Lleyton Hewitt put up a good fight against David Ferrer for first two sets of their third round 2012 US Open clash, but his game eventually fell apart.
Former number one Hewitt, who was issued a wild card to play at this year’s US Open, did not disappoint, but was not even close to getting anywhere close to his 2001 performance here at Flushing Meadows, when he became champion. Nevertheless, he gave his third round opponent Ferrer a lot to think about, especially in the first two sets. Hewitt earned himself three setpoints when 6-3 up in the ‘breaker’, but couldn’t take advantage of them. Ferrer managed to save a couple more set points and it was him who took the opener by converting his second set point.
Nevertheless, the experienced Australian showed his fighting spirit and managed to raise his game in the second set. He broke Ferrer in opening game and did not allow him to generate any re-break opportunities, levelling the match at one set apiece.
Next set had a similar plot, but a different winner. 2007 semifinalist Spaniard achieved an early break and remained unthreatened when serving. The fourth set was never a competition as Hewitt conceded a triple break and was served a bagel by the world no. 5, who thus wrapped up the match after 3 hours and fifteen minutes of tennis.
The result: 7-6 (9), 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.
Hewitt can surely rue his missed set points, but did also not help his cause by producing 72 unforced errors (Ferrer 43) and winning significantly less receiving points than the Spaniard (33-63). The latter collected four ATP titles this year, but is yet to win a Grand Slam in his career. In the round of last 16, Ferrer will play the winner of the match between Richard Gasquet and Steve Johnson.