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Hewitt wins opener in final Citi Open

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON (AP) Lleyton Hewitt climbed out of a courtesy car Tuesday afternoon, slung a case of rackets over his shoulder and walked across the Citi Open grounds, accompanied by his 6-year-old son, Cruz, who gave Dad a hand by toting a black gym bag.

More than seven hours later, the elder Hewitt - a former No. 1 and two-time major champion - smacked a volley winner to cap a 25-stroke exchange and finish off a 6-3, 6-4 victory over qualifier John-Patrick Smith in an all-Australian first-round matchup at the U.S. Open tuneup tournament.

Hewitt, wearing his trademark backward white baseball cap, pumped his fist. Cruz, wearing a backward black hat, rose from his front-row seat in the stands and applauded.

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