Hewitt starts strongly in Queen’s

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Former No.1 Lleyton Hewitt sent an early warning to his rivals, crushing Argentine Eduardo Schwank 6-1, 6-0 to reach the second round of Queen’s Club.

After the World No.109 Schwank held serve in the opening game of the match, Hewitt won 12 straight games to secure the win in 44 minutes. The Australian converted six of eight break point chances and surrendered three points behind his first serve in the pairs first encounter.

Hewitt is a four time champion at Queen’s Club, with his most recent title coming in 2006 (d. Blake). The Adelaide native, who lost to Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals last year, boasts an impressive 35-7 record since making his debut in 1998.

The 28 year-old Hewitt, captured his 27th tour-level title in Houston (d. Odesnik) in April and won his 500th career match against Philipp Petzschner in the opening round of Munich. He will next face Portugal’s Frederico Gil, a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain.


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