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Last Updated: Friday, 30 June 2006, 12:49 GMT 13:49 UK
Hewitt battles into third round
By Sophie Brown
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Lleyton Hewitt
Hewitt won the Wimbledon warm-up at Queen's
Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt reached the third round at Wimbledon after finally seeing off the challenge of Korea's Hyung-Taik Lee in five sets.

The players returned to Court One on Friday after darkness intervened at two sets all on Thursday evening.

The Australian came out of the blocks firing but wasted three chances to break in Lee's first service game.

The Korean put up huge resistance but Hewitt finally came through for a 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 win.

Hewitt, who won the title in 2002, will now face 26th seed Olivier Rochus of Belgium in the third round.

The 25-year-old from Adelaide missed much of the early part of the season with injury but his fourth title at Queen's earlier this month meant that he came into Wimbledon as one of the favourites to challenge Roger Federer's supremacy.

I made it tough on myself, that's for sure

Lleyton Hewitt

However, after a straightforward first-round win over Filippo Volandri, Hewitt struggled to control his match with Lee even after coming from behind to establish a two-sets-to-one lead.

When the players resumed on Friday, it was Hewitt who made the better start and Lee found himself 0-40 down in his first service game of the final set.

Yet the 30-year-old Korean refused to give in and saved all three before causing Hewitt fans some anxious moments when 30-15 up on the Australian's serve at 4-4.

But Hewitt averted the danger and worked his way to two match points in the next game, crouching down and punching the air when Lee netted to hand him victory.

"I made it tough on myself, that's for sure," said the Australian, who served 19 aces and six double faults in the four-hour match.

"I didn't feel like I played great yesterday but he's a hell of a shot-maker and he serves well."

Hewitt has been tipped as a potential finalist against Federer but the former champion is determined to take each match as it comes.

"There's a long way to go to Sunday week," he said.

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