Resurgent Hewitt, Isner, Odesnik Win at ATP Houston

by Staff | April 9th, 2009, 11:11 am

It was some of the old and some of the new Wednesday on the red clay at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston, where former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt and American up-and-comer John Isner advanced into the quarterfinals.
Hewitt, written off by many this year after attempting to return from hip surgery, breezed past Argentina’s Sergio Roitman 6-1, 6-2.

“I’d rather get through as quickly as possible,” Hewitt told the media, “but I’ll take the wins any way I can get them. I probably could have closed it out a little more comfortably, but the conditions were blustery.”

Isner, who needed a wildcard into the main draw, served his way past Chile’s Paul Capdeville 4-6, 7-6(1), 7-6(5). Isner will next face unseeded American Wayne Odesnik, who upending No. 3 seed Jurgen Melzer 6-4, 6-0.

“Today it was not about who was on the other side of the net,” Melzer said after getting bageled. “I was missing every third shot. It’s a shame this had to happen at one of my favorite tournaments.”

Spain’s Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez also orchestrated an upset, taking out No. 4-seeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 6-0.

Last year Odesnik advanced to the semis and held match points against eventual tournament winner Marcel Granollers, who went on to defeat James Blake in the final. Blake and fellow American seed Mardy Fish lost first round this year.

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6 Comments for Resurgent Hewitt, Isner, Odesnik Win at ATP Houston

zola Says:

It is great thet Hewitt can return to tennis after hip surgery. I hope Sharapova can make a come back too.

Von Says:

I’d like to see Isner win his first title and/or Hewitt make a comeback and win a title. Both scenarios would make for a good morale booster for either player.

tennisontherocks Says:

Isner lost in third set tie-break. Von, you jinxed him :) but would like Hewitt to do well…not sure how much longer he will be around.

Von Says:


Oh my, yes, you’re right I jinxed him. I can’t believe John lost to Odesnik. I hope I don’t jinx Hewitt too. Like you I’d like to see Hewitt win something for all of his effort trying to make a comeback after hip surgery. Is there anything in the form of live streaming for Houston? ADTHE is showing Casablanca, why not Houston? I’m very disappointed.

Von Says:

Finally, Odesnik made it thorugh to the finals in Houston. I hope he wins the whole thing, but he has to beat either Hewitt or Korolev.

Von Says:

Congrats to Hewitt on his Houston win. Odesnik didn’t have a prayer in that match, but kudos to him for making it to the final. It was all Hewitt. There were patches/glimpses of the “old” Hewitt and I wanted to say to him, keep some of that for Monte Carlo.

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