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  • Nalbandian ousts Hewitt in five, saves match points

    1/18/11 9:07 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Nalbandian ousts Hewitt in five, saves match points David Nalbandian survived a marathon match with Lleyton Hewitt Tuesday night, having saved two match points to reach the Australian Open second round. The 27th seed rallied to a victory at 9-7 in the deciding set.

    (27) David Nalbandian def. Lleyton Hewitt 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(1), 9-7

    World No. 21 David Nalbandian battled into the morning hours to oust former finalist Lleyton Hewitt in five sets. The 29-year-old Argentine dug out of a huge hole, trailing 0-40, 1-3 in the fourth set. After earning a key break in the decider, Nalbandian could not close serving at 5-4. He saved two match points at 5-6, before a Hewitt double fault gave him the edge at 8-7.

    "It was the kind of matches that nobody can forget it," said the former World No. 3. "I think we played a very intense tennis today. We both fight until the very end. I have a day off tomorrow - or today. I am going to do all the things necessary to try to recover, to be ready. These kind of matches give me a lot of confidence, as well."

    He faces Ricardas Berankis in the second round.

    (7) David Ferrer def. Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2

    Seventh seed David Ferrer is through to round two, following his four-set victory over Jarkko Nieminen. The Spaniard broke serve at 1-1 in the first set, then 2-2 in the second. After overcoming a third set lull, Ferrer regrouped to break at 2-2 in the fourth set. The World No. 7 completed the match with 32 winners and five of 11 break chances converted.

    He meets veteran American Michael Russell in the next round.

    (15) Marin Cilic def. (Q) Donald Young 6-3, 6-2, 6-1

    Fifteenth seed Marin Cilic had little difficulty downing qualifier Donald Young Tuesday afternoon. The 2010 Australian Open semifinalist led 2-0 at the start, then built a double-break, 5-2 advantage in the second set. Cilic closed the third set with two service breaks in 26 minutes.

    He is scheduled to take on Santiago Giraldo for a place in the third round.

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