Hewitt reaches Paris Masters quarterfinals

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt overcame several lapses of concentration to beat Russia's Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) and reach the quarterfinals of the

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Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt overcame several lapses of concentration to beat Russia's Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) and reach the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters. The top-seeded Australian sealed victory with an ace on his first match point. He next faces Switzerland's Roger Federer, who advanced by beating Tommy Haas of Germany 6-2, 7-6 (7/2). Hewitt streaked through the first set and broke for a 2-1 lead in the second. Kafelnikov broke back but lost his next service game. Serving at 4-3 up, Hewitt appeared to lose his concentration, and a series of errors allowed his opponent to move ahead 5-4. But the Russian's edge was short-lived, and by the 12th game he was clapping in admiration as Hewitt retrieved an almost impossible shot and hit a winning forehand into the corner of Kafelnikov's half. Hewitt won the next point by lobbing a backhand over his motionless rival and took the game four points later to level at 6-6. In the tiebreaker, Kafelnikov double-faulted twice, and Hewitt set up match point with a superb forehand winner down the line. The Australian now has a 6-1 win record against Kafelnikov, who has lost their last three matches, including a semifinal at last year's US Open. (AP)

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