Playing in his last U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship before a scheduled retirement at the 2016 Australian Open, Lleyton Hewitt lost his first-round match to Go Soeda 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-3 on Tuesday.
After Hewitt squandered a match point on his own serve at 5-4, 30-40 in the second set, a controversial moment eventually arrived with the two-time major champion serving at 3-3, 15-0 in the third. His shot was called out and although no mark could be found, the call stood. Hewitt ended up losing four straight points to get broken and he did not win another game.
Marks have been lost on clay many times before, perhaps none more famously than when Rafael Nadal faced Robin Soderling at the 2009 Rome Masters. Soderling circled a mark several feet from the actual landing spot of the shot in question then went ballistic when the chair umpire could not…
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