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Tuesday, 27 November, 2001, 12:15 GMT
Lleyton Hewitt
Lleyton Hewitt holds the US Open trophy
Hewitt won the US Open title this year
It is not long ago that Lleyton Hewitt was being described as "the future of tennis" by Pete Sampras.

That prediction has come true quicker than even Hewitt could have dreamed as he ended the 2001 season by claiming his first Grand Slam title at the US Open, and then shrugged off all challengers to win the Masters Cup.

That victory confirmed Hewitt as the youngest ever season-ending world number one.

  Lleyton Hewitt
DOB 24.02.81
Height 5'11"
Weight 150lbs
World ranking 1
Cup singles record
Cup doubles record

Terrific speed around the court allied to consistent and probing groundstrokes and a never-say-die attitude make for a perfect package.

Hewitt's Davis Cup record is just as good - he has not lost a single match all year, and has only ever lost two out of 17 live rubbers.

None of his wins was more impressive than his debut as an 18-year-old in 1999 when he stepped in for Mark Philippoussis and helped Australia surprise America.

After that, in the semi-final, with Rafter also missing he won both his singles against Marat Safin and Yevgeny Kafelnikov to put Australia in the final.

Last season he led Australia to the final once more, but, despite an opening day win over Albert Costa, he lost the decider to Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Hewitt's form has once again been crucial this season.

No more so than in the quarter-final away to Brazil, when Hewitt subdued not just Gustavo Kuerten on his favoured clay courts, but also the partisan Florianopolis crowd.

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