Hewitt Bids Farewell To New York After Doubles Defeat
Only two former US Open doubles champions remain after Lleyton Hewitt fell in his final match in Flushing Meadows, losing with Sam Groth to Colin Fleming and Treat Huey 6-3, 6-4.
Hewitt - champion in 2000 alongside Max Mirnyi - was defeated by countryman Bernard Tomic in his last US Open singles match on Thursday and would bid farewell in front of a packed Court 11 crowd on Saturday. The Aussie's defeat left 2013 titlist Radek Stepanek (w/Paes) and 2004 champ Daniel Nestor (w/Knowles) as the only former champions remaining in the field.
Teaming with Edouard Roger-Vasselin, Nestor topped Jeremy Chardy and Lukasz Kubot 6-2, 7-5. The duo are now 13-2 together during the North American summer hard-court season, including a run to the final at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Montreal and title a week later in Cincinnati. The ninth seeds will square off against sixth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea, who beat Marius Fyrstenberg and Santiago Gonzalez 6-3, 7-6(4).
Also winning on Saturday were Eric Butorac and Scott Lipsky, 6-4, 6-4 over Gilles Muller and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 winners over Lucas Pouille and Sergiy Stakhovsky and Nenad Zimonjic and Marcin Matkowski defeating Marco Cecchinato and Andreas Seppi 7-6(5), 7-5.