Hall of Fame Championships: Lleyton Hewitt rallies to down Ryan Harrison
Last Updated: 09/07/14 7:19am
Lleyton Hewitt recovered from a dismal opening set to move into the second round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport.
The Australian was blown out in the opener by American Ryan Harrison but Hewitt rallied for a 1-6 7-5 6-4 win.
"At the start I tried to come out and play really clean tennis," Hewitt told the tournament's official website.
"It's totally different courts and conditions to playing in London. That was the hardest thing, so in the end, I just tried to win ugly more than anything. Just get balls back in play.
It's totally different courts and conditions to playing in London. That was the hardest thing, so in the end, I just tried to win ugly more than anything. Just get balls back in play.
"With the wind out here on these courts, they're not bouncing as high as in England. It's a lot tougher out there. I wouldn't say it was the best-looking match, but I just found a way to win."
All of the seeds in action were able to progress, with Hewitt the only one to face any significant resistance along the way.
Top seed John Isner beat qualifier Wayne Odesnik 6-4 7-6 (8/6), while fourth seed and defending champion Nicolas Mahut was a 7-6 (7/1) 6-4 winner over Facundo Arguello.
Jack Sock, seeded No 7, saw off Alex Kuznetsoc 6-4 6-3 and eighth seed Adrian Mannarino beat Jimmy Wang 6-2 6-4.
There were also wins for Sergiy Stakhovsky, Luke Saville, Ante Pavic and Austin Krajicek.