Tuesday, February 12, 2013 11:07 pm
Denis Istomin advances at SAP Open
By RICK EYMERAssociated Press
Istomin, from Uzbekistan, broke Sweeting's serve early in each set and won 86 percent of his first serves to maintain the advantage.
The 47th-ranked Istomin lost to Milos Raonic last year in the final of the event and is coming off consecutive quarterfinal finishes in Brisbane and Sydney. He's 10-3 lifetime in San Jose.
The 156th ranked Sweeting earned a spot in his first ATP tour main draw of the season.
Former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, looking for his first singles title in nearly three years and his first title on hardcourt in seven years, advanced with a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over Blaz Kavcic, who had won the first two meetings between the players.
In other matches, seventh-seeded Marinko Matosevic, like Hewitt an Australian, beat American Jack Sock, 7-6 (5), 6-1; Canadian Vasek Pospisil knocked off Russian Evgeny Donskoy, 7-5, 6-1; and German Benjamin Becker downed American Ryan Harrison, 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-3.