BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL 2014
Federer, Hewitt To Face Off In Brisbane Final
by ATP Staff|
Federer leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 18-8 as the pair prepares to face off for the 27th time. The Swiss won their last meeting in four sets in the Davis Cup World Group play-offs in Sydney in 2011, but Hewitt won a year earlier won they clashed in the final of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, snapping a 15-match losing streak against Federer.
“You want to play against the best players, and obviously Roger and I have a good history and a lot of tough matches in the past in [Grand] Slams and Davis Cups and everything,” said Hewitt. “He's been great obviously for this tournament and ticket sales and promoting tennis in Australia again. I'm going to enjoy it.”
The 32-year-old Federer defeated Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-3, following Hewitt’s 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory over World No. 17 Kei Nishikori in temperatures topping 40 degrees at the Queensland Tennis Centre.
Federer is chasing his 78th tour-level title, which would seem him move to standalone third in the all-time title leaders list; he is currently tied with John McEnroe. The Basel native needed just under two hours to defeat Chardy in their first meeting. Federer fired 20 aces and got the decisive break in the eighth game of the final set before serving out victory to love.
Hewitt is through to a tour-level final on home soil for the first time since the 2005 Australian Open, where he finished runner-up to Marat Safin. He is unbeaten in nine semi-finals Down Under. The two-time Grand Slam champion will look to win his 29th tour-level title on Sunday.
“Obviously you come off a couple months not playing any matches, so [it’s good] just to get that self-belief and match toughness back and to beat quality players match after match,” said Hewitt, who beat Feliciano Lopez in the second round. “The last three days I've had to do it back to back as well. It's good.”
Watch Hewitt vs. Nishikori Highlights (Video Courtesy: Brisbane International)
In his second meeting with Nishikori, the 32-year-old Hewitt was broken in the 11th game of the first set to surrender the opener. He stayed tough in the second set, though, and was rewarded on his ninth break point as he levelled the match with a break of serve in the 10th game. Hewitt built on his momentum to break at the start of the third set and went on to claim victory in two hours and 30 minutes.
“It was tough conditions,” said Hewitt. “It was really tough to play out there for both of us today. It turned into a mental battle. I had a lot of chances in the second set, so I could have got down on myself a bit. To my credit I kept hanging in there and ended up getting a few errors out of him in the end of the second, which was nice.”
Federer was denied the chance to contest the doubles final. He and Nicolas Mahut were beaten by Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 7-6(5), 6-3. Fourth seeds Cabal and Farah will challenge for their first ATP World Tour team title when they face Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Daniel Nestor in the final. The second seeds, who are playing together for the first time this week, defeated third seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers 7-5, 7-6(5).