Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt had victories on Saturday to set up a meeting in the Brisbane International final, renewing a rivalry that stretches back to the last millennium.
Federer beat No. 8-seeded Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 in a semifinal featuring just two service breaks, immediately after Hewitt’s 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over second-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan.
The pair of 32-year-old former No. 1s have met 26 times dating back to 1999. Federer leads their head-to-head record 18-8, including 16 wins in their last 17 matches.