LONDON (AP) — Former champions Sam Querrey and Lleyton Hewitt claimed contrasting victories on Monday to advance to the second round of the Queen's Club grass-court tournament, a traditional warm-up event for Wimbledon.
Querrey, the 2010 winner at Queen's, fired 31 aces and saved all four break points he faced but the American needed three tiebreakers to upset 14th-seeded Jeremy Chardy of France 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5).
Australian veteran Hewitt went through 6-3, 6-3 against Spain's Daniel Gimeno-Traver as he began his bid for a record fifth title.
"I just felt pretty sharp out there," said Hewitt, who has played the most matches — 51 — in the tournament's history and won 41 of them. "Didn't take me long at all to get straight on the grass and felt comfortable, which is good."
Australia's Bernard Tomic faced defeat against American Tim Smyczek, dropping his serve to fall behind 5-4 in the third set before sweeping the final three games to win 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
"Very rarely you're going to get out of a match like that," said Tomic. "I'm happy I won... realistically I should have lost that match."
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