Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 11/5/14

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 25: Lleyton Hewitt of Australia plays a forehand in his fourth round match against Roger Federer of Switzerland during day eight of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 25, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
(January 9, 2013) Former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt gave his home country a thrill when the Australian overcame the big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (4) at the Kooyong Classic on Wednesday, which sets up a semifinal clash against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic. “It’s really tough, you know, with the wind,” said Hewitt, “so a lot of it’s sort of playing percentage tennis out there, but also yes, you’ve got to hit your shots and good movement and mental toughness, I guess, as well. For me mentally there’s no stress or extra pressure about my body at the moment which just leaves me with a clear mind.” Kooyong is an invitational warm-up event for the Australian Open, the first major of the season. Berdych won over Croatia’s Ivan Dodig 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Dodig was a late replacement for the injured Kei Nishikori. Juan Martin del Potro defeated Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3)and will play his semifinal against Marcos Baghdatis, who was leading Janko Tipsarevic 6-1, 1-0 when the Serbian retired with a right wrist tendon injury. Schedule of Play for January 10, 203 Thursday, January 10, 2013 11:00am MIILOS RAONIC (CAN) v IVAN DODIG (CRO) Followed by: LLEYTON HEWITT (AUS) v TOMAS BERDYCH (CZE) Followed by: PAUL-HENRI MATHIEU (FRA) v SIMONE BOLLELLI (ITA) replacement for Janko Tipsarevic
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