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Hewitt landmark within reach

Lleyton Hewitt battled to win number 599 of his career against fellow Australian Matt Ebden at the BNP Paribas Open.

The former world number one let a 5-1 lead slip before winning the first set on a tie-break and then recovered from losing the second to beat Ebden 7-6 (7/2) 3-6 6-3.

Of active players, only Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have won 600 matches, and Hewitt will look to join them when he takes on South African Kevin Anderson in round two in Indian Wells.

World number one Nadal's second-round opponent will be veteran Czech Radek Stepanek, who defeated Denis Istomin 6-1 3-6 6-1, while Federer will face Paul-Henri Mathieu.

The Frenchman won the battle of the qualifiers against American Robby Ginepri 6-2 6-3.

In all-American matches, Michael Russell defeated Donald Young and Tim Smyczek saw off Jack Sock, while wild card Ryan Harrison was another home winner.

Stanislas Wawrinka's first match as a grand slam champion will be against 6ft 10in Ivo Karlovic, a 6-4 6-4 winner over Alex Bogomolov.

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, meanwhile, will face Czech Lukas Rosol, who came from a set down to defeat Serbian Dusan Lajovic.

There were also wins for Juan Monaco, Jeremy Chardy, Sergiy Stakhovsky and young Czech Jiri Vesely.