Wimbledon: Lleyton Hewitt beaten in round two by qualifier Dustin Brown
By Sam Drury. Last Updated: 26/06/13 3:23pm
Former champion Lleyton Hewitt lost to Germany's Dustin Brown in four sets in the second round of Wimbledon.
Brown, a qualifier ranked 189 in the world, prevailed 6-4 6-4 6-7 (3/7) 6-2 to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.
Hewitt, 32, has been plagued by injuries in recent years but his performances in reaching the semi-final at Queen's Club last week gave the Australian cause for optimism.
That was added to further when he shocked 11th seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round.
However, 2001 champion Hewitt was unable to seize any kind of control of the match, going down 6-4 in the opening set.
Brown, on the other hand, was enjoying his time on Court Two and provided the crowd at the All-England Club with much entertainment.
Time and again the 28-year-old came to the net, diving around in a style reminiscent of a young Boris Becker or, in more recent years, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, to get the ball back in play.
It was a similar story in the second set, as a single break was again enough for the German to win the set 6-4 and take a two sets to love lead.
Hewitt rallied in the third and earned three break points but after he was unable to capitalise, the set went to a tie-break. Brown took a 3-1 lead but the former US Open winner responded and clinched the set by taking the next six points.
The comeback looked on as Hewitt held his serve in the opening game of the fourth set and pushed Brown hard in his service game. The qualifier held on though, and subsequently broke Hewitt's serve on his next two attempts for a 4-1 advantage.
The pair exchanged service games before Brown closed out victory and a third-round date with Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.
Born in Germany but raised in Jamaica, Brown switched nationality in 2010 after becoming disillusioned with the lack of support from the Jamaican Tennis Association, picking Germany over Great Britain, for whom he qualified through his grandparents.
He used to tour European events in a camper van, and admitted he could not quite believe the result, saying: "It's going to take a while to sink in.
"I'm not normally the type of guy to cry, I don't know what happened. I'm playing Lleyton Hewitt, a guy you're watching when you're growing up.
"I've won a lot of matches already playing qualifiers and a very good first round and that really helped me with my confidence to go into the match believing I could do it.
"Doing it and thinking you can do it are two things. I've been so often close to winning top matches and couldn't put it together. I've got to take a look at that (fourth) set on tape."