Davis Cup: Hewitt beats Soderling

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

Lleyton Hewitt beat rookie Robin Soderling as defending champion Australia levelled the first round Davis Cup match at 1-1 today.

Davis Cup: Hewitt beats Soderling

Adelaide:

Lleyton Hewitt beat rookie Robin Soderling as defending champion Australia levelled the first round Davis Cup match at 1-1 today after Sweden's Thomas Enqvist upset Mark Philippoussis in the opener. Enqvist didn't lose a point on serve in the second set and didn't face a break point in a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Philippoussis to give Sweden a surprise 1-0 lead. Former No 1 Hewitt equalled Adrian Quist's Australian record with his 24th Davis Cup singles win, a 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 disposal of 19-year-old Soderling. He improved to 24-5 in singles. Soderling had the misfortune of playing his debut match in the international team tennis competition on Hewitt's home court at Memorial Drive. The national record "was at the back of my mind. But the main priority was to get us back at 1-all," said Hewitt. "I just had to come out and be strong." The doubles was scheduled for Saturday and the reverse singles for Sunday. Wimbledon finalist Philippoussis was the hero of Australia's win over Spain in the 2003 final, overcoming shoulder pain to beat Juan Carlos Ferrero in five sets and give the hosts an unbeatable 3-1 lead in Melbourne on December 1. (AP)



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