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Hewitt eases through at Queen's

AEGON CHAMPIONSHIPS
Venue: Queen's Club, London Dates: 8-14 June 2009 Coverage: Live coverage on BBC1, BBC2, Red Button and BBC Sport website, updates on BBC Radio 5 Live Find complete listings here


Lleyton Hewitt

Highlights - Hewitt gets flying start at Queen's

Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt cruised to an easy first round victory over Eduardo Schwank at the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club.

Australian Hewitt raced to a 6-1 6-0 victory over his Argentine opponent as he began his bid to win Queen's for the fifth time in his career.

Meanwhile, British pair Josh Goodall and Jamie Ward failed to progress.

Goodall squandered four set points before losing to Gilles Muller, while Ward went out to Marcos Baghdatis.

The 23-year-old Goodall, who received a wildcard into the tournament, lost 6-3 7-6 (9-7).

606: DEBATE

After falling behind in the first set he spurned the chance to get back on terms when he failed to take three break points while trailing 5-4.

The British number three was as wasteful in the second set, squandering four set points and eventually losing 9-7 in the tie-break.

"I felt I should have won the second set," said Goodall.

"I was 6-3 up in the tie-break. I had the chances to win the set. I had four set points but these guys are not going to hand it to you."

British number four Ward found the power of Cypriot wildcard Baghdatis too much to cope with and went out in straight sets, 6-2 6-3.

Hewitt, now ranked 49th in the world, last won the Queen's title in 2006 and gave Schwank, ranked 109th, little opportunity to get into the match, which only lasted 44 minutes.

Elsewhere, Spanish left-hander Feliciano Lopez overcame American Robert Kendrick in straight sets by virtue of two tie-break successes and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain outclassed China's Lu Yen-Hsun 6-1 6-1.

Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic saw off Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 4-6 6-4 6-4, while Portugal's Frederico Gil beat Daniel Gimeno of Spain 6-1 6-3.

British top seed and world number three Andy Murray, who received a bye, will play Andreas Seppi in the second round after the Italian came from behind to defeat America's Robby Ginepri 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.

Murray was in action in the doubles and along with partner Hewitt made a winning start.

The pair dropped the opening set to Americans Rajeev Ram and Andy Roddick before eventually prevailing on a match tie-break, winning 3-6 6-3 12-10.

Defending singles champion and current world number one Rafael Nadal of Spain pulled out of this year's tournament with a knee injury.



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see also
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Top seed Murray set for Queen's
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Champion Nadal out of Wimbledon
19 Jun 09 |  Tennis
Queen's wildcards for British duo
26 May 09 |  Tennis
Hewitt to join Nadal at Queen's
07 May 09 |  Tennis
Nadal outwits Djokovic at Queen's
15 Jun 08 |  Tennis


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