Del Potro beats Harrison to move into third round of 2012 US Open

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Juan Martin Del Potro saw off crowd favourite Ryan Harrison in an enthralling four set encounter to book a third round encounter with fellow Argentinean Leonardo Mayer. Del Potro hit 4 aces and 29 winners on his way to a 6-2 6-3 2-6 6-2 victory.

Harrison started poorly and gave up a break in the first game of the match in a set that serve wasn’t all that dominant on. After breaking and holding to tie it back up at 2-2, it all went wrong for the American as he did not win another game in the set, dropping serve twice with Del Potro clinical on the important points.

Set two was more of the same as Harrison quickly went 0-40 down on his serve and gifted another break with a double fault. It was also a double fault that saw Harrison get a sniff in the very next game at 30-30 and when Del Potro missed a sitter Harrison had the chance for an immediate breakback. He failed to take advantage and passive play from Harrison saw Del Potro eventually get the hold. Following a call for the trainer to attend to his ankle, both players tightened up on serve not offering much on return. Serving to stay in the set, Harrison collapsed and gave up another 0-40 chance and dropped the set on the second break point for a break to 15.

It seemed like it would be a routine straight sets win for Del Potro but Harrison had other ideas, breaking in the first game of the set after the Argentinean double faulted for the fifth time in the match. Harrison was pegged back from 40-0 attempting to confirm the hold but held his nerve to push on for a 2-0 lead.  The pair continued to trade holds until the decisive game seven which saw off any threat that Del Potro could win the set in straights as Harrison took a *5-2 lead at the fourth opportunity.

After Del Potro saved two break points in the fourth set that was it for Harrison as he double faulted himself to break points down. The American saved the first but missed an easy shot to go *3-1 down. Serving to stay in the match, he threw in a tame service game and was broken to love to end the match.

Lleyton Hewitt booked a match with David Ferrer in the third round after coming through a five set thriller against Gilles Muller, coming from two sets to one down. In a match that saw 95 winners and 35 aces from Muller, it was his serve that let him down at the most vital moment as he double faulted on match point to gift the win to Hewitt.

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