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Hewitt to open summer against Savolt

By Tom Wald 03/01/2004 07:31:57 PM Comments (0)

Lleyton Hewitt's first opponent of the summer will be world No.175 Attila Savolt after Hungary won its Hopman Cup qualifying tie against Canada in Perth.

The Europeans clinched the last berth in the eight-nation event by winning the mixed doubles 3-6 6-1 (10-3) in a match tiebreak against the North Americans at the Burswood Dome.

Savolt will play former world No.1 Hewitt in Australia's opening tie on Sunday while world No.40 Petra Mandula will provide a stern opening test for South Australian Alicia Molik, ranked 36th.

Hewitt defeated Savolt in their only meeting in the third round of the 2000 French Open, but said it would take a little while to find his form after a five-week break from competition.

"I have played Savolt once before on clay," Hewitt said.

"He likes to attack a lot and he had his best year, I think, last year.

"But if I go out there and play as well as I can ... it's always going to be a tough first match of the next year on a new surface.

"But if I can go out there, I'm sure I can hopefully wrap it up."

Savolt said he was carrying a foot injury but was confident of being able to play out the tournament with the assistance of medical staff.

He was defeated by world No.201 Frank Dancevic 6-4 6-3 win as the Canadian teenager forced the deciding rubber.

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