Aussie Tennis Alive Again At Wimbledon
Say it is not so, but this has to be a blast from the past. Lleyton Hewitt returned to his winning ways at the Wimbledon’s Centre Court on Thursday to score the biggest upset in the men’s draw so far with a 6-3 7-5 7-5 win over fifth seed Juan Martin Del Porto.
Australian Hewitt, ranked 56 in the world after a series of injuries but champion here in 2002, never allowed the Argentine an inch of breathing space with superb ground coverage and made the most of his opponent’s discomfort at the net.
“It’s like a second home really,” said Hewitt after his first career meeting with the 20-year-old. “It’s great to be back in the third round.”
Del Porto was a semi-finalist at French Open last month, had his left knee taped up at the end of the first set after a nasty slip, and Hewitt, who won the opener in 45 minutes, rammed home his advantage.
Hewitt, roared on by a vocal section of Australian fans decked out in traditional green and yellow colors, won his only break point of the second set late on before taking it 7-5.
He served for the match at 5-4 but Del Porto leveled only for Hewitt to break again, roaring his trademark “Come on!” to the excitable crowd.
Hewitt made no mistake second time around when he sealed the victory on his second match point when Del Porto boomed a service return long. Hewitt’s win puts a focus back on Aussie tennis on the men’s draw.
Maybe we could look to see him surging to compete with the chosen one Mr. Federer at the finals.