Washington Day 2 ATP round-up: Hewitt through, three seeds out on day two

Washington Citi Open

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Lleyton Hewitt, the 14th seed, made it through to the third round of the ATP 500 Citi Open in Washington when he beat Marinko Matosevic 6-4, 6-3. Hewitt served at 55 percent, winning 74 percent of those points. He also returned well, breaking his opponent 5 times.

Two seeds safely through were Kevin Anderson (7), who beat Evan Donskoy 6-3, 6-4, and Denis Istomin (15)who squeezed past in-form Bernard Tomic 6-4, 7-6 (6). Ivo Karlovic (9) survived an epic three setter against Benoit Paire 7-6 (5), 6-7 (11), 7-6 (2). Karlovic’s serve gave him the edge as he made 64 percent of his first serves in and won 90 percent of those points.

Other seeds did not survive matches that went the distance. 12th seed Jeremy Chardy 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-4 by 108th ranked home boy Tim Smyczek, and 11th seed Radek Stepanek went down 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1 to Malek Jaziri. Another seed to fall was Yen-Hsun Lu who was knocked out 6-1, 6-4 by in-form Lukas Lacko.

It was a good day for the Americans as Sam Querrey, Jack Sock and Steve Johnson all won their round of 64 matches.

Victor Estrella Burgos, Benjamin Becker, and Dudi Sela joined them.

Commentary by Christian Deverille

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