After a strong start to his grass court season, Lleyton Hewitt will continue his campaign or a fifth title at Queen’s Club when he meet Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in the second round of the tournament. This marks the fifth time these two athletes will meet on the ATP World Tour, and the second time this season. Hewitt is undefeated in the head-to-head series at 4-0.
Australian No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt began his 15th campaign at the Aegon Championships with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Daniel Gimeno-Traver on Monday. Hewitt hit 3 aces and won 83% of his points on first serve to secure the victory in one hour and eight minutes.
“I just felt pretty sharp out there,” said Hewitt. “I have been hitting the ball really well in practice. Didn’t take me long at all to get straight on the grass and felt comfortable, which is good. Everything’s been going well in practice leading in. I had a good week hitting. Was able to get enough time on the grass.
“I felt pretty confident. I didn’t really slip at all out there, and I felt like I wasn’t sliding like everyone else on the grass courts. I was pretty happy with that.”
Hewitt, 33, is 41-10 at the event and has won the title on four previous occasions, dating back 14 years to 2000.
Toledo native Feliciano Lopez had more difficulty in his Queen’s Club opener, as he was forced to go three sets after dropping the second set to Dusan Lajovic in a tiebreak. The match originally began on Monday but was suspended due to rain and resumed the following day. He did manage 16 aces in his 1 hour and 55 minute win.
Hewitt leads the head-to-head series 4-0, which includes a win at the Wimbledon Championships back 2005. While their second grass court encounter comes almost nine years later, an in-form Hewitt should control the majority of this match, as it is a surface he prefers over the Spaniard.
Prediction: Lleyton Hewitt in Three Sets