uo02hewitt_blake

uo02hewitt_blake

Points won by each set: [ 47-47, 40-31, 34-25, 23-33, 31-20 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
31 % Hewitt – 46 of 145
23 % Blake – 43 of 186

It was a highly anticipated encounter since the beginning of the tournament because a year before when Hewitt became the US Open champion, the unknown at the time Blake, gave him the hardest work (in the 2nd round) in a contest which arose some controversies due to Hewitt’s racial remarks towards a linesman… They both improved within twelve months, and their another New York meeting was concluded in a 5-setter as well. Blake [25] fought off three mini-set points at 5-all, and came back from a *2:5 deficit in the tie-break winning five straight points. He also came back from a break down in the 4th set (1:2). In the 5th set there was 2-all when Hewitt [1] won 12 out of 13 points. In retrospect I’d say it showed repetitive weakness in Blake’s game – he simply couldn’t maintain his focus for a longer period of time, thus his records in 5-setters and deciding 3rd set tie-breaks are abysmal.

Comparison of two US Open matches between them:
2001 (Louis Armstrong Stadium): Hewitt d. Blake 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0… 3 hours 6 minutes… Total points: 145-138
2002 (Arthur Ashe Stadium): Hewitt d. Blake 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3… 3 hours 34 minutes… Total points: 175-156

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