Australian Open: Hewitt ‘wasn’t up to it’


first_img Hewitt, for one, can’t see anybody beating Federer here. “No, I can’t. It’s very hard to back against him,” he said. “Obviously, his scorelines are convincing and when he’s playing with that much confidence, I can’t see anyone beating him.” Federer was 81-4 last season, winning 11 titles. He has lost only 12 games in six sets across two rounds here, saving energy for later in the tournament with a 72-minute, 6-1, 6-4, 6-0 disposal of Germany’s Florian Mayer on Thursday. Federer’s Swiss compatriot, former women’s No. 1 Martina Hingis, continued her impressive comeback from an injury-enforced three years off with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Finland’s Emma Laine. Losses by No. 5 Mary Pierce and No. 21 Ava Ivanovic mean that Hingis has no seeded players in her part of the draw until the quarterfinals, when she could face second-seeded Kim Clijsters. Also advancing on the women’s side Thursday were No. 3 Amelie Mauresmo, No. 7 Patty Schnyder and No. 12 Anastasia Myskina. In today’s fourth-round action, Maria Sharapova routed Jelena Kostanic 6-0, 6-1 to set up a possible showdown with Serena Williams. Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion, lost to Williams in the semifinals here last year after twice serving for the match and squandering three match points. The pair could meet again, this time in the round of 16. “It’ll be great,” Sharapova said, referring to a possible matchup with Williams. “Of course I was disappointed last year. But … I’ll get my revenge.” Defending champion Williams was playing No. 17 Daniela Hantuchova in the third round today, with the winner advancing to play fourth-seeded Sharapova. On the men’s side today, Andy Roddick fired 17 aces in a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win over French qualifier Julien Benneteau, hustling through the third round. The 23-year-old American, seeded second, won 17 of the first 18 points against Benneteau, firing five aces in his first two service games as he raced to a 5-0 lead. “I’m just trying to be aggressive,” Roddick said. Roddick’s next opponent is Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, who beat Denis Gremelmayr 6-2, 6-1, 6-2. Men’s winners Thursday included No. 5 Nikolay Davydenko, a potential quarterfinal opponent for Federer, No. 6 Guillermo Coria, No. 12 Dominik Hrbaty, No. 15 Juan Carlos Ferrero, No. 21 Nicolas Kiefer and No. 25 Sebastien Grosjean. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MELBOURNE, Australia – Adios, Lleyton. G’day, Juan. Third-seeded Lleyton Hewitt was upset 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (8), 6-2 by Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday, reversing the outcome of their spiteful previous encounter at Melbourne Park. “This will hurt for a few days,” said the Aussie, who shook hands quickly with Chela and walked quickly off the court, eyes downcast. And he wasn’t talking about his ankle strain that needed attention in the third set. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I was giving everything I had out there – I just wasn’t up to it.” A finalist here in 2005, Hewitt has lost to the eventual champion in his past seven majors. But unless unseeded Chela makes a startling run, Hewitt’s shocking loss has opened a potentially easier road for top-ranked Roger Federer. Unlike the third-round tussle in 2005, when Hewitt overcame Chela in four sets, with a boisterous crowd in his corner, the Rod Laver Arena was almost muted for the first two sets. With injuries forcing defending champion Marat Safin, No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal and four-time winner Andre Agassi out – and Hewitt now eliminated – Federer is the overwhelming favorite. last_img

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