Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Hewitt beaten in Queens, Haas into 2nd round in Halle

Hewitt beaten in Queens, Haas into 2nd round in Halle

Lleyton Hewitt lost to Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round at Queen's Club.

Karlovic took command from the start, smashing seven aces in his first two service games and making an early break. The Croat went on to close the match with his 22nd ace.

"Yeah, it was frustrating, to say the least," Hewitt said. "It doesn't give you a chance to do a lot of things. You can't assess where you're at at the moment. You know, I can't assess my movement. Yeah, so it's just a frustrating day, all up."

"I felt like I was actually seeing the ball not bad out there, especially the returns that I could get my racquet on. The pressure just builds on your service games, and he's just lashing at shots left, right, and center. I didn't serve my best, him serving like that puts a lot more pressure on you," he added.

Also at the AEGON Champinships, Nicolas Mahut earned a second-round meeting with Andy Murray by beating Guillermo Garcia Lopez 6-4, 6-2.

"Of course I believe I can beat him (Murray). Otherwise I wouldn't be on the court," said Mahut. "He's the favourite but I just have to come on centre court, enjoy it and play my game."

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will play Jamie Baker, who defeated Oliver Golding 7-6 (1), 6-3.

Andy Roddick will face Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the second round after the Frenchman defeated Evgeny Korolev 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4.

Kevin Anderson scored a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over James Ward.

Anderson hit 16 aces in his one-hour, 49-minute match but he admitted he needed to lift himself emotionally for his first match on grass this season.

"I can sometimes be too passive, but I feel by the end I was really involved in the match. It's a bit of my personality, sometimes it's a challenge to show a bit more emotion," said Anderson.

"It's always great to get through the first match on grass.I'm happy with the way I finished off the match. The court was not as slippery as it seemed in warm-up." He added.

Tommy Haas advanced to the second round in Halle when Bernard Tomic retired after just 22 minutesof play.

The German leading 5-2 at the time. “To be in the second round it’s obviously good for me, but at the same time it would have been nice to get more of a feel out there, see how the court is playing,” said Haas, the 2009 champion. “But it didn’t happen. Some things you can’t control. So, I’ll just try to get some more feel for it in the second match and do the same thing and try to win the match.”

Tomic had made no indication of his struggles but he has been ill for 10 days and was not feeling well.

Haas received good news from Wimbledon today as well. The organisors decided to give him a wildcard.

“The qualifying is staged in Roehampton, which is a different venue, and I don’t know if I would have put myself through that,” said Haas.

His next opponent at the GERRY WEBER OPEN is Marcel Granollers, who beat Mischa Zverev.

Radek Stepanek earned a 7-6(6), 4-6, 7-6(7) win over Andreas Seppi while Viktor Troicki fired 21 aces in a 6-2, 7-6(6) win over Benjamin Becker.

Florian Mayerdefeated Tim Smyczek 6-4, 6-4 setting up a second round match with Roger Federer.

“For sure there are easier draws,” said Mayer. “Nevertheless, I’m looking forward. I don’t have anything to lose. It’s his first match, that’s always a bit difficult. Of course, he is the absolute favourite. But I intend to give him a hard time and I think that I have a small chance, even if it’s really tiny, to keep up with him.”