(January 9, 2013) Former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt gave his home country a thrill when the Australian overcame the big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (4) at the Kooyong Classic on Wednesday, which sets up a semifinal clash against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.
“It’s really tough, you know, with the wind,” said Hewitt, “so a lot of it’s sort of playing percentage tennis out there, but also yes, you’ve got to hit your shots and good movement and mental toughness, I guess, as well. For me mentally there’s no stress or extra pressure about my body at the moment which just leaves me with a clear mind.”
Kooyong is an invitational warm-up event for the Australian Open, the first major of the season.
Berdych won over Croatia’s Ivan Dodig 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Dodig was a late replacement for the injured Kei Nishikori.
Juan Martin del Potro defeated Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3)and will play his semifinal against Marcos Baghdatis, who was leading Janko Tipsarevic 6-1, 1-0 when the Serbian retired with a right wrist tendon injury.
Schedule of Play for January 10, 203
Thursday, January 10, 2013
MIILOS RAONIC (CAN) v IVAN DODIG (CRO)
LLEYTON HEWITT (AUS) v TOMAS BERDYCH (CZE)
PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU (FRA) v SIMONE BOLLELLI (ITA) replacement for Janko Tipsarevic