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21-year-old Australian Hewitt wins his first Wimbledon title

WIMBLEDON, England -- If there were ever any doubts about Lleyton Hewitt's status as the world's top player, there aren't any more.\nThe 21-year-old Australian crushed David Nalbandian in straight sets Sunday in the Wimbledon final to win his second Grand Slam title, solidify his No. 1 ranking and confirm the changing of the guard in men's tennis.\nIn a tournament where aging former champions Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi lost in the second round, Hewitt swept through without a hitch and put on a ruthless performance Sunday to win 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 in less than two hours.\nHewitt became the youngest Wimbledon men's champion since Boris Becker won his second title in 1986 at age 18 -- and the first baseliner to lift the trophy since Andre Agassi in 1992.\nHewitt's victory was also the most dominating final in terms of games lost since John McEnroe beat Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 in 1984.\n"I kept looking at the scoreboard to see if it was real," Hewitt said. "It's an unbelievable feeling. I always dreamed that someday I would be playing for this trophy."\n"Now this is a real ripper," he said, using an Australian expression meaning, "This is great."\n"I don't really want to let go of it. I think I should retire now and go and play Aussie Rules football!"\nAfter winning match point, Hewitt climbed up through the stands to embrace his friends and family in the guest box, emulating the celebrations of Pat Cash, the last Australian to win Wimbledon in 1987.\n"I had no idea what I was going to do if I won," Hewitt said. "I went to my chair and thought, 'Stuff it, I'll go and do it.' It's been 15 years since an Aussie won"

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