Jan 06, 2014

    Hewitt takes down Federer


    AUSTRALIA'S Lleyton Hewitt delighted his home fans when he battled to a typically gutsy 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Swiss top seed Roger Federer in the Brisbane International final yesterday.

    Federer, who led Hewitt 18-8 in meetings between the former world No. 1s going into the contest, committed 22 unforced errors on his way to being broken three times in the first set after reaching the final without dropping serve once.

    The world No. 6 improved markedly in the second set, but a failure to convert seven break opportunities in the third proved costly, as the Australian - currently world No. 62 - held on for victory in 2hr 7min.

    The victory secured Hewitt's first Association of Tennis Professionals title since Halle in 2010, when he also beat Federer in the final, ending a 15-match losing run against his opponent.

    The match was Federer's last competitive outing before the Australian Open begins next Monday.