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Some fantastic serving from the Frenchman in the first set saw him arrow 10 aces and having a first serve percentage of 70. Hewitt himself started the match well and had two game point opportunities as early as the third game, but the Aussie squandered them and payed the price later. Hewitt's serve had looked impenetrable up until the eighth game where Tsonga shifted gears and attacked the Hewitt serve to break. Tsonga smashed 24 winners in the set.
The second set had a lot more drama than the first one, as Hewitt had ano opportunity to break as early as in the sixth game. That wasn't just one opportunity but 3 of them together, but the Aussie couldn't convert as Tsonga rose above. In the next game, Hewitt seemed to be in trouble at 30-40, but Tsonga wasn't up to it and Hewitt held on. Just when the Aussie thought that he had weathered the storm, Tsonga broke Hewitt in what was the penultimate game of the set. The last game was itself dramatic as Hewitt had 3 more break point opportunity, but Tsonga absorbed the pressure and fought back typically. 'Ali' is his nickname, and that set was al about fighting. He fired 6 aces and 17 winners to wrap the set up 6-4.
The third set was more of the same. Hewitt showed some early resilience but in this set had no real chances. He did save a couple of break points in the set, but the writing really was on the wall as Tsonga broke the Aussie in the seventh game. Tsonga's serve was immaculate in the entire match. He finally took the set 6-4.
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