MELBOURNE, Australia — Well, it was not the spitting image of Hewitt-Chela, Part I.
First of all, the winner was different: Unseeded Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina survived cramps and a partisan crowd Thursday, defeating third-seeded Lleyton Hewitt of Australia, 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (8), 6-2, in the second round at the Australian Open.
Last year, Hewitt beat Chela in the third round in a fiery night match, marred when Chela spat in Hewitt's direction, making for one interesting photo to see over breakfast the next morning. Chela, who said he was not spitting at Hewitt, was fined nonetheless.
The highly awaited rematch was considerably tamer. Hewitt lacked his usual sound and fury, hobbled by an injured left ankle, which required treatment. He committed 62 unforced errors.