Lleyton Hewitt battles past Matthew Ebden to enter second round at Indian Wells

The victory over the 26-year-old Matthew Ebden was number 599 for Lleyton Hewitt's career. If Hewitt wins in the second round, he would become the third active ATP player, along with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, to notch at least 600 victories.

updated: March 07, 2014 15:51 IST
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Indian Wells: Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt survived an "awkward" all-Aussie encounter at the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday, holding off Matthew Ebden 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 6-3. Hewitt, who won back-to-back Indian Wells titles in 2002 and 2003, said all of his clashes with younger compatriots feel awkward now that he's something of an elder statesman in the sport, closing in on his 600th career match win.

"It's not something I look forward to at all now, playing the other Aussies," Hewitt said. "I'm trying to help these guys out now ... I hit with these guys all the time."

In fact, Hewitt had to cancel a planned practice session with Ebden when the two were drawn to face each other in the first round.

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