Sydney, June 19 (ANI): Former Australian world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt is fired up for Wimbledon after beating world No.1 Rafael Nadal at an exhibition match in London.
Hewitt won 6-4 6-3 on Thursday, in what was meant to be an informal and relaxed match against the defending Wimbledon champion in west London.
Neither Hewitt nor Nadal would comment before or after the match, as they try to keep their preparations for Wimbledon as low key as possible ahead of the first round on Monday, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
But Hewitt's manager David Drysdale said the Australian would be pleased with the result. "He's hitting the ball well," Drysdale said after watching Hewitt from the stands alongside coach Tony Roche.
"But it's hard to tell. It was Nadal's first game on grass this year. Lleyton will be happy. He is going to be a dangerous floater for sure at Wimbledon."
Hewitt, who was bundled out of the third round of the ATP event at The Queen's Club by Andy Roddick a week ago, maintained his momentum in the second set as Nadal failed to convert some early break points.
Hewitt wrapped up the match, breaking Nadal in the final game when the Spaniard sent a backhand flying over the baseline.
The match was the first Nadal had played on grass this season after pulling out of the tournament at Queen's last week so he could have treatment on his troublesome knees. (ANI)