FORMER world number one Lleyton Hewitt has advanced to the third-round of the Australian Open after injury forced Andy Roddick to retire midway through their match last night.
With Hewitt leading 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena, 29-year-old Roddick was forced to call it quits due to a hamstring injury incurred during the second set.
Despite claiming the first set, Roddick was visibly hindered by the injury, and, sensing a weakness, Hewitt jumped at the chance to hound his opponent.
Roddick continued to fight for the second and third set, but being pushed around the court by Hewitt soon became too much for the American.
Hewitt's victory was the only Australian success story in the singles' draws with Matt Ebden, James Duckworth and Jelena Dokic falling by the wayside.
Ebden managed to grab the first two sets off Japanese 24th seed Kei Nishikori before losing the match 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-1, while wildcard Duckworth lost in four sets to ninth seed Janko Tipsarevic.
The last Australian hope in the women's draw, Dokic could not find a way past ninth seed Marion Bartoli, leaving the competition with a 6-3, 6-2 loss.
Hewitt will play Milos Raonic in the third-round.
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