Hewitt defies statistics
From correspondents in Indian Wells
March 16, 2005
LLEYTON Hewitt defeated Michael Llodra 6-2 7-6 (7-3) in the third round of the WTA and ATP Masters Series today.
Llodra lost despite firing more aces (8-7) and hammering more winners (33-31) than Hewitt, who committed just 12 unforced errors in the 89 minute match.
The 24-year-old advances to the fourth round where he will meet either Paul-Henri Mathieu or Jan Hernych.
In other matches, France's Fabrice Santoro beat Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-4, 6-2 to reach the fourth round.
Santoro had just two double faults and won 64 of 111 total points in the 73-minute match.
In the women's draw, Russian fourth seed Elena Dementieva advanced to the quarter-finals, beating France's Tatiana Golovin 2-6 6-4 6-4.
Dementieva had to rally from a set down for the second consecutive match as she bids to improve on her semi-final finish here in 2000.
"I was able to come back and I feel my game is getting better from the previous match," said Dementieva, runner-up in the French and US Opens last year.
This was Golovin's best performance in Indian Wells as she failed to get past the second round in two previous appearances.
Dementieva was one of six Russians in action today setting the stage for the possibility there could be three all-Russian quarter-finals.
"It is amazing all the Russians," she said. "I don't even know all their names, there are so many of them and they are so young. They are coming from all over Russia and not just one place."
US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova also booked a spot in the quarters, beating Japan's Rika Fujiwara 6-3 6-2.
Well done lleyton