Benjamin Becker did it again. The man who ended Andre Agassi’s career nine years ago on his home court at Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2006 US Open may have done it agains Thursday at the Australian Open stunning Lleyton Hewitt from two sets down.
Hewitt was playing in his 19th Australian Open, and at 33 with so many health problems the last few years and a sliding ranking, the question of retirement came up.
“I’ll sit down and think about it,” said Hewitt who only reached the quarterfinals once in Melbourne. “As I’ve said the whole time, I haven’t thought about anything. But obviously the Davis Cup is the next main thing. Now that we’ve got some guys playing really good tennis at the moment, it’s an exciting time. Yeah, we have a good chance to possibly pull off an upset away. That’s the next focus.”
Hewitt ranks 87 this week and last year he did win not one but two titles. But playing in a 20th Australian Open doesn’t really matter much to him, not after a tough loss tonight, his fifth defeat in his last six five set matches.
“I don’t know,” he said of playing 20. “As I said the whole time, I haven’t been kidding anyone, really I don’t know. I’ve just tried to focus on what I’ve wanted to do, to get the best out of myself this year. I’ll sit back and assess everything after this tournament.”
Hewitt ranked No. 1 for 80 weeks and won two Slams at the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon.
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