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Hewitt and Gasquet out in Sydney

SYDNEY, Australia — Home hope Lleyton Hewitt and top seed Richard Gasquet of France were upset in the second round of the Sydney International on Wednesday, setting back their preparations for next week’s Australian Open.

Sixth seed Hewitt lost a hard-fought match to fellow Australian Chris Guccione 7-6 7-6 while hard-hitting Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov rallied to beat Gasquet 3-6 6-3 6-4 at Sydney’s Olympic Park Tennis Center.

The left-handed Guccione served 23 aces to eliminate the Hewitt and set up a quarterfinal with fourth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych, who beat Gilles Simon of France 7-6 6-2.

Tursunov outlasted Gasquet in some intense rallies to meet Sebastien Grosjean of France, who cruised past eighth seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain 6-3 6-4.

In other men’s second round matches, France’s Fabrice Santoro beat Belgium’s Steve Darcis 6-1 6-3, Russian Evgeny Korolev beat Czech Ivo Minar 6-2 6-3 and Czech Radek Stepanek ground out a 7-5 2-6 6-4 win over Italian Andreas Seppi. E-mail to a friend

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January 9, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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