Hewitt, Philippoussis, Murray Winners at ATP Adelaide
Posted on January 3, 2006
An Aussie former No. 1, an Aussie former star and the future of British tennis highlighted the winners Tuesday at the ATP stop in Adelaide.
Two-time Adelaide winner Lleyton Hewitt opened his 2006 campaign flat but with a hard-fought comeback win over Jan Hernych, defeating the Czech 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Aussie wildcard Mark "Flipper" Philippoussis earned a three-set win over Vince Spadea, outlasting the American 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
Brit teen Andy Murray, attempting to follow up on a 2005 season that brought him to No. 84 in the ATP Race, came back from a set down to defeat Italian qualifier Paolo Lorenzi 3-6, 6-0, 6-2.
"At the start of the year it's just about getting through the first few matches and getting match fitness up, trying to get your timing back and get used to winning again," Murray told BBC Sport. "I think I did that. I didn't panic when I went a set down -- I won the second set well and then I got broken and I was two-one down in the third and I came back again. So I was happy with the way I fought but I wasn't too happy with the way I played."
Other seeded winners Tuesday were (2) Dominik Hrbaty (d. (Q) Junaid), (5) James Blake (d. A.Martin), and (7) Jarkko Nieminen (d. Mathieu), while (8) Juan Ignacio Chela was defeated 6-1 in the third by towering Croatian serving machine "Dr." Ivo Karlovic.
Dane Kenneth Carlsen (d. (Q) Carraz from a set down) was another unseeded comeback winner, joined in the second round by Italian Andreas Seppi (d. Pashanski), German Florian Mayer (d. Monaco), and France's Florent Serra (d. (Q) Llodra who retired in the second set with injury).
Lining up Wednesday in Adelaide are Serra vs. (3) Robredo, (4) Mario "Baby Goran" Ancic vs. Xavier "X-Man" Malisse, (7) Nieminen vs. Mayer, and Seppi vs. (5) Blake.