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Hewitt breezes past Calleri into Adelaide quarters

Lleyton Hewitt got a tonic for the Australian Open with a straight sets victory over the Argentinian at the Hardcourts Championship.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, Adelaide
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2005 06:53 PM IST

Lleyton Hewitt got a tonic for this month's Australian Open with a straight sets victory over Argentina's Agustin Calleri to move into the quarter-finals of the Australian Hardcourts tennis tournament at Memorial Drive on Thursday.

The top-seeded Australian, who had looked out-of-sorts early in his first-round win over Frenchman Arnaud Clement, was in sizzling form from the first serve, taking out Calleri 6-1, 6-4 in only an hour.

"It's just a matter of getting used to the conditions and getting a match under my belt," world no. 3 Hewitt said of his improved showing on his home court where he won this tournament in 1998 and 2000.

"I came out and was pretty aggressive out there tonight and I really tried to dictate play."

Hewitt broke the Argentinian's serve in the second game of the match and again to love in the fourth game, to race to a 5-0 lead in a matter of minutes.

Calleri, a hard-hitting baseliner ranked 58th in the world, briefly put the Australian under pressure early in the second set when he broke Hewitt's serve in the second game to take a 2-0 lead.

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