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Lleyton Hewitt exits from the Australian Open

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Lleyton Hewitt’s final appearance in the Australian Open was watched by some 949,000 metro viewers on Seven, as the Australian champion made his final appearance at the Grand Slam tennis tournament. Hewitt’s straight sets defeat to David Ferrer out-rated Ten’s Big Bash semi-final match session 2 between the Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunder, which drew 929,000 viewers. Farewelling with no regrets, Lleyton Hewitt says he "left nothing in the locker room" after his storied 20-year, 878-match professional tennis career came to a close with a sapping second-round loss at the Australian Open. Hewitt will be remembered and ranked among the modern-day greats of Australian tennis, up there with fellow former world No.1s John Newcombe and Rafter and behind only the legend after which the arena where Hewitt made his last stand was named. "He's just been one of the greatest competitors I have ever seen in my life," said world No.1 and five-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic. "Tennis will definitely miss a great competitor, a great fighter." And after losing five straight games to drop the first set, and then needing treatment for a leg injury, Hewitt displayed all his trademark grit to conjure seven break-back chances in an epic game while trailing 4-3 in the second set.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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