US Open: Lleyton Hewitt downs Juan Martin del Potro as magic returns

The four-hour match Friday night was the ninth time in the past 10 years that two past U.S. Open title winners faced each other at Flushing Meadows. Hewitt was involved four times, losing the other three.

updated: August 31, 2013 10:15 IST
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New York: Lleyton Hewitt, the 2001 champion, knocked Argentine sixth seed and 2009 winner Juan Martin Del Potro out of the US Open on Friday in a stunning five-set upset.

Hewitt, 32 years old and down at 66 in the rankings after a lengthy battle with injuries, won 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-1 in a trademark warrior-like performance that recalled his golden days when the Australian was number one in the world and collected the Wimbledon title.

It was Hewitt's 32nd career five-set victory and gave him a third round match-up with Russia's Evgeny Donskoy, the world number 102 with whom he hit earlier this week.

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