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Australian Open 2016: As it happened: David Ferrer v Lleyton Hewitt

Lleyton Hewitt's storied singles career ended in straight sets.

Lleyton Hewitt is in action for what could be the final time.
Lleyton Hewitt is in action for what could be the final time. Photo: Eddie Jim

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On what was an historic night for Australian tennis.

Make sure to check out Jake Niall's match report, up shortly.

For now you can take a look at Matt Murnane's live blog of Beranrd Tomic's clash with Simone Bolelli.

Lleyton walks off to a standing ovation

Meanwhile Australian John Millman just beat Giles Muller in five sets!

Lleyton's three kids now walk out to greet their dad

The cameras pan to Hewit"s wife Bec, visibly teary.

Hewitt to Tony Roche: "Love you mate."

On Bec: "She's my rock."

A montage is now shown on the big screen

Featuring tributes from Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Nick Kyrgios.

​Kyrgios says "you're still the best player in Australia."

Hewitt speaks post-match to Bruce McAvaney

"He was too good tonight.

"I came out, I gave everything I had like always. That's something I can be proud of.

"[Rod Laver Arena] is like a second home for me."

On his farewell tour:

"I feel honoured to have had this support.

"I feel fortunate I've had so much success on this court in big matches."

 

 

 

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Ferrer says he has a museum in his house which contains a t-shirt signed by Hewitt.

The Spaniard next faces 31st seeded American Steve Johnson.

Ferrer speaks on-court to Jim Courier

"It's a sad day," he says.

Ferrer describes Lleyton as an "idol."

The two men embrace mid-court, and now Lleyton waves farewell to his fans. They'll break with convention and he will remain on court for an interview with Bruce McAvaney.

Ferrer wins in straight sets

As Hewitt hits his backhand wide.

6-2 6-4 6-4 in 1 hour 52 mins.

And just like that it ends.

Ferrer 6-2 6-4 5-4

Hewitt holds, but it'll be Ferrer to serve for the match when they return from the change of ends.

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Ferrer 6-2 6-4 5-3

Hewitt now serves to stay in the tournament, and to keep his career alive.

Ferrer breaks again

But the very next game Ferrer takes the second of two break points and leads 6-2 6-4 4-3.

And Lleyton isn't happy, angry at chair umpire Pascal Maria over the performance of a linesman.

Some serious noise coming out of Rod Laver Arena

Hewitt breaks back

The crowd comes alive as Hewitt brings up three break points. Lleyton only needs one though as Ferrer goes long! Ferrer leads 6-2 6-4 3-3.

Ferrer 6-2 6-4 3-2

Ferrer sees a second serve at 30-40 but rips a backhand winner down the line. Hewitt ends up saving the game, but still trails by two sets and a break.

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Ferrer 6-2 6-4 3-1

The Spaniard makes a comfortable hold to consolidate the break.

Meanwhile

Australian John Millman is into a fifth set on show court three against Giles Muller of Luxembourg.

Games are on serve at 2-1 to the Australian.

The winner of that match faces either Bernard Tomic or Simone Bolelli. You can follow their clash live here with Matt Murnane.

Ferrer breaks

Working Lleyton to all corner of the court, Ferrer takes the second of two break points. He leads 6-2 6-4 2-1.

Ferrer 6-2 6-4 1-1

Hewitt fights back from 40-0 on Ferrer's serve to get to deuce. But the Spaniard holds.

Ferrer 6-2 6-4 0-1

It's not easy, but Hewitt opens the third set with a hold.

Lleyton Hewitt roars on Thursday night
Lleyton Hewitt roars on Thursday night Photo: Joe Armao
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