US Open: Hewitt stuns world number 6 del Potro

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2013, 10:43 AM IST

New York: Australia`s Lleyton Hewitt won an absorbing late-night thriller against sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro at the US Open on Friday to move into the third round.

In a battle between the two former US Open champions, the veteran Australian came out on top after more than four hours, winning 6-4 5-7 3-6 7-6 (2) 6-1, in one of the biggest upsets of the tournament.

Del Potro, who stunned Roger Federer to win the 2009 US Open, was one of the favourites to win the men`s singles title but the towering Argentine was unable to find an answer to Hewitt`s counter-punches as the pair slugged it out like two heavyweight boxers.

"It was a hell of a lot of fun, I cherish every match I get," said the 32-year-old Hewitt, who won the US Open in 2001. "This is why I still play, to have moments like this."