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Hewitt Upset In Houston First Round

Houston, U.S.A.

Alund © Aaron M. Sprecher/ROCCMartin Alund knocked out 2009 Houston champion Lleyton Hewitt.

Lleyton Hewitt fell to 94th-ranked Argentine Martin Alund 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 Wednesday afternoon in the first round of the US Men's Clay Court Championship. The 2009 Houston champion dropped serve five times over the final two sets.

Alund, 27, had won just four tour-level matches entering his meeting with the former World No. 1. He had advanced to his first ATP World Tour semi-final this past February in Sao Paulo, losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in three sets.

Spaniard Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo defeated Somdev Devvarman 7-6(5), 6-0 in the only other singles match to be completed Wednesday, while third seeds Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot clinched a 6-3, 2-6, 10-5 win over wild cards Fernando Verdasco and Mischa Zverev in doubles action. 

The top-seeded duo Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, who were going for their 17th straight match win in Houston, led Oliver Marach and Andre Sa 6-0, 1-0 before rain halted play. They will look to close out the victory on center court Thursday afternoon following the Sam Querrey/Rhyne Williams match, scheduled to open the action at noon.

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