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Nalbandian surpasses Hewitt in a marathon to reach 2nd round of the Australian Open 2011

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Nalbandian surpasses Hewitt in a marathon to reach 2nd round of the Australian Open 2011
The Australian Open 2011 witnessed its first classic and longest match, as both David Nalbandian of Argentina and home-favourite Lleyton Hewitt pushed each other to the limits. Though, Nalbandian prevailed in 4 hours and 48 minutes, but as the Argentine said in a post match interview, that it could have been won by any of the contender.

The Australian Open 2011 got into groove and looked as a Grand Slam tournament on its second-day, as it experienced its longest match so far, between two tennis giants David Nalbandian of Argentina and Lleyton Hewitt of Australia. Nalbandian won this match in five gruelling sets with a 3-6 6-4 6-3 6(1)-7 9-7 scoreline. The mammoth duel lasted for 4 hours and 48 minutes, as Nalbandian hammered 65 winners as compared to Hewitt’s 53 to nudge ahead. Ironically, both the players won 193 points in total, but it was Nalbandian’s day as he defeated the former World No. 1 Hewitt to reach the second-round of this year’s first Major tournament.

Hewitt showed great level of confidence as he was rigorous in whacking thunderous strokes from the back of the court in the first set. The Australian served with precision as he got 62% of his first serve in the court and hammered 11 winners. He broke Nalbandian once and maintained the lead till the end to take the first set 6-3 with another break of serve in the end.

As expected, Nalbandian bounced back in the second-set and roared with jubilance as he equalized the proceedings. Nalbandian broke Hewitt in third game of the second-set and then he went on to maintain the lead till the end of the set. The Argentine made points on 63% of his first serve and went on to slam 10 winners on court. Nalbandian took the second 6-4 to level scores at one set all.

Hewitt came back from being 0-2 down to stage a magnificent comeback in the third set. Nalbandian was unable to keep check on his recurring unforced errors as Hewitt charged towards two consecutive breaks of serves and surge to a lead with 11 winners and 7 unforced errors in the third set. Aussie took the set 6-3 to lead two sets to one in the match.

Re-live the exuberance of this marathon duel!

Nalbandian showed great presence of mind as he did not lose composure even after losing his serve more than once in the set. He hammered 14 winners in the set and made 53% of his first serves at the right part of the court. Nalbandian nailed the tiebreaker 7-1 to win the fourth set and level scores at 2 sets all.

In the final set, Nalbandian broke Hewitt in the third game and just when it looked that the Argentine will run away with the match, Hewitt broke back in the tenth game to equalize the proceeding at 5-5 each. And, the final set continued. Nalbandian broke Hewitt in the fifteenth game of the final set as he committed some uncharacteristic errors and also committed a double-fault. Nalbandian held on to his serve in the next game to move through with a sigh of relief.

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