1/23/10 1:00 AM | Johan Lindahl
Longtime Melbourne crowd-pleasers Marcos Baghdatis and Lleyton Hewitt were preparing for another possible late night in their Australian Open third-round encounter.
But it's unlikely that the evening contest will stretch anywhere near as late as their 2008 record-setter which finally ended at 4:34 a.m. after starting just before midnight at Melbourne Park.
“It doesn't worry me," said Hewitt, the former number one and 2005 finalist. "The last match with Marcos is one of the most memorable of my career.
Hewitt won that third-round match, which drained away most of his energy and led to a loss in the next round to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
The Open has tried to take control of its habitual late finishes, starting evening sessions 30 minutes earlier at 7 p.m and beginning with the most important of two matches first.
Matches have still been finishing well past midnight on some evenings.
|1. Djokovic||12 500 pts|
|2. Murray||8 750 pts|
|3. Federer||8 670 pts|
|4. Ferrer||6 970 pts|
|5. Nadal||6 385 pts|
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