Chela ousts defending champ Hewitt

Last Updated: Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 12:04

Houston: Argentina`s Juan Ignacio Chela beat defending champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia 6-4,6-3 to reach the semi-finals of the US Men`s Clay Court
Championships here.

Hewitt, seeded fourth, was playing his first tournament
since surgery on his right hip on January 29.

The Aussie veteran fell behind 5-0 in the second set,
made a run back with breaks in the sixth and eighth games but
stalled as he was broken in the ninth game of the set in
yesterday`s match.

Houston: Argentina`s Juan Ignacio Chela beat defending champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia 6-4,6-3 to reach the semi-finals of the US Men`s Clay Court
Championships here.

Hewitt, seeded fourth, was playing his first tournament
since surgery on his right hip on January 29.

The Aussie veteran fell behind 5-0 in the second set,
made a run back with breaks in the sixth and eighth games but
stalled as he was broken in the ninth game of the set in
yesterday`s match.

Zeballos upset top-seeded Fernando Gonzalez of Chile 6-4,
6-4.

Zeballos, the 2009 ATP newcomer of the year, sealed the
victory with an ace on his first match point.

He had broken the world number 11 in the opening game of
the second set, and fended off a series of break points to
make it stand up.

"Zeballos played a good match and I didn`t play my best
tennis," Gonzalez said.

Third-seeded Sam Querrey of the United States also
advanced, downing Chile`s Nicolas Massu 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

Querrey will face American Wayne Odesnik, a 6-4, 6-1
winner over Belgium`s Xavier Malisse.

Odesnik is playing even as he is being investigated by
the International Tennis Federation and possibly facing a
two-year ban.

The American pleaded guilty in Australia to possessing
banned human growth hormone.

The ITF said earlier this week that Odesnik was free to
play pending its investigation into the matter.

"I would refuse to lose to that guy," Querrey said.

Despite pleading guilty in Brisbane Magistrates Court to
importing HGH, Odesnik has denied taking HGH or any other
banned performance enhancer.

Odesnik, who has declined comment on his case this week,
responded: "We`ll see what happens tomorrow."

PTI



First Published: Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 12:04

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