FOUR-time Queens champion Lleyton Hewitt got his grass-court campaign off to the best possible start by winning his first round clash at the London event.
Hewitt fought back from a set down to beat American veteran Michael Russell 4-6 6-1 6-3.
The result ended a three-match losing streak for the 32-year-old Australian, stretching back to the Miami Masters in March.
Hewitt is looking to build form and gain crucial match practice ahead of Wimbledon, which begins in a fortnight.
Hewitt, the 2002 Wimbledon champion, was joined in the second round by compatriot Marinko Matosevic, who scored a 7-5 6-2 win over Denmark's Frederik Nielsen.
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