A time in their rivalry when Federer  was defeating Hewitt  regularly, and easily. It was Federer’s 9th straight victory over his peer, and the third one ‘3-1’ in sets, but Hewitt played the best match among those three four-setters. The Australian drew conclusions after their previous major semifinal when in the 2nd set he began playing aggressively and he finally made the things quite balanced. Hewitt applied this strategy from the beginning of the US Open semifinal. Federer needed ‘deuces’ in three service games of the opener. In the 2nd set he saved five set points on serve (15/40 at 4:5 and 5:6); second and fifth were impressive because he finished 21- and 13-stroke rallies with forehand winners. The discouraged Hewitt lost the tie-break 0/7, but somehow he didn’t fall apart in the 3rd set. He held after 9 deuces his first service game and got a break at 3-all. Three competitive sets against Federer, cost Hewitt too much, and the 4th set turned into a one-way affair, so characteristic for the majority of their sets in the years 2004-07.
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