Lleyton Left With Tough Match-Up In Brisbane

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Lleyton Hewitt has never lost to Feliciano Lopez. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au/AFP
Lleyton Hewitt was given a solid workout in his opening match by Austrailan teenager Thanasi Kokkinakis, but the real tests begin from now with a tricky opponent on Thursday in the form of Spaniard Feliciano Lopez . Two of the elder statesmen of the ATP Tour have played each other three times with Hewitt winning on each occasion, but this will be their first encounter since 2007.

Hewitt stormed home in the second against Kokkinakis, breaking serve twice to finish things off after the teenager only had to hold to send the match in to a third and deciding set. In his three previous matches against Lopez, Hewitt hasn’t dropped a set . He has an 81 per cent winning record against lefties compared to a career win rate of 71 per cent.

Lopez had his best results on clay and grass last year, and couldn’t win more than two matches in a row on hardcourt in the second half of the year. He has played in Brisbane just once before going out in the second round in 2011 to eventual semi-finalist, big-serving South African Kevin Anderson. He had a comfortable two-set win over Mikhail Kukushkin in the opening round. 

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