Roger Federer suffers shock defeat against Hewitt

Halle: Roger Federer suffered a shock defeat by Lleyton Hewitt in the final of the Halle grasscourt event, losing 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 to the Australian.

The result was totally unexpected since six-times Wimbledon champion Federer had not lost a match at Halle since 2002, winning the title five times, and had beaten Hewitt in their last 15 showdowns.

Hewitt, a former Wimbledon champion himself, ended the two hour 20 minute contest when his forehand hit the net tape and dropped dead on Federer`s side.

Before Sunday, Federer had been defeated on grass just once since 2003, that coming in the 2008 Wimbledon final against Rafael Nadal.

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