Soderling stages great escape
Robin Soderling fought back from two sets down to beat Australian Lleyton Hewitt 6-7(5) 3-6 7-5 6-4 6-4 in a dramatic second-round match under the Centre Court roof at Wimbledon on Thursday. Star Watchsports Updated: Jun 24, 2011 01:41 IST
Robin Soderling fought back from two sets down to beat Australian Lleyton Hewitt 6-7(5) 3-6 7-5 6-4 6-4 in a dramatic second-round match under the Centre Court roof at Wimbledon on Thursday.
The Swedish fifth seed looked to be on his way out of the tournament as a succession of unforced errors gifted the former champion a two-set lead.
Hewitt did not even need to show his trademark feisty qualities, keeping the ball in play and waiting for Soderling to put it in the net or out of court.
The Swede, twice French Open runner-up, found no answer to his problems and Hewitt looked certain to wrap up a straight-sets victory until Soderling conjured a break out of the blue to take the third.
Suddenly Soderling found the range on his booming serve and as the 30-year-old Hewitt began to tire he started making more unforced errors.
Soderling again managed to break his opponent's serve to take the set and the match headed into a decider.
"I knew if I could raise my game after the first two sets I had a good chance," Soderling said in a televised interview.
"It was nice to see him (Hewitt) injury-free and it was the best match we have ever played. He is a great fighter and he is playing better than for a while."
First Published: Jun 23, 2011 23:36 IST