Federer beats Hewitt, Swiss level Aussies 1-1

Roger Federer recovered from a sluggish start to beat Lleyton Hewitt 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-2, 6-3 on Friday, moving Switzerland level with Australia at 1-1 after the opening day of their Davis Cup World Group playoff.

By (AP)

Published: Fri 16 Sep 2011, 1:51 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:14 AM

Federer, who only arrived in Australia on Wednesday after a gruelling US Open semifinal loss, began slowly on the grass court at Royal Sydney Golf Club and was at risk of a two-set deficit, before taking the tiebreak then breaking Hewitt in the first game of the third set.

The 16-time Grand Slam winner now holds an 18-8 record over former No. 1 Hewitt, who had won their previous match in the final at Halle, Germany last year.

Bernard Tomic earlier beat Stanislas Wawrinka 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 to give Australia a 1-0 lead.

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