Posted January 12, 2013 on AP on Fox
Time and injuries may have wearied his body, but nothing seems to have reduced Lleyton Hewitt's bravado. The two-time Grand Slam champion takes to the court on Monday night for his 17th consecutive Australian Open. Asked Sunday whether he felt unlucky to have drawn the eighth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic in the first round, Hewitt replied: ''I don't care. I'll knock him off, try to take his spot in the draw.'' Hewitt, who will turn 32 next month, heads into the Australian Open full of confidence after winning the Kooyong exhibition tournament on Saturday, despite his No. 81 ranking. He beat No. 7-ranked Juan Martin Del Potro in the Kooyong final after wins over No. 6 Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic. ''The last couple of matches I've hit the ball as well as I can remember,'' Hewitt said. ''I feel confident with where my game's at. I'm serving well, my returns and obviously passing shots and counterpunching has been pretty g...
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