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Hewitt downs Potro

Hewitt downs Potro
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Australian warhorse Lleyton Hewitt battled to a stunning five-set US Open win over Argentine sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro on Friday, relegating...

New York (AFP): Australian warhorse Lleyton Hewitt battled to a stunning five-set US Open win over Argentine sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro on Friday, relegating Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic to supporting roles.The 2001 champion defeated the 2009 winner, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 7-6, 6-1 in the tournament’s biggest shock to date.

Hewitt, 32 years old and down at 66 in the rankings after a lengthy battle with injuries, served up a trademark warrior-like performance that recalled his golden days when he was world number one and Wimbledon champion. It was his 32nd career five-set victory and gave him a third round match-up with Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy, the world number 102. Hewitt’s pyrotechnics overshadowed the progress into the third round of defending champion Murray and world number one Djokovic.

Murray, the third seed and Wimbledon champion, survived his first scare of the US Open, beating Argentina’s world number 81 Leonardo Mayer, 7-5, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 and goes on to tackle Germany’s Florian Mayer for a last-16 spot. Murray fired 28 winners while the Argentine hit 49 unforced errors. Djokovic survived a first-set wobble before racing away with 12 of the last 14 games to defeat Germany’s Benjamin Becker 7-6 (7/2), 6-2, 6-2.
Somdev, Bhupathi, Sania out Meanwhile, it was end of US Open campaign for Somdev Devvarman, Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi after they lost their respective hard-fought matches even as Rohan Bopanna had a mixed day, here. Somdev, who had qualified for the singles main draw, battled hard for two hours 40 minutes before losing 6-7 (8), 4-6, 5-7 to Italian 20th seed Andreas Seppi.
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