BRISBANE - Lleyton Hewitt has pulled off stunning upset win over 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer in the final of the Brisbane International.
Hewitt, the world No.60, showed little signs of fatigue following a draining semi-final win over Japan's Kei Nishikori as he grabbed a 6-1 4-6 6-3 victory over his career-long rival and fellow former world No.1.
Swiss great Federer looked far from his usual self at Pat Rafter Arena, committing several out-of-character errors, including an early air-swing, as Hewitt sealed the 29th ATP Tour title of his career - his seventh on Australian soil but the first since the 2005 Sydney International.
World No.6 Federer's performance in the first set, committing a whopping 22 unforced errors and being broken three times, raised speculation his troublesome back problems had flared up a week out from the start of the Australian Open.
But Hewitt showed no mercy for his fellow 32-year-old veteran, taking the opening set in just 27 minutes on his way to his ninth win over Federer in 27 career meetings.
If the Australian thought he was on an easy path to victory against a wounded opponent, Federer quickly dispelled that with an improved second set display.