9/14/12 5:49 PM | Ricky Dimon
Florian Mayer gets the best of Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets on Friday in Hamburg. Their Davis Cup World Group Playoffs tie is deadlocked, as Mayer's win was preceded by a victory for Bernard Tomic.
Florian Mayer defeated Lleyton Hewitt 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 on Friday afternoon in Hamburg to level the Davis Cup World Group Playoffs tie between Germany and Australia. Mayer dominated what was a baseline battle, breaking six times to prevail in two hours and seven minutes.
The real turning point of the match came late in set one, shortly after Hewitt seized a break for 5-4 with a crushing forehand return. From there, however, it was almost all Mayer. Hewitt failed to serve out the set in the 10th game then was broken again at 5-6 to end it.
With momentum in hand a raucous German crowd behind him, Mayer raced away for victory. The world No. 25 again dropped serve once in the second, but two breaks of his own more than made up for the blemish.
After serving out the second at 5-3, Mayer broke immediately in the third to all but end the match. Hewitt quickly donated serve again and missed both of his break chances as he attempted to get just one of the breaks back. Mayer delivered a tough hold at 4-1 before holding at love at 5-2 to wrap things up in style.
The tie is square at 1-1, as it began with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(4) victory for Australia's Bernard Tomic over Cedrik-Marcel Stebe.
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