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"Classy" Hewitt Upsets Dimitrov; Berdych Advances

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Hewitt© Getty ImagesLleyton Hewitt set a third-round clash with Sam Querrey.

Former World No. 1 and four-time champion Lleyton Hewitt called on his grass-court experience Tuesday to dismiss rising star and 10th seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of the Aegon Championships.

The 32-year-old Hewitt, who has 113 grass-court wins to Dimitrov’s 13, converted three of his four break points and won 73 per cent of points on serve, claiming victory in 68 minutes. The right-hander won Wimbledon in 2002 (d. Nalbandian) and lifted the trophy at The Queen’s Club in 2000-02 and again in 2006.

"[Today's victory] is going to help me immensely," said Hewitt, who had only won seven matches this year coming into Queen's Club. "I feel like in practice, I have been hitting the ball great. It was just a matter of doing it on the match court. My first match here (three sets against Michael Russell) wasn't pretty, but I fought hard and got through it. That's what I needed to do. Then today it was a classy performance."

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Hewitt goes on to face 2010 champion Sam Querrey for a place in the quarter-finals. “He's obviously got a big game, big serve, big forehand,” said Hewitt. “He's gotten better and better each year on grass, I think. He was lucky to get through yesterday though, but tough conditions on and off yesterday. I'm going to have to play well to win.”

Tomas Berdych made a winning return to The Queen’s Club. In his first appearance since his 2005 debut, the second seed defeated Thiemo de Bakker 6-1, 6-4 for his 30th match win of the season (30-11 overall).

Seventh seed Alexandr Dolgopolov battled past Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the third round on his Queen’s debut. The Ukrainian fired 18 aces and broke serve four times to advance in 88 minutes.

British wild card Daniel Evans overcame a gap of 240 places in the Emirates ATP Rankings to edge Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen, the No. 13 seed, 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-4. The match was delayed due to rain with Nieminen serving at 4-5 Ad in the final set.

Evans, who received news today that he has been awarded a wild card into Wimbledon qualifying will next play third seed Juan Martin del Potro. "He probably won't play as much slice as much as me. I have my own goals tomorrow. I don't think I need to share them with everybody. I'm pretty happy with the way I'm playing. I will just go out there and do what I have to do."

Top seed Andy Murray, the 2009 and 2011 champion, was left frustrated by the weather. The World No. 2 was leading Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 2-2, 15/0, after three interruptions, when play was finally cancelled for the day at 6:35 p.m. local time.

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