Hewitt drinks champagne after playing his last Australian Open singles match while his children look on.
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Lleyton Hewitt bade an emotional farewell under the Australian Open floodlights Thursday as David Ferrer snuffed out any chance of fairytale final flourish from the local hero.After world No. 2 Andy Murray had trampled on home sensibilities by mauling Australian Sam Groth to reach the third round, the Rod Laver Arena crowd settled in to watch former world number one Hewitt try to extend his illustrious singles career for at least another two days.The 2014 champion and fourth seed Stanislas Wawrinka swatted away Czech veteran Radek Stepanek in the twilight, while women's third seed Garbine Muguruza and two-time champion Victoria Azarenka also charged into the third round.Rafa Nadal's first-round exit to Fernando Verdasco punched a hole in the bottom half of the draw, but four-time finalist Murray was not about to join the fallen Spaniard.Wawrinka eased past 37-year-old qualifier Stepanek 6-2 6-3 6-4 in the Hisense Arena and the Swiss next faces another Czech in Lukas Rosol.
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