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

Lleyton Hewitt excited to play Roger Federer in Brisbane final

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]

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