posted on May, 27 2003 @ 08:58 AM
Top seed Lleyton Hewitt did things the hard way before reaching the second round of the French Open.
The world number one looked good for two sets against American Brian Vahaly, winning them 6-4 6-1, but was made to fight hard in the third set after
squandering a 3-0 lead.
The Wimbledon champion then blew three match points in the tie-break as his serve deserted him and he lost five straight points from 6-3 up to let
Vahaly back into the match.
That shock initally seemed to provide Hewitt with the kick up the backside he required and the Aussie moved 5-1 up.
Another match point came and went before Vahaly finally succumbed, sending a backhand wide when serving at 3-5.
Still, a player who has never gone beyond the last eight in Paris will not have been happy to have been on court for more than three hours.