Lleyton Hewitt earns second round US Open match-up
TENNIS: Former champion Lleyton Hewitt earned a second round US Open match-up against Davis Cup teammate Bernard Tomic on another disappointing day for Australia at Flushing Meadows.
The 2001 champion progressed after a shoulder injury forced his opponent, Kazakhstan's Aleksandr Nedovyesov, to retire with Hewitt leading 6-0 7-6 1-0.
The 34-year-old, playing in his final US Open, said his triumph over Pete Sampras in the final 14 years ago had been a fantastic launching pad for his career.
"I remember walking out for the final, Pete Sampras is out there at the coin toss. Ivan Lendl is actually doing the coin toss. These are two guys I grew up idolising going to the Australian Open every year," Hewitt said.
"For me it was a surreal feeling, but it gave me confidence for the rest of my career going out there and being able to play well in those situations and not be in awe of the situation."
Tomic will take on Hewitt after beating unseeded Damir Dzumhur 5-7 7-6 6-4 6-3.
Thanasi Kokkinakis wasn't so fortunate against 12th seed Richard Gasquet, the young Aussie succumbing to cramps with the score at 4-6 6-1 4-6 6-3 2-0 in Gasquet's favour.
Nick Kyrgios was beaten but not disgraced against third seed Andy Murray, the Scot winning 7-5 6-3 4-6 6-1.
John-Patrick Smith and James Duckworth were also beaten, as were Aussies Jarmila Gajdosova and Ajla Tomljanovic in the women's draw. Sam Stosur moved through after beating Timea babos 6-3 6-4.