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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Atp Tour
Lleyton Hewitt scratched out a 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-3 victory over fellow Australian Matthew Ebden on Thursday night in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open to move within one of becoming the third active ATP Tour player to win 600 matches.
Top-seeded Tommy Haas came back to defeat Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 to advance to the Brazil Open semifinals on Friday.
Michael Russell upset third-seeded Lleyton Hewitt of Australia 6-3, 7-6 (6) on Friday in the quarterfinals of the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships.
Some players methodically prepare before their first match of a Grand Slam tournament, spending hours scouting their opponents, practicing and stretching, pumping themselves up.
Fish's 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 comeback against Matthew Ebden of Australia at Rock Creek Park on Monday was his first victory since March and only his second since last fall's U.S. Open.
Nadal improved to a career-best 17-1 on the year, including 14 straight match wins. He's won three titles — two on clay while runner-up in another on his favorite surface — since returning from a left knee injury.
Del Potro snapped his own four-match skid against Djokovic, who had beaten the Argentine in eight of 10 career meetings.
Former ATP tour player Carsten Arriens has been appointed Germany's new Davis Cup captain.
Roger Federer overcame Rafael Nadal and the rain for a 6-3, 6-4 semifinal victory in the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday night, acing Nadal on a match point that was delayed a couple minutes by rain drops.
Some players at the BNP Paribas Open say chair umpires need to be more diligent about enforcing rules about time allowed between points.
Andy Roddick's return from injury lasted all of two matches.
Top-seed Gael Monfils has withdrawn from the SAP Open because of right knee inflammation, even though he never played a meaningful match in San Jose.
In a white shirt and hat on a sunny Tokyo afternoon, he looks like Andy Roddick, walks like Roddick, serves like Roddick, and even cocks his forehand before unloading winners, just like Roddick.
Pete Sampras held up his hands in apology when his shot ticked off the net and fell in for a winner to give him triple match point against Andre Agassi.
Roger Federer believes a shortened ATP Tour season would benefit players and tournament organizers.