Hewitt Has Game in Gear at ATP Washington

Posted on August 17, 2004

No. 2 seed Lleyton Hewitt says his preparation for the US Open is coming together, evident in his first-round mowing of Kenneth Carlsen 6-1, 6-2 at the ATP stop in Washington.

"I had a week off last week after Cincinnati and it gave me a lot of confidence coming in here," Hewitt said. "Coming here this year fits into my schedule, then having a week off before the US Open works out well."

Two other seeds joined Hewitt in the second round in (4)Robby "Baby Courier" Ginepri (d. Corretja in three) and (8)Dmitry Tursunov (d. Olivier "All We Need is Just a Little" Patience in three), while there was one seeded upset in Gilles Muller taking out (3)Sjeng Schalken, who retired in the second set with injury.

Other unseeded winners were "Everybody Loves" Raemon Sluiter (d. T. Martin in three breakers) and Colombia's Alejandro Falla (d. Gimelstob in three).

On court Tuesday in Washington are (WC)Baker vs. Pless, Gambill vs. Koubek, (1)Agassi vs. (WC)Goldstein in an all-American, (SE)Garcia vs. (5)Blake, (6)A.Martin vs. Ferreira, Salzenstein vs. (Q)Kratochvil, (WC)Yoo vs. Mathieu, (Q)Zimonjic vs. (Q)Levy, (7)Saulnier vs. Dupuis, (Q)Wang vs. Elseneer.