Lleyton Hewitt’s victory over Peter Polansky Tuesday at the 2014 Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston, gives him a 601-242 career record. He is only the third active player with more than 600 match wins, joining Roger Federer (947-219) and Rafael Nadal (679-132) in the elite statistical club. His defeat of Canadian Qualifier Peter Polansky (64 36 64) was accomplished in classic Hewitt style; every point mattered and every second was played as if it were matchpoint. No one can keep the crowd entertained with his conviction quite as much as Hewitt at this point in his career. The 135th-ranked Polansky made it though three tough qualifying matches to meet 46th-ranked Hewitt in the main draw, but the gusty winds threw the advantage in the direction of the more experienced Hewitt.
The crowd was also equally supportive of both Americans, Ryan Harrison and Donald Young, who played the second center court match of the day. As always, Ryan Harrison played with a high degree of self expectation. This can have its uses but it can also cause inner turmoil and lead to acts of frustration, which use more energy than they deserve. Yes, I’m talking about the seemingly inevitable Ryan Harrison racquet smash — which, at this point, one almost hopes to witness when buying a ticket to one of his matches. It’s becoming tradition, and there’s always room for a player who displays his passion about the game, right? But the question remains: will it help get the win? Only the future will tell; we’ll have to get back to that question then.
Watching Harrison play against Donald Young, one is struck by one similar challenge they both have faced — the enormous pressure to succeed from an early age. It was a bit like watching some ‘Back To The Future’ tennis moment… with Ryan Harrison playing a version of who he might turn into … and Donald Young playing against some younger version of who he maybe once was.
In the end (more like from the beginning, actually), Ryan Harrison had difficulty battling the wind, the constant barrage of falling leaves onto the clay court, and what appeared to be an ongoing challenge with his back (which forced him to withdraw from the doubles tournament). The final score (60, 61) did not reflect the quality of play in the match.
RESULTS – TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014
Singles First Round
 Feliciano Lopez (Spain) d [Q] Robby Ginepri (USA) 75 62
 Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) d [Q] Peter Polansky (Canada) 64 36 64
Michael Russell (USA) d Daniel Gimeno-Traver (Spain) 63 76(2)
Benjamin Becker (Germany) d [Q] Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (Spain) 61 16 63
Donald Young (USA) d [Q] Ryan Harrison (USA) 60 61
[WC] Steve Johnson (USA) d Denis Kudla (USA) 63 76(4)
Doubles First Round
 Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) d Nicholas Monroe (USA) / Donald Young (USA) 63 64
Matthew Ebden (Australia) / Sam Groth (Australia) d Ken Skupski (Great Britain) / Neal Skupski (Great Britain) 64 76(2)
Day three brings John Isner to the Center Court in an evening match versus Dustin Brown of Germany. Isner looks to be in great shape and eager to defend his title here in Houston.