US Open: Rafael Nadal hails ageless Lleyton Hewitt, but end not in sight

The Australian was told to retire from the sport but opted to undergo a painful toe surgery where a metal plate was inserted in his foot in an effort to extend his career.

updated: September 01, 2013 08:43 IST
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New York: Rafael Nadal hailed Lleyton Hewitt's fighting spirit on Saturday, but admitted it was hard to even think about still battling away on the tour when he reaches the Australian's age of 32.

Hewitt caused the biggest upset of the US Open in a Friday night thriller when he stunned 2009 champion and sixth seeded Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro in five sets.

It was the injury-cursed Hewitt's first win over a top 10 player in New York since the night he beat Pete Sampras to win the US Open in 2001.

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