Following strong showings in their opening matches, former champion Lleyton Hewitt and last year’s semi-finalist Jerzy Janowicz will meet for the first time on the professional tour on Thursday afternoon. It is a highly compelling match-up between two notable athletes who have never encountered each other on the World Tour and has the potential to be an entertaining contest for the fans in attendance.
Australian No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt dispatched Michal Przysiezny of Poland 6-2, 6-7, 6-1, 6-4 to secure his entry into the second round of The Championships. Hewitt hit 8 aces, 4 double faults, 37 winners and 20 unforced errors to finish off with a clean positive ratio. The Adelaide-native beat Stan Wawrinka last year at this stage of the event but lost to Nadal-vanquisher Dustin Brown in the second round of the tournament. Brown will not be an issue for Hewitt this year, as he lost his opener to Marcos Baghdatis.
While Hewitt got away with a four-set encounter, Polish No. 1 Jerzy Janowicz did not get that luxury, as he needed all five sets to defeat his Indian opponent Somdev Devvarman. Jerzy hit 8 aces, 19 double faults, 61 winners to 60 unforced errors for a sloppy performance overall to win the contest 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Considering he has played poorly for the majority of the season so far, Janowicz will be desperately looking to defend his semi-final points from last year, where he lost to the eventual champion Andy Murray.
Hewitt and Janowicz will cross paths for the first time on the professional tour on Thursday afternoon. It is a difficult match to predict, as both players have previousy shown flashes of brilliance at this event, and it will be down to the better performer to snatch the victory this time around.
Prediction: Lleyton Hewitt in Five Sets