NEW YORK - Lleyton Hewitt’s 14th US Open ended in his first straight sets defeat at the tournament for eight years, but the 2001 champion won’t talk about retirement, no matter how many times he is asked. The 33-year-old former world number one lost 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 to Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych and faced the usual barrage of enquiries as to what his future holds. This year had been equally disappointing on the biggest stages with a second round loss at Wimbledon preceded by first round exits at the Australian and French Opens. But despite constant speculation over his future plans, he is currently more concerned about Australia maintaining their place in the Davis Cup World Group. Next week, Australia will host Uzbekistan on the grass courts of Perth’s Cottesloe Tennis Club.–AFP