A day later than planned due to rain, Leyton Hewitt has boosted Australian hopes by progressing into the second round of the Olympics Tennis, keeping his dreams of the Gold medal alive. In what turned out to be a very thrilling but hard fought match Hewitt broke Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky in the third game of the first set. He went on to hold his serve giving him the lead in this set. No more breaks were forthcoming in the first set meaning that Hewitt went on to win the set 6-3. The second set was even more thrilling and the Ukrainian levelled the match taking this set 6-4. The match headed into the all important final set to decide the winner. Realising that this was his last change to progress towards an Olympic medal in his last Olympic games Hewitt stepped up his game and unloaded a series of shot winners to break at 4-2. From here it was obvious and he went on to win the match 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
France’s Richard Gasquet had a much easier passage into the second round, with a straight sets win over Robin Haase from Netherlands. Gasquet broke serve in the fourth game of the set on Court 15 at Wimbledon (the host venue for the Tennis at the London 2012 Olympic games) and went on to win the set 6-3 in just half an hour. The second set began a bit differently as Hasse pulled back to hold the first game to love. Gasquet saved two break points in the next game to level this set at 1-1. The set then continued to go with serve until the eigth game, when Gasquet managed to break the Haase serve meaning he took a 5-3 lead. He kept his composure and with no pressure at all served out to take the match 6-3, 6-3