Lleyton Hewitt Shocks Juan Martin Del Potro At 2013 US Open

Updated: August 31, 2013


Juan Martin Del Potro was poised to make a big run at the  2013 US Open has he was in great form and was entering tournament with a lot of momentum.   He had just recently won the tournament at Washington and played extremely Well at his previous tournament at Cincinnati.  Furthermore, he was 20-6 on hard court this year and really showed the world he can compete with any player on the tournament after his performance in the semi-finals at Wimbledon against Novak Djokovic.  He lost a five set thriller against Djokovic but, he really played his heart out and won the crowd who gave him a standing ovation after the match. After this match, he made it clear that will be a tough opponent to beat and wil compete for Grand slam title in a era where Murray, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are dominating.

Nevertheless, he run at his second US Open title came to an end as he lost to 66th ranked Australian Lleyton Hewitt in the second round 6-4 5-7 3-6 7-6(2) 6-1. Juan Martin Del Potro was up two sets to one and really seemed in control to move on to the third round. However, Lleyton Hewitt turned back the clock and played probably his best tennis in years. He stormed back to win the next two sets to win the match and stun the crowd at New York. Hewitt was ranked 60 spots lower than the Argentinian and was 8 years older than him. No one really expected the former number one player to pull of an upset against Del Potro who was much  younger and in better shape. However, Hewitt played really well and was able to completely dominate Del Potro in the final sets.  After breaking Del Potro and being up 3-1, Potro really lost his confidence and almost seemed like he a gave up. He played really poorly in the final set and it could been that he ran out of gas towards the end.  Now, Del Potro will have try to forget about this match and look towards the future.  He did have a shot this year to win in New York but, he could no grab the opportunity and will try to make another run at next  Grand Slam which will be the Australian Open next year.

Lleyton Hewitt will move  on to the third round at the 2013 US Open where he will meet Russian Evgeny Donskoy. Lleyton Hewitt should be able to beat him and continue his impressive run in New York. Furthermore, Hewit is now 3-0 against 6th ranked Juan Martin Del Potro after his previous victory.

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