2/20/13 8:31 PM | Ricky Dimon
Lleyton Hewitt saves two match points before overcoming Yen-Hsun Lu on Wednesday in Memphis. Hewitt is joined in the second round by Donald Young, who got a retirement from Xavier Malisse.
Lleyton Hewitt won a wild one against Yen-Hsun Lu in the first round of the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships on Wednesday afternoon, prevailing 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 after two hours and 21 minutes. Hewitt struck nine aces without double-faulting and benefited from seven Lu double-faults to set up a meeting with Denis Istomin.
Lu, who also lost to Hewitt in the 2011 Memphis opening round, came out firing and dominated the first set. Hewitt turned the tide by taking a 4-1 advantage in the second with two breaks. Crazy momentum swings continued to take place, as Lu battled back to level the terms and eventually pulled ahead 6-5. Chinese Taipei's top player even had two match points with Hewitt serving to stay alive at 15-40.
The 31-year-old Aussie saved both of them and he never lost control after forcing a tiebreaker. Hewitt briefly trailed 3-1, but he won the last six points of the 'breaker to force a decisive third set. The world No. 107 had another minor hiccup after leading 2-0, but his fifth break of the day came when it mattered most at 5-4 to end it.
Joining Hewitt in the second round is qualifier Donald Young, who led 5-1 in the first set when Xavier Malisse retired. Young will battle fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori for a spot in the quarterfinals.
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