A second round match-up takes place on Wednesday afternoon at the U.S Clay Court Championships, as Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Querrey will clash for a fifth time on the ATP World Tour. Hewitt leads the head-to-head series 3-1.
Australian No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt defeated Canada’s Peter Polansky 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to advance to the second round of the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship. The match was far from his best performance, although the conditions certainly played a factor in that. The 33-year-old is looking to win his second title this season, having lifted the Brisbane title earlier in the year with a victory over Roger Federer. Next will be a match-up against U.S’s Sam Querrey.
- Hewitt has only ever won two clay court titles. His last one was in 2009.
- The Australian is after his 30th title on the tour.
- Hewitt is on the 21st player in ATP history to win 600+ matches. Only two other active players share that feat, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
World No. 82 Sam Querrey had a slightly easier time in his match, as he defeated Bogomolov Jr. in straight sets to reach the second round in Houston. While he has managed to reach the second round of the majority of the tournaments he has participated in this season, Querrey has only reached the third round of the Australian Open. He will be looking to break that streak when he meets the Australian on Wednesday afternoon.
- Querrey is a former finalist in Houston, as he lost to Juan Ignacio Chela in the 2010 final.
This marks the fifth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Hewitt leading the series 3-1. The Australian won their most recent match-up, which took place at the Wimbledon championships, yet this will be their first encounter on clay.
Prediction: Lleyton Hewitt in Three Sets