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Hewitt Opens 15th Queen's Campaign

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Hewitt© Getty ImagesLleyton Hewitt won his opening match in straight sets.

Lleyton Hewitt opened his 15th campaign at the Aegon Championships with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Daniel Gimeno-Traver on Monday at The Queen’s Club. The Australian did not drop serve and converted three of his four break points as he cruised to victory in 69 minutes.

"I just felt pretty sharp out there," said Hewitt. "I have been hitting the ball really well in practice. Didn't take me long at all to get straight on the grass and felt comfortable, which is good. Everything's been going well in practice leading in. I had a good week hitting. Was able to get enough time on the grass. 

"I felt pretty confident. I didn't really slip at all out there, and I felt like I wasn't sliding like everyone else on the grass courts. I was pretty happy with that."

The 33-year-old Hewitt has a 41-10 record at this ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tournament, lifting the trophy in 2000-’02 and ’06. Throughout his career, the 2002 Wimbledon champion has compiled a 121-36 record on grass, a feat second only to Roger Federer among active players.

“I love coming back here. I just love the surroundings,” said Hewitt. “The setting today was a fantastic crowd for a first day at Queen's where a lot of the top seeds have byes, as well.  It was a really good atmosphere out there.”

Hewitt was joined in the second round by fellow Australian Bernard Tomic, who battled past Tim Smyczek 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to record his first tour-level win since returning from double hip surgery in February. Smyczek had served for the match at 5-4 in the third set, but lost the last three games as Tomic clinched victory in one hour and 33 minutes.

Former champion Sam Querrey needed just over two hours to upset No. 14 seed Jeremy Chardy 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 7-6(5). The American was the champion here in 2010, beating Mardy Fish in the final. 

A pair of Britons reached the second round as World No. 139 Daniel Evans ousted Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6(2) and No. 155-ranked James Ward, a semi-finalist here in 2011, defeated Blaz Rola 7-5, 6-4.

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