Hewitt wins a three-setter in the first round of Stockholm Open 2012, while outsider Rosenholm smashes out defending champ Monfils.
Former number one Australian Lleyton Hewitt produced a confident first set against higher ranked Kevin Anderson of South Africa. He held all of his service games, broke Anderson in the ninth game, and served out the opener with a love game. Things got complicated for the two-time Grand Slam winner in the second set as he lost a serve early on and fell 0-3 behind. He crawled back to make it 4-4, but gave away another serve as well as his one set lead – Anderson converted the sixth set ball in the longest game of the match. The legendary Australian found a perfect response by breaking Anderson in the opening game of the decider. He hung on to the lead until he was serving to enter the second round and his nerves remained cool despite the South African generating three re-break points. Hewitt was not as wasteful – he wrapped the clash up with the first match ball. In the end, it was 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 for the Australian after two hours and twenty-nine minutes of first round tennis. Hewitt is challenging eighth-seed Jarkko Nieminen in the following round.
A day to remember for 436th-ranked Swede Patrik Rosenholm who caught Stockholm 2011 title holder Gael Monfils on the wrong foot in the first round this year. No indications of great surprise in the opening stages as Monfils broke Rosenholm in the first game, yet the Swede hit back to make it 2-2 and exploded in the last two games of the opener: he first broke the Frenchman to love for 5-3 and confirmed the break in the same manner. Monfils started to take his opponent more seriously from then on and pulled off a swift five straight games run in the second set. Rosenholm did manage to get on the board at 5-1, but the set was nonetheless over in mere twenty minutes. Three love games to get the decider on the way with 24-year-old Swede attaining a 2-1 lead. Monfils could not find his rhythm and soon enough Rosenholm was 4-1 up. The Frenchman escaped a second break, but the Swede looked like he was used to beating ATP champions week in, week out. Two smooth holds ultimately granted him a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 victory. He now has a chance to upset sixth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny in front of the home crowd.
Elsewhere, Romanian Copil ousted Delbonis of Argentine in two sets (6-1, 7-5), whilst Estonian Zopp got the better of Spaniard Andujar: 6-4, 6-4.