No Sweat For Hewitt
Top seed Lleyton Hewitt so far has played 17 games at this year's Western & Southern Financial Group Masters. And not only has he won all of them, but he hasn't yet faced a break point. Early Wednesday, the fiery Australian only spent 18 minutes on court to advance to the Round of 16, as his opponent, Davide Sanguinetti, retired after dropping the first five games.
"I just basically had to walk on court today," said Hewitt, who fell in the first round last week in Toronto and is seeking his first Cincinnati title. "...Obviously, it would have been a lot nicer to have won properly. [With a] big tournament like this, obviously matches are only going to get tougher and tougher from now on."
Although Sanguinetti retired with a foot injury, Hewitt's sizzling form was evident from the start of the brief second-round match on Center Court. He was equally ruthless Tuesday, as he snuffed American Ginepri 6-0, 6-0 in 41 minutes, posting the fasting match on the ATP circuit this year. Amazingly, Hewitt has only spent 59 minutes to advance two rounds at this year's Tennis Masters Series event in Cincinnati.
"Hopefully, I'm going to get some pretty tough matches, as I'm sure I'm going to in the next few days," said Hewitt, who's playing doubles here with fellow Australian Andrew Florent. "I'm pretty happy that I'm still in the doubles to get some more hitting."
Hewitt now meets Finland's Jarkko Nieminen, who defeated Hyung-Taik Lee in the second round.