Halle: Hewitt strolls through to last eight
Originally published on: 11/06/10 11:30
Former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt advanced with ease into the quarter-finals of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.
The Australian, who has won 95 of 118 career matches on grass, dispatched Dutch youngster Thiemo de Bakker 6-3 6-3 in an hour and six minutes without ever facing a break point.
He will next face Andreas Beck, who defeated fellow German wild card Nicolas Kiefer in three sets.
Beck broke twice in taking the opening set 6-2 but dropped his serve for the first time as Kiefer won the second 6-3.
Two further breaks apiece saw the decider go the distance before Beck prevailed 7-4 in a tie-break for a last-eight spot.
Another home player, Philipp Petzschner, saw off Serbian Viktor Troicki in two hard-fought sets, winning 7-6 (5) 6-3 in an hour and 40 minutes.
And he will take on Lukas Lacko after the Slovakian saw off German lucky loser Dominik Meffert.
Lacko came from a set down to win 2-6 6-4 6-3, through the pair were on court only nine minutes longer than Petzschner and Troicki.