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2010 ARAG World Team Cup - In the first singles rubber of the Red Group tie on Sunday, Jan Hajek had defeated Spain's Daniel Gimeno-Traver to give the Czechs a 1-0 advantage

Posted on May 16, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Tomas was attending the match Hajek/Gimeno-Traver of Spain

Jan Hajek gave Czech Republic the first point of the tie.

by ATP Staff  | Sunday, May 16, 2010

Playing at the ARAG ATP World Team Championship for the first time in six years, Lleyton Hewitt impressed on his return as he defeated the in-form American John Isner 6-2, 6-4 to level Australia’s tie with the United States at 1-1.

The 29-year-old Hewitt, who led Australia to the team title in 2001, won his 10th match in Dusseldorf as he broke the No. 19-ranked Isner’s serve four times to seal victory in 66 minutes. Two weeks ago, Isner reached his first ATP World Tour clay-court final in Belgrade and this week is a career-high in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings.

Earlier in the Red Group, Belgrade champion Sam Querrey had given four-time champion United States a 1-0 lead over Australia as he fired 11 aces to fight past World No. 71 Peter Luczak 7-6(4), 6-7(3), 6-3 in just over two hours.

In more Red Group action, Czech Jan Hajek enjoyed a successful debut in Dusseldorf as he defeated Spain’s Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-2, 6-2 in 67 minutes.

Jeremy Chardy made a strong start for 1986 winner France in the Blue Group as he defeated Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-4 in 71 minutes, breaking serve three times from five opportunities on his debut at the Rochusclub.

Andreas Beck later levelled for the host nation, as he battled past Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-6(1), 6-7(4), 6-4 in a match lasting just short of three hours. The German withstood 15 aces from his French opponent and capitalised on five of his eight break point opportunities.

In the remaining Blue Group match, Horacio Zeballos gave three-time winner Argentina a 1-0 lead over defending champion Serbia by beating recent Belgrade semi-finalist Filip Krajinovic 6-1, 6-4 in two hours and 10 minutes.

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