10/18/12 4:05 AM | Cheryl Murray
Lleyton Hewitt scored a second upset win at the If Stockholm Open, this time taking out a seed en route to the quarterfinals.
Lleyton Hewitt (WC) def. Jarkko Nieminen (8) 7-6(2), 2-6, 6-4
Lleyton Hewitt, whose ranking has fallen outside the top 100 to world No. 102, continued his path of upsets at the Stockholm Open, taking out the No. 8 seed Jarkko Nieminen in a tight three-set win.
The Aussie played quite well for half of the first set, but he gave back his break lead to allow Nieminen to get back on serve and force the tiebreaker. Fortunately for the Hewitt camp, his mental toughness--which has marked much of his career--did not desert him in the breaker. He allowed Nieminen just two points to take the lead in the match.
The Finn came roaring back in the second set. He broke Hewitt's serve twice to level the match at a set apiece and force a third set.
The deciding set was a bit sloppy from both men. Neither man seemed able to hold onto a break of serve, with Nieminen snagging a pair of service breaks and Hewitt finally securing three for the match win.
Mikhail Youzhny (6) def. Patrik Rosenholm 6-0, 6-2
It was smooth sailing for Russia's Mikhail Youzhny. He required just a bit over an hour to defeat wild card Patrik Rosenholm in a dominant performance. The Swede never earned a single break-point chance in the match, while Youzhny broke Rosenholm's serve five times.
The win sends the Russian into the quarterfinals, where he will take on the winner of Tomas Berdych and Jurgen Zopp.
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