Hewitt Saves Match Points in Win

August 18, 2009 03:00 PM
MASON – Two-time tournament runner-up Lleyton Hewitt ousted No. 12 Robin Soderling in one of three upsets that took out a trio of the Top 12 players in the world.

Tomas Berdych advanced when No. 10 Fernando Gonzalez retired with a knee injury after Berdych claimed the first set 6-4, while Guillermo Garcia-Lopez took out No. 11 Fernando Verdasco 7-6(4) 7-6(4).

The former World No. 1 Hewitt downed Soderling 3-6 7-6(8) 6-4, saving a pair of match points in the second set tie-break.

“Sort of had to weather the storm out there today and wait for my opportunities,” Hewitt said. “Second set tiebreak could have gone either way, obviously.  You know, I played a good game the first game of the third set to break serve, and served well for the rest of that set.”

Hewitt has reached the semifinals in Cincinnati in five of his last six appearances, including runner-up finishes in 2002 and 2004.

Igor Kunitsyn knocked out 2007 Cincinnati finalist James Blake 7-6(5) 6-7(5) 6-4.

“The key today I think was my serving,” Kunitsyn said. “I won a lot points on my serve.  I think I served smart and mixed it up.  I think I served like some key serves out wide to his backhand.”

Frenchman Gilles Simon became the first player to reach the Round of 16 when he outlasted Igor Andreev 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 6-1. 

Here’s a look at Tuesday’s results (as of 7 p.m.)

Men's Singles - First Round ?
Tomas Berdych (CZE) d [10] Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) 64 ret. (knee)
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [11] Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 76(4) 76(4)?
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) d [12] Robin Soderling (SWE) 36 76(8) 64 ?
[Q] Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) d Victor Hanescu (ROU) 75 62 ?
Jurgen Melzer (AUT) d Felic iano Lopez (ESP) 57 76(4) 76(7)?
Andreas Seppi (ITA) d [Q] Jan Hernych (CZE) 36 64 61?
[Q] Chris Guccione (AUS ) d  Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 75 26 63?
Philipp Petzschner (GER) d [Q] Simone Bolelli (ITA) 76(6) 63?
Igor Kunitsyn (RUS) d James Blake (USA) 76(5) 67(5) 64

Men's Singles – Second Round
[9] Gilles Simon (FRA) d Igor Andreev (RUS) 76(5) 67(6) 61

Men's Doubles - First Round ?
Michael Llodra (FRA) / Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d Jurgen Melzer (AUT) / Radek Stepanek (CZE) 76(2) 64