BERNARD Tomic has saved two match points to end Lleyton Hewitt’s US Open career in an epic all-Australian second-round clash at Flushing Meadows.
The Gold Coast product looked set for victory early in the match after taking out the first two sets.
But Hewitt, who will retire after the Australian Open in January, overcame hip injury and staged an amazing comeback, taking out the next two sets to even things up.
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Things were in Hewitt’s favour, as he was set to serve for the match at 5-4 in the fifth.
But Tomic, 12 years his junior, battled back to deny his Davis Cup teammate and mentor after three hours and 27 minutes to reach the third round in New York for the first time 6-3 6-2 3-6 5-7 7-5.
He is now the only Australian left in the men’s event.