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By Akshay Kohli
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Two of the best movers on court face off in duel when Australian Lleyton Hewitt faces David Ferrer for a shot in the second week of the US Open. Both players have great wheels on court and one should expect long rallies to be a regular feature in this match along with some pulsating, high quality tennis.
Presently ranked at 125 in the World, Hewitt started the year positively; reaching the Round of 16 at the Australian Open but has failed to keep up the good performances ever since. Injury also played a spoil sport for the Aussie, who returned directly at the French Open after the Australian Open. He featured in the finals of the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships recently, indicating that he still has that ‘never say die’ attitude running in his blood. With a win-loss record of 13-8, Hewitt would be eying to crack the Top-100 soon and probably even a Top-50 in the near future and this performance will surely bring his ranking up a little.
On the other hand, one of the hardest working players on tour, Ferrer is seeded fourth for the tournament and is No.1 Spaniard at this year’s US Open. He is one player who compensates for his timid structure with his lightening quick foot work and an amazing forehand. Having won 5 titles this year already, Ferrer has made a strong statement that is not a mere pushover. With a remarkable win-loss record of 55-11 this season, Ferrer would want to cement his place in the Top-5 of the World and also a spot in the World Tour Finals. He is yet to lose a set here and would be hoping to save some precious energy for the later rounds.
The two have faced each other twice with their head-to-head being split. This is their first meeting on hard and it looks like the odds are slightly towards the Spaniard.
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