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Philippoussis into third round at Queens

15/06/2006 05:04:14 AM Comments (0)

Australian Mark Philippoussis enjoyed his best day on a tennis court in a long time with two superb victories at the Queen's grass court tournament in London.

Forced to play twice to make up for Tuesday's rain abandoned play, Philippoussis produced arguable his finest day of tennis in a few years by beating South African Wesley Moodie and then 11th seed Sebastien Grosjean to join fellow Australian Lleyton Hewitt in the third round.

Philippoussis failed to secure one of the early wildcards for Wimbledon, starting later this month, and may have to rely on a strong performance on grass here to convince organisers to give him one, or play qualifying.

His performance will surely turn heads at the All England club.

In his first round clash with Moodie earlier Philippoussis rediscovered the form that saw him finish as runner up at Wimbledon in 2003, with a comfortable 6-3 6-4 win.

Then later against Frenchman Grosjean, Philippoussis won the first set tiebreaker before dropping the second set and charging home in the final set to win 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-3 and seal his third round spot.

The Scud fired down 22 aces in the 123 minute contest and will now meet sixth seeded Spaniard Fernando Gonzalez.

Also triple Queen's champion Hewitt started his grass campaign in fine style with a three sets victory over Fernando Vicente in the second round.

Eighth seed Hewitt, who enjoyed a first round bye, had to fight harder than expected against an opponent playing just his second career match on grass but eventually beat the Spaniard 4-6 6-4 6-2.

Hewitt will next meet Max Mirnyi of Belarus in the third round.

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