BRISBANE SUCCESS: Lleyton Hewitt plays a backhand in the Brisbane International final against Roger Federer yesterday.
BRISBANE SUCCESS: Lleyton Hewitt plays a backhand in the Brisbane International final against Roger Federer yesterday. Bradley Kanarisgetty IMAGES

Brisbane International crown for Hewitt as he beats Federer

LLEYTON Hewitt turned back the clock to beat Roger Federer 6-1 4-6 6-3 yesterday to claim the Brisbane International, his first title in more than three years.

The Aussie showed all the fighting spirit that has characterised his career, hitting winners off both sides and constantly keeping Federer at the back of the court with well-placed ground strokes.

Hewitt struggled on serve in the final set, not helped by being called for a series of dubious foot faults, but was able to pull out the big shots when required. The 32-year-old's last tournament victory was on grass at Halle in Germany in 2010, coincidentally against Federer.

That was also the last time he beat the Swiss ace who holds an 18-9 career record against Hewitt.

World No.1 Serena Williams had to work hard to beat arch rival Victoria Azarenka 6-4 7-5 in the women's final on Saturday night.



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