Hewitt defeats Hernych

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

Lleyton Hewitt reached the quarterfinals for the third time this year by defeating Jan Hernych 6-3, 6-3 in the Tennis Channel Open on Wednesday.

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Lleyton Hewitt reached the quarterfinals for the third time this year by defeating Jan Hernych 6-3, 6-3 in the Tennis Channel Open on Wednesday. Hewitt, ranked No. 10, next faces Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany. "My focus is on winning this tournament," said Hewitt, winless so far in 2006. "I'm trying to get points and get my ranking up a little bit". Hernych, a Czech, fell to 0-3 in as many matches against the Australian. "I was very wary of him going into the match," Hewitt said. "I felt comfortable, but he's the kind of guy that when you actually get up a break, he plays a lot better tennis. I was wary of him when I went up 5-3 in the first set and also in the second set, when I was always up. "He got cheap points early off my service game and I really had to keep digging to hold on". The other seeded player in Wednesday's action was No. 3 Tommy Robredo of Spain, who defeated Mardy Fish 6-4, 6-4. (AP)

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