Hewitt stuns Federer
Lleyton Hewitt pulled off an upset 6-1 4-6 6-3 victory over Roger Federer to win the Brisbane International on Sunday.
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The Australian veteran made Federer pay for what was an unusually sloppy performance, with the Swiss committing 22 unforced errors in the first set alone, as he won the 29th ATP title of his career.
Hewitt said: "Playing the best players in the world and finals of tournaments, always it's exciting. That's why you still play the game.
"For me, it was motivation enough just to try to get the win out there and obviously win another title. It's been a couple of years. So I was just ready for the challenge today.
"I played great obviously at the start, really well. It took Roger a little bit of time to get into the match. Then I just had to fight hard at the start of the third set.
"It means a lot with the calibre of players here as well in this tournament. It's not an easy tournament to win. I wasn't one of the top four seeds, so I had to win all five matches to get through. There are pleasing parts and massive positives to take out of it."
Hewitt took the first set in just 27 minutes thanks largely to Federer's consistent errors before the 17-time grand slam champion showed his class in the second.
Despite missing the chance to go up a break midway through the set after Hewitt produced an athletic lunging volley, Federer did not let him off the hook when a second opportunity presented itself after the home favourite missed an easy forehand winner in the ninth game.
Had Hewitt made the shot he would have gone up 5-4 in the set but instead Federer broke the Australian and then served out to love, levelling the match at one set apiece and setting up a grandstand finish.
Hewitt produced a typically committed performance in the deciding set, saving four break points to hold his serve before breaking Federer to go up 3-1.
The 32-year-old then kept his composure for the rest of the set to serve it out and ensure he lifted his seventh title on Australian soil and his first since winning the 2005 Sydney International.
Federer reflected: "I didn't play great today which is a bit unfortunate, but also Lleyton was the best player I played this week. He made it toughest on me.
"So I have a clear idea what I need to work on, and I have a clear idea where my mind and body is that... I'm very hungry and eager to attack the Australian Open next week."