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Hewitt trails Janowicz as rain stops play

Lleyton Hewitt in action against Jerzy Janowicz
by Kate Battersby
Thursday 26 June 2014

Last year’s semi-finalist Jerzy Janowicz has his second-round match with 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt suspended overnight with the Pole having taken the first set and the second standing at 4-4.

The crowd on Court No.2 included Hewitt’s compatriot ex-Formula One driver Mark Webber who sat alongside Hewitt’s wife Bec.

Janowicz has had a horrible year since losing to Andy Murray in the last four in 2013. He struggled to find form for the rest of the year, suffering a back injury in the autumn after which he fractured a bone in his foot, affecting his preparation for the start of 2014. Coming into Wimbledon he had lost 10 of his previous 12 matches, and in the first round needed five sets to get past the world No.125 Somdev Devvarman – a match in which Janowicz hit 19 double faults amid 60 unforced errors. By contrast Hewitt, now ranked No.48, got past Michal Przysiezny in a comparatively lean four sets. 

If fist pumps and cries of frustration and/or “come on!” were all this match were about, then it would be the equivalent of the John Isner/Nicolas Mahut 11-hour marathon, so frequently were they bandied about. Hewitt broke for 4-3 in the first, but instead of folding Janowicz promptly reeled off four games. The Pole was making more errors than he would like, but way fewer than in the first round.

The second set was going with serve when play was suspended, although Hewitt needed ten minutes and six deuces to hang on to his for 4-3, before Janowicz levelled and then the rain fell.

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