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Del Potro and Hewitt to meet in Kooyong final

Updated January 11, 2013 17:31:19

Lleyton Hewitt will play world number seven Juan Martin del Potro in the Kooyong Classic final on Saturday after the Argentine beat Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in the semi-final.

Del Potro cruised past Baghdatis 6-4, 6-1 in the semi-final to set up the clash with home town hero Hewitt.

The Australian 31-year-old Hewitt last won the Kooyong title in 2011 and he has met del Potro three times.

The Argentine has won the past two encounters between the two of them.

Taking on a player the class of del Potro will give Hewitt a solid hit-out before his tough first-round Australian Open match against world number nine Janko Tipsarevic.

Hewitt goes into the final in good form after defeating Milos Raonic and Tomas Berdych in his first matches at Kooyong.

In other results on Friday, Raonic suffered his third defeat of the exhibition tournament when he lost to Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-4.

Japan's world number 19 Kei Nishikori finally made it onto the court and celebrated with a 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 win over French journeyman Paul-Henri Mathieu.

Tags: tennis, sport, melbourne-3000, australia

First posted January 11, 2013 13:34:45

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