Hewitt and Tomic: Australian tennis on the comeback

LLEYTON Hewitt is back.

The 31-year-old took out his second Kooyong Classic today, defeating Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets.

Hewitt, who also won the tournament in 2011, is in fine form ahead of next week’s Australian Open after blitzing the world No.7 6-1, 6-4 in a match which lasted just over an hour.

“I felt like every match I got better and better and more confident,” Hewitt said of his week.

The former world No.1 beat three top-15 players in his Kooyong run and will face Serb eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic in the first round of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Monday night.

The win was Hewitt’s first in an ATP final since June 2010 and his 29th career title.

Lleyton Hewitt and his children Mia, Ava and Cruz with the trophy. Picture: Sebastian Costanzo

Lleyton Hewitt and his children Mia, Ava and Cruz with the trophy. Picture: Sebastian Costanzo

It was a memorable day for Australian tennis, with Bernard Tomic also victorious.

The 20-year-old overcame South African Kevin Anderson in three sets to take out the Sydney International, claiming his first ATP Tour title.

Tomic won the first set 6-3 but lost a tiebreak in the second 6-7 (7-2). He came out on top in the third, winning 6-3.

The victory was Tomic’s eighth straight this year.

He is the first Aussie to take out the tournament since Hewitt in 2005.

After the match Tomic said it was an honour to win his first title in front of tennis great Ken Rosewall, on his stadium. “It’s an amazing feeling,” he said.

Tomic paid special thanks to his father, John. “It’s been a long road and finally I’ve got one of these trophies,” he said. “Hopefully this is not the last time that I can win.”

The last 20-year-old to hoist the trophy on Ken Rosewall Arena was Roger Federer in 2002.

Tomic will verse world No.2 Federer in the third round of the Australian Open if both players can make it that far.

He is now the No.1 ranked Australian going into the grand slam (43), replacing Marinko Matosevic (48). Hewitt is ranked No.81.

“It took a while” ... Bernard Tomic moments after winning the men’s final at the Sydney International. Picture: Mark Evans

“It took a while” … Bernard Tomic moments after winning the men’s final at the Sydney International. Picture: Mark Evans

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