Hewitt wins marathon to reach US Open third round

Lleyton Hewitt won a four and a half hour marathon to beat Luxembourg's Gilles Muller 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-4 and reach the US Open third round on Friday.

The 31-year-old Australian, who was the champion in New York in 2001 and runner-up in 2004, again defied the foot problems which have restricted him to 11 events this year.

Muller fired 35 aces and 95 winners, but also committed 69 unforced errors in a rollercoaster match on Court 11 with Hewitt ending the encounter with 60 winners, 30 unforced errors an 18 aces.

Hewitt goes on to face Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer for a place in the last 16.

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