Lleyton Hewitt excited to play Roger Federer in Brisbane final

Sep 3, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) returns a shot to Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) on day nine of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

When Lleyton Hewitt plays Roger Federer in the final of the Brisbane International on Sunday, the two players will be reigniting a rivalry that began 15 years ago.

The two first met in Lyon in a match the Hewitt won. Hewitt also trumped Federer in dramatic fashion at the Davis Cup in 2003, mounting a furious comeback to dethrone the Swiss tennis star.

Speaking with reporters on the eve of the Brisbane final, Hewitt said he’s excited to take on Federer given their competitive history:

Obviously, Roger and I have a good history and a lot of tough matches in the past in slams, Davis Cups and everything. I’m going to enjoy it (Reuters).

Hewitt also reminisced about the victory at the Davis Cup:

It has to be one (of my best). In the conditions and over five sets and he was the reigning Wimbledon champion only a couple months before that as well.

Federer also chimed in about their longstanding rivalry:

We go back 17 years – our coaches back in the day were best friends. It’s always special when we play.

[Source: Reuters]

Topics: Brisbane International, Lleyton Hewitt, Roger Federer

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