BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL 2014
Hewitt Roars Into QFs; Federer/Mahut Reach Doubles Semis
by ATP Staff|
Fuelled by the support of the crowd on Pat Rafter Arena Thursday night, Lleyon Hewitt defeated sixth seed Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp.
The Australian fought back from 5-3 down in the first set to claim victory in one hour and 39 minutes. He saved nine of the 10 break points he faced and fired 11 aces. In their first meeting since 2007, Hewitt moved to a 4-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head lead over Lopez.
"Lopez is a quality tour player," said Hewitt. "He's been seeded at slams for a long time as well. He's crafty out there. It's good to beat quality players, especially on your home soil.
"I was just trying to hang on in my service games through the first set and just stay only one break down. "In the end it worked perfectly because I was able to draw a couple double faults out of him and obviously got that break and then broke again at 6-5. Once I won the first set, I felt like I was really in control."
For a place in the semi-finals, Hewitt will face qualifier Marius Copil, who caused an upset as he ousted third seed Gilles Simon 7-5, 6-3 in 88 minutes. The 23-year-old Romanian, who won just three tour-level matches in 2013, fired 10 aces and saved four break points.
Jeremy Chardy won an all-French clash with a 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-3 victory over Nicolas Mahut in the second round. The eighth-seeded Chardy broke his fellow Frenchman four times in the battle, which lasted two hours and one minute. Chardy will play Samuel Groth.
Groth won the final match of the day, which ended at 12:49 a.m. local time Friday, when he beat lucky loser Pierre-Hugues Herbert 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(5) in two hours and 26 minutes. Herbert replaced fourth seed Kevin Anderson, who withdrew because of a viral infection.
In doubles action, Nicolas Mahut and Roger Federer won a highly entertaining quarter-final contest 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 11-9 against Chardy and Grigor Dimitrov. Federer is looking to win the singles and doubles crowns at the same tournament for the first time since 2005 Halle (w/Allegro).