Former world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt's distinguished career officially came to an end last night, after a straight sets loss to No.8 see David Ferrer.

The 34-year-old went down in typical Hewitt fashion, fighting gallantly right to the death, losing 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 32 minutes.

Hewitt's decorated career included 30 career titles, two grand Slams and he is the youngest men's player to reach No.1 in the world, holding the ranking for 80 weeks.

"I gave everything I have, like always, and left nothing in the locker room and that is something I can always be proud of," Hewitt said after the match as he fought back tears.

"My whole career I have given 100 per cent. I love coming out here and competing. It is never hard to come out here and play in front of such great spectators.

"It is always like a second home for me at Rod Laver Arena. I am fortunate to keep having this opportunity 20 years in a row."

Ferrer was all class in his post match interview, thanking Hewitt for his contribution to the sport, as he revealed the Australian was one of his idols in his younger days. Ferrer will now face American Steve Johnson in the third round.