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Querrey beats Hewitt in 3rd-set tiebreaker to advance to SAP Open quarterfinals

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    Sam Querrey, of the United States, returns to Lleyton Hewitt, from Australia, during a match at the SAP Open tennis tournament in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. Querrey won 7-6 (6), 1-6, 7-6 (4). (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (The Associated Press)

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    Lleyton Hewitt, of Australia, returns to Sam Querrey during a second round match at the SAP Open tennis tournament in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (The Associated Press)

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    Sam Querrey, of the United States, waves after defeating Lleyton Hewitt, from Australia, at the SAP Open tennis tournament in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. Querrey won 7-6 (6), 1-6, 7-6 (4). (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (The Associated Press)

Third-seeded Sam Querrey beat Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 (6), 1-6, 7-6 (4) on Thursday to reach the SAP Open quarterfinals.

Hewitt, the former top-ranked player in the world, double-faulted twice in the third-set tiebreaker, including match point. The Australian has 28 career titles, and beat Querrey in two previous meetings.

Colombia's Alejandro Falla reached his first quarterfinal of the season, knocking off seventh-seeded Marinko Matosevic of Australia 6-4, 6-4.

Matosevic and Hewitt faced Americans Mike and Bob Bryan in a doubles match later.

In other matches, sixth-seeded Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan topped Germany's Benjamin Becker 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2; Belgium's Xavier Malisse, seeded eighth, squeezed past Australia's Matthew Ebden 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (1) in a match that lasted almost 2 1/2 hours; and American Steve Johnson reached his first career quarterfinal with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over American qualifier Tim Smyczek.