Hewitt, Agassi, Safin advance in Rome

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/G/Genericportrait.jpg' class='caption'> Lleyton Hewitt beat Jonas Bjorkman in his first round match in the $2.8 million Tennis Masters Series tournament.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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Australia's Lleyton Hewitt had a straight sets win over veteran Jonas Bjorkman in a first round match in the $2.8 million Tennis Masters Series tournament here yesterday. The top seed prevailed 6-2, 6-3 to book a place in round two against former French Open champion Carlos Moya. The Spaniard had earlier progressed at the expense of Bohdan Ulihrach of the Czech Republic. American Andre Agassi, who had made an exit in round one here last year, beat Nicolas Kiefer of Germany 6-3, 6-2 to ensure a longer outing this time. Also advancing to the next round were Marat Safin, Sebastien Grosjean and Jiri Novak. (PTI)

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