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Men's Tennis: Hewitt, Hrbaty Advance to Round 2 of International Hardcourt Championships


Top-seeded Lleyton Hewitt of Australia and number-two Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia have advanced to the second round of the International men's hardcourt tennis championships in Adelaide, Australia.

Hewitt dropped the opening set Tuesday before bouncing back to beat Jan Hernych of the Czech Republic, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. The second-seeded Hrbaty had an easier time, topping Rameez Junaid of Australia, 6-3, 7-5.

In other matches involving seeded players, number-five James Blake of the United States defeated Alberto Martin of Spain, 6-3, 6-3. But eighth-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina was upset, losing to Ivo Karlovic of Croatia, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Unseeded players advancing included Australia's Mark Philippoussis, Florian Mayer of Germany, Britain's Andy Murray, Andreas Seppi of Italy, Frenchman Florent Serra, Jarkko Nieminen of Finland and Danish player Kenneth Carlsen.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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