By Benjamin Snyder
With Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt, the two-time major titlist and former World No. 1, slated to play in prime-time at the Western & Southern Open on Monday night, 12 other matches were expected to be completed at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
The comeback story of Brian Baker continued today as he took out Philipp Kohlscreiber of Germany in a rematch of their round of 16 meeting at Wimbledon. With roaring cheers from the Center Court crowd, the wild card Baker defeated the No. 15 seed in two tiebreaks to make it to the next round.
Another American, qualifier Jesse Levine, defeated compatriot Donald Young in straight sets as well.
Former Top 5 player Nikolay Davydenko scored the biggest upset of the tournament so far by defeating the No. 13 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine in a straight sets routing, 6-1, 6-1. Davydenko, a semifinalist at Cincinnati in 2007, needed less than an hour to advance to the second round.
Belgrade champion Andreas Seppi of Italy, who took out Robin Haase of the Netherlands in his first round match and the No. 12 seed Marin Cilic also made it through with wins on Monday.
On Sunday, American James Blake and Australian Bernard Tomic advanced to the second round in the first main draw matches of the tournament.