Hewitt reaches final in Houston
Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt reached his first clay court final in a decade with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 victory over Evgeny Korolev Saturday at the US Men's Clay Court Championships.sports Updated: Apr 12, 2009 11:08 IST
Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt reached his first clay court final in a decade with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 victory over Evgeny Korolev Saturday at the US Men's Clay Court Championships.
The Aussie veteran, trying to work his way back up the rankings after left hip surgery last year, will meet American Wayne Odesnik in the final.
Odesnik advanced with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Bjorn Phau of Germany.
Hewitt won his 498th career match, moving him closer to joining Swiss star Roger Federer and Spain's Carlos Moya as the only active players with 500 wins.
A victory Sunday would give Hewitt his first title on clay since he won at Delray Beach in 1999.
Hewitt's last appearance in a final was in Las Vegas in 2007, where he won his 26th career title.
His 2008 season without a title saw Hewitt's streak of 10 years with at least one title end.
"Last year was frustrating for me. It was the first year I wasn't able to win a tournament. It would be nice to win tomorrow. Back when I was number one, I was winning five or six tournaments a year consistently," Hewitt said.