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Ailing Hewitt Advances in Adelaide

January 2, 2001

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) _ Defending champion Lleyton Hewitt, beset by a mysterious illness in recent months, beat Australian compatriot Wayne Arthurs 6-4, 6-3 Tuesday in his opening match at the AAPT Championship.

The 19-year-old Hewitt agreed to play this event after accepting a late wild card. He said doctors suggest he might have a sinus problem that requires surgery.

``I want to keep playing ... (surgery) is the last resort,″ said Hewitt, who is seeded first.

He next faces German qualifier Bjorn Phau, who earlier upset Australian Todd Woodbridge 7-5, 6-1.

Tim Henman of Britain and Arnaud Clement of France, seeded No. 2 and No. 3, also advanced in the tournament at Memorial Drive.

Hewitt broke his Davis Cup teammate’s serve in the seventh game of the first set and twice again in the second.

Henman downed Greg Rusedski 6-2, 7-6 (4) in an all-British match. Rusedski rallied to force a tiebreaker in the second set but then had three double faults in the tiebreak.

Clement stopped Andrea Gaudenzi of Italy 6-7 (1), 6-0, 6-3.

No. 5 Tommy Haas of Germany defeated wild card Luke Smith of Australia 6-3, 6-3. No. 7 Thomas Johansson of Sweden scored a 7-6 (4), 6-2 win over Felxi Mantilla of Spain.

Two Americans moved on. Jeff Tarango defeated Michael Kohlmann of Germany 6-3, 7-6 (4), and Paul Goldstein beat Australian Alun Jones 6-4, 6-2.

Another American, Chris Woodruff, lost to Belgian Xavier Malisse 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

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