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Hewitt Fights Through To Cincinnati Second Round

Cincinnati, U.S.A.

Hewitt© Western & Southern OpenLleyton Hewitt claimed his 610th match win.

Two-time Western & Southern Open runner-up Lleyton Hewitt fought his way through to the second round on Sunday in Cincinnati as he defeated Jurgen Melzer 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

The Australian, who reached the final of this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in 2002 (l. to Moya) and 2004 (l. to Agassi), saved eight of the 12 break points he faced to claim victory in just over two hours.

Victory marked Hewitt’s 610th match win in a career spanning 17 years. He passes Bjorn Borg and Yevgeny Kafelnikov for No. 19 on the all-time wins list.

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American Sam Querrey dismissed Alejandro Falla 6-3, 6-1 in just 47 minutes, winning 80 per cent of his service points and breaking the Colombian four times. The 26-year-old Querrey, a quarter-finalist here in 2007 (l. to Blake), claimed his 19th win of the season.

In the final round of qualifying, Australians Marinko Matosevic and Bernard Tomic, Benjamin Becker, Teymuraz Gabashvili, James Ward, Benoit Paire and American Chase Buchanan all advanced to the main draw.

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