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  Friday, 7 September, 2001, 04:01 GMT 05:01 UK
Hewitt wins US thriller
Lleyton Hewitt in dazzling form at Flushing Meadows
Hewitt smashes back another devastating return
L Hewitt (Aus) bt A Roddick (USA) 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 6-4 3-6 6-4

Lleyton Hewitt overcame Andy Roddick in a stunning five-setter to seal a place in the US Open semi-finals.

The battling Australian overcame the heat and a partisan crowd to set up a showdown with Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who earlier beat world number one Gustavo Kuerten.

Roddick won a gruelling opening set on the tie-break with neither player able to break down their opponent's serve.

The Australian 20-year-old immediately bounced back and levelled the match with an improved display in the second set, breaking Roddick in the second game to take the set 6-3.

The players continued to pound the ball from baseline to baseline in front of an enthralled audience.

Andy Roddick is furious with a bad miss
Roddick vents his frustration

But it was Hewitt who won the bigger points in the third set. At 3-2 down, the Australian narrowly held on to his serve before breaking Roddick in the next game to set up a 6-4 set win.

But back came Roddick as the noise levels increased from the vociferous crowd.

Racing into a 3-0 lead in the fourth set, Roddick looked set to cruise through but at 5-3 Hewitt had points to break the American back.

Roddick held his nerve to take the match into a thrilling last set.

Both players had chances to seize the initiative but the destiny of the match seemed to head towards Hewitt in the tenth game.

At 5-4 down and 15-15 a line-call was over-ruled by the umpire in favour of Hewitt and Roddick poured out his frustrations.

With a code-violation for his troubles and his concentration broken, Hewitt took full advantage and wrapped up the victory 6-4.

The audience will be disappointed to see the back of their home player, but they witnessed almost four hours of dazzling tennis played by two players at the top of their game.

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