10/22/12 7:56 PM | Cheryl Murray
Lleyton Hewitt scored an upset win over world No. 4 Juan Monaco to advance to the second round in Valencia.
Lleyton Hewitt (WC) def. Juan Monaco (4) 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 seed Juan Monaco put in a dismal performance in his first-round match against wild card Lleyton Hewitt. The Argentine allowed Hewitt to play passive tennis through much of the match and still win in straight sets. Hewitt won the match by playing less terribly than Monaco.
Hewitt earned himself a dozen break-point chances and converted five of them. The Aussie wasn't particularly solid on his own serve either. Monaco secured three service breaks, but Hewitt was able to stay ahead of him in both sets. Appropriately, Monaco lost the match on a half-hearted drop-shot attempt.
Hewitt will take on qualifier Ivan Dodig, who upset Philipp Kohlschreiber, in the second round.
Fernando Verdasco def. Tommy Robredo (WC) 6-3, 6-4
Fernando Verdasco did not completely dominate this match as the scoreline would indicate. Robredo, whose ranking has slipped to 114th in the world, was able to secure a break of serve in both sets, but he was not strong enough on serve to gain any kind of momentum.
The Spaniard will take on Marin Cilic, who defeated Moscow finalist Martin Klizan, in the second round.
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