Aussie Lleyton Hewitt – once the world’s best player – won his 3rd-round Australian Open match against rising Canadian star Milos Raonic.
This wasn’t the expected result: Hewitt is 30 and sits 181st in the world while Raonic is the world #23 and is looking as if he could seriously improve that ranking by summer. Raonic is the biggest server on the tour; against Hewitt his first serves averaged 214 kph and at one point he scorched one by Hewitt that clocked 231 kph.
But the big serve wasn’t enough. On the unfamiliar stage of centre court, Raonic cracked a few times when he shouldn’t have, and the much more seasoned Hewitt was able to win some key points. With the crowd behind him, Hewitt rallied to win 3 straight sets after dropping the first one.
Put it down to experience: Hewitt has plenty and Raonic needs more. Hewitt moves on to play world #1 Novak Djokovic, while Raonic will doubtless be watching films of the match with his coach.