Berdych a tough test for Hewitt at US Open

FORMER winners Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Stosur will try to turn back the clock when they open their US Open campaigns at Flushing Meadows tonight.


Hewitt was Australia's best player when he beat American Pete Sampras 7-6 6-1 6-1 to lift the trophy in 2001. He also made the final in 2004, losing to Roger Federer.

A decade on, he goes into his 13th US Open still as the highest-ranked Australian player (41), but faces a tough challenge against No.6 seed Tomas Berdych from the Czech Republic.

The 33-year-old is one of three Aussie men to step out on day two of the tournament. Marinko Matosevic faces a daunting match against five-time champion Federer, while Bernard Tomic comes up against German Dustin Brown.

Five Aussie women - Stosur, Ajla Tomljanovic, Casey Dellacqua, Jamila Gajdosova and Ashleigh Barty - will also play first round matches tonight.