French Open live coverage: Nadal vs Hewitt

Third round: Rafael Nadal vs Lleyton Hewitt
Head to head: 5-4
2009 Roland Garros Clay Nadal 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
2008 Beijing Olympics, Hard Nadal 6-1, 6-2
2007 Roland Garros Clay Nadal 6-3, 6-1, 7-6(5)
2007 ATP Masters Series Hamburg Clay Nadal 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
2006 Queen’s Club Grass Hewitt 3-6, 6-3 RET
2006 Roland Garros Clay Nadal 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
2005 Australian Open Hard Hewitt 7-5, 3-6, 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-2
2004 ATP Masters Series Toronto, Hard Hewitt 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
2004 Australian Open Hard Hewitt 7-6(2), 7-6(5), 6-2

Rafa and Lleyton met at the same stage of the tournament last year. Rafa is once again the big favorite, as he became the first player in history to win all 3 clay court Masters titles in a single year and the first player to win 3 consecutive Masters events.
But as always, Nadal won’t overlook his opponent: “We know Hewitt. He’s a very dangerous guy and he plays at a very high level. He’s going to do his best to win, of course.”
Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt will give everything on the court: “He cleaned me up last few times. He’s obviously very dominant, especially on this surface. I’m gonna have to go out there and execute what I want to do, and do it bloody well.”

You can follow here live this match between two former number ones.

16.52: Warm-up
17.00: Nadal on serve
First break point for Hewitt. And break for Hewitt after a forehand unforced error of Nadal.

Sweet forehand passing shot for Rafa 15 all. Really windy today at Roland Garros.
Nadal is really agressive today. Hewitt serves well 40-30. Break point for Rafa saved by Hewitt. Nadal breaks back. 1-1, Nadal to serve.

17.14 Huge Nadal forehand down the line. 40-0. Nadal holds serve easily 2-1.

17.21 Nice volley for the number 2. Nadal breaks again 3-1.

17.26: Hewitt has just lost 4 games in a row. 4-1 Nadal.

17.27 Serve and volley for Hewitt 40-0, holds serve for the first time of the match 4-2.

17.34 Break point for Hewitt. Unforced error.
Ouch, another HUGE forehand down the line 5-2 for Rafa.

17.40 5-3, Nadal serves for the first set.
Hewitt fights hard, some tough rallies, but 3 set points for Rafa. The crowd wakes up (at last).
Nadal attacks the net and first set for the Spaniard.

17.47 On the other courts: Verdasco leads 2 sets to 1 against Kohlschreiber. But 3-0 for the German in the fourth set.
2 sets to one for Ginepri against Ferrero.

17.59 Rafa breaks early in the second set, leads Hewit 2-1. Both players seem bothered by the wind, as the ball trajectories are unpredictable.

18.05 Hewitt is still there, he breaks back 2 all.
A lot of forehand errors by Nadal.

18.10 The winner of this match will meet Bellucci who just beat Ljubicic in straight sets.
4-3 for Hewitt.
Verdasco leads now 5-4 in the fourth (vs Kohlschreiber) and Ferrero is up 5-2, Ginepri leading 2 sets to 1.

18.27 Hewitt works really hards and plays well but Nadal breaks and will serve to take the second set.

18.30 And it’s now 6-3 6-4 for Rafa who doesn’t seem very happy with his game today.

18.40 Nadal struggles a lot with his forehand today, a lot of unusual errors. 1-1 in the third set.

18.50 Both players seem very frustated. 2-2 in the third.
It rains but the play goes on.

19.06 Big surprise: Ginepri defeats Ferrero 7-5 6-3 3-6 2-6 6-4 and reaches the fourth round.
Verdasco is up 5-3 in the fifth.

19.15 And 6-4 in the fifth for Verdasco after an awesome battle with Kohlschreiber.
First set for Stosur over Pivarova 6-3.

19.22 5-3 for Nadal, Hewitt will serve to stay in the match.

19.25 Hewitt saves two match points.

19.28 Rafa wins 6-3 6-4 6-3. Kudos to Hewitt who played really well and should be really dangerous on grass next month.

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