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Tennis Panorama :
(January 12, 2013) Lleyton Hewitt goes into his 17th Australian Open with a victory at the Kooyong classic invitational exhibition tennis tournament in Melbourne. Hewitt defeated Juan Martin del Potro a 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday for the crown.
The win over No. 7 del Potro, ended a week of victories over top players including Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic.
“I felt like every match I got better and better and more confident” and “against Berdych and even more so today I felt like I hit the ball as clean as I have in a long time,” Hewitt said.
The 31-year-old former No. 1 moves on to Melbourne to compete in the Australian Open and has a very challenging first-round match against No. 8 seed Janko Tipsarevic on Monday night.
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Lleyton Hewitt warmed up for his 17th Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Juan Martin del Potro on Saturday in the final of the Kooyong classic invitational exhibition tournament.
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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.
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Lleyton Hewitt heightened his billing as one of the most dangerous unseeded players at next week's Australian Open when he beat world No. 6 Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday at the Kooyong Classic.
Hewitt defied his current ranking of 82 to beat Berdych in only 88 minutes and said later he felt he would be competitive against anyone at the season's first grand slam.