Argentine tennis star Juan Martin del Potro beat Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) in an exhibition match played at the Gimnasia y Esgrima soccer club's stadium in the city of La Plata.

The 25-year-old Del Potro, the world No. 5, was able to handle the 32-year-old Hewitt, a former world No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam winner, before 15,000 tennis fans on Saturday.

Fans expressed their support for Del Potro even though he decided not to play Davis Cup for Argentina next year.

The match was played on a hard court set up on the grass of Juan Carmelo Zerrillo Stadium.

The feisty Hewitt won the crowd's applause throughout the event, especially when he took the field wearing a Gimnasia y Esgrima jersey with "Lleyton" on the back.

This was the last of a series of exhibition matches in Argentina that featured a farewell to Argentine tennis player David Nalbandian, matches pitting Spain's Rafael Nadal against Serbia's Novak Djokovic, and a match featuring Venus Williams against Serena Williams. EFE