Many years after they finished the careers, Gonzalez has a 5-2 advantage over Hewitt in their H2H, but when they met for the first time it was rather surprising that the Australian almost lost that semifinal. After dropping 3/7 the opener, Hewitt  saved five break points at 1:2 and held at ‘love’ at 4:5 in the 2nd set before breaking the Chilean  in the following game. In the 3rd set it was pretty clear that Gonzalez put too much effort into the first two sets, his right knee bothered him, and he lost the set quickly running not willingly. He had defeated Roddick 7-6, 7-6 in the previous round and was on his way to repeat that scoreline against the best player at the time, it was the first very good result for the 22 year-old Chilean in the most important events, however, in Miami earlier that year, he had stunned Sampras reaching the fourth round.
…between San Jose ’02 and Los Angeles ’03, Hewitt was not only the best player in the world, he was also far superior than others when it came to tight situations, during that period – which lasted 1.5 years – he won as many as 15 matches when at least two games separated him from defeat, losing only one match of this kind (led 6-2, 4-all vs Mantilla in Toronto ’02, so a week before the Gonzalez meeting)!
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