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Hewitt’s singles career ends with loss to Ferrer

Lleyton Hewitt

Lleyton Hewitt

The 34-year-old Australian had his end on his home court in the second round after a straight-set loss to No. 8 Danny Ferrer. The former No. 1 player in the world beat countryman James Duckworth in three-sets in the opening round but Ferrer’s got the best of him in a competitive third round.

“I left nothing in the locker room. My whole career I’ve given 100%,” Hewitt said. “I love coming out here and competing. I’ve been so fortunate to have that opportunity 20 years in a row.”

After his match some of the biggest names in tennis paid tribute to Hewitt. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Nick Kyrgios all expressed their appreciate for his accomplishments throughout his career.

Hewitt won 30 singles tour titles, and won the 2001 US Open and Wimbledon in 2002. In his retirement he will take over as captain of Australia’s Davis Cup team but still has at least one more match before his career is completely finished. His will partner with countryman Sam Groth against Finland’s Henri Kontinen and Australia’s John Peers in the second round of men’s doubles competition on Friday.

Isner endures tough three-set match against Marcel Granollers

John Isner

John Isner was in trouble during the tie-breaker of his second set against Marcel Granollers. Isner’s Spanish opponent was just perfectly placing his shots, hitting from one side and returning to the opposite to prevent a continued volley. But Isner stormed back. He utilized his power to wiz shots by Granollers, preventing a well-placed return and he came back to win it.

No. 10 Isner, who is the highest-seeded American at the Australian Open since Mardy Fish was seeded eighth in 2012, win his first set against Granollers 6-3, but was put through a war the rest of the way and had he lost that second set, the match could have gone to anybody. But Isner’s fitness and strength and ability to serve at a great speed sets his up well for extended sets, and he win a tiebreaker just only once, but again in the third to claim the match.

Isner advanced to the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-2) victory over Granollers. He will next face Feliciano Lopez, who battled Guido Pella for five sets before picking up the 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (8-10), 6-4 victory.

Murray plays nearly perfect match against Groth

No. 2 Andy Murray never sent a good ball back for Sam Groth to return. The speed and angles his returns were going back to the Australian forced him to hit it out of position. And the slow-moving arcs set Murray up to get up to the net.

Murray put on a clinic as he advanced past Groth in straight-sets 6-0, 6-4, 6-1. Murray will advance to his ninth-straight third round in the Australian Open. He has never lost in the third round before. He will face No. 32 Joao Sousa. The ranked Portugese player is very dangerous from the back line, but Murray looks like he is playing some of the best tennis he ever has early in this tournament.

Azarenka cruised to another win

She’s only lose three games in two matches so far in the Australian Open. No. 14 Victoria Azarenka quickly disposed of Belgian qualifier Alison Van Uytvanck in the opening round 6-0, 6-0 and her opponent from Montenegro did not have a much better showing against her either. The 26-year-old who won back-to-back Australian Opens in 2012 and 2013 advanced to the third round with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Danka Kovinic. She will play Japanese qualifier Naomi Osaka in the third round. Osaka upset No. 18 Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-4 in the second round to advance.

More seeded women fall

No. 19 Jelena Jankovic was beaten by the more aggressive German player Laura Siegemund in the second round of the Australian Open. Siegemund was attacking the net, hitting her serves well and playing her returns even better as she upset the former No. 1 women’s player 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. Siegemund will play Annika Beck in the third round. Beck upset No. 11 Timea Bacsinszky in straight-sets pretty convincingly 6-2, 6-4. No. 30 Sabine Lisicki was also ousted after a three-set loss to Denisa Allertova 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

Through two rounds of the 2016 Australian Open, 18 seeded women’s players have already been eliminated. Three of them were seeded in the top 10.

Keys battles through injury to advance

Madison Keys

Madison Keys

Madison Keys was not one of the seeded players to be eliminated early in the Australian open. The No. 15 seeded American avenged her 2014 Wimbledon heart-breaker to Yaroslava Shvedova with a three-set victory in her two hours, two minute match. In 2014 an hamstring injury forced Keys to retire but this time end endured through her injury to earn a victory.

A toe injury that required media attention hampered Keys in the first set but she rallied back and her superb groundstrokes and tremendous forehand helped her take the next two sets to advance 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3.

Keys made a tremendous run to the Aussie semifinals last year before losing to eventual champion Serena Williams, but they are in different halves of the bracket this year. She will have a tough challenge in the third round when she faced No. 20 Ana Ivanovic.

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