Gritty Hewitt Grabs a Big Win, Watson Wins Over Hlavackova, Sock Knocks Out Raonic in Memphis
Lleyton Hewitt showed his grit once again with a big win over Yen-Hsun Lu 2-6 7-6 6-4. I was sitting next to Lleyton’s coach, former ATP pro Peter Luczak, who encouraged him with calls of “come on mate” and “stay aggressive mate” throughout the match. I watched him struggle through the first set, getting caught flat-footed by Lu’s returns and struggling with his movement on his backhand side.
In the 2nd, he regained momentum though, rolling off a bunch of games for a big lead by serving better and hitting some great passing shots, only to see Lu raise his level and get the match back to square at 4 all. At 5-6 in the 2nd, Lu had 2 match points which were erased by Hewitt, who proceeded to win the tiebreak.
In the 3rd, they continued the up and down trading of games, Hewitt getting a break to open, only to give it back up. Eventually, Hewitt’s tenacity proved too much for Lu, who almost seemed to lose focus by the end of the 3rd set as Hewitt, a clear fan favorite, made his way into the 2nd round.
Heather Watson won a topsy-turvy battle with Andrea Hlavackova on one of the outer courts, 2-6 6-0 6-3 with Hlavackova coming strong out of the gate, then collapsing in the 2nd, and playing a middling 3rd set where Watson finally got away with the win. Watson is joined in the quarterfinals by Marina Erakovic, who grabbed the win over Sofia Arvidsson 6-1 3-6 6-3. Sabine Lisicki, also won a tough battle with Melinda Czink 7-6 4-6 6-2.
Stefanie Voegele prevailed over Claire Feuerstein 3-6, 7-6, 6-1. Kirsten Flipkens won 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 over Lesia Tsurenko. Meanwhile, Kristina Mladenovic beat a disheartened Vicki Duval 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
In other men’s singles action, Tommy Haas advanced with a routine 7-6, 6-4 win over Evgeny Donskoy in a match that had just a single break of serve at the end of the 2nd set. The march consisted of many ‘feeling out’ rallies and some good serving.
Alexandr Dolgopolov won his first match back from some injury troubles 6-3, 6-4 over Bjorn Phau. Dolgopolov didn’t look that good on the stat sheet (he even said so himself before his post match press conference), but he got the breaks when he needed them: at the end of the 1st and early in the 2nd. He also held his serve comfortably enough to get the win. Phau never really threatened him.
Rounding out the men’s 2nd round is Marinko Matosevic, who won 7-6, 6-4 over Go Soeda, Donald Young by retirement due to a lower back injury sustained by Xavier Malisse (that match ending 5-1) and Jack Sock, who earned a huge win, probably the biggest of his career, over Milos Raonic 6-3, 5-7, 7-5. Raonic may have still been tired from San Jose but regardless, it is a great win for the young American.
In men’s doubles, the Bryans beat Farah/Haas 6-1 6-1, Peya/Soares beat the Harrisons 6-2 6-4, and Kubot/Nestor beat Lu/Levinsky (who replaced Isner/Querrey after Isner withdrew with a knee injury), 6-4 6-1.
In women’s doubles, Arvidsson/Larsson won 6-4, 2-6, 10-8 over Darbrowski/Kudryavtseva and Dekmeijere/Moulton-Levy won 6-4, 1-6, 10-8 over Muguruza/Soler-Espinosa.