Australia beats Switzerland

PERTH, DEC. 30. Australia's newly crowned World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt beat Roger Federer in a topsy-turvy men's singles as the second-seeded home country toppled reigning champion Switzerland in the Hopman Cup tennis mixed teams competition here on Sunday.

Hewitt, in front of a record crowd for the tournament of 8,486 at Burswood Dome, won a three-set thriller 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 in 97 minutes to defeat the 13th ranked Federer.

Hewitt got home after his partner, Alicia Molik, scored a straight sets win over Miroslava Vavrinec in a women's singles encounter. Molik, 20, ranked 47th in the world, beat the 23-year-old Vavrinec (116th) 6-3, 6-4 in 72 minutes. This gave Australia an unbeatable 2-0 lead even before the start of the mixed doubles, about to be contested immediately.

In the doubles, Hewitt and Molik, who grew up together by the beach in Adelaide, completed a 3-0 clean sweep for Australia by overcoming the Swiss pair of Federer and Vavrinec 6-3, 6-1.

One million Australian Dollar in prize money is up for grabs in the eight-nation tournament at Burswood Dome.

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