James Crabtree is currently in Melbourne Park covering the Australian Open for Tennis Grandstand and is giving you all the scoop directly from the grounds.
Lleyton Hewitt is defeated by Janko Tipsarevic during the first round of the Australian Open
By James Crabtree
A day before Lleyton Hewitt’s encounter with 8th seed Janko Tipsarevic the Aussie legend was in a defiant practically Federer-esque mood.
”I don’t care. I’ll knock him off, try to take his spot in the draw,” said the tour veteran playing his seventeenth Australian Open.
And Hewitt, the number one player in the world in 2001, had good reason to be confident. Only last week he had beaten Raonic, Berdych and Del Potro in succession on way to victory at the Kooyong invitational.
With victories such as these, “Rusty” — as he is known to both friends and The Fanatics — with his raucous disciples, had good reason to be confident.
The giant roof opened shortly before the evening match exposing some late sunshine and waiting seag...