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Hewitt joins 5 Americans in the last 8 in Atlanta.

Andy Roddick had to dig deep in a tough encounter with Rajeev Ram before booking his place in the quarter-finals of the Atlanta Tennis Championships.

The world number nine, back in action for the first time since Wimbledon, became the fifth American to reach the last eight of the hardcourt tournament by posting 6-1 6-7 (1/7) 6-3 triumph.

Roddick joins John Isner, Mardy Fish, Taylor Dent and Michael Russell as the US contingent in the next round.

Next up for the 2003 US Open champion is a meeting with seventh seed Xavier Malisse, who advanced with a 6-3 6-3 win over Ukraine’s Illya Marchenko.

Roddick defeated Malisse in the Atlanta final in 2001, the last time the ATP Tour visited the city prior to this year, and enjoys an 8-0 career record against the Belgian.

Donald Young failed to make it six Americans in the last eight as he went down to a 7-5 6-3 defeat at the hands of South African Kevin Anderson, while third seed Lleyton Hewitt was a surprise casualty as he lost 6-4 6-2 to Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko.


Hewitt and Djokovic set to meet in next round.

Former champion Lleyton Hewitt eased to a straight-sets victory over fellow seed Gael Monfils at Wimbledon to set up an intriguing fourth-round contest against Novak Djokovic.

Hewitt, who has undergone two hip operations in the past two years, moved around Centre Court well during his 6-3 7-6 (11/9) 6-4 triumph.

The 23-year-old Frenchman offered little resistance to the 2002 winner’s serve until the third set and spurned the chance to put Hewitt under pressure when he wasted three set-points during the tie-break.

Novak Djokovic thrashed Spain’s Albert Montanes 6-1 6-4 6-4 to march into the fourth round of Wimbledon.

The Serbian third seed was taken to five sets by Olivier Rochus in his opening match at the All England Club but has failed to drop a set since.

Montanes, the world number 31, rarely troubled the hugely impressive Djokovic throughout a one-sided match that took one hour and 41 minutes to settle.

Djokovic’s serve – he fired 11 aces – did most of the damage with Montanes failing to secure a single break point as he sought to secure his first appearance in the fourth round of a Grand Slam.


Lleyton Hewitt defeats Federer for the first time since 2003 to win the Gerry Weber Open.

Roger Federer suffered a rare defeat on grass as he was beaten 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 by Lleyton Hewitt in the final of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.

Before Sunday, Federer had been defeated on grass just once since 2003, that coming in the remarkable 2008 Wimbledon final against Rafael Nadal.

At Halle, Federer had won 29 straight matches as he secured five straight titles in Germany from 2004 to 2008.

The six-times Wimbledon champion had not lost a match there since 2002.

Hewitt, a Wimbledon winner in 2002, ended the two hour 20 minute contest with a shot which hit the tape and dropped dead on Federer’s side.

The victory for the Australian, at 29 a year older than Federer, ended a run of 15 defeats to the Swiss superstar.

After cruising through the previous four rounds without dropping a single set, Federer – who did not compete at Halle in 2009 – certainly met his match in an eye-catching battle between two former world number ones.

The Swiss started strongly and earned two breaks on Hewitt’s first service game and appeared set to make light work of his sixth Halle final, taking the first set 6-3.

But Hewitt broke early in the second set, confirming he was willing to make a fight of it.

Federer broke back immediately and the game followed serve. Hewitt won the tie-break, converting his fourth set point to level the match and becoming the first player to take a set off Federer in Halle since 2006.

The final set belonged to the Australian, who broke again in Federer’s first service game and never looked back.

“It’s fantastic,” said Hewitt who will surely move on to Wimbledon, which starts on 21 June, with renewed confidence.

“Roger is a hell of an opponent and everybody knows how good he is on grass. His record speaks for itself and I just got lucky.”


Federer v. Hewitt in the Gerry Weber Open final.

Lleyton Hewitt will try to find a way to prevent Roger Federer from winning a sixth Halle title after they both claimed semi-final wins at the Gerry Weber Open on Saturday.

Australia’s Hewitt defeated Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-7 (4/7) 7-6 (7/3) 6-2 to seal his place in the final and watched on as Federer, who has won on all his appearances in Halle since 2003, triumphed in the day’s second last-four contest.

Roger Federer, the world number two for the first time since June 29, 2009, beat Germany’s Philipp Petzschner 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 in one hour and 31 minutes for his 29th straight win at the grass-court tournament in northern Germany.

Federer has won the event in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008. He did not play in 2007 or 2009.

It was the first meeting between the two and Federer suffered a surprise as he conceded two breaks in the opening set. However, he fought back and prevailed in the tie-break.

