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Haas, Hewitt Advance In Delray Beach

Delray Beach, U.S.A.

Hewitt© Alese PechterLleyton Hewitt makes his third appearance in Delray Beach.

Top seed Tommy Haas breezed into the second round of the Delray Beach Open Tuesday, dropping just three games against American qualifier Wayne Odesnik. Haas dropped just one point on his first serve throughout the match and did not face a break point in his 6-2, 6-1 victory.

"It’s always tough to find rhythm here... and it’s a bit windy, so it’s a bit tricky," said Haas. "So you go there and try to really focus down on your game plan, and I think I did just that today. I’m really proud of the game plan I had and executed well on that and basically didn’t leave Wayne Odesnik play his game at all."

Haas next meets American qualifier Steve Johnson, who advanced with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Mikhail Kukushkin.

Eighth seed Lleyton Hewitt, cheered on by fellow Australian and golfing legend Greg Norman, claimed his 598th career match win with a 6-3, 6-1 win over 23-year-old American Bradley Klahn.

Hewitt, the 1999 champion, will play countryman Marinko Matosevic, the 2012 runner-up, for a place in the quarter-finals. Matosevic defeated Belgian David Goffin 6-2, 6-4.

John Isner, the No. 2 seed, battled past Michael Russell 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 in an all-American opener, securing his only break of the match in the second-to-last game.

"I felt a step or two slow, but I thought Michael played well and he was doing some stuff that was giving me a lot of trouble, so credit to him," said Isner, who has been hampered by injury since opening the season with the Auckland title.

"But I haven’t played too much lately and if you look at my past first rounds at this tournament, they’re all super close. It happens a lot of times with me in any tournament in the first round."

Third seed Kei Nishikori, who successfully defended his title on Sunday in Memphis, extended his winning streak by defeating qualifier Gastao Elias 6-1, 5-7, 6-2.

"It's totally different condition to Memphis," said Nishikori. "It wasn't easy for me to see the balls, but I fought through at the end of the third set. Especially the third set I was feeling the ball well and playing good."

Local resident and fourth seed Kevin Anderson battled hard to overcome Tim Smyczek 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in one hour and 47 minutes. Anderson also beat Smyczek in the first round last year.

The 6'8" Anderson next confronts the 6'11" Ivo Karlovic, last week's Memphis finalist, who put 19 aces past Australian lucky loser Samuel Groth in a 7-6(4), 6-3 win. Anderson and Karlovic have split their previous two FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings.

Wild card Marcos Baghdatis earned a confidence boosting 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Jiri Vesely, while Dudi Sela lost just six of his service points in a 6-0, 6-2 win over Alex Bogomolov Jr. in 54 minutes.

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