An exciting contest between Lleyton Hewitt and Kevin Anderson takes place in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. This marks the second time they meet on the ATP Tour, with Hewitt leading the series 1-0 with a victory in Stockholm in 2012.
World No. 41 Lleyton Hewitt needed three sets to dispatch of fellow Aussie Matthew Ebden on Thursday afternoon. Hewitt struck 4 aces and won 7/15 break points to earn the 7-6, 2-6, 6-3 victory and reach the second round of the first Masters 1000 event of the season. Hewitt is also looking to add to his remarkable 2014 season, where he won his first ATP World Tour Title since 2010 and his first in Australia since 2005, defeating old rival Roger Federer to lift the Brisbane trophy.
Next, Hewitt will attempt to roll back the years to 2002-03, when he won titles in this region. His second round clash against Kevin Anderson would be a crucial victory for the Australian.
“He’s got a big serve and forehand. I’ve just got to try to get that extra ball back against him.”
South Africa’s Kevin Anderson took part in his second final in as many weeks at the Mexican Open in Acapulco, where he lost budding talent Grigor Dimitrov. While it was the first time for Anderson to reach back-to-back finals on the ATP tour, it also marked his fourth consecutive loss in a final. He will be looking to rebound from the disappointment by avenging his loss to Hewitt two years back.
This marks the second time that Hewitt and Anderson meet on the ATP Tour, with Hewitt leading the series 1-0 with a victory in Stockholm in 2012. It will be interesting to see who holds the advantage this week in Indian Wells. Anderson has all the physical traits required to defeat Hewitt and he should be considered the favorite for tomorrow’s match-up.
Prediction: Kevin Anderson in Three Sets