Hewitt schools Del Potro

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Former No.1 Lleyton Hewitt showed to the critics that he is still a force in men’s tennis after vanquishing No.5 seed Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets.

The 2002 champion kept the Australian flag flying with a vintage performance for a 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 win in two hours and 32 minutes.

This marked Hewitt’s first win over a Top 15 opponent since May 2007 and also his first Top 10 win at a Grand Slam since beating World No.2 Andy Roddick in the semi-finals of the 2005 Australian Open.

Hewitt, who has reached the fourth round (or better) for the last five years, will now face Germany’s Philipp Petzschner who beat his compatriot Mischa Zverev 4-6, 7-6(13), 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-0.

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