On paper it was a fascinating match-up because the 19-year-old Hewitt  began the season claiming two titles while Norman  suggested in 1999 that he was on the rise, hungry to finally make a breakthrough at Slams. The first two sets shocked, the Swede overwhelmed the local favourite with powerful baseline game. In the 3rd set Hewitt led 5:2* when Norman erased a set point with a forehand winner. Another set points came at 6:5 (forced error when Hewitt stumbled & service winner). In the tie-break Norman led 6:4, at 6-all Hewitt committed a double fault risking his second serve, his trademark in the next few years when he became the best in the world.
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