Hewitt Back In US Open 3rd Round With 5-Set Win

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 31: Lleyton Hewitt of Australia returns a shot against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in their men's singles second round match on Day Five of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2012 in the Flushing neigborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 31: Lleyton Hewitt of Australia returns a shot against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in their men’s singles second round match on Day Five of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2012 in the Flushing neigborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Lleyton Hewitt is back in the third round of the U.S. Open at age 31 — 11 years after his title at Flushing Meadows.

The Australian two-time Grand Slam champion beat Gilles Muller 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4 in 4 hours, 35 minutes Friday. Hewitt needed a wild card to get in because his ranking had fallen outside the top 100 as he struggled with injuries.

Hewitt last reached the third round here in 2009. He made the round of 16 at the Australian Open this year but lost his opener at the French Open and Wimbledon.

The 53rd-ranked Muller had 35 aces and 95 winners but committed 69 unforced errors. Hewitt got in just 42 percent of his first serves and had 13 double-faults.

But it was a double-fault by Muller that ended the match.

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