Federer secured the only break in the second set and served out the match to end Petzschner’s resistance.

Federer, the reigning Wimbledon champion, will meet now meet Hewitt, the most successful active grass-court player, having won 97 and lost 23 matches.

The pair have met on 24 previous occasions, with the Swiss winning the last 15 meetings.

Federer leads the duel 17-7, including 3-1 on grass.


Roger must be grinning from ear to ear tonight!

Roger Federer must be relaxing in his hotel suite tonight in Germany with a contented smile on his face after learning that all his potential rivals for the 2010 Wimbledon title have fallen by the wayside on the grass courts at Queeens.

If his role as the favourite to win yet another Wimbledon title was ever in doubt, then those doubts must have been erased today.

Roger Federer stayed on course to win a sixth Halle title after a straight-sets win over Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarter-finals of the Gerry Weber Open.

The world number two and reigning Wimbledon champion set up victory by going on a five-game winning streak from 5-5 in the opening set, and eventually prevailed 7-5 6-3.

Federer has gone 28 matches undefeated at the grass-court tournament in northern Germany, winning the event in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008. He did not play in 2007 or 2009.

The Swiss recognised the mid-match surge had been all important against Kohlschreiber, the man he beat in the 2008 final.

“Ten strong minutes led to today’s success,” Federer said on

“It was a bit of a bumpy start, but then I found my rhythm.”

Federer will take on another home hope, Philipp Petzschner, in the semi-finals.

Petzschner defeated Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko 6-4 6-3, and Federer said: “That is not going to be easy. Philipp has played really well here and I have watched him, but we have not played each other yet.”

The other last-four clash will also feature a German, with Benjamin Becker taking on Australian Lleyton Hewitt.

Hewitt reached his first semi-final of the season thanks to a 7-6 (7/0) 6-1 victory over Andreas Beck.


Gonzo and Hewitt ousted in Barcelona.

Lleyton Hewitt, the 12th seed, was sent crashing out as the Australian lost 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 to world number 59 Eduardo Schwank.

Fourth seed Fernando Gonzalez made a shock second-round exit at the Barcelona Open after losing to unheralded Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

The world 166 had claimed his first ATP Tour win when he beat Michael Russell in the first round, but usurped that with a dramatic 6-4 6-7 (8/10) 6-3 success against Gonzalez.

Third seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga enjoyed an easy afternoon on his Barcelona debut, beating Jan Hajek 6-3 6-2.

Tsonga, who turned 25 last Saturday, will next meet Spanish 15th seed Nicolas Almagro who he beat in the second round at Monte Carlo last week.

“Almagro is a great player and it will be difficult to get a win against him,” the Frenchman said.

“I beat him last week, but I was playing at home. This time it is him who is at home, and he’s going to get a lot of support, so I’m going to have to play a very solid match.”

Fifth seed Fernando Verdasco swept past another Frenchman, Richard Gasquet, 7-5 6-3 while former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero improved his impressive clay-court record this year after Sergiy Stakhovsky retired from their match when trailing 6-3 4-2.

Ferrero, the 2001 champion, now has an 18-2 win-loss record on clay this season, which includes title victories at Costa do Sauipe and Buenos Aires.

Other seeds to progress where David Ferrer (eight), Jurgen Melzer (11), Thomasz Bellucci (13) and Feliciano Lopez (16).

Spanish duo Ferrer and Lopez were straight-sets winners against wildcard Marcel Granollers and Denis Istomin respectively.

Melzer struggled to end the run of Barcelona-born Oscar Hernandez, who fired 11 aces, 6-7 (4/7) 7-5 7-5 while Bellucci also took three sets to beat Victor Hanescu 6-2 1-6 7-5.

Elsewhere, Italian qualifier Simone Bolelli beat wildcard Alberto Martin and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez saw off lucky loser Teimuraz Gabashvili.

Ernests Gulbis and Thiemo de Bakker were straight-sets winners against Jeremy Chardy and Daniel Gimeno-Traver respectively.


Isner is out, but Hewitt makes it thru.

Second seed John Isner crashed out to Belgium’s Xavier Malisse 7-6 (7/3) 6-7 (7/9) 7-6, with the 29-year-old setting up a quarter-final against Wayne Odesnik with the hard-earned victory.

American Odesnik, who earlier this week insisted he had never used Human Growth Hormone despite pleading guilty to possessing the banned substance in Australia, also progressed to the quarter-finals with a 6-1 7-5 success over Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin.

Third seed Sam Querrey defeating Slovenia’s Blaz Kavcic 6-2, 6-1 to set up a last-eight clash against Chile’s Nicolas Massu, while sixth seed Horacio Zeballos also progressed.

Lleyton Hewitt made a winning return to action in the US Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston.

The defending champion won his first match since hip surgery carried out in January, defeating Somdev Dewarman 1-6 6-0 7-6 (7-2) to book his place in the quarter-finals.

After a first-round bye, fourth seed Hewitt struggled against his Indian opponent in the first set, before bouncing back in stunning fashion in the second – conceding just two points.

The final set was a thriller, with world number 116 Dewarman twice recovering a break of serve before earning the chance to serve out the match at 6-5.

However, Hewitt fought off elimination with another service break, before winning six successive points in the tie-break to make sure of the victory.

The 29-year-old Australian faces Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Chela next for a place in the semi-finals.

The sixth seed, from Argentina, beat Israel’s Dudi Sela 6-3 6-2 and will meet Chile’s Fernando Gonzalez – 6-4 4-6 6-4 conqueror of South Africa’s Kevin Anderson – in the quarter-finals.


Lletyon Hewitt to defend his title in Houston.

Lleyton Hewitt will make his return from a hip injury by defending his title at next month’s ATP US Clay Court Championships.

The ATP Tour announced the Australian will make his return to competitive tennis for the first time since January’s Australian Open in Texas.

The former world No.1 has accepted a wild-card entry into the April 5-11 event at River Oaks Country Club.

“I’m really looking forward to returning to defend my title in Houston,” said Hewitt.

“I couldn’t think of a better place to come back on to the Tour after an injury.”

Hewitt suffered the injury while playing in the Hopman Cup in early January and underwent surgery in Hobart to repair a torn labrum after a fourth-round loss to Swiss star Roger Federer at the Australian Open.

Hewitt, ranked 24th by the ATP, underwent a similar operation on his left hip two years ago.

Last year, Hewitt rolled to the title without losing a set. This time, he hopes to become the first back-to-back champion since American Andy Roddick in 2001 and 2002.

“When we got the call that Lleyton was progressing faster than expected on his recovery, we were very pleased to offer him a wild card,” said Clay Courts director Van Barry. “We look forward to him coming back.”

Hewitt is fourth among active ATP players with 27 career titles, including the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon titles.


Everything is ‘cool’ between Tomic and Hewitt.

Bernard Tomic insists everything is now “cool” in his relationship with Lleyton Hewitt after a belated exchange of phone calls between the two biggest names in Australian men’s tennis.

Hewitt had been offended by a perceived snub from Tomic at Wimbledon last year, when the young star turned down an invitation to practise with the former world No.1.

Tomic said it was a misunderstanding as he had been suffering from swine flu.

The 17-year-old phoned Hewitt in December to try and clear the air.

Hewitt called back last week on the eve of the upcoming Davis Cup tie against Taiwan, where Tomic is set to become Australia’s youngest-ever competitor.

“I called Lleyton in December and it was good to hear back from him about a week [ago],” Tomic said on Saturday.

“We spoke, we’ve fixed it all up, it was just a bit of a misunderstanding we had, but we’re all cool now which is the main thing.”

Tomic said he was unconcerned that it took Hewitt more than two months to get back in touch.

“We wanted to focus on the summer, which is probably why I called him and he didn’t call back [until February],” he said.

“There was the Australian Open coming up and a big season.

“He gave me a call after that which was good and we’ve sorted it out.”

Long-time Davis Cup warrior Hewitt is unavailable for the March 5-7 tie against Taiwan at Melbourne Park as he recovers from post-Australian Open hip surgery.


Lleyton Hewitt out for a few months after 2nd. hip surgery.

Lleyton Hewitt has been forced to undergo a second bout of hip surgery and faces another long stint on the sidelines.

Hewitt, who was beaten in straight sets by top seed Roger Federer in the fourth round of the Australian Open, hopes to return to the sport in time for the French Open in May.

Hewitt said he injured his right hip while playing in the recent Hopman Cup.

‘‘I was in a reasonable amount of pain but I’ve played with pain before … I’m able to block it out as much as possible,’’ he said.

‘‘But against (Marcos) Baghdatis in Sydney it wasn’t good and that’s why I had to fall away at that match and concentrate on the Australian Open.

Hewitt, who turns 29 next month, said he ‘‘absolutely’’ had the desire to keep playing.

‘‘Otherwise I wouldn’t have had the operation straight away.

‘‘At the end of the day with the scans before the Australian Open we knew the decision was pretty much out of my hands.

‘‘If I’d waited any longer it would have been similar to 2008 where I prolonged it and ended up missing the US Open.

‘‘As it is I’ll be back and ready for the French Open.’’

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