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Hewitt beats Hernych to advance

Updated: March 13, 2009, 2:18 AM ET
Associated Press

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Two-time champion Lleyton Hewitt beat Jan Hernych 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday.

Also, Bethanie Mattek-Sands beat Tathiana Garbin 6-4, 6-4, and Ivan Ljubicic topped Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3 in the first night matches.

Hewitt, once the top-ranked ATP Tour player in the world, won this event in 2002 and 2003 and lost to Roger Federer in the 2005 final. This year, however, the 28-year-old Australian is ranked No. 77 and still ...

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