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Hewitt digs deep in San Jose

Lleyton Hewitt came from a set and a break down to beat Blaz Kavcic 3-6 6-4 7-6 (7/4) in the first round of the SAP Open in San Jose.

The former world number one was 3-1 and break point down to his Slovenian opponent in the second and, after rallying to win that, 3-1 and two break points down in the third.

But he dug in and came through in two hours and 35 minutes.

"It was a tough match," Hewitt told the ATP Tour website. "There were a lot of momentum changes throughout the match.

"He's a tough player and competitor out there. He's had a pretty good start to the year as well. It wasn't easy. In the end, I was happy to get through."

The day's play ended with an upset as fifth seed Fernando Verdasco crashed out at the hands of qualifier Tim Smyczek, who won 6-3 6-3 in a little over an hour.

Sixth and seventh seeds Denis Istomin and Marinko Matosevic both progressed in straight sets, beating Americans Ryan Sweeting and Jack Sock respectively.

There were also victories for Benjamin Becker of Germany and Canada's Vasek Pospisil.