Hewitt Tries To End Losing Run

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Lleyton Hewitt struggled in Asia the past fortnight. Image courtesy of yahoo.com/Paul Kane/Getty Images
Lleyton Hewitt has mixed the stunning with the shocking over the past couple of weeks on the Asian swing of the ATP Tour. In Beijing he knocked over another veteran, Tommy Haas, in straight sets, in one of his best wins of the year. He backed that up with a 6-0 6-2 thrashing at the hands of Italian claycourt specialist Fabio Fognini. Things didn’t get much better when he headed down to Shanghai; it was another Italian job as Andreas Seppi easily accounted for the South Australian 6-4 6-2.

It was a disappointing effort from Hewitt considering his performance at the US Open on hardcourt where he knocked off Juan Martin Del Potro on the way to the fourth round where he lost to Mikhail Youzhny in a five-set thriller.

On Tuesday he comes up against Canadian Vasek Pospisil who also struggled in the East, and in general has been poor on hardcourt of late. He went down to unheralded Rogerio Dutra Da Silva at Flushing Meadows in what is the Brazilian’s only win in a top-level event to date this year. Argentine red dirt specialist Federico Delbonis then got the better of him in straight sets in Kuala Lumpur before losses to David Ferrer and Gael Monfils in his last two tournaments. His one win of note came against the in-form Richard Gasquet in Shanghai last week.

Hewitt slaughtered Pospisil in their only previous meeting winning 6-1 6-1 on grass at Newport last year.

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