Murray was talking after beating Hewitt's compatriot, Sam Groth, in straight sets in the second round of the Australian Open, when he admitted he had named one of his beloved pets after the Aussie favourite.
"He was someone I loved watching growing up," Murray said. "His attitude towards the competition is something I love."
So far, so normal.
The Scot added: "This is his 20th Australian Open and he still has the same fight and passion as ever...I actually named one of my dogs after him."
The admission was met by rapturous laughter from the home crowd, who clearly appreciate the high esteem in which Hewitt is held by his fellow pros.
The 34-year-old is set to retire after the Australian Open, bringing an end to a fine career in which he has won both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
[h/t Yahoo Sport]