potro.

"When you can handle the pressure of a final out here, a 2nd round shouldn't be much," said an elated hewitt, who was the Wimbledon Champion in 2002.

While the Aussie was on top of his game from the start, Del Potro appeared to have left his heart in Paris. After coming so close to defeating Roger Federer in the Semis at Roland Garros, the lanky Argentine appeared to be running on fumes on Centre Court.

Hewitt used tough serving to remain unbroken for the better part of three sets. Finally he was broken late in the third, but he immediately broke back, then casually served out the match without much resistance from the No. 5 seed.

As usual, the feisty 28-year-0ld, who has been called a mongrel by compatriot Patrick Rafter for his uncanny pugnacity on the court, kept a strong internal dialogue going, and pushed himself to stay focused even as the play of an uninspired Del Potro didn't demand it.

Hewitt's grass court savvy was too much for Del Potro, who has yet to reach the 3rd round in three attempts at the All England Club.

Hewitt will play the winner of the Philipp Petzschner vs. Mischa Zverev match on Saturday.

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