Hewitt labours past Ferrer into quarters
LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) Lleyton Hewitt moved into the quarter-finals of Wimbledon today with an unconvincing 6-4 6-4 4-6 7-5 victory over Spain's David Ferrer.
The sixth seed, champion here in 2002, laboured through the opening two sets on a subdued court one with Ferrer squandering several break points.
Ferrer, one of a professional era record three Spaniards in the last 16, hit back to win the third set and forged a break ahead in the fourth before Hewitt snapped out of his lethargy.
The Australian broke back and then pounced again at 5-5 before sealing victory when Ferrer dumped a volley into the net.
Hewitt will play either Marcos Baghdatis or Briton Andy Murray for a place in the semi-finals.
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