Hewitt saves two match points to upset Soderling
Soderling was the man who knocked Rafael Nadal out of the French Open, ending the Spaniard's four-year reign at Roland Garros on his way to the final where he lost to Roger Federer, just as he did in the Wimbledon fourth round.
"It was a tough match," Hewitt said. "It was not easy to go through because he has been playing well these past months in Roland Garros and also Wimbledon. "He's the kind of guy who's gonna hit a lot of winners out there. You sort of got to make him play that one extra shot a lot of times. You can see the confidence."
Hewitt nearly exited in the tie-breaker but took advantage on key points to force a third set, then broke to open the third and swing the direction of the match within a few minutes.
"He's such a big hitter out there. He wants to play on his terms and he wants to dictate play," Hewitt said. "Sort of had to weather the storm out there today and wait for my opportunities. "Second-set tie-break could have gone either way. I played a good game the first game of the third set to break serve and served well for the rest of that set."
Former world number one Hewitt had only 11 unforced errors to 50 for Soderling in reaching the second round of the hardcourt tournament, where he will face Germany's Benjamin Becker for the first time.
"Against Becker, I will have to try to play my game and execute well if I want to go further," Hewitt said. "He got through his first round quite comfortably so I won't be taking him lightly."