2/13/13 3:31 AM | Ricky Dimon
Lleyton Hewitt gets past Blaz Kavcic in a third-set tiebreaker on Tuesday in San Jose. He is joined in the second round by Benjamin Becker, who beat Ryan Harrison in three sets.
Lleyton Hewitt d. Blaz Kavcic 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(4)
Hewitt made a series of comebacks before finally outlasting Kavcic in two hours and 35 minutes during first-round action at the SAP Open on Tuesday afternoon. Kavcic had won both of their previous meetings and he seemed to be on the way to another victory throughout much of this one. The Slovenian lost a mere one service point in the opening set to coast through it and he even led by a break in the second.
Even after Hewitt stormed back to force a third, Kavcic recovered for an immediate break and a 1-0 lead. In fact, the world No. 79 twice led by a break in the final set only to give it back both times. Kavcic survived a tough service game at 4-5 and eventually forced an all-or-nothing tiebreaker. At long last it was Hewitt's turn to play from ahead, as he raced to a 5-0 advantage. The veteran Aussie saw his opponent climb within 6-4, but he promptly won another return point to clinch victory. Hewitt will battle No. 3 seed Sam Querrey for a place in the quarterfinals.
Benjamin Becker d. Ryan Harrison 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-3
Both men played well to make for a high-quality first-rounder in San Jose, but in the end it was Becker's offense that got the best of Harrison's defense after two hours and 24 minutes. This one was competitive right from the start, with both players breaking once en route to an opening tiebreaker. Harrison dominated it seven points to three, appearing to take control of the match.
The 57th-ranked American struck nine aces in the second, but he cracked with the pressure on at 5-6. Becker seized his second break of the day to force a decider and he never looked back. The 31-year-old German dropped serve once in the third, but one more late break to his credit allowed him to close out the proceedings on serve at 5-3. Next up for Becker is either Ryan Sweeting or No. 6 seed Denis Istomin.
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