Hewitt advances to Hall semifinals

Associated Press  |  Last updated July 12, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 25: Lleyton Hewitt of Australia plays a forehand in his fourth round match against Roger Federer of Switzerland during day eight of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 25, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Lleyton Hewitt of Australia defeated Dudi Sela of Israel 6-4, 6-3 Thursday to advance to the semifinals at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. It marked his second straight-set victory in three matches on Newport's grass courts. The 31-year old Hewitt, the No. 1 player for 75 consecutive weeks from 2001-03, has undergone five surgeries in the past four years and entered the week ranked at a career-low of 233 on the ATP tour. Wild card Ryan Harrison beat fellow American Jesse Levine 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals. Germany's Benjamin Becker also moved to the quarters, ousting Canadian and No. 3 seed Milos Raonic 6-3, 6-3. Hewitt started strong, breaking in the first game of the match en route to a 5-2 lead. In the next two games, Sela broke back and held serve, closing it to 5-4. Hewitt finished the first set in 42 minutes, winning the final point when Sela hit a service return long. During the eighth and ninth games of the first set, a cloud of dust rolled into the area, casting a slight cloud over the practice courts, stands and part of center court. A parks and recreation crew was grooming a softball infield next to the Hall of Fame. In the first game of the second set, Hewitt broke again, hitting a backhand winner down the line on the final point. With the set tied 3-all, Sela doubled-faulted four times in seventh game, including the final point to give Hewitt a 4-3 edge. He closed out the next game with an ace and the match ended when Sela hit a forehand return into the net.
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