Soeda rallies to beat Hewitt in Houston
HOUSTON (AP) Japan's Go Soeda rallied to beat Lleyton Hewitt 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Monday night in the first round of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship.
The 34-year-old Hewitt, a former world No. 1 and the tournament's 2009 champion, needed two wins here to become the seventh player in the Open Era to have 100 each on hard courts, grass and clay. He was a held serve away from getting No. 99 on clay before Soeda broke, won the subsequent tiebreaker, then kept the upper hand throughout the third set.
Hewitt has won 367 times on hard courts and 128 on grass. Boris Becker, Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer, John McEnroe, Stan Smith and John Alexander have previously topped 100 wins on each of the three surfaces.
Also advancing Monday were Hewitt's Australian countryman, Sam Groth, eighth-seeded American Sam Querrey and Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania.