Hewitt reaches Newport semis

July 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

NEWPORT, R.I., July 12 (UPI) -- Lleyton Hewitt needed just 78 minutes to defeat Dudi Sela Thursday and earn a berth in the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Classic.

Hewitt, once ranked No. 1 in the world, recorded a 6-4, 6-3 victory that set up a semifinal meeting with Rajeev Ram.

Ram, a former winner of this event, surprised No. 2 seed Kei Nishikori 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 in their quarterfinal match.

In second-round action Thursday, Benjamin Becker ousted Milos Raonic 6-3, 6-3, and No. 6 seed Ryan Harrison defeated Jesse Levine 6-3, 6-4.

The other quarterfinals will be held Friday, with defending champion John Isner facing Izak Van der Merwe and Harrison taking on Becker.

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