Bright start for Hewitt at Queen’s
UPDATE: Lleyton Hewitt has started his Wimbledon build-up in style with a clinical first-round win at Queen's Club.
Lleyton Hewitt has started his Wimbledon build-up in style with a clinical first-round win at Queen’s Club.
The 33-year-old, a four-time champion at the prestigious grasscourt event in London, needed little more than an hour to dispatch Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3 6-3 on Monday.
He joined compatriots Bernard Tomic and James Duckworth in the second round as all three Australians involved on day one had wins.
World No.43 Hewitt reached the semifinals at Queen’s last year and his bid to make another run deep into the draw began brightly.
Back on his favourite surface after a first-round French Open exit, the 2002 Wimbledon champion was sharp from the beginning against 99th-ranked Gimeno-Traver.
“I just felt pretty sharp out there,” said Hewitt.
“I have been hitting the ball really well in practice and it didn’t take me long at all to get straight on the grass and feel comfortable, which is good.
“I really love coming back to this tournament and playing well.”
He raced to a 2-0 lead and came from 0-40 down to hold serve in the third game, always controlling the set from there.
Hewitt broke in the first and last games of the second set to line up a second-round meeting with either 10th seed Feliciano Lopez or Serbian Dusan Lajovic on Wednesday.
He’ll be hoping to win back-to-back matches for the first time since claiming the Brisbane ATP title in January.
Tomic will next meet either Czech 15th seed Radek Stepanek or Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin, while qualifier Duckworth faces second seed Tomas Berdych in round two.
Marinko Matosevic and Matt Ebden play in first-round matches on Tuesday.