Hewitt wins marathon to reach US Open third round

Lleyton Hewitt of Australia returns to Gilles Muller of Luxembourg during their 2012 US Open men's singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. Hewitt beat Muller 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-4

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.