Hewitt, a former world No. 1, defeated Israeli Dudi Sela 6-2, 6-2. Hewitt won here in his hometown in 1998 and 2000 and was the runner-up in 1999.
Second-seeded Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu defeated countryman Julien Benneteau 7-6 (7-2), 7-5; third-seeded Finn Jarkko Nieminen beat Slovakian qualifier Ivo Klec 6-2, 6-4; and sixth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Romanian Victor Hanescu 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.
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