Guccione - Hewitt surprise Swiss in Sydney

Lleyton Hewitt and Chris Guccione teamed up for Australia for only the second time to defeat Switzerland's Olympic doubles gold medallists, Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(5) to give the host nation a 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup World Group play-off at the Royal Sydney Golf Club.

"Federer was too good for me yesterday but doubles is a different competition," Hewitt said afterwards. "There's something special about team competition. For me I leave all my passion out here."

Guccione and Hewitt recovered from losing the 31-minute first set, when they won just 17 points, and went on to hit 10 aces and 67 winners overall for victory in two hours and 17 minutes. "At times I thought we were playing Patrick Rafter at the net, he [Hewitt] was volleying so well," Federer commented.

Australia will need one more victory in the remaining two singles rubbers on Sunday to return to the World Group for the first time since 2007. Bernard Tomic will take on Federer while Hewitt will play Wawrinka.

Date: 17.09.2011, Source: ATP


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