Tuesday 24 October 2017 / 02:27 AM

Hewitt sets himself for Aus Open charge

Australian men’s tennis appears to be on the cusp of a golden new era with a host of young stars reaching the second round of the Australian Open, but old stager Lleyton Hewitt may still be the home crowd’s best hope, joining his bright-eyed compatriots at the next stage with a four-set first round win.

The 33-year-old – competing in his record 19th Australian Open – downed China’s Zhang Ze 6-3, 1-6, 6-0, 6-4.

The victory featured many of the dogged Hewitt’s classic traits, fighting back magnificently in the third set after being trounced in the second. There was more a couple of world No.84’s trademark “C’mon!” cries during the gritty triumph.

[YouTube – Maria sharapova]

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