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Hewitt safely into Atlanta second round

Australian Lleyton Hewitt was crowned U.S. Open champion a decade ago.
Australian Lleyton Hewitt was crowned U.S. Open champion a decade ago.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Lleyton Hewitt is into the second round of the Atlanta Tennis Championships
  • Hewitt, 30, defeated American wildcard Phillip Simmonds in straight sets
  • There were also wins for Robby Ginepri, Nicolas Mahut and Ryan Harrison
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(CNN) -- Australian Lleyton Hewitt has advanced to the second round of the Atlanta Tennis Championships thanks to a 6-4 6-4 defeat of American wild card Phillip Simmonds.

The 30-year-old broke Simmond's serve on three occasions on his way to a straight sets victory over the world number 428 -- who was playing in just his third ATP World Tour-level event.

Hewitt, a two-time grand slam winner and a former world number one, will face Rajeev Ram next, after the American qualifier upset number five seed Grigor Dimitrov with a 6-4 6-4 triumph.

Ram's compatriot Robby Ginepri enjoyed a successful return to action with a 6-4 7-5 win over German Tommy Haas.

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Ginepri, a former world number 15, is playing in his first tour-level event since the 2010 U.S. Open after recovering from a long-standing elbow injury.

The 28-year-old's reward is a second round clash with Gilles Muller of Luxembourg.

American Ryan Harrison managed to see off Japanese qualifier Yuichi Sugita 6-1 7-6 (7-5), despite only converting two of his 13 break points.

Harrison, 19, will now meet Xavier Malisse, after the Belgian fourth seed received a bye in the first round.

Frenchman Nicolas Mahut set up a clash with defending champion and American number one Mardy Fish after a 7-6 6-2 win against 115th-ranked Richard Berankis of Lithuania.

Meanwhile, top seed Gael Monfils of France beat Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos 6-4 6-2 to reach the third round of the German Open in Hamburg.

Second seed Jurgen Melzer, last year's finalist, struggled plast another Spaniard, Daniel Gimeno, 6-3 5-7 6-1 while third seed Nicolas Almagro beat Lukas Rosol 6-4 6-4.

The only seed to tumble on Wednesday was ninth-seeded Serb Janko Tipsarevic, who was brushed aside 6-2 6-4 by Argentina's Juan Monaco.