Hewitt, Matosevic cruise in Delray Beach
Lleyton Hewitt and Marinko Matosevic have set up a second round clash at the ATP event in Delray Beach after each won their opening matches in straight sets.
Lleyton Hewitt has breezed into the second round of the Delray Beach Open with a win over American Bradley Klahn.
Hewitt, who now has 598 ATP match wins, will next face fellow Australian Marinko Matosevic, who downed Belgian David Goffin 6-2 6-4.
Top seed Tommy Haas also won on Tuesday in $US474,000 ($A526,000) ATP event, but Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun retired after winning the first set of his match.
World No.12 Haas, a 35-year-old German who won the event in 2006, needed only 55 minutes to eliminate US qualifier Wayne Odesnik 6-2 6-1 while 32-year-old Aussie Hewitt, cheered on by countryman and golf legend Greg Norman, took 65 minutes to oust Klahn 6-3 6-1.
Haas’ win secured a second-round match against US qualifier Steve Johnson, who defeated Kazak Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4 6-3.
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Taiwan’s Lu, meanwhile, who was coming off a retirement due to a neck injury in a Memphis semi-final against Croatian Ivo Karlovic, won his first set 6-4 but retired against Ryan Harrison after the American held serve to open the second set.
Harrison will next meet Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili, who rallied to beat Aussie Matthew Ebden 2-6 6-3 6-2.
South African fourth seed Kevin Anderson, who lives in Delray Beach, reached the second round by fighting back to beat American Tim Smyczek 4-6 6-1 6-3.
Next in Anderson’s path is Karlovic, who opened with a 7-6(4) 6-3 victory over Aussie lucky loser Samuel Groth.