• Hewitt, Bellucci battle into Rome round of 16

    4/27/10 9:53 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Hewitt, Bellucci battle into Rome round of 16 Thomaz Bellucci joined veteran Lleyton Hewitt in round three of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, following his hard-fought victory over qualifier Leonardo Mayer. Hewitt ousted 9th seed Mikhail Youzhny in three sets.

    Lleyton Hewitt def. (9) Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

    Veteran Lleyton Hewitt held on to defeat 9th-seeded Mikhail Youzhny on Tuesday, earning safe passage into round three in Rome. After splitting the first two sets, the Australian snagged two breaks of serve in the decider. The 29-year-old, who reached the semifinal in his 200 debut, hit a half-dozen aces en route to posting the victory in two hours and 29 minutes. With the opening-round success, the world No. 32 extended his lifetime edge to 4-1 over the 13th-ranked Russian.

    Hewitt will face Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the next round. The Spaniard kicked off the week with an easy 6-2, 6-2 win against veteran Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela on Monday.

    Thomaz Bellucci def. (Q) Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 3-6, 6-1

    Thomaz Bellucci scored his second career victory over qualifier Leonardo Mayer Tuesday evening. The Brazilian, who converted four of 11 break-point chances, held on to post the 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in two hours and 7 minutes. A key opening game in the third cemented the momentum for Bellucci, who took a 3-1 lead on his fifth break point chance. The 22-year-old ended the evening with 21 of 29 second-serve points won.

    Bellucci is set to meet John Isner in round two. The 6'9'' American dismissed Horacio Zeballos in three sets on Monday.

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