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- - HEWITT 6-7 6-4 3-6 0-6 - GAME, SET AND MATCH! Four points away, Ferrer wins the lot of them to go through in three hours, 12 minutes. It was not a glorious way to end the match from Hewitt, who had done plenty to make it a contest. But Ferrer's stamina really told in the latter stages, and he now faces either Richard Gasquet or Steve Johnson in round four. Draw
- - HEWITT 6-7 6-4 3-6 0-5 - BREAK! It must be demoralising to go stroke for stroke with your opponent, only to run out of energy with up to two sets of the match remaining. Ferrer sees break point again. Hewitt staves it off, but like a mosquito Ferrer buzzes back, and Hewitt can only flick a backhand into the net. One more game will do it.
- - HEWITT 6-7 6-4 3-6 0-4 - Hewitt appears to have run his race - the baseline strokes are all going long, and Ferrer scents victory. It's been a brave effort, but there's no much left.
- - HEWITT 6-7 6-4 3-6 0-3 - BREAK! Ferrer as fresh as a daisy, running around and chasing everything down. Hewitt still running strongly, but the errors are creeping in. Another break point, and Ferrer takes full advantage as Hewitt pushes an approach just that bit too far.
- - HEWITT 6-7 6-4 3-6 0-2 - Ferrer through this game in good time. The tournament beginning to look bleak for Hewitt. He's shown more than enough to suggest he can be a top 50 player, but at 31 years old, how much more does he want to give to tennis?
- - HEWITT 6-7 6-4 3-6 0-1 - BREAK! The pair have been out on court for three hours, but the rallies are not getting any less lengthy or taxing. But is the strain starting to tell on Australian? Just as he did in the previous set, he loses his serve in the opening game of this set, and he's now staring down the barrel.
- - HEWITT 6-7 6-4 3-6 - SET! The Spaniard drops a point behind the serve, but that's all he does - a body serve at Hewitt is too good, and the Australian can only paddle it out wide on the forehand. Two sets to one Ferrer leads, and he's closing in on the last 16.
- - HEWITT 6-7 6-4 3-5 - Hewitt so gritty and patient - it's almost as if Ferrer is playing the player most like himself on tour. And it's made for a fascinating match-up so far. With a hold to 15, the Australian asks him to serve out for the set.
- - HEWITT 6-7 6-4 2-5 - That's two comfortable holds in succession for Ferrer, who has now won eight service points on the spin. Hewitt not challenging him severely here, flashing forehands wide. One more of those, and the Spaniard will have a 2-1 lead in sets.
- - HEWITT 6-7 6-4 2-4 - It takes two forehands, each struck at the top of the bounce and into opposite corners, to finally shake off Ferrer and get ahead at 40-30. Or does it? A backhand called long from Hewitt keeps Ferrer interested - but it was in. Hewitt doesn't look enamoured to replay the point, and he's back to deuce. But this time for Ferrer, it's not the start of a comeback and a second break.
- - HEWITT 6-7 6-4 1-4 - Holds to love have been few and far between in this encounter, but with an ace down the middle, Ferrer gets one of those to his name.
- - HEWITT 6-7 6-4 1-3 - Important hold for Hewitt, who had let three in a row slip. He's on the board, and still just one break of serve down in the third.
- - HEWITT 6-7 6-4 0-3 - Right now Ferrer is finding those lines with precision. A Hawk-Eye challenge gives him the first point, proving he did keep the crosscourt shot in play, then the second catches the byline. Just as it looks as if Ferrer will have an easy game, a double fault and a well-constructed point from the Australian gets Hewitt back to 40-30. But a backhand into the net stops Hewitt in his tracks.
- - HEWITT 6-7 6-4 0-2 - BREAK! Hewitt looking more assured behind his own serve, but nothing comes for free in this match - the Australian finds himself back at deuce when a net cord falls Ferrer's way and leaves Hewitt stranded. Break point also comes via the net - this time it's Hewitt's volley which catches the top of the net and doesn't drop. And a double fault makes things ugly for Hewitt. It had all been going so well, but he now faces a rebuilding job.
- - HEWITT 6-7 6-4 0-1 - Hewitt returns after a comfort break after the second set, and starts almost like he's a little rusty after the rest. Two points gone in a flash, a forehand slipping wide yielding game point, and Ferrer up and running quickly in the third.
- - HEWITT 6-7 6-4 - SET! Every point is an event, a battle for the Australian and the Spnaiard. But with Ferrer giving a forehand a little bit too much, Hewitt brings up set point. He blew a string of them in the opener - but he only needs one this time, with Ferrer hitting long again. All square!
- - HEWITT 6-7 5-4 - Hewitt controlling the majority of the points here, but occasionally just overhitting one. A forehand down the line is one just instant, giving Ferrer a 40-30 advantage. The Spaniard comes through, running down a drop shot and steering it deep into the corner. Over to Hewitt after the change of ends.
- - HEWITT 6-7 5-3 - Hewitt comes through again to 30. Hard to remember when he last played this well. There were hints of it when he took Djokovic to three sets at the Olympic Games, but nothing on this scale. Ferrer now serving to stay in the set.
- - HEWITT 6-7 4-3 - Hewitt agonisingly close to the second break of serve, and he is earning them with terrific play - a pass down the line on the forehand which curves around Ferrer and catches the line is particularly good. But Ferrer saves two break points, and digs in to hold.
- - HEWITT 6-7 4-2 - Just the one double fault for Hewitt in this match, and it comes as he is 40-15 in front on his serve. But that keeps Ferrer interested, and he wrangles his way back to deuce. The Australian edges over the line, and moves to within two holds of levelling the match.
- - HEWITT 6-7 3-2 - Ferrer holds to thirty and keeps in touch. There has been no shortage of break point chances in this match - Ferrer must believe he will get a chance to level things up in the set if he bides his time.
- - HEWITT 6-7 3-1 - Techincally, Hewitt is the world number 125 according to the world rankings. He looks a considerably better player than that as he wheels through a hold to love. No free points, but he wins the lot. The 31-year-old in good rhythm.
- - HEWITT 6-7 2-1 - Ferrer on the board in the second set. The intensity of this match has not dropped one bit, and while it stays that way, there's still hope for the Australian. Making Ferrer work for every point, though the fourth seed no stranger to that.
- - HEWITT 6-7 2-0 - That said, Hewitt came through a five-setter in the previous round, so he's not afraid of a scrap. In fact he's won 31 five-set matches in his career. Pegged back to 30-30 by a well-judged backhand drop shot, deuce follows - but Hewitt comes through, cementing his break.
- - HEWITT 6-7 1-0 - BREAK! There are concerns that Hewitt really needed that set if he was to mount a serious challenge to Ferrer - he's been plagued by injury this year and might tire if the match goes too deep - but shows no ill effects from having missed out on all those set points a moment ago, earning a break point and converting it when Ferrer's backhand crosscourt fails to catch the baseline.
- - HEWITT 6-7 (9-11) - SET! Hewitt with a tired shot and from three set points up he's now set point down - but a huge forehand finds the corner of the corner of the court. It's then Ferrer's turn to blink, steering a backhand wide and giving Hewitt set point on serve. Ferrer denies him again! Hewitt earns a fifth set point with a backhand to Ferrer's feet at the net, and the Spaniard cannot lift it back over. Ferrer hangs on, and converts set point two.
- - HEWITT 6-6 (6-6) - Early mini-break for Ferrer, surrendered with a forehand into the net. Hewitt pushing Ferrer around just a touch when he gets the ball to the forehand, and Ferrer's first double fault of the match sees Hewitt take a 4-2 lead at the change of ends. Two big serves from Hewitt stretches the advantage to 6-3, and gives him three set points. He has a chance in the first, but having opened the space up slaps the backhand into the net. A forehand into the net and it's 6-6!
- - HEWITT 6-6 - These two trading and chasing like angry terriers on the baseline, and a tie-break is perhaps inevitable. The Louis Armstrong crowd in for a treat here after an hour of play.
- - HEWITT 6-5 - Hewitt holds to 15, with a Ferrer backhand sailing limply into the net sealing the game. The Australian will at least get a tie-break - if he can attack the next service game, it might get even better still.
- - HEWITT 5-5 - It's Ferrer's turn to feel the nerves at 0-30 down on serve - he's just two points away from ceding the set. But a forehand volley at the net gets him back and going to 30-30. A sensational point follows - it swung this way and that over 29 shots before the Spaniard chased down a backhand and flashed it across Hewitt at the net. It inspires him through to a crucial hold.
- - HEWITT 5-4 - Nobody has ever accused Hewitt of lacking fight, and he's putting on a display here to get himself back in front of the number four seed. The former champion here in 2001 will forces Ferrer to serve to stay in the set.
- - HEWITT 4-4 - Hewitt grabs the first point, but a service winner and an ace from Ferrer level things up. The fourth seed comes through to hold, and in the process ends a streak of losing three games in a row.
- - HEWITT 4-3 - For the first time in the match Hewitt enjoys a comfortable service game, and for the first time in half an hour, he's in front of the Spaniard on serve. 38 minutes in - perhaps the Aussie is just warming up.
- - HEWITT 3-3 - BREAK! Hewitt, on the back foot throughout the match so far, finds himself 15-40 ahead on the Ferrer serve. A huge chance, and the Australian happy to trade from the baseline looking for a winner. The Spaniard drives a backhand down the line to save the first, but cannot repeat the trick in the second. Suddenly, those eight break points Ferrer has missed out on look very costly.
- - HEWITT 2-3 - Every service game so far Hewitt has found himself 15-40 down. It's a recipe for disaster, and it's meaning he's having to perform heroics just to stay in games. A blazing forehand down the line is one such act, and he does manage to save a fifth and sixth break point in the set already. Hewitt then spurns two game points of his own before shutting Ferrer's break point down with a backhand volley cutting off an attempted pass. A fourth break point comes and goes before Hewitt wins.
- - HEWITT 1-3 - Comfortable hold from Ferrer - he's starting brightly on the way towards a possible showdown with Richard Gasquet or Steve Johnson in the last 16. Draw
- - HEWITT 1-2 - BREAK! Another service game slips the way of Ferrer in the early stages, with Hewitt only clawing his way back to 15-30 with a controlled volley. A forehand into the net from the former world number one opens up two break points again. Hewitt saves them both with forehands, his third and fourth of the match already. Hewitt cannot convert a game point after a 26-stroke rally, and Ferrer turns the tables to bring up break point again. He is not to be denied a fifth time.
- - HEWITT 1-1 - The early signs are that Ferrer has Hewitt's number. Busy play as ever from the Spaniard, with some waspish low shots buzzing across the net. Forehand crosscourt seals the opener.
- - HEWITT 1-0 - A shaky start from the Australian, who has not faced anything like Ferrer's brutal running down in this tournament. The Spaniard earns a 15-40 advantage, but the Australian comes back with a winner, and Ferrer nets a pass down the line. Impressive finishing forehand but he's pegged back again. It takes five minutes, but the Australian through a tense opener with a hold.
- - Ferrer and Hewitt have only met twice on tour, and so far they've shared the wins one apiece. Ferrer triumphed on the clay at Roland Garros, while Hewitt won on grass at Wimbledon. No match since 2008, however - and these days Ferrer is by far the stronger, on paper at least.
|Date of Birth||24/02/1981|
|Date of Birth||02/04/1982|