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Hewitt makes Las Vegas quarter-finals

Lleyton Hewitt reached the quarterfinals for the third time this year by defeating Jan Hernych 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday in the Tennis Channel Open.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 23:18 IST

Lleyton Hewitt reached the quarterfinals for the third time this year by defeating Jan Hernych 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday in the Tennis Channel Open.

Hewitt, ranked No. 10, next faces Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.

"My focus is on winning this tournament," said Hewitt, winless so far in 2006. "I'm trying to get points and get my ranking up a little bit."

Hernych, a Czech, fell to 0-3 in as many matches against the Australian.

"I was very wary of him going into the match," Hewitt said.

"I felt comfortable, but he's the kind of guy that when you actually get up a break, he plays a lot better tennis. I was wary of him when I went up 5-3 in the first set and also in the second set, when I was always up.

"He got cheap points early off my service game and I really had to keep digging to hold on."

Hewitt also phoned Australian captain John Fitzgerald to tell him he will be able to play in the Davis Cup quarter-final match against Belarus next month.

Hewitt missed his country's first round Davis Cup match against Switzerland at Geneva last month with an ankle injury.

The other seeded player in action at Las Vegas on Wednesday was No. 3 Tommy Robredo of Spain, who defeated Mardy Fish 6-4, 6-4.

The other seeded player in action on Wednesday was No. 3 Tommy Robredo of Spain, who defeated Mardy Fish 6-4, 6-4. Robredo will play 2.08-meter (6-foot-10) Ivo Karlovic of Croatia in his quarter-final match. Karlovic topped Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Kohlschreiber defeated Julien Benneteau of France 6-3, 6-2. In the men's doubles, twins Bob and Mike Bryan needed only 55 minutes to beat Ashley Fisher and Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4.

They advance to Friday's quarterfinals against the duo of Chris Haggard and Jim Thomas of Belgium, straight set winners on Tuesday.

First Published: Mar 02, 2006 23:18 IST