|Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:10 PM|
The second match on Arthur Ashe Stadium features Berdych against 2001 US Open champion and former two-time World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt. Berdych, who is trying to win his 100th career Grand Slam match, won both previous meetings. The Czech Republic native reached the SFs here two years ago and he’s helped his country to back-to-back Davis Cup crowns the past two years. They play in the SFs in France Sept. 12-14. The 33-year-old Hewitt is a two-time ATP World Tour winner this season and he’s making his 14th US Open appearance.
US OPEN 2014
Berdych Beats Hewitt
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff | 27.08.2014
World No. 7 Tomas Berdych had too much firepower for 2001 US Open champion Lleyton Hewitt on Wednesday, beating the 33-year-old Australian 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in the first round. Victory marked Berdych’s 100th Grand Slam win; he is the ninth active player to accomplish the feat.
From 1-4 down in the second set, Berdych won 11 of the following 14 games to end Hewitt’s campaign in two hours and 18 minutes. The Czech improved to a 3-0 lead over Hewitt in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.
The 28-year-old Berdych was a semi-finalist at Flushing Meadows in 2012 (l. to Murray) and has a 25-11 tournament record. He goes on to challenge Martin Klizan, who rallied from a two-set deficit to beat Steve Darcis 3-6, 2-6, 7-6(5), 7-5, 6-4.