Hewitt advances to Newport semi-final

AFPJuly 11, 2014
Australia's Lleyton Hewitt celebrates breaking the serve of Poland's Jerzy Janowicz during their men's singles second round match at Wimbledon on June 27, 2014
Australia's Lleyton Hewitt celebrates breaking the serve of Poland's Jerzy Janowicz during their men's singles second round match at Wimbledon on June 27, 2014 (AFP Photo/Andrew Yates)

Australian third seed Lleyton Hewitt advanced to the semi-finals of the $474,000 ATP Hall of Fame Championships with a 6-4, 6-4 victory Friday over US sixth seed Steve Johnson.

The 33-year-old Aussie, seeking his third trip in a row to the finals of the grass-court event, needed just 78 minutes to secure a quarter-final triumph in his first career meeting with the American.

Hewitt will play for a spot in Sunday's final against the winner of a later match between US top seed John Isner, the 2011 and 2012 Newport champion, and American seventh seed Jack Sock.

Saturday's other semi-final matchup will send Croatian second seed Ivo Karlovic against Australian Samuel Groth, who upset defending champion Nicolas Mahut of France in the quarter-finals.

Hewitt, who won his first ATP title since 2010 at Brisbane in January, lost to Mahut in last year's Newport final and to Isner in the 2012 title match.