World no.1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated Lleyton Hewitt in four sets 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 and moved into the quarterfinal of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park.
This was almost certainly the last ever performance of the former world no.1 Lleyton Hewitt on a big Grand Slam stage, and he showedeveryone why he used to be the world’s best player. Hewitt was given a wildcard to enter the tournament as his ranking before the tournament was 181.
But he wasn’t going to give up at any point in the match and even after a comfortable Djokovic 2-0 set lead Hewitt through once more everything into his game and chased down every possible ball he could.
It paid off and he took the third set 6-4. The crowd absolutely loved it and and supported Lleyton all the way, but even their support and Hewitt’s fighting spirit wasn’t enough to topple Djokovic, who took the fourth set and the match.
He will now play the Spaniard David Ferrer for a place in the semifinals.