Wimbledon 2013: I couldn’t get my teeth into the match, admits Hewitt
Wimbledon 2013: Former champion Lleyton Hewitt suffers a 6-4 6-4 6-7 (3) 6-2 loss to Dustin Brown in the second round
Lleyton Hewitt admitted he couldn’t get his “teeth into the match” after the former Wimbledon champion lost to eccentric German Dustin Brown in four sets in the second round.
The 32-year-old has been dogged by injuries in the last five years but his form coming into this year’s championships was promising after a good display at Queen’s Club last week saw him reach the last four.
The Australian struggled to get any rhythm in his game as the qualifier, ranked 189 in the world, prevailed 6-4 6-4 6-7 (3) 6-2 to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.
“I just couldn’t really get my teeth into the match. I didn’t serve great. I was just off balance a lot of times out there,” said 2001 champion Hewitt.
“He’s very unpredictable out there. He served well, especially when he needed to on the breakpoints.
“I didn’t quite get a look in.”
Hewitt shocked 11th seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round with a virtuoso performance, which was a cause for real optimism for the former world number one.
However, Hewitt struggled to fasten any grip on the match, and in particular, his first serve really let him down with his percentage dropping as low as 37 per cent in the first set.
Brown, born in Germany but raised in Jamaica, was firing superb ground-strokes straight from hip, and coupled with a great serve-volley game, made it difficult for Hewitt to adapt.
He added: “It’s tough. You don’t know what’s going to happen next.
“You have to concentrate on your game and you lose your rhythm a bit out there.
“Then I started pushing on my serve a little bit too much to try and get a cheap point. I just lost my way a little bit.”
When asked if he would have think about continuing his stellar career the Australian said: “I don’t know, at the moment I’m just disappointed.”