Mikhail Youzhny's major comeback

Former US Open champ Lleyton Hewitt loses big lead in fifth set of the US Open

Updated: September 3, 2013, 9:10 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- His run into the fourth round here excited many tennis fans of a certain age.

Anyone who once wore their hat backward and punched the air and screamed "Come on!" had to enjoy the sight of 32-year-old Lleyton Hewitt barging inelegantly through the men's draw. It's been a dozen years since he won the title here, but for most of five matches he played with a spirited, almost manic joie de vivre.

And then, when it came time to close the deal against Mikhail Youzhny -- himself ...

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