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Hewitt saves match points before progressing

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  • Lleyton Hewitt saves two match points to defeat Robin Soderling in Cincinnati
  • The Australian reaches second round of hardcourt event with a 3-6 7-6 6-4 win
  • Italy's Andreas Seppi also reaches second round and now faces Rafael Nadal
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(CNN) -- Australia's Lleyton Hewitt saved two match points in a second-set tie-break before beating Sweden's Robin Soderling 3-6 7-6 6-4 to reach the second round of the Cincinnati Masters.

Hewitt reached the second round in Cincinnati after saving two match points to beat Robin Soderling.

Hewitt reached the second round in Cincinnati after saving two match points to beat Robin Soderling.

Former world number one Hewitt had only 11 unforced errors, to 50 for Soderling, to reach the second round -- where he will face Germany's Benjamin Becker for the first time.

"It was a tough match," Hewitt told reporters. "It was not easy to go through because he has been playing well these past months in Roland Garros and also Wimbledon," Hewitt said of Soderling, who ended Rafael Nadal's French Open reign.

Italy's Andreas Seppi also booked a place in the second round, where he will now face Nadal, after a 3-6 6-4 6-1 triumph over Czech Jan Hernych.

Spaniard David Ferrer saw off Croatian Marin Cilic 7-6 6-2 in a second round and is on course to face world number one Roger Federer -- if the top seed gets past Argentina's Jose Acasuso.

In other matches, French ninth seed Gilles Simon beat Russian Igor Andreev 7-6 6-7 6-1 to reach the third round.

His next opponent will be another Russian, either eighth seed Nikolay Davydenko or Igor Kunitsyn, who defeated James Blake 7-6 6-7 6-4.

Russia's Mikhail Youzhny beat Romania's Victor Hanescu 7-5 6-2 to secure a second round clash against Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who ousted 11th-seeded compatriot Fernando Verdasco 7-6 7-6.

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