NEW YORK — It has been 11 years since Lleyton Hewitt last won a Grand Slam event, at Wimbledon, and 12 since his first, and only, title at the US Open in 2001.
His matchup with No. 6 seed Juan Martin Del Potro on Friday night at the U.S. Open was intriguing from the start.
Both were former US Open champions, Hewitt having won back in 2001 when he beat Pete Sampras in the final and Del Potro capturing the title in 2009.
In the end, it was the 32-year-old Hewitt turning back the clock when Del Potro double-faulted on match point in the fifth set to give Hewitt a 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1 victory that lasted 4 hours, 5 minutes and propelled him into the third round.