There would be no fairytale finish for Lleyton Hewitt at Wimbledon. But at least, having vowed to “leave it all out there” in his final All England Club campaign, there would be much of his trademark fight.
“I didn’t leave any stone unturned preparing,” said Hewitt after Jarkko Nieminen ended the Australian’s 17th tilt at the Championships with a 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, 11-9 win that took four hours to complete.
“But also on the match court today. You know, there were a couple of times the match could have gotten away from me at certain stages and I found a way of hanging in there … but yeah, Jarkko is a tough competitor and it was never going to be easy.”