Hewitt beats Rosol in Indian Wells, Gulbis defeats Lopez

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Lleyton Hewitt celebrated a three-set victory, whilst Ernests Gulbis and Daniel Brands also booked their second round tickets at Indian Wells ATP tournament.

In their first H2H confrontation two-time Indian Wells title holder Hewitt overcame 62nd-ranked Czech Lukas Rosol. The now World No. 98 Australian was victorious in years 2002 and 2003, while he missed to complete the treble a couple of years later when he was defeated by Federer in the final.

In his first appearance at BNP Paribas Open 2013 Hewitt saved all three break balls he was facing in the opening set and prepared nine of them himself – it was enough to convert the one at 4-3 which ultimately gave him a one nil lead. Rosol got his service game going in the second set, while also putting enough pressure on his opponent to produce a convincing two break advantage by 5-1. Former number one Hewitt was now facing an uphill struggle to salvage the set – he reduced the lead after breaking Rosol to love, yet the Czech was able to take this to the third set nonetheless. However, the decider was all about the legendary Australian who went 5-1 up and served out the first round match with the match ball number two. The result: 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

Latvian Gulbis, who lifted his third ATP trophy last week in Delray Beach, brushed aside Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in straight sets. In the opener Lopez broke back to make it 4-3, yet he suffered another loss of serve straight away – Gulbis then served out the set with a game to love. In the second set the in-form Latvian put the outcome of the encounter beyond any doubt by 5-1 and wrapped the proceedings up with his first match ball a couple of games later. He made it to second round with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph. He hit 8 aces in one hour and fourteen minutes he spent on the court.

74th-ranked German Brands was superior to World No. 35 Marcos Baghdatis in his Indian Wells 2013 main draw debut. The first set was an easy ride for Brands as the Cypriot could not hold any of his serves and was consequently issued a bagel. He regrouped for the set number two which was decided in a tie-break in the end. Baghdatis was the first to seize a mini-break, yet the rest of the thirteenth game belonged to the German who converted a match ball at 6-3. He progressed to round of 64 after claiming a 6-0, 7-6 (3) victory.

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