Hewitt’s  best chance to reach a big final on clay; in his four Masters 1K semifinals (one in Rome, three in Hamburg) he was only a favorite against Portas [42, qualifier]. The Australian improved from 3:5 to 5-all in the 2nd set, but was not closer to win the match than seven points. At the beginning of the 3rd set he played poorly, losing the first ten points and it set up the thone for the rest of the set. Portas won 12 points (out of 17) after dropshots.
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