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Hewitt Goes For 600 In Miami

Miami, U.S.A.

Hewitt© Getty ImagesLleyton Hewitt will claim his 600th career win if he beats Robin Haase.

DAY 2 PREVIEW: First-round action continues on the second day of play at the Sony Open Tennis as competition in the top half of the draw gets underway. Headlining the day’s play is former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, who goes up against Robin Haase for the second time with the Australian leading their FedEx Head2Head series 1-0. 

The other two men’s singles matches on Stadium see American hopefuls Ryan Harrison and Sam Querrey take on Federico Delbonis and Sergiy Stakhovsky respectively. In total, there are 16 matches spread across seven courts on Thursday’s schedule. World No. 74 Bernard Tomic will contest his first match since the Australian Open after recovering from surgery on both hips. The Australian No. 4 takes on Jarkko Nieminen on Court 7.

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CHASING 600: Hewitt will be bidding for his 600th career win when he takes on Haase today. If the 33-year-old can clinch victory, he will become the third active player to win 600 matches, joining Federer (942) and Nadal (675). Here’s a glance at his milestone wins:

No. 1 1998 Adelaide d. Scott Draper (1R)
No. 100 2000 Indianapolis d. Albert Costa (3R)
No. 200 2002 San Jose d. Andre Agassi (F)
No. 300 2004 Australian Open d. Karol Kucera (2R)
No. 400 2006 Sydney d. Vincent Spadea (1R)
No. 500 2009 Munich d. Philipp Petzschner (1R)

CARRYING THE FLAG: Six of the seven Americans in the draw open their accounts today (No. 10 seed Isner received a bye). Along with Querrey and Harrison, Jack Sock, Donald Young, Steve Johnson and Bradley Klahn also take to court. Johnson, who reached a maiden ATP World Tour semi-final in Delray Beach last month, clashes with Roberto Bautista Agut for the second time after falling to the Spaniard in the first round at Indian Wells, while Young takes on Carlos Berlocq for the second time also with the Argentine running out a 6-0, 6-0 winner the last time they met in 2006 in Miami. Sock and Klahn go up against Guido Pella and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez for the first time. 

SPOTLIGHT ON DELBONIS: Delbonis opens proceedings on Stadium today against Harrison. The Argentine lifted his maiden ATP World Tour title in Sao Paulo on March 2 (d. Lorenzi in F), becoming the only first-time winner on Tour this year. The 23 year old broke the Top 50 in the Emirates ATP Rankings with the win, reaching a career-high No. 44 on March 3. He became the fourth player born in the 1990s – after Milos Raonic, Bernard Tomic and Grigor Dimitrov – to win a title. After the win, Delbonis said he hoped he could carry his clay-court form onto hard courts, where he has a 2-7 record (0-3 this year).



Robin Haase (NED) vs Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

FedEx Head 2 Head: Hewitt leads 1-0

2008 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R128 Hewitt 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 6-7(1) 6-2

Haase is making his sixth appearance at the Sony Open Tennis (1-5). He has collected just one win in his previous five outings here, defeating Matosevic in the 1R in 2012 before falling to Melzer.
• Haase’s best performance of 2014 came on the clay of Buenos Aires where he reached the QF (l. to Robredo). He reached the 2R at Indian Wells (d. John-Patrick Smith, l. to Dimitrov in 2R).
• Haase finished a year-end best No. 43 in the Emirates ATP Rankings last season after winning a personal-best 30 matches during the year. 
Hewitt is appearing in Miami for the 12th time. He has reached the SF on three occasions – 2000 (l. to Sampras), 2001 (l. to Gambill) and 2002 (l. to Federer). 
• Hewitt is bidding for his 600th win on Tour today. If he achieves the feat, he will become just the third active player to reach the 600-win landmark, joining Federer (937) and Nadal (674). The 33-year-old has the most match wins of any Australian in the Open Era.
• Hewitt opened his season by clinching the 29th title of his career in Brisbane (d. Federer in F). He also reached the QF in Memphis last month, losing to Michael Russell. At Indian Wells last week he fell to Kevin Anderson in the 2R. 
• Hewitt finished 2013 ranked in the top 75 for the first time in three years after finishing 2012 at No. 82 and 2011 at No. 187. 

Sam Querrey (USA) vs Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)

FedEx Head 2 Head: Querrey leads 2-0

2010 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R128 Sam Querrey 7-6(4) 6-3 2-1 ret
2013 Nice (France) Clay R16 Sam Querrey 7-5 6-3

Querrey is making his ninth appearance at the Sony Open Tennis (6-8). His best showing came last year when he advanced to the 4R before losing to world No. 6 Tomas Berdych
• The American’s best result this season came at the Australian Open where he defeated Ernests Gulbis en route to the 3R (l. to Fognini). His loss to Fognini in Melbourne kick-started a five-match losing streak which came to an end when he posted a three-set win over world No. 646 Tigre Hank in Acapulco at the end of February (l. to Anderson in 2R). Querrey advanced to the 2R at Indian Wells also, defeating compatriot Alex Kuznetsov in the 1R before falling to Andreas Seppi
• Querrey finished the 2013 season ranked inside the top 50 for the fifth time in six years. 
Stakhovsky is making his fifth appearance in the main draw in Miami. His best result was a 3R appearance in 2010 (l. to Roddick). Last year, he fell in the 1R of qualifying to Jack Sock
• Stakhovsky’s best showing of the season came at the start of the year in Sydney where he reached the SF as a qualifier (l. to Tomic). He advanced to the 2R at his last three events in Marseille (Roger-Vasselin), Dubai (l. to Berdych) and Indian Wells (l. to Monfils).
• The No. 2 Ukrainian finished in the top 100 for the fifth time in six years. His year was highlighted by a career-best win over Roger Federer in the 2R at Wimbledon, which brought an end to the Swiss’ run of 36-straight Grand Slam QF appearances. Before his victory over Federer, Stakhovsky was 0-20 vs. the top 10. He is now 1-21 lifetime against top 10 opponents. 

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