Hewitt Defying Father Time

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Lleyton Hewitt is looking to make it to the third round of the Australia Open. Image courtesy of yahoo.com, Photo: Paul Kane/Getty Images

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Hewitt v Becker


Melbourne Park

Thursday January 22 – 6:10 PM (AEST)


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Aussie Lleyton Hewitt continues his Australian Open campaign on Thursday (AEST) against Germany’s Benjamin Becker . 

This may be his 19th Australian Open, but Lleyton Hewitt shows no signs of slowing down. In his first round victory over China’s Ze Zhang, he proved that he can still control matches the way he did when he was at the top of his game. He was strong off the baseline and his devastating backhand proved too much for his opponent to handle, winning the match three sets to one (6-3, 1-6, 6-0, 6-4).   

Benjamin Becker may be one of the oldest players in the tournament, but his performance on Tuesday night showed that age is just a number. The 33-year-old headed into his round one match against World No.25 Julien Benneteau as the rank outsider, sitting at $3.25 when the markets closed. But Becker never looked like losing the match, even if he did drop the second set. His form close to the net was something to be admired as he, like Hewitt, advanced with a three sets to one victory (7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4).

These two have faced each other twice since 2009, with Hewitt coming out the victor on both occasions. Punters are confident Hewitt can make it three from three on Thursday and continue to favour the Aussie legend in straight sets . 

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