Comeback kid Lleyton Hewitt has moved on from a disappointing first round exit in January’s Australian Open to put on a strong showing in the opening round of the US Indoor Championships in Memphis on Wednesday.
Hewitt saved two match points before knocking off Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun 2-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 in a two hour, 20 minute slug fest.
Hewitt trailed 5-6 and then 15-40 in the second set before recovering his famous fighting qualities to steal the win.
The 31-year-old Hewitt, who is making his third appearance at the Championship, advances to face Uzbek Denis Istomin, who upset American third see John Isner in their first round matchup, in the second round.
Hewitt has previously lost to the now retired Andy Roddick on both occasions, in 2009 (semi-finals) and 2011 (quarter-finals).
Across the Atlantic, Australia’s other men’s tennis star, Bernard Tomic, is also building on what eventually ended up being a disappointing Australia Open for the 20-year-old by advancing into the quarter-finals at the ATP Marseille Open in France.
The world No.46 defeated Indian Somdev Devvarman 6-3 7-5 in 73 minutes to set up a matchup with home soil hero Jo Wilfried-Tsonga.
Tsonga, a former Marseille champ and the tournament’s third seed, defeated Russia's Nikolay Davydenko 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 in the second round to advance to the Tomic matchup.
Victoria Azarenka hasn’t yet reclaimed her world No.1 ranking, but she was able to get revenge on the competitor that stole it from her.
Azarenka knocked off Serena Williams to defend her Qatar Open title, defeating her American opponent for just the second time in 13 career attempts.
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