Hewitt of old outguns Raonic

LLEYTON Hewitt's heart proved big enough to withstand a hail of bullets from big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic as he set up a fourth-round Australian Open clash with world No.1 Novak Djokovic.

The 30-year-old Australian fell to his back with emotion after downing 21-year-old rising star Raonic 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 in Rod Laver Arena on Saturday night, despite the 196cm Canadian delivering a string of the tournament's fastest serves.

Raonic, who started 2011 ranked No.156, has climbed to his current No.25 on the back of an eye-catching season which earned him the 2011 ATP newcomer's award.

It looked as though Raonic was set to add a berth in the Australian Open last 16 to that list, after blasting his way through the first set.

But father-of-three Hewitt, whose No.181 ranking meant he needed a wildcard to compete in his record 16th Open, showed he still holds a big edge in a few less tangible characteristics.

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