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Lleyton Hewitt's Australian Open campaign reached the third-round after the home favourite secured his way through his second-round tie with Andy Roddick when the American was forced to retire with injury. The 15th seed had claimed the opening set 6-3, before picking up an apparent leg injury early in the second set.

Roddick battled bravely on despite being in obvious discomfort, but Hewitt's experience meant he knew exactly what tactics to adopt – making the American run and chase everything. The Aussie took the second set 6-3 and the third 6-4, using the full width of the Rod Laver court giving the injured Roddick no chance to recover.

Hewitt looked in his element as he produced some stunning cross-court movement, using his effective forehand to control the match. Anyone looking at the Australian Open Betting will have been impressed.

The end of the third set proved to be end of the match, as Roddick admitted he couldn't carry on into the fourth set, awarding Hewitt, who only qualified for this tournament after being awarded a wildcard, a somewhat surprising place in the third round. The 30-year old admitted the victory hadn't come in the ideal fashion, revealing he'd had to adopt some different tactics when Roddick sustained his injury.

"It was a nightmare for both of us," he said.

"Obviously Andy stretched something and it's hard to concentrate for the player up the other end."

"Andy is such a great fighter so you know when he is struggling."

"I don't want to sound cruel but you just try to run him around a bit more. We are out here competing, it's hard work."

The 2005 finalist will now be hoping to take advantage of this lucky break and push on into the latter rounds of this year's tournament – which could well prove to be his last, something fans of Betfair tennis odds should bear in mind. Hewitt will need to see off another big-server in his third round tie, where he will take on 23rd seed Milos Raonic.
 
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