Hewitt tames Raonic at Kooyong

Jan 10, 2013, 10:06 IST | AFP

Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt tamed big-serving Milos Raonic, surviving 20 aces from the Canadian to post an opening 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4) win at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne

Hewitt, bidding to recapture the title he lifted in 2011, reeled off six consecutive points in the third set tie-break after world number 15 Raonic seized a 3-0 lead.

The 31-year-old former World No 1 sealed victory on his second opportunity after Raonic had saved a match point with an ace. Hewitt will be playing in a record 17th straight Australian Open when the first major of the season starts. Meanwhile, Argentine Juan Martin del Potro beat Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3).

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