The intensely competitive Australian, roared on by a partisan crowd, couldn't live with Spain's David Ferrer and he went down 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 to exit what was his final tournament before retiring.
Afterwards Hewitt, wearing a shirt decorated with the Australian flag was joined on court by his three children while his wife, former soap opera actress Bec, looked on in tears.
"I gave everything I had, like always, and left nothing in the locker room and that's something I can always be proud of," Hewitt told the crowd.
"In my whole career I've given 100 percent and I love coming out here and competing."

Although Hewitt fought all the way in the second-round match, the feisty two-time Grand Slam winner could not get close enough to the tigerish Ferrer, who broke the Australian's serve five times.
Emotion boiled over in the final set when with the match ebbing away, Hewitt was given an audible obscenity warning before he clashed with the chair umpire, calling him a 'frigging idiot'.

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