Lleyton Hewitt battled past Matthew Ebden 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-3.
Indian Wells, CA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Two-time champion Lleyton Hewitt and Czech Radek Stepanek were among the Day 1 winners at the $4.72 million BNP Paribas Open tennis event.
Hewitt battled past fellow Australian Matthew Ebden 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-3. The former world No. 1 titled here back-to-back in 2002 and 2003 and was the runner-up in 2005.
Stepanek held off Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 and will face world No. 1 superstar and reigning champion Rafael Nadal in the second round this weekend at the beautiful Indian Wells Tennis Garden.