London: Former champion Lleyton Hewitt eased into the second round of men's singles in Wimbledon when he brushed aside Austria's Jurgen Melzer 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 today. Melzer, the junior champion in 1999, never settled and sent down 28 unforced errors to Hewitt's nine as he slumped to his third defeat of the year at the hands of the 23-year-old Australian. "I thought about what happened last year a little bit going out there but you have to be positive. I only had one point to defend so I wasn't worried about my ranking taking a dive," said Hewitt. Meanwhile, 13th-seeded Thai Paradorn Srichaphan, who warmed up in style winning the Nottingham grasscourt title at the weekend, saw his hopes dashed when he became the latest victim to be steamrolled by Ivo Karlovic. The Croatian picked up where he left off in 2003 with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win in two hours and 12 minutes and he admitted that his famous win over Hewitt last year helped him rise to the brink of the top 50.
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