Lleyton Hewitt the former world number one has shocked the tennis world by defeating 2009 US Open champion and 6th seed Juan Martin del Potro. Hewitt, the 32 year old veteran, is now ranked 66th but he showed signs of all his old school tennis days defeating Potro 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-1 on Friday.
Hewitt won the US Open in 2001 after defeating Pete Sampras in the finals and added a Wimbledon title later that year. Since his breakout year in 2001, he has been plagued with injuries and has lost in the first round of four of his last six Grand Slam Tournaments.
“I don’t know how many years I’ve got left in me. I didn’t know if I was going to play tennis again after a couple foot surgeries. I’m just pumped to get out on this court and try to put on a great show” ~Lleyton Hewitt
Hewitt’s second round victory last 4 hours and 3 minutes and the veteran was able to force the young Australian into 70 errors, while Hewitt had 43. The match went back and forth several times as del Potro managed to break Hewitt twice at 5-4 and 5-3, but Hewitt battled back in the “best tie-break of my life”.
Hewitt’s next opponent will be 102nd-ranked Evgeny Donskoy of Russia, as he looks to work his way back to the championship match and re-claim the US Open title.