Hewitt, Guccione give Australia 2-0 edge

Updated: April 7, 2006, 12:57 PM ET
Associated Press

Rookie Chris Guccione and veteran Lleyton Hewitt won singles matches and Australia took a 2-0 lead over Belarus in the Davis Cup quarterfinals on Friday.

Guccione beat Max Mirnyi 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 and Hewitt defeated Vladimir Voltchkov 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 in swirling, cold winds that bothered players in the matches in Melbourne, Australia.

"It was pretty tough conditions out there," Hewitt said. "I just tried to stay mentally tough and hang in."

If Wayne Arthurs and Paul Hanley beat Voltchkov and Mirnyi in Saturday's doubles, Australia will move on to face the winner of the quarterfinal between defending champion Croatia and Argentina.

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