- Indian Wells
Hewitt one win from No.600
Leyton Hewitt moved within one victory of becoming the third active ATP Tour player to win 600 matches after seeing off fellow Australian Matthew Ebden 7-6(2) 3-6 6-3 in the first round at Indian Wells.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the only active players to reach the milestone. Hewitt, 33, who won his 29th career title this year by beating Federer in the final at Brisbane, faces Kevin Anderson next.
"I've always been pretty successful," said Hewitt, who admitted his most important virtue throughout his 15-plus years on tour has been "that never-say-die attitude; hang in there and fight for every point."
Those qualities were on show against Ebden, with Hewitt winning the final five points of the first-set tiebreaker having surrendered a 5-1 lead. Hewitt then held serve to close the match after being up 5-1 in the final set.
Elsewhere, Michael Russell beat Donald Young for the fourth consecutive match and fifth in six meetings, winning 4-6 6-1 6-2, while Ryan Harrison advanced with a 6-4 7-5 win over Andrey Golubev.