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We said goodbye to Lleyton Hewitt.
By
Christophe Mallet, Dario Castaldo

22 Jan 2016 - 1:03 AM  UPDATED 22 Jan 2016 - 12:36 PM

Lleyton Hewitt's extraordinary career finished on day 4 of the Australian Open - defeated by David Ferrer in straight sets.


A packed Rod Laver Arena saw the world number 8 from Spain proving too strong for the 34 year old Hewitt, Ferrer into the third with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 win.

 

The twice Grand Slam champion and two-times David Cup winner known as "Rusty" won 30 ATP single titles and was the youngest ever world number 1, a feature he achieved back in 2001 at the age of 20.


Now Hewitt takes over as Australia's Davis Cup captain. His fans believe his legacy is more than just trophies and records.

Tomic next faces fellow Queenslander John Millman. Millman qualified for his first ever Grand Slam 3rd round match after a 5 set victory over Gilles Muller.


It's the first time since 2004 that three Australian players reach this stage in the men's tournament.


Andy Murray also cruised past Australian Sam Groth to advance to the third. He had stats on his side - in 16 matches Murray has never lost to an Australian player.

He next faces number 32 seed Joao Sousa from Brasil.

In the women's draw, 3rd seed Garbiñe Muguruza from Spain advanced to the third round with a comfortable win over Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens.


Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka also continued her strong campaign, notching a swift win over Danka Kovinic from Montenegro.


Chinese qualifer Shuai Zhang continues her magical ride in Melbourne.  The world number 133 beat France's Alize Cornet in 2 sets.

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