Hewiit Wins First Match as a Father, Murray Also Advances in Adelaide

Posted on January 3, 2006

Top seed Lleyton Hewitt made a winning start to his 2006 ATP season after recovering from the loss of the first set to defeat Jan Hernych in the first round of the Next Generation International in Adelaide on Tuesday.

Hewitt, playing in his first tournament since Bangkok in September, celebrated his first win as a father with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory over the Czech.

The two-time Adelaide champion took 1 hour, 56 minutes to book his place in the second round, and will now meet German Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Meanwhile, Britain's Andy Murray also got his 2006 campaign off to a winning start with a hard-fought three-set victory over Italian qualifier Paolo Lorenzi.

Murray, the 18-year-old from Scotland, came through 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 in 1 hour, 28 minutes to set up a mouthwatering second round clash with fellow teenager Tomas Berdych, the No. 6 seed.

Elsewhere on day two, Australian favorite Mark Philippoussis fired 14 aces en route to a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Vincent Spadea. Philippoussis, who received a wild card into the tournament, served three of those aces as he closed out the match in just over two hours, earning a second round meeting with No. 2 seed Dominik Hrbaty after the Slovak overcame Australian qualifier Rameez Junaid in straight sets. Hrbaty defeated Philippoussis in their last meeting in Metz in October.

There were also first round wins for American James Blake and big serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic. Blake, the No. 5 seed, took just over an hour to defeat Spain's Alberto Martin 6-3, 6-3, while the 6'10" Karlovic produced 13 aces to upset No. 8 seed Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. (ATP)