US Open 2013 Preview: Lleyton Hewitt vs Mikhail Youzhny

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Louis Armstrong Stadium Second Match Not Before 12:30 pm local

This match sees two of the three remaining 30+ year old players face off for a spot in the quarter finals. Mikhail Youzhny (Player Profile) is a two times semi finalist at Flushing Meadows while Lleyton Hewitt (Player Profile) won the title 12 years ago while also making a second final in 2004, losing to Roger Federer. Hewitt leads the Head to Head with 5-1.

Continually written off, Hewitt has proved he still has the fight in him and has an outstanding chance of making a slam quarter final for the first time since 2009. None of his wins to get this far were in straight sets with Brian Baker and Evgeny Donskoy going down in four but he was outstanding in his second round match against Juan Martin Del Potro. He recovered from blowing a set point for a 2-0 sets lead against the former champion to take it in five. Most notably was the excellent fourth set tie break which ensured he could take it to a decider. Once there, he finished off Del Potro in some style, taking the last for the loss of just one game for a 6-4 5-7 3-6 7-6(2) 6-1 victory.

Meanwhile, Youzhny won his first two matches in straights against Nicolas Mahut and Alexandr Dolgopolov but he would have to save 1st set points against the latter. After a fast start by Tommy Haas in round three, the Russian would bounce back against a surprisingly flat opponent to win 6-3 6-2 2-6 6-3.

It’s likely to be an almighty battle and Hewitt is not one to shy from that but there is potential that he could be running out of gas after his strenuous run to this stage of the tournament. However, he has dealt with Youzhny handily in the past going 5-1 against him. The most recent meeting was in Cincinnati last year where Hewitt won in straight sets.

Prediction: Hewitt in 4

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