Leyton Hewitt praises "fantastic" support

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Former world number one Leyton Hewitt praises the support he received during his round one match at the US Open.

Leyton Hewitt has described the support he received during his Australian Open round one match against Cedrik-Marcel Stebe as "fantastic".

The Adelaide-born former world number one was cheered on by a home crowd as he beat his German opponent 7-5 6-4 3-6 7-5.

Speaking after his victory, 30-year-old Hewitt revealed that his fans helped him advance to round two.

"Yeah, [the support was] fantastic," said Hewitt. "The crowd really lifted towards the end of the fourth set there when I started to get back into that set.

"Feelings like that you can't buy. Until you're one of the players out there experiencing it ... it is a massive adrenaline rush."

Hewitt will take on America's Andy Roddick in the next round.

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