Lleyton Hewitt and Stan Wawrinka started their 2014 seasons on the right foot with wins respectively at Brisbane and Chennai on Sunday during the first week of play on the ATP World Tour.
The unseeded Hewitt toppled long-time rival and friend Roger Federer in the Brisbane International final, outlasting the top-seeded Swiss 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
“I played great obviously at the start, really well,” Hewitt said. “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.”
In the first set Federer, debuting this year with a larger-head- racquet, committed 22 errors over seven games.
“I didn’t play great today which is a bit unfortunate, but also Lleyton was the best player I played this week,” the Swiss said. “He made it toughest on me. So I have a clear idea what I need to work on.”
In the third set Hewitt broke serve in the fourth game to go up 3-1, and saved all seven break points he faced in the set. He collected his 29th career title and seventh in Australia.
“Playing the best players in the world and finals of tournaments, always it’s exciting,” Hewitt said. “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.”
While one Swiss failed to finish, another continued his successful run which saw him finish in the Top 10 in 2013 when the Swiss No. 2 Wawrinka defeated Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-5, 6-2 for his second career Aircel Chennai Open title.
Wawrinka won his fifth career title after going 1-3 in finals in 2013.
The first set lasted approximately an hour, with Wawrinka breaking at 5-5 then serving out the set. The Swiss then broke to start the second set and eased to the finish after another break. Wawrinka won the title without dropping a set.
Roger-Vasselin fell to 0-2 in career finals.
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