U.S. NATIONAL INDOOR TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014
Hewitt Finishes Strong In Memphis; Karlovic Ousts Lopez
by ATP Staff|
Third-seeded Australian Lleyton Hewitt finished his opening match at the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships with a flourish on Thursday evening in Memphis, after winning just one game in the first set.
The former World No. 1 defeated Marcos Baghdatis 1-6, 6-2, 6-0, capitalising on five of his six break points over the final two sets for the one hour, 31-minute victory. Hewitt now leads the Cypriot 3-2 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head Series.
The 32 year old advances to the Memphis quarter-finals for the third time in four tournament appearances and next faces 35-year-old American Michael Russell. Hewitt opened the 2014 season by winning the Brisbane title with victory over Roger Federer in the final.
Ivo Karlovic knocked out No. 2 seed and returning finalist Feliciano Lopez 7-6(2), 6-4, firing 19 aces past the Spaniard in their first meeting in six years. Karlovic improved to a 5-3 mark in their FedEx ATP Head2Head.
Fourth seed Yen-Hsun Lu rallied past American qualifier Denis Kudla 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in his second-round match. The 30-year-old Lu is off to a career-best start, with an 8-2 season record, and reached his first ATP World Tour final last month in Auckland after upsetting a No. 3-ranked David Ferrer in the semi-finals.
Lu next faces another American qualifier, 27-year-old Alex Kuznetsov, who prevailed against eighth-seeded Kazakhstani Mikhail Kukushkin 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(1). Kuznetsov, who turned pro a decade ago, recorded back-to-back tour-level wins for the first time.
Butorac/Klaasen Reach SFs
Second seeds Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen reached the semi-finals with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Teymuraz Gabashvili and Kukushkin. Butorac and Klaasen are playing their first tournament since their surprise run to the Australian Open final.
Third seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky advanced by defeating Rameez Junaid and Philipp Marx 6-0, 7-6(4), while Frantisek Cermak and Mikhail Elgin beat American wild cards Ryan Harrison and Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-4.