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  • Soderling rallies to down Hewitt in five

    6/23/11 10:14 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Soderling rallies to down Hewitt in five World No. 5 Robin Soderling came back from the brink of defeat on Thursday, as he fought through to a five-set victory over former champion Lleyton Hewitt. The Swede won the final set, 6-4.

    (5) Robin Soderling def. Lleyton Hewitt 6-7(5), 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4

    Fifth seed Robin Soderling survived a difficult second-round match, where he rallied to a five-set success against former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt. The Swede surrendered the first two sets, but regrouped to level the match. Soderling trailed 1-2 in the decider, then upped his effort to reach three match-points at 5-4. The World No. 5 closed the match as the Australian netted a forehand strike.

    Soderling ended the day with 28 aces and 75 winners.

    "You just have to start over, like trying to take one point at a time and see it as a new match; there's still a chance to win," said Soderling. "I didn't want to go off the court feeling that I didn't give a hundred per cent. Win or lose, doesn't matter.

    "I tried not to think about the scoreline. Instead, I tried to keep looking forward. I know I was playing pretty well. I served well. And if I could just start to move a little bit better, start to return a little bit better than the first two sets, I knew I had a good chance."

    He will take on either Igor Andreev or qualifier Bernard Tomic in the next round.

    Yen-Hsun Lu def. (13) Viktor Troicki 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4

    Former quarter-finalist Yen-Hsun Lu is through to the third round, following his upset victory against 13th seed Viktor Troicki. The 27-year-old, currently ranked World No. 57, collected 33 winners and three service breaks through two hours and 14 minutes.

    He is slated to meet 19th seed Michael Llodra in the third round. The veteran defeated Ricardo Mello in the second round, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

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