Can Hewitt continue his dream run at the Australian Open? Image courtesy of yahoo.com/Getty Images
Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt will carry the hopes of a nation when he tackles current number one Novak Djokovic in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Monday night. The veteran is the only player from the host nation left in the singles draw, after Bernard Tomic was knocked out by Roger Federer.
Hewitt has had to call on all of his fighting spirit to get this far in the tournament after losing the opening set against much higher ranked opponents in his last two matches before winning in four sets. His third round win against highly rated Canadian Miles Raonic was particularly impressive, with Hewitt eventually grinding his opponent down after conceding the opening stanza.
While the Australian has fought hard to get this far, Djokovic has hardly broken a sweat. The Serbian dropped just two games against Frenchman Nicholas Mahut in his last match and has dropped just ten to date in the tournament. The reigning Australian Open champion collected three of the four Grand Slams in 2011 and appears to be in the same sort of form at this early stage of the year.
The pair have met on five previous occasions with Djokovic winning all bar one, that being in 2006 at the US Open when the youngster was just getting established on the ATP Tour. The Serbian won the last meeting, at Wimbledon in 2010, in four sets .
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