Lleyton Hewitt tames Milos Raonic's serve at Kooyong

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updated: January 09, 2013 12:44 IST
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Melbourne: Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt tamed big-serving Milos Raonic on Wednesday, surviving 20 aces from the Canadian to post an opening 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4) win at the Kooyong Classic.

Hewitt, bidding to recapture the title he lifted in 2011, reeled off six consecutive points in the third set tie-break after world number 15 Raonic seized a 3-0 lead.

The 31-year-old former world number one sealed victory on his second opportunity after Raonic had saved a match point with an ace.

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