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Hewitt upset by giant German Brown

ESPN staff
June 26, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Dustin Brown was a shock winner over Lleyton Hewitt © PA Photos
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Lleyton Hewitt was the first major casualty of day three after succumbing to Dustin Brown 6-4 6-4 6-7(3) 6-2.

Hewitt - the lord of the five-set thriller - looked destined to go all the way again when he went two down thanks to some mesmerising tennis from the giant German - including a stunning diving volley that compatriot Boris Becker would have been proud of to win his first set point.

It looked like it would go the distance when Hewitt took the third set in a tie break, but the boisterous 2002 champion was outgunned in the fourth.

Brown will meet Adrian Mannarino in the third round after the Frenchman's opponent, 18th seed John Isner, retired in just the third game having jarred his knee while serving.

Isner was one of five men who withdrew on a remarkable third day - and none were more disappointed than Steve Darcis, who failed to recover from an injury picked up in his famous first round victory over Rafael Nadal. Darcis, whose opponent Lukasz Kubot advances, described it as "the most difficult decision I have ever had to make."

Sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga seemed fine until he lost the second set in his showdown of the big-hitters with Ernests Gulbis. But the Frenchman began moving gingerly around the court and, having lost the third to go 2-1 down, Tsonga glanced at the umpire and shook his head to signal the end.

Gulbis will face Fernando Verdasco in the third round after the Spaniard beat Julien Benneteau, the 31st seed, in straight sets.

Tenth seed Marin Cilic was another injury casualty, handing Kenny de Schepper a walkover after aggravating a knee injury, while Radek Stepanek had to end his match with 24th seed Jerzy Janowicz midway through the second set with a thigh problem.

Viktor Troicki booked a third round spot after a straight sets victory over Russian Andrey Kuznetsov.

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