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Hewitt through to 2nd round

AUSTRALIA'S Lleyton Hewitt advanced to the second round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Donald Young in Washington on Monday.

Hewitt, who won this tournament in 2004, is playing in Washington for the first time in three years. He will next face 15th-seeded Dudi Sela of Israel, who received a first-round bye.

The former world No. 1 Hewitt won three of the five break opportunities in each set to beat the 20-year-old American.

Young battled Hewitt through the first set that featured five service breaks before Hewitt held serve in the deciding game. Hewitt then took the final three games of the second set for the win.

"We both seemed to return serve pretty well out there," Hewitt said. "We both didn't serve great, either, so that made life for the returner easier."

Hewitt had not played since losing to Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon.

"It's always hard after a few weeks off," Hewitt said. "It's nice to get through in straight sets."

Mikhail Youzhny of Russia beat American Robert Kendrick 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 and will play fifth-seeded Robin Soderling in the second round.

Qualifier Somdev Devvarman of India advanced to the second round with a 6-0, 7-6 (6) win against Japan's Yuichi Sugita. Chinese Taipei's Lu Yen-hsun defeated Michael Russell of the United States 4-6, 6-1, 7-5; Germany's Philipp Petzschner won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 against Teimuraz Gabashvili of Georgia, and Canada's Frank Dancevic advanced by beating Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 6-3.

Marc Gicquel of France won 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 against Poland's Jerzy Janowicz, Alejandro Falla advanced with a 6-1, 6-4 win over American Jesse Witten, John Isner of the United States defeated Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan 7-6 (8), 6-3 and Russia's Igor Kunitsyn beat Frederico Gil of Portugal 7-6 (1), 6-4.

Top-seeded Roddick, who hasn't played since his loss to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final, said on Monday he had recovered from the right hip flexor he sustained on July 5. "Physically I feel great," Roddick said. "I didn't want to make the error of coming back until I felt physically prepared to play in an event."


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