Top seed Novak Djokovic is flying around in his own stratosphere. He hasn’t dropped a set the entire tournament and dominated Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-0, 6-0.
Hewitt, a former No. 1 who won the tournament in 2001, is a win away from making his first Grand Slam quarterfinal since Wimbledon in 2009.
The U.S. Tennis Association announced its eight men’s wild cards on Tuesday. Hewitt is a two-time major champion — winning the 2001 U.S. Open — but at age 31 the Australian has fallen to 134th in the world.
The field for the 2011 U.S. Open men’s singles tournament in Flushing Meadows just got a bit more crowded.