Lleyton Hewitt beats Kevin Anderson in three sets to progress at Stockholm Open
Last Updated: 17/10/12 6:19am
Lleyton Hewitt: Beat Kevin Anderson in three sets in Stockholm
Lleyton Hewitt demonstrated his famed fighting spirit as he came through a tough three-setter with Kevin Anderson to reach the second round of the Stockholm Open.
The 31-year-old two-time grand slam champion got the better of his big-serving South Africa opponent to record a 6-4 4-6 6-4 triumph in the Swedish capital.
Hewitt - who served nine aces to Anderson's 11 - broke once in the opening set to move ahead and, after Anderson had levelled by taking the second, again needed just a solitary break to edge the decider.
He was joined in round two by seeds Marcos Baghdatis and Feliciano Lopez who progressed in rather differing styles.
Seventh seed Baghdatis proved much too strong for Belgium's emerging talent David Goffin as he claimed a one-sided 6-4 6-2 success.
But it was a much tougher day's work for Spanish fifth seed Lopez who needed a third set to eventually overcome France's Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (4/7) 6-2 victory.
Elsewhere, there were wins for Japan's Go Soeda, Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine, Colombian Alejandro Falla, Jurgen Zopp of Estonia and Romania's Marius Copil.