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Friday Funnies strap 2-2Lleyton thanks mateWe’d primed ourselves for an epic finish in the wee small hours. But it was not to be.

Just before 10pm on Thursday night, the curtain closed on Lleyton Hewitt’s stellar tennis playing career.

It was not the five-set marathon that has defined so much of the past two decades. David Ferrer had his measure in three. But, as always, he fought to the very last ball.

For so long, he was the definition of Australian tennis. Federer says Lleyton made him appreciate the importance of hard work. Andy Murray named his dog after him — what higher honour is there?

The up and coming young guns of Australian tennis look up to him. And from today they’ll have to suck up to him as the new captain of our Davis Cup team. His legacy will continue through these tempestuous proteges.

Plus there’s a little Lleyton waiting in the wings.

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