Brisbane, Australia (4E Sports) – Australian Lleyton Hewitt defeated Roger Federer, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, in Sunday’s battle of former top-ranked players at Brisbane International, earning his first ATP World Tour title since 2010.
The victory marked Hewitt’s first win over a Top 10 opponent in an ATP World Tour Final since facing Federer in the 2010 Halle tournament.
“Playing the best players in the world and finals of tournaments, always it’s exciting. That’s why you still play the game,” said Hewitt. “For me, it was motivation enough just to try to get the win out there and obviously win another title. It’s been a couple years.”
Hewitt took the first set, breaking Federer three times in 27 minutes while the Swiss superstar committed 22 errors.
Federer fought back in the second set, securing the lone break in the ninth game. The 17-time Grand Slam champion held his serve to even the match at one set all in 49 minutes.
Hewitt, playing in his 45th career final and his first on home soil since the 2005 Australian Open, bounced back in the third set, breaking Federer in the fourth game to take a 3-1 advantage.
Hewitt then saved all seven break points he faced in that set, en route to his 29th tour-level title in two hours and seven minutes.
In India, top seed Stanislas Wawrinka captured his second Aircel Chennai Open title with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Edouard Roger-Vasselin in 95 minutes.
Wawrinka joins Carlos Moya (2004, 2005) and Marin Cilic (2009, 2010) as the only players with multiple Chennai crowns, improving to 15-4 in six trips to the Indian coastal city.
The Chennai crown was the Swiss’ fifth ATP World Tour crown and second on hard courts.
On the women’s side, third seed Sara Errani of Italy defeated compatriot Roberta Vinci, 6-4, 6-2, in the first round of the Apia International in Sydney. In the other day match, Ajla Tomljanovic ousted Daniela Hantuchova, 6-4, 7-5.
At the Hobart International, sixth seed Mona Barthel eliminated Elina Svitolina, 6-4, 6-3.