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Hewitt, Moya Advance in Cincinnati

August 8, 2002

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MASON, Ohio (AP) _ Top-seeded Lleyton Hewitt dropped a set Thursday before turning things around and beating Jarko Nieminen to reach the quarterfinals of the $2.95 Cincinnati Masters Series.

Hewitt, tuning up to defend his U.S. Open title, eliminated the 35th-ranked Nieminen 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.

In other action, 16th-seeded Carlos Moya defeated fellow former French Open champion Michael Chang 6-4, 6-3.

Moya broke Chang’s serve to go up 5-4 in the first set and again in the fifth game of the second set.

``I had some chances early on in the first set, but I wasn’t quite able to capitalize on them,″ Chang said. ``He played some smart tennis. There were a few points here and there that could have made a difference.″

Chang, whose ranking has dropped to No. 111, dropped to 4-14 in 2002, including 2-9 on hard courts.

Moya improved to 41-14 this season, including 13-5 in Masters Series tournaments. He’s won all four career matches against Chang.

In the quarterfinals, Moya will play Rainer Schuettler, who eliminated Xavier Malisse 6-4, 6-3.

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