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Hewitt rolls back the years in demolition of Del Potro

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Latest update : 2009-06-25

The 2002 Wimbledon champion, Lleyton Hewitt (photo), returned to his former glory in a three-set demolition of the fifth seed, Juan Martin Del Potro, as the women's top seed Dinara Safina and Venus Williams both eased into the third round.

Reuters - Lleyton Hewitt returned to his old stomping ground at Wimbledon's Centre Court on Thursday to score the biggest upset in the men's draw so far with a 6-3 7-5 7-5 win over fifth seed Juan Martin Del Potro.

Australian Hewitt, ranked 56 in the world after a series of injuries but champion here in 2002, never allowed the Argentine an inch of breathing space with superb ground coverage and made the most of his opponent's discomfort at the net.

Del Potro, 20, a semi-finalist at Roland Garros last month, had his left knee taped up at the end of the first set after a nasty slip, and Hewitt, who won the opener in 45 minutes, rammed home his advantage.

Hewitt, roared on by a vocal section of Australian fans, won his only break point of the second set late on before taking it 7-5.

He served for the match at 5-4 but Del Potro levelled only for Hewitt to break again and he made no mistake second time around by holding his serve to book a third-round clash with either Philipp Petzschner or Mischa Zverev, both of Germany.

Date created : 2009-06-25