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Failed to re-ignite his magic on tour after struggling with recurring injuries, former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia will be in action on Friday in a Davis-Cup rubber against Germany’s Florian Mayer.
Hewitt has served Australia very well over the years in Davis Cup ties and now that he has passed his prime, he wants to give his best shot before ending his illustrious career. The Australian showed some fine form at the US Open, but failed to make a deep penetration. Currently ranked as World No. 100 in the world, Hewitt has an ordinary 13-9 win-loss record for the season and he has not won any title this season so far.
When asked about his participation in the Davis Cup and forthcoming challenges, Hewitt said, "I don't know how long I will keep playing for and I would love another shot at playing in a World Group tie. Ever since we have been out of the World Group, we have had bloody tough matches in the playoffs."
Hewitt’s opponent is experienced campaigner Florian Mayer of Germany. Mayer turned professional in 2001 and has won a career title on ATP World Tour. The German has a poor 16-21 win-loss record for the season and he has been struggling with a bad form of late.
This will be a second-meeting between these two. Last time they met in 2006 in Las Vegas, where Hewitt triumphed in three sets. Well, the Australian must be looking forward to repeat that performance.
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