Lleyton Hewitt pulled off an upset 6-1 4-6 6-3 victory over Roger Federer to win the Brisbane International yesterday.
The Australian made Federer pay for an unusually sloppy performance, with the Swiss committing 22 unforced errors in the first set alone, as he won the 29th ATP title of his career.
Hewitt took the first set in just 27 minutes before the 17-time grand slam champion showed his class in the second.
Despite missing the chance to go up a break midway through the set after Hewitt produced an athletic lunging volley, Federer did not let him off the hook when a second opportunity presented itself after the home favourite missed an easy forehand winner in the ninth game.
Had Hewitt made the shot he would have gone up 5-4 in the set but instead Federer broke the Australian and then served out to love, levelling the match at one set apiece and setting up a grandstand finish.
Hewitt produced a typically committed performance in the deciding set, saving four break points to hold his serve before breaking Federer to go up 3-1.
The 32-year-old then kept his composure for the rest of the set to serve it out and ensure he lifted his seventh title on Australian soil and his first since winning the 2005 Sydney International.
* Rafael Nadal enjoyed the ideal preparation for the Australian Open as he beat Gael Monfils to win the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha.
The world No 1 blew Monfils away during the opening set, which he took 6-1 after just 23 minutes.
But Frenchman Monfils bravely rallied in the second set, and edged a tie-breaker 7/5.
Nadal broke early in the deciding set and ruthlessly marched away to take a 6-1 6-7 (5/7) 6-2 victory and claim his 61st career title.