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  Wednesday, 5 September, 2001, 18:21 GMT 19:21 UK
Hewitt reaches last eight
Lleyton Hewitt
Hewitt won five straight games in the final set
L Hewitt (Aus) bt T Haas (Ger) 3-6 7-6 6-4 6-2

Lleyton Hewitt cruised into the quarter-finals of the US Open with a 3-6 7-6 6-4 6-2 win over Tommy Haas.

The Australian number four seed had been one set down and 2-2 when play was stopped on Tuesday.

But he improved greatly when play resumed at the Arthur Ashe court at Flushing Meadows.

The turning point was the tie-break in the second set in which Hewitt raced into a 5-0 lead.

And he went on to win 7-2 by playing his trademark high-octane tennis.


You need to peak at the right time
Tommy Haas

Thereafter, it was sufficient for Hewitt merely to keep the ball in play and wait for the inevitable Haas error.

In total, the German made 58 unforced errors in the admittedly windy conditions.

Haas, who recently beat Pete Sampras to win the Hamlet Cup title, put a brave face on his defeat.

"I have to look at the whole summer," he said.

"I had the longest winning streak of eight matches until this defeat."

Tommy Haas of Germany
Haas contemplates defeat

"I've lost a lot of tight matches in Grand Slams. You need maybe a little bit of the edge, a little bit of extra luck, a little bit of extra experience.

"You need to peak at the right time."

Hewitt was delighted with the win.

"I just gutsed it out but winning the tie-break was the telling thing.

"I'm not a huge guy so when I'm playing big guys of 6ft 4ins I have to use my speed and court coverage."

Hewitt broke Haas's serve in the first game of the third set and broke again in game seven, when Haas crashed his racquet to the ground in frustration.


Lleyton is always a fiery competitor
Andy Roddick

Hewitt took that set 6-4 before dominating the fourth set.

Haas won the first game on his serve, but Hewitt took the next five games before closing out the match 6-2 with an easy overhead smash.

In the next round, Hewitt will face the 19-year-old American Andy Roddick, the youngest US Open quarter-finalist since Andre Agassi in 1988.

The two played each other in the French Open this year, when Roddick retired injured.

The young American number 18 seed is relishing the rematch.

"Lleyton and I were having a pretty good battle last time before the unfortunate circumstances in Paris," said Roddick.

"Lleyton is always a fiery competitor.

You have to play great tennis to beat him. It's going to be a really tough match."

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