Hewitt bows out for good, Murray marches on
January 21, 2016 - accent chair
MELBOURNE Lleyton Hewitt bade an romantic farewell underneath a Australian Open floodlights on Thursday as David Ferrer snuffed out any possibility of fairytale final develop from a internal hero.
After universe series dual Andy Murray had trampled on home sensibilities by mauling Australian Sam Groth to strech a third round, a Rod Laver Arena throng staid in to watch former universe series one Hewitt try to extend his shining singles career for during slightest another dual days.
Eighth-seeded Spaniard Ferrer played a knave to perfection, however, finale a two-times grand impact champion’s record 20th debate during Melbourne Park with an fatiguing 6-2 6-4 6-4 victory.
Not that eminent street-fighter Hewitt went with a whimper. He fought to a final even when better was inevitable.
“Every time we play out here during Rod Laver Arena, it’s like a second home,” a 34-year-old Adelaide local told a fans after a typically contentious arrangement in that he accursed a line decider and mouthed off during a chair umpire.
“Playing for Australia has always been my biggest honour … we feel advantageous to finish here.”
The liaison over purported match-fixing in tennis that has dim a tournament’s opening days lingered on yet with even Hewitt being quizzed about online conjecture that some of his past matches had been implicated.
“Good fitness holding me on with it,” he pronounced angrily during a post-match media conference, his 3 children sitting beside him. “It’s disappointing. Throwing my name out there with it creates a whole thing a farce.”
Hewitt’s sentiments echoed those of universe series one Novak Djokovic, who on Wednesday was changed to repudiate any indiscretion after an Italian journal news pronounced a 2007 compare he mislaid during a Paris Masters was fixed.
There were no distractions for Murray yet as he ruthlessly demolished big-serving Groth 6-0 6-4 6-1 as a tip seeds sailed by on a day of splendid sunshine.
The 2014 champion and fourth seed Stanislas Wawrinka swatted divided Czech maestro Radek Stepanek in a twilight, while women’s third seed Garbine Muguruza and two-times champion Victoria Azarenka also charged into a third round.
Rafa Nadal’s first-round exit to Fernando Verdasco punched a hole in a bottom half of a draw, though four-times finalist Murray was not about to join a depressed Spaniard.
He disarmed Groth, a world’s fastest available server, with a clinical returning game, display his deception by lobbing a 6-ft-4in (1.93m) Australian regularly when he lumbered brazen in desperation.
Murray has trounced both his initial turn opponents and Portuguese 32nd seed Joao Sousa is subsequent in a banishment line.
Since her back-to-back titles during Melbourne Park in 2012-13, dual injury-blighted years have kept Azarenka from claiming a third though a absolute Belarusian is looking dangerous.
The former universe series one, seeded 14th here, beaten Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic 6-1 6-2 during Margaret Court Arena to set adult a compare with Naomi Osaka and offering some chilling difference for a Japanese qualifier.
“I’m feeling in a best figure body-wise, we know, spirit-wise, everything-wise,” Azarenka told reporters.
She stays on march for a appetizing fourth-round strife with Spanish Wimbledon runner-up Muguruza, who dejected Belgian Kirsten Flipkens 6-4 6-2.
Wawrinka eased past 37-year-old qualifier Stepanek 6-2 6-3 6-4 in a Hisense Arena and a Swiss subsequent faces another Czech in Lukas Rosol.
Thirteenth seed Milos Raonic continued to figure as a dim horse, violence Tommy Robredo 7-6(5) 7-6(5) 7-5.
Underlining a variable inlet of grand slams, Nadal’s first-round slayer and compatriot Fernando Verdasco exited after a hard-fought four-set detriment to pint-sized Israeli Dudi Sela.
The on-court play spilled into a stands early in a day during Rod Laver Arena, where a witness was harmed in a decrease down a stairs during former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic’s 6-3 6-3 win over Anastasija Sevastova.
She faces big-hitting American youngster Madison Keys subsequent in a tasty third-round clash.
Teenager Osaka gave a crawl to anxious Japanese fans after transfer 18th seed Elina Svitolina 6-4 6-4, stability her considerable categorical pull entrance during a grand impact .
Born to a Haitian father and lifted in a U.S, Osaka stays a oddity in her mother’s nation though a show-court coming opposite Azarenka could change all that.
“I always consider that they’re astounded that I’m Japanese,” a frizzy-haired 18-year-old shrugged with an American accent.
(Editing by Martyn Herman